I have always written that pure unprocessed foods are the only way to go when it comes to eating gluten-free. This gives you the added benefit of a healthier lifestyle when you choose gluten-free foods that are fresh and unprocessed. But there are times when I crave the old favorites that were part of my childhood memories. Things like spaghetti and meatballs for instance.
I have written in previous columns about how most manufacturers substitute rice flour for wheat flour and call it gluten-free. Which it is. But it does not taste good. So I prefer not to eat it.
So recently I found a noodle product that behaves and tastes like actual spaghetti. Except that it is made from tofu. I know that some previous tofu based products have been less than excellent, but this one is superb! It has a mouth feel and taste like the spaghetti that I remember. Here is another bonus if you are watching your carbs. It has only 8 carbs in a serving and 40 calories. And it still tastes great!
It is made by a company called Wildwood Foods and is labeled Gluten-free. It comes in a plastic bag and the pasta is actually floating in a water liquid when you buy it, so you need to drain it and rinse it before use.
There is only one shortcoming that the product has and it is easy to dispense with. When you open the bag it has a smell that is quite odd and it is the result of keeping soy in a closed bag. So just rinse it and go. There is no residual taste associated with the smell. Once you rinse it, it is gone.
I went to M&Ms who, by the way, have an extensive list of gluten-free products and if you ask they will give you the list. They can check any product in the store for gluten by using the list. They have a product under their Fresh Solutions label called Meatballs in Marinara Sauce which is gluten-free. I heated it up, put it on my 'pasta' and enjoyed a plate of Spaghetti and Meatballs that rivaled my childhood memories.