One of the wonderful things about blogging is that occasionally you are gifted something from a marketing company who wants to promote their product.  As bloggers around the world, and more recently around Australia, are being noticed as influential media (thanks for reading everyone!!) we are offered all sorts of weird and wonderful products for review.  Mummy bloggers are getting picked up in limos to attend lavish launch parties in Sydney and fashion bloggers get front row seats at fashion week alongside the editors of magazines like Vogue.

It’s not a bad perk considering that we certainly don’t blog for the money and we tend to crap on about whatever the hell we like (that’s the whole point right?).  So today, I want to share a new product that I was sent recently – SlimPasta.  You may have seen it as a new addition in the pasta section of your local supermarket.

What the hell is SlimPasta and how is it different from regular not-so-slim pasta?   According to their website:

“SlimPasta is naturally made of a vegetable called Konjac which produces a high fibre (called gulcomannan) that is a low calorie and low carbohydrate food.”

So how did I use it?  Well I used the Angel Hair pasta and I used it the same way I would use rice noodles in an asian style vegetable soup.  The pasta was great and very easy – I just rinsed it and added it to the soup before serving.  I wouldn’t use it in place of regular pasta with a tomato-based sauce or a creamy sauce, but they do have a ‘spaghetti’ style product as well so perhaps this one is more like regular ol’ pasta.

I love that it is made from a vegetable rather than a grain like rice or wheat and it’s supposed to make you feel fuller for longer.  It certainly seems like a good addition to a healthy vegan diet to me!  I’m not sure how processed it is – the vegetable certainly doesn’t look anything like the pasta….

Konjac root

Recipe

To make the soup (which I’m a little bit obsessed with and have ALL the time), simply boil some water in a saucepan; add some flavour such as lemongrass, ginger and vegetable stock or miso paste and bring to the boil; add in whatever vegetables you like such as zucchini, tomato, broccoli, mushrooms, seaweed and carrots; and then add the SlimPasta at the end before serving.  Garnish with fresh coriander and voila!

If you have tried this pasta I’d love to hear how you used it!

Amanda x