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Making a Gluten-Lover into a Quinoa Pasta Believer: review and giveaway

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As a carbo-loving, Italian, vegetarian runner, it will surprise no one to hear that pasta is my absolute favorite meal. I try to keep it balanced, but truthfully I’d eat pasta every day if I could, particularly when paired with cheese. (Side note: Is it still appropriate to carbo-load when growing a baby?)

Most of the time I try to make my meals healthier by eating the whole wheat variety. If I’m going to eat pasta, I figure I might as well try to pack it with as many nutrients (and extra protein) as I can. But the truth is –when it comes to taste, nothing quite compares to homemade white pasta and marinara sauce. So when I was first given the opportunity to try Selina Naturally’s Quinoa Pasta, I was more than a little doubtful. First of all, because I love gluten and the idea of a gluten-free pasta was less than appetizing. And secondly, because I’ve tried quinoa pastas in the past and have honestly been disappointed. In my limited experience, quinoa pastas might look like pasta, but they still taste like (you guessed it!) quinoa. A good alternative if you want to add variety to your meal or avoid gluten, but not a true replacement.

selina naturally quinoa penne

So when I say that Selina Naturally blew away all my expectations with their gluten-free pasta, I am not exaggerating. They’ve somehow created a pasta alternative that made this gluten-loving, carbo-holic fall in love. I would choose to eat their quinoa pasta over regular store-bought pasta any day of the week, and here’s why:

It doesn’t taste like quinoa

Don’t get me wrong…I love quinoa and make meals with it on a regular basis. But when I make a pasta dish, I want something that tastes like pasta. Quinoa has a very distinctive flavor that doesn’t always go well with pasta dishes. I think it may be the combination of rice and quinoa in the ingredients that lessens some of that strong flavor you find with other quinoa pastas.

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It’s versatile

This pasta is the perfect vehicle for any type of sauce — marinara, pesto, alfredo, olive oil + Celtic Sea Salt® — you name it, the pasta will soak it up. Sometimes, especially with the whole wheat variety, the flavor of the pasta can overpower the taste of your sauce. I love how the quinoa pasta is a chameleon – taking on any flavor.

Selina Naturally quinoa penne

It’s absorbent

Incredibly so! I tried making soup with it and this was the result:

black bean soup_quinoa pasta.jpgObjects in pot are more delicious than they appear

Black bean soup turned into a super flavorful black bean pasta dish. Not complaining, though next time I’d use more broth and less pasta if I actually wanted a soup.

It’s packed with protein

selina naturally quinoa pasta nutrition

6 grams per serving and I easily eat more than one serving at a time. The bag claims to contain 8, but I beg to differ (each 1 pound bag seems to get us 4 – 5 servings…feel free to make judgements about our eating habits based on that statement).

It’s organic and made with non-GMO ingredients

So you can feel good about eating it!

selina naturally quinoa pasta marinara

And it has the EC-seal of approval!

Evan will eat quinoa when I make it, but it’s not even close to being on his Top 10 List of Favorite Foods. However, the other night when we were eating a bowl of the Selina Naturally pasta, he turned to me and said, “I never want to go back to normal pasta again!” I was just as surprised to hear this statement as you might be to read it.

In short: Selina Naturally’s Quinoa Pasta is a delicious alternative whether you’re gluten-free or just looking to add variety to your meals.

I would say the only downside to this pasta is that it does take longer to cook. You can boil it for 8 – 10 minutes if you like an al dente taste, but I prefer to cook it closer to 20 minutes (the bag says 16-18 for softer pasta). Cooking longer makes the pasta softer, more absorbent, and much tastier all around….although it also makes the pasta more likely to fall apart. I don’t mind this, but something to be aware of in case that bothers you.

Still having doubts? Well it’s your lucky day. Because it’s the holiday season and (more importantly) BABY MONTH, I’m offering one HOTR reader the chance to try some pasta yourself! Just leave a comment below with your favorite pasta dish (I need some new ideas).

And just for fun, I will give an extra entry to anyone who enters the Unofficial Cheese Baby Birthdate/Weight pool! Leave a separate comment with your prediction about when she will be born and how much she’ll weigh. Background info: My official due date is 12/21, but Cheese Baby seems to be on the larger side (maybe all that pasta has something to do with it). She’s been measuring ahead at each one of our ultrasounds, with the latest prediction putting her two weeks ahead (which means if I carry to term, she’s going to be a BIG girl). However, Evan and I both were 8 pounds 1 oz at birth, and I was born a couple of days late. What all that information means, I have no idea. But there you go.

*You must leave a separate comment for each entry in order for it to count. Winners will be selected one week from today (12/10).

Disclaimer: Selina Naturally provided me with two types of quinoa pasta to review (penne and elbows), but did not pay me for this post. All opinions are my own. I don’t do reviews and/or giveaways very often on the blog, so when I do choose to feature something, it’s because I really love the product. (And seriously – I can’t pay off my husband!).


81 Responses to Making a Gluten-Lover into a Quinoa Pasta Believer: review and giveaway

  1. Is it weird that I’ve been craving plain old spaghetti and meatballs? I mean, it really doesn’t get much better than that. (Unless you’re vegetarian, I suppose…but I’ve made vegetarian “meat” balls before…)
    Susan – Nurse on the Run´s last post ..working thanksgiving: third time is the charm

  2. And I’m guessing 12/13/13 with 8 lb 6oz. Friday the 13th baby!!
    Susan – Nurse on the Run´s last post ..working thanksgiving: third time is the charm

  3. I was just recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease so I would love to try this pasta! I am always looking for something new to try. Pre diagnosis my favorite pasta dish would have to be baked lasagna!

    My guess is 12/15/2013 8 lbs 3oz

  4. I am definitely going to try this!
    If I’m making pasta for myself, I really like the Pioneer Woman’s lemon pasta bake (lemon,cheese & sour cream, yummy).

    If my husband is going to eat it (and cook it, he’s the chef around here), it usually involves sausage, peppers, onions, tomatoes.

  5. Baby Pool: I’m guessing 12/23, 8lb 7 oz.

    Maybe the measuring ahead means she’s long? My son was 22″.

  6. I just got a slow cooker for Chanukah and I made a really delicious beef short rib ragu that I put over pasta. So good. So simple.

  7. It’s so hard to pick a favorite pasta dish, but I’m going to go with lasagna.

  8. Baby Pool Prediction: 12/21 – due date! 8lbs even!
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  9. Just a side note…. shouldn’t 6g of protein be 12% daily value, not 2%. Unless you are growing a baby, I suppose. Then 2% is more accurate

  10. I made a pumpkin alfredo recently that was amazing. I posted it on my blog if you’re interested.
    Stephanie @ Cat Lady Runs´s last post ..Chosen for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon

  11. I’m predicting 12/18, and 8 lbs 3 oz
    Stephanie @ Cat Lady Runs´s last post ..5 Ways to Avoid Boredom During Long Runs

  12. Favorite pasta dish is definitely ravioli!!!

  13. My favorite pasta dish is any pasta with a sauce of Rotel and black beans.

  14. My entry in the cheese baby debut contest is 12/28- 8 lb, 14 oz

  15. I’ve never heard of quinoa pasta before! I made a butternut squash (vegan) mac and cheese dish with spinach once which was actually really good! I’m not vegan but we had a lot of butternut squash to go through! Other than that, pasta with red sauce that has lots of veggies in it is good too!
    Caroline´s last post ..I Swim in December

  16. My mom was born on the 13th, so I’m going to have to go with lucky next Friday the 13th! 8 lbs even! (although I really want to say 7 lbs 13 oz just so the numbers all match up…ha)
    Caroline´s last post ..I Swim in December

  17. Hmm.. Fave pasta dish? Easily my grandmother’s Mac and cheese casserole. The unexpected ingredient is cream of celery soup — so so so good!

  18. Oh, and cheese baby’s arrival? I was born on the thirteenth, so I’m partial to that day. And let’s go with 7 pounds, 11 oz.

  19. My favorite pasta dish is lasagna. Sometimes though salty buttered noodles really hit the spot.
    Alyssa @ Don’t Look Down´s last post ..Volunteering at Ironman Wisconsin

  20. I think she will be born 12/14/13 and weigh in at 8 lbs 6 oz.
    Alyssa @ Don’t Look Down´s last post ..Volunteering at Ironman Wisconsin

  21. Just pasta with some homemade veggie soup poured over the top (I’m so vanilla sometimes)
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  22. I love penne vodka. Not at all healthy but I can never pass it up!

  23. These days, I’ve been loving mixing my pasta with a sauce of diced (cooked) chicken, salsa, cheddar cheese, corn, cumin, a few black beans, bell peppers, and a little bit of plain Greek yogurt. It’s like southwestern Italian! :)

  24. My guess is 12/17 (the date of the full moon) with a weight of 8 lbs 2 oz.

  25. Your pregnancy pictures are beautiful!
    When I really need the comfort of pasta it’s with some butter/fake butter, garlic salt and some good parm.

  26. Also: 8lbs 2oz on Christmas Eve!

  27. I’m a big fan of avocado pesto pasta

  28. As a gluten intolerant person, this sounds good bc i have pretty much divorced my self from pasta.
    also: 12/15/13 at 9lb 1oz for the cheese baby!

  29. after i posted it i remembered it was supposed to be a seperate comment.

    Cheese baby:
    9lb 1oz on 12/15!!!

    But if you wanted to hold out until my birthday 12/30 that would be ok too :) it would be like a happy 30th birthday present

  30. I love cauliflower Alfredo pasta!

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