As you do with clothing, you can dress up or dress down noodles and pasta. Make a plain pasta dish with red sauce; if you change the toppings it can become chicken parmesan. However, what are chefs to do when their greatest consumers are “bulking in protein” or “cutting carbs”? Low-carb substitutes are becoming a trend, and it is important for chefs to keep up with their consumers, just like any other industry. There are delicious and nutritious alternatives to pasta that every chef can take for a spin!
Today’s World Kitchen provides an online sharing platform for world-renowned chefs, and they share the following low-carb alternatives to pasta:
Zucchini – A favorite among world-renowned chefs is the zucchini noodle. Put the zucchini through a spiralizer, cook it to perfection, and it could easily be mistaken for angel hair pasta.
Cucumbers – Sesame noodles will forever remain a favorite for many; however, as a chef, you can whip up a version of a sesame noodle dish that is healthier and crispier. Drizzle some sesame dressing over cucumbers and add some sesame seeds to imitate the classic dish.
Sweet Potato – Sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse and very versatile when it comes to cooking. Not only are sweet potatoes full of fiber and vitamin A, but they also create a beautiful orange hue on your dish. Top Michelin Starred chefs recommend mixing with a basil pesto for your greenery.
Beets – If you are a fan of beets, take them to another level and pair them with Brussel sprouts and balsamic vinegar. This combination is different, which will take the taste buds for a whirl.
Spaghetti Squash – A great low-carb substitute trend is spaghetti squash. You can scrape out the spaghetti-like strands from spaghetti squash and top with any sauce of preference. It tastes fantastic with red sauce and meat.
Shirataki Noodles – Although these would not be made in-house if you choose to design a dish with them, shirataki noodles are made of fiber and contain virtually no fat or calories. No cooking is needed either, only rinsing required. Put your very own special spin on these noodles for a unique pairing.