This delicious, gluten-free sundried tomato and garlic pasta is perfect for a speedy weeknight dinner

Are you looking for a quick and easy pasta recipe that’s both gluten-free and dairy-free? Then you’ve come to the right place!

This delicious sundried tomato and garlic pasta recipe I’m sharing takes little time to prep and cook, requires only a few simple ingredients, and contains no gluten or dairy. It’s all vegan-friendly!

Plus, this pasta is a great way to get your fibre and protein in for a super-speedy lunch or dinner! Be sure to try it out this winter – it’s the perfect guilt-free comfort food.

Enjoy!

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Gluten-free sundried tomato and garlic pasta recipe

Serves: 4-5

You’ll need:

  • 350 g gluten-free pasta of choice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 650 g fresh baby spinach, shredded
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup plain hummus
  • 1/4 tbsp sea salt
  • 1/4 freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp whole almonds
  • 10 sundried tomatoes, finely diced

What to do:

  1. Cook your pasta according to the directions on the packaging. Drain the pasta, then place it back into the empty pot.
  2. Add the garlic and olive oil to the pot and cook for two to three minutes.
  3. Add in the spinach, sea salt and black pepper, and cook for a further two to three minutes or until the spinach is wilted.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and mix in the hummus and sundried tomatoes.
  5. Transfer to pasta to a large serving bowl and top with almonds.

If you try out this tasty recipe, be sure to let me know your thoughts!

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Is flaxseed milk the best vegan milk alternative? I decided to find out for myself

Each year, a new ingredient steps up in the world of dairy alternatives. The most recent superstar was coconut, but I’m wondering if it’s now flaxseed’s turn to shine.

 

True, flaxseeds can’t rival the natural cream of coconut. But, the health food industry has come up with recipes to make flax-based milk alternatives taste pretty amazing.

 

A couple of months ago, I read an article from a mainstream publication where a group of dairy-consuming writers sampled various types of milk alternatives for a big taste test. I’m always curious when people who drink cow’s milk regularly, weigh in on milk alternatives.

 

Still, their findings surprised me. Of all the varieties, flaxseed milk won… Hands down! Flaxseeds made into milk beat out almonds, soy, rice and coconut milk? Seriously? Now this was something that I just had to taste for myself…

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I tried out three different flaxseed milks – here’s what I thought

As it turns out, there are a couple of flaxseed products on the local market. Anyway, I got my hands on three different flaxseed milks. After trying them out, I drew up these conclusions:

Plain flaxseed milk

Wow, this was, well, perfect! I could easily taste why this was the unanimous winner. It was fluid, smooth, lightly creamy, and yet refreshing. It has a hint of sweetness, but is relatively neutral in taste, with an overall seamless flavour. This variety seemed quite versatile, though I still wouldn’t use it in a purely savoury recipe, like mashed potatoes.

Vanilla flaxseed milk

This was way sweeter than I expected, almost dessert-like but oh-so yummy. The flavour is very vanilla, which I absolutely loved. It also had a semi-rich, 2% like texture that was incredibly smooth and easy to drink. I found it to be less thick than coconut milk beverage and smoother and more refreshing than the almond milk options. I think this one could be a big hit in almost any sweet recipe, and in everyday drinks like hot cocoa, coffee, and tea.

Unsweetened flaxseed milk

I typically purchase only unsweetened varieties of milk alternatives for their multi-purpose potential and the ability to make sugar-free recipes, so this was the flavour that I was most curious about. Truthfully, it wasn’t as scrumptious as the other two for the obvious reason: No sweetener. However, my interest in milk alternatives isn’t for sipping, it’s for smoothies and other recipes, from sweet to savoury. The unsweetened flaxseed milk added just the right amount of body to my breakfast smoothies, and the fairly neutral yet somewhat savoury flavour seemed like a perfect fit for most dishes. I would definitely consider purchasing this one again for further testing.

Some interesting details on flaxseed milks

And some additional details that I thought you might find interesting …

In addition to being vegan and dairy-free, they’re completely soy-free (no soy lecithin!), gluten-free, and free of the top eight allergens in terms of ingredients.

Each serving contains 1200 mg of omega-3’s from cold-pressed flax oil. In fact, fat is just about the only thing in this product beyond some sugars (from evaporated cane juice) in the plain and vanilla varieties. The unsweetened contains just 25 calories (and 2.5 g of fat) in a 250 ml glass!

Even though the plain and vanilla varieties are sweetened, they’re still relatively low in sugars.

Flaxseed milks are fortified with vitamin A (10%), vitamin D (25%), vitamin B12 (25%), and calcium (30%) to rival the vitamin and mineral content of dairy milk.

So is flaxseed milk the best vegan milk alternative?

I’d say definitely! Ditch the almond milk for a moment and try this stuff out. If you’re lactose intolerant or just enjoy dairy-free milks, I highly recommend you try flaxseed milk out.

Meet my five favourite cow’s milk substitutes for sipping and cooking

Why stick to plain old cow’s milk when there are so many amazing other choices out there? Here are some of my favourite milk substitutes for both sipping and cooking. I know you’ll love them as much as I do!

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Five great non-dairy milk options

#1: Almond milk

Almond milk is nutty and toasty with a faint bitter background. Ground almonds are mixed with water, filtered, and then fortified with nutrients and thickened with agents like lecithin and carrageenan for body. It’s great in tea, coffee, smoothies, oatmeal or cereal. You can also use it to bake breads and cakes.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: 60 calories per cup, 0 g saturated fat, 1 g protein

#2: Rice milk

Rice milk pretty much tastes just like sweet rice! It gets the little body it has from a small amount of safflower or canola oil. It’s lovely in smoothies, cereal and even puddings. It’s a little too watery to use to bake bread, in my opinion. When I once tried it, my bread turned out gummy.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: 120 calories per cup, 0 g saturated fat, 1 g protein

#3: Hemp milk

Hemp milk is chalky with a strong, fermented, vitamin-like flavour. Even in brands that use thickeners, hemp milk – yes, made from seeds of the hemp plant – is likely to be cloudy with a few particles. It’s perfect for a quick bread or pudding.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: 100 calories per cup, 0.5 g saturated fat, 3 g protein

#4: Coconut milk

Coconut milk tastes similar to canned light coconut milk, but has slightly less sweet “coconutty” flavour and body, despite thickeners and as much saturated fat as whole cow’s milk. It’s especially delicious in fruit smoothies!

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: 80 calories per cup, 5 g saturated fat, 1 g protein

#5: Soy milk

Most soy milks have thickeners to get that rich, milk-like consistency – the benchmark for dairy substitutes. It’s mildly nutty and creamy with a vegetal note. It’s ideal for in tea, coffee, smoothies, oatmeal, cereal, breads and puddings.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: 80 calories per cup, 0 g saturated fat, 6 g to 8 g protein

What’s your favourite dairy substitute?

What’s all this hype about “rice milk”?

There are so many great dairy-free milks on the market at the moment. Perfect for both lactose-intolerant as well as vegan foodies, dairy-free milks aren’t only a great healthy alternative to normal cow’s milk – they’re delicious too!

 

I’m sure you’ve heard of the most popular ones… You know – almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk and so on. But have you heard of rice milk? It’s growing in popularity. The name may confuse you – milk from rice? Let me tell you all about it!

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What is rice milk?

Compared to other non-dairy milks, like nut milks, rice milk is thinner. It’s made by blending boiled rice with water and adding some type of sweetener. One cup of rice milk contains 2 g of fat, 1 g of protein and no fibre.

Rice milk has a lovely light, sweet flavour and is great for adding to tea, coffee, cereal or pudding. Some people actually say that rice milk has the closest taste to cow’s milk out of all the dairy-free milks out there.

Some creative ways to use rice milk

  • In green tea
  • In a banana smoothie
  • In a cream of mushroom soup
  • In a bowl of oatmeal with dried cranberries, desiccated coconut and almonds

How do you enjoy your rice milk? Tell me below!

A famous American almond milk brand comes to South Africa

Do you remember my post last month about Blue Almond Breeze, the American brand of almond milk?

 

Good news, nut milk lovers: Almond Breeze has come to South Africa! Their launch took place last week.

 

Almond Breeze is a low-calorie, lactose-free dairy alternative. There will be two options available on our local shelves: Unsweetened and Original.

 

Read on to find out more about this exciting new product…

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The fuss behind Almond Breeze coming to SA

Nut milks are so popular right now – and for good reason! They’re healthy and so delicious. I’m obsessed with them. They’re tasty in everything from coffee to cereal. At the Almond Breeze launch, there were a number of dishes prepared using the milk, from mueslis to cappuccinos.

Almond Breeze is a very well-known brand over in the US and the UK. When I was last in the states, I tried it out for myself. And I must say, it is pretty darn good! I much prefer the unsweetened version though; it has a nutty, slightly sweet taste. I don’t like the idea of anything “sweetened”.

I personally find Almond Breeze almond milk a lot tastier and creamier than any of our locally-made almond milks.

“Almond Breeze has been the leading almond milk in the United States for over a decade, offering a high quality and healthy alternative to milk. Over the past few years we have successfully launched in a number of markets around the world and we are excited to launch in South Africa, addressing the increasing demand for an alternative to dairy in the country.” – Brendan Binder, Global Director of Almond Breeze.

What you can look forward to with this brand being in SA

Firstly, I love how Almond Breeze is conveniently packaged in nifty little cartons. It sure beats having to store big, bulky glass or plastic bottles of nut milk in your fridge (I have a small fridge, okay?).

This almond milk will be readily available at all supermarkets at the recommend price of R34.95 for 1 litre. Yup, that’s quite a lot less than fancy juice bars charge us for almond milk!

In addition to all this, Almond Breeze Barista blend will be available in coffee shops. Look out for it immediately in the Cove group of restaurants, including La Belle in Camps Bay (which was the venue for the launch).

While I haven’t tried the barista blend out for myself yet, I’m sure it’s worth trying. Almond Breeze SA manufacturers, Good Hope Beverages, say the idea is that it’ll be rolled out in coffee shops across the country.