Last year, we tried whole wheat pasta, and couldn't stand it. When I joined Spark in January, we started buying it again. Hodgson Mill brand... We cook it for a few minutes longer than suggested, and my family LOVES it. Hubby was very reluctant at first, but he requests it often. We even have made over his grandmother's famous lasagna recipe using whole wheat noodles, and he LOVES that!
For kids, I know at least in my house, if you jazz up anything, they'll eat. They can't tell the difference once the sauce is added.
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We love whole wheat/whole grain pastas. And there are so many brands out there to choose from. For those who don't like it, try the Quinoa pasta. It will probably be in a natural store or the natural section of a larger chain (like kroger). It tastes a lot more like real pasta, but much healthier. Check it out!
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Tonikova, try mixing your pasta (half white noodles and half wheat or multigrain). We did that for awhile until we got used to it and now it's pretty much all whole wheat. The kids don't even complain any more. You can do the same thing with white rice and brown rice.
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We love it. Our super Wal-Mart carries it so the price is ok. We batch cook a carb each week and this is one of the favorites. (We cook rice or pasta or potatos, etc, on Sunday and make various dinners with them).
One of our family favorites is to use this pasta topped with Hunt's brand chopped tomatoes (they have different flavors) instead of spaghetti sauce. Chopped tomatoes have lots less sugar.
I use the 100% whole wheat brand from Wal-mart. My boyfriend is picky so I get him the regular stuff and make the whole grain for me and DD. I can't tell the difference with a little sauce on it, and I'm sure he wouldn't either if he didn't know it ahead of time.
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As far as Barilla plus, I do not think you can tell the difference between the regular pasta and the the Barilla Plus when using the Spagetti or Angel Hair. But any other kind is a bit harder to get use to.
Whole-grain pasta is one thing my family will NOT tolerate (whereas whole-wheat flour and rice have been worked in gradually). I dislike it, too, so am not raising a fuss - I did love the Barilla Plus, though kids didn't. Figure we have to compromise some time, so am serving regular pasta and whole-grain everything else.
We usually buy whole wheat pasta or multigrain -I can't recall the names right now. As long as it isn't all white flour we go for it. Our kids are young so they really don't realize the differnece. I used to make my own (before kids) and might start again now that my DH is old enough to 'help'.
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My kids will not eat whole wheat pasta, so Barilla-Plus is a good compromise. It is more nutritious than the usual white flower pasta. Using Barilla-Plus means I do not have to make a separate pasta dish for myself.
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Just an FYI...These pastas are definitely better than the traditional ones, but they are not 100% whole grain. They state that they contain whole grains, but not 100%...look at the ingredients if that is a concern for you.
I do Weight Watchers Core plan and this does not count as one of the foods I can eat. Walmart has a brand of 100% pastas that are good and they aren't very expensive either.
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