May is Celiac Awareness Month. At our house every day is Celiac Awareness. When we first went gluten free 6 years ago, many people accused us of jumping on a fad. It's no fad for my daughter Ryan. We read the ingredients on every processed food that we buy. When we go out to eat we talk to the chef to find out what is safe for her. If Ryan eats gluten she gets a horrible rash on her legs, she has large amounts of blood in her stool and experiences joint pain, diarrhea and stomach cramps.It took years to discover what was wrong with her.
Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley and rye. Because oats are often grown along with wheat as well as processed in the same facilities they are not safe to eat either. Those with celiac who go undiagnosed are left open to other diseases including cancer. The only treatment at this time is to eliminate gluten from your diet.
Explore Cuisine sent us a selection of their gluten free bean pastas to try. These pastas are made from beans only and are high in protein. I made Pork Lo Mein with the Organic Edamame Spaghetti. 22 Grams of protein in each serving! The pasta has a great texture and does not fall apart or get mushy when cooked.
1 Package Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame Spaghetti
1 Star Anise
2 TBSP Olive Oil
1 LB Center Cut Boneless Pork Chops, Cubed
4 Garlic Cloves, Minced
2 TBSP Pickled Sushi Ginger, Minced
4 Green Onions, Sliced
1- 8 Ounce Package Mung Bean Sprouts
1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
2 TBSP Gluten Free Tamari Sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 C Chicken Broth
4 TBSP Corn Starch
4 TBSP Water
Prepare Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame Spaghetti according to package directions.
Drain and set aside,
Heat 2 TBSP Olive Oil over medium high heat in wok or large frying pan.
Add star anise and cook for 5 minutes.
This allows the Star Anise to perfume the olive oil.
Remove star anise and discard.
Add pork to hot oil.
Salt & Pepper to taste.
Saute until brown on both sides.
Add garlic and ginger to hot oil.
Saute for 2 minutes.
Add Chicken broth and bring to boil.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together water and corn starch.
Whisk into boiling chicken broth to thicken.
Add worcestershire sauce and tamari sauce.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Stir in bean sprouts and green onions.
Serve over edamame pasta and enjoy!
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