One of the most important things I try to do here at Maria's Farm Country Kitchen is to make things like cooking--and organic living--simple and easy, and make them things your whole family will enjoy. And I think nothing can be worse than deciding you are going to make a positive change in your life--let's say, switch to organic, whole wheat pasta--but picking the wrong one at the supermarket. What's wrong with that? Well, you feed it to your family, and they all go "yuck," and you never can get them to try whole wheat organic pasta again.
My goal is to get you from "yuck" to "yum!"
Now, whether you like it or not, we all know whole wheat pasta is healthier for us. In addition to the hundreds of studies showing whole grains have more fiber, more nutrition, and react better inside our bodies, I can share my own personal experience. Since I'm married to an Italian, pasta is a regular part of my cooking regime. The smooth, silky slide of spaghetti down the throat is a family tradition. Then, at some point, I decided to switch to whole wheat. It took a while for everyone to get used to it. It took a while for me to learn how to flavor it differently. But now, my whole family loves it, and we feel fuller longer, after eating less. But we didn't get there right away. Once, I picked up a store brand of pasta that was truly horrible. It took me a while to find a brand that my family would all like. And not all people are as intrepid as I am when it comes to persistently looking for answers.
For Maria Rodale's organic whole wheat pasta taste test results, go to www.maria'sfarmcountrykitchen.com.
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