When I was a teenager, and “helping” my mom repaint my bedroom, I painted my closet black. Which immediately made it impossible to find anything, as all my clothes were black as well.
Which is likely why, years later, the goth girl in me grabbed a package of black bean noodles while grocery shopping. Pasta is wonderful, they’re healthy, and here was a gluten-free pasta I hadn’t tried before!
So, I bring you the Halloween edition of my blog: black bean noodles. I had planned on doing a post involving roasted pumpkins and fancy soup, but then I had papers to grade, and, well.
Tearing open the package, I was a little nervous, as the noodles were really skinny. I cooked them al dente, so they were a bit chewy, but they held up well— despite being so thin.
They have a chewy, satisfying texture and a subtle, distinctive taste. I put sesame seeds and a little salt and oil on them, and they were very good. They reminded me a little of soba, or buckwheat, noodles.
Also: they’re low in calories, but super high in protein. Which makes me think they’d be great in stir fries— I could just pile on the veggies, and not worry so much about tofu for protein.
Finally: they just look really, really cool. Being tasty and nutritious is a plus, but look at them. I mean, black noodles.
Where do you get black bean noodles? Fancy grocery stores: I’ve seen them at both Hiller’s and Plum Market. UPDATE: I’ve also bought ’em in the gluten-free section of Meijer.
I have never heard of those! My brother is gluten free and we are always on the lookout for different options – will have to find these!
There’s a huge variety of non-wheat noodles out there— and these were some of the healthiest I’ve tried. Thanks for reading!
I’ve never seen black bean noodles, but they sound yummy. I’ll have to see if Whole Foods has them. I also got a laugh out of your goth girl memories. I was the opposite, however; and used to wear hot pink and neon colors – yikes!!
I haven’t tried Whole Foods for them yet, but it seems a good place to check. If there’s a natural or health food store near you, that’d also be a good place.
I’m just glad that I went to high school before Facebook was popular!