One of the hardest parts of being a new vegan (or even an old seasoned vegan) is trying to keep up with all the new products out there. I must have spent over $50 looking for the "right" vegan cheese my first year being a vegan and I have over 50 vegan/vegetarian cookbooks in my arsenal but not all the recipes are the greatest. I’m the first born so I’m used to being a Guinea Pig and now I’m your Vegan Guinea Pig. So here are my recommendations and critiques. Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Brown Rice Pasta (Gluten Free Pasta)

I’m always looking for new ways to inject more whole grains into my diet and since I have a love for seitan that knows no bounds I try to keep my gluten intake low in every other part of my diet to make sure that I am getting a varied diet. Two years ago I started seeing brown rice pasta pop up at my coop, Whole Foods and Trader Joes. I thought I’d give the spaghetti a try and was amazed that it tasted exactly like traditional pasta but was made entirely out of brown rice making it gluten free. I quickly went back and bought ever single shape and type of brown rice pasta you can imagine. From that point on I have never looked back and haven’t used traditional pasta in my home for anything.

My favorite brand, and the one I see most often is Tinkyada. It comes in every style you could possibly imagine: spaghetti, fettuccini, spirals, fusilli, shells, jumbo/grand shells, elbow macaroni, dreams (fun shapes for kids), lasagna, penne, spinach brown rice spaghetti and even vegetable brown rice spirals.

Trader Joe’s does carry it’s own brand of brown rice pasta and although it is good the taste pales in comparison to Tinkyada brand. Not only is Tinkyada brown rice pasta gluten free but they also have an extensive organic line.


  1. Tinkyada Brown Rice pasta is the best - I make a great vegan mac & cheeze with the elbows pictured above. All of their pastas are great - every shape and size. Only trick you have to remember is to slightly undercook it. Otherwise, perfect!

  2. One of my colleagues is a celiac sufferer who gets celiac shock to even consuming small amount of gluten.
    He must be happy to have this pasta. Though he does not have to remove oats from his diet.


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