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Pasta Alternatives to Love

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If you’re looking to satisfy customers who are watching their waistlines, consider adding pasta alternatives to your menu. Regular white pasta loses its nutrients during its refining process and is full of carbohydrates. While substituting wheat or rice based noodles for white pasta can help eliminate some of the extra calories, there are many vegetable-based alternatives to the classic spaghetti.

Light, water-based vegetables, like zucchini or squash, are a popular alternative to regular pasta. Simply shred the vegetable with a peeler to mimic strands of pasta. More creative alternatives include black bean spaghetti and broccoli slaw. These options are low in carbohydrates and will appeal to diners watching their weight.

Consider experimenting with vegetarian and vegan options using these pasta alternatives. By including these unique dishes to your menu, you can profit from offering healthier options. Try plating your pasta alternative dishes in interesting ways, like with a trendy bowl from Front of the House. By switching up your serving style, you can excite customers to try new offerings and share their experiences with friends on social media, giving you more business in the long run.

Feature this easy-to-make black bean spaghetti stir fry recipe on your menu today:

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. package of sausage, cut into 1/4” rounds
  • 7 oz. package black bean spaghetti
  • ½ onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 ½ bell peppers, seeded and sliced
  • 10 oz. broccoli, fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup ginger-soy dressing
  • ¼ cup cashews, peanuts, or sunflower seeds (optional)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook black bean spaghetti according to box directions.
  2. Add broccoli to boiling pasta in the last 2-3 minutes of cooking.
  3. Drain and rinse the spaghetti and broccoli. Drain again.
  4. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown sausage and remove from heat.
  5. Sautee onions. Add bell peppers in the last 2-3 minutes of cooking.
  6. Stir in sausage, spaghetti, broccoli, tomatoes, and desired amount of salt and pepper.
  7. Drizzle ¼ cup of ginger-soy dressing over the ingredients and toss lightly.
  8. Garnish with optional nuts/seeds and extra ginger-soy dressing.

Food Gradients and Photography

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Social media channels have been taken by storm with the latest food photography trend: arranging fruits, vegetables, and other natural foods by their organic color. Many food lovers with a passion for the arts make it their mission to carefully select natural foods by their shade and arrange them in an aesthetically pleasing portrait. The color palettes chosen can range from an all-encompassing rainbow gradient to specific color shades. The arrangement will work as long as the shades transition from one shade to another in a virtually seamless display.

When photographing food gradients, natural foods tend to be the best and most popular showcase material because of their accessibility and varied organic colors. The unique re-imagination of common, natural foods make gradients extremely popular on social media. These photographs translate to a large audience of viewers because they showcase the authentic beauty of organic foods familiar with everyone worldwide.

To get more buzz on your restaurant’s social media accounts, you can start including food gradients in your regular postings. Beginning the process is as simple as a trip to the local farmer’s market. Start by selecting foods that relate to your specific business. Own a cute brunch café? Try choosing fresh fruit to photograph. Or if your menu includes Italian pasta dishes, you can select various vegetables, such as tomatoes or peppers, of different colors to grab the attention of customers online.

After choosing the correct natural foods, play around with your selections and begin arranging them in a color gradient format. If you would like a guide, specific color palettes in a multitude of shades can be referenced online with a quick search. Display options for the foods are unlimited and completely up to you – set the natural foods up in straight lines with even spacing or experiment with a more layered look against a clean backdrop. Adding these fun food gradients to your social media posts will not only help to market your business online, but will generate excitement for your restaurant in person too.

Bring on the Buddha Bowls

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Buddha bowls, often referred to as yoga bowls or hippie bowls, are a new food industry trend keeping the health community buzzing. The bowls include a grain base, often rice or quinoa, and feature various vegetables and leafy greens. Common add-ons include nuts or seeds to add texture and taste. However, the ingredients are variable and customizable for everyone so Buddha bowls allow a great margin of creativity to the individual.

This compact meal can be prepared in advance and is easy-to-store, making Buddha bowls a natural choice for those on the go and looking for a healthy meal. If added to a restaurant menu, Buddha bowls offer a unique twist to typical health food options. Restaurants can serve prepared Buddha bowls on the menu or set up a buffet-style center for customers to experiment with their own creations.

The nutritious and delicious nature of Buddha bowls supports a healthier lifestyle and makes the transition simple. The bowls can help people combat the common sacrifice of health for the sake of convenience with fast food. Buddha bowls make the switch to healthier eating simple and affordable for everyone since the ingredients are customizable. For added charm, serve your Buddha bowl in a trendy rice bowl, instead of typical dinnerware. Instawares offers a wide-ranging selection of rice bowls so you can customize your dining experience as much as your own Buddha bowl.