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Black Bean Pasta

Gage loves pasta. Being wheat and rice free his only other option is corn pasta. We have removed corn. So now what? I looked at quinoa pasta but it has rice in it. Then, our last trip to the “stinky” food store I found black bean pasta!  It’s called Explore Asian Organic Black Bean Spaghetti.

The first night I used the pasta I made our version of Kraft’s Cheesy chicken and broccoli over rice. The only thing I swapped out of the recipe was the black bean pasta for the rice. The boys loved it. I had never made it for them before. Gage loved his new pasta. Awesome – we have our pasta replacement!

Yeah right! Things are never that easy for us.

Right after dinner we were rushing our bedtime routine and I put the boys in the shower. I turn Gage around to wash his hair and notice hives all over the lower part of his face. UGH I dash out into the family room and quickly explain the hives to Nathan, grab the Benadryl and head back to the bathroom. The hives appeared to be the only reaction. So darn frustrating. He’s not allergic to black beans, is he? I had used chicken broth and was hoping it was something in that. Our first allergist told me if they have a reaction still try it 2 more times to make sure they are truly allergic. Obviously if it was anaphylactic we wouldn’t try it again. So I was determined this pasta was safe! A week later I decided we would try it again. I gave the boys their dinner and explained to Gage he could only eat a few noodles and we needed to wait to see if he broke out in hives. Ten minutes went by and nothing happened. So we let him eat the pasta with the rest of his dinner. Sure enough after he was done with dinner the hives popped up. We washed him off and they started going away. We thought maybe it was more of a contact allergy. The boys started playing and about a half hour passed when Gage started coughing. He kept coughing and coughing and said his chest was tight. He was still reacting to the pasta! So we gave him some Benadryl. He didn’t stop coughing and we ended up having to give him an albuterol breathing treatment. Once that was done he was better. How strange though it was so delayed.

I’m pretty bummed the little guy doesn’t have any pasta. He loves pasta. We’re also confused as to why he’s reacting to the beans. He eats lima beans, kidney beans and pinto beans with no problems. I guess it’s just one of those weird allergy things. Put black beans on his list!

While the boys were eating I told Nathan to taste the noodles. He asked if they were safe for him and I said yes. Just as he touched the noodle to his tongue it hit me I had boiled them in chicken broth! I yelled spit it out spit it out! He ran to the sink and rinsed his mouth out. I about did him in!

So to put an end to the black bean pasta I finished it off the next day.

January 29, 2012 - Posted by | Gage's allergies, LIVING | , , , ,


  1. Our daughter cannot have the pastas you mentioned but can have Gefen noodles because they are made of potato, They do not contain eggs, either. I am trying amazon but usually get them at the grocery store during Jewish holidays. the ingredient list on a,axon says walnut oil but when I got them they didn’t.


    Comment by dustee | January 29, 2012 | Reply

    • I can’t wait to find this pasta and try it! Thank you so much for letting me know about it.


      Comment by livingtheallergylife | February 2, 2012 | Reply

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