Thursday, March 10, 2011

Mung Bean Fettuchini

I’m stepping out and trying more new things, and last night’s experiment was Mung Bean Fettuchini.

I've still been using good ole Muller's because I don’t like whole wheat pasta. I don’t make pasta that often, so it’s not really a big deal, but I would prefer a healthier alternative. Then a friend told me she found mung bean fettuchini at the health food store and I decided to check it out.

I have to say I didn’t love the smell when I opened the bag. It reminded me of walking into the pet store to buy more dog food, not a bad smell, but not what I expected.

It only takes 6 – 8 minutes to cook. I did it for 6, and it wasn't bad, but next time I’ll do it for 7.

Here it is with my Baked Chicken. (I used oregano, basil and thyme on the chicken to go with the sauce.)

All photos (c) 2/9/11, Kathy Fannon

I used Giada DeLaurentis’ Vegetable Marinara pasta sauce from Target, which I like because there are no ‘bad’ ingredients and it's a delicious sauce.

When I took the first bite I thought how it seemed to ‘bounce’ back at me as it had just a hint of a rubbery texture, but not at all bad! My husband’s comment was that it’s chewy. It’s definitely not the same as Muller’s, but VERY good.

The package was 7 oz and has 4 servings, although it could easily be 5 or 6. Each serving has 20 grams of protein and almost 10% RDA of iron. It would be considered low fat as there are only 4.5 grams of fat and 187 calories.

It was a little pricey ($3.99), but worth it. I LOVED Mung Bean Fettuchini and will definitely get this again!

Hmmm...I wonder how this would be in a soup?

Mung bean facts (the actual bean, not the fettuchini):
  • Mung beans have 14 grams of protein and 30 calories per cooked cup.
  • Mung beans are a good source of fiber.
  • Mung beans contain B vitamins, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and copper, and are a good source of thiamin and folate.
  • Mung beans are easy to digest; they don’t generally create abdominal gas or bloating.
  • Mung beans are small green legumes.
  • When sprouted, mung beans are usually just called bean sprouts.
  • Mung beans are gluten free.
  • Mung beans are a good alternative to meat for vegetarians.
Are you bold enough to try Mung Bean Fettuchini? Let me know how you like it!