Earlier this year, I decided to stop eating wheat products. Which, although it has made me feel 10 times more healthy, was at first an incredibly difficult transition because I love carbs. Maybe more than I love bacon. And topping my list of carbohydrated favorites? Pasta. Oh, how I love pasta, preferably in the longest formats possible: Spaghetti, cappelini, and my personal favorite, pappardelle. Naseem and I love this restaurant called Ca’Dario here in Santa Barbara, which makes the best Pappardelle with Bolognese on the planet. No exaggeration. I would call it my #1 favorite meal of all time. (Sorry, Mom!)

Now you’re saying to yourself, so what? There are plenty of other carbs out there: potatoes, rice, beans, corn. And this is all true, and I love all these things. Strangely though, once I gave up the wheat, my motivation for other carbs lessened tremendously. I’m certainly not 100% carb-free, and I even treat myself to pizza from time to time. But when my husband’s not around, I don’t feel the need to make a carb-based side dish with dinner. And that’s been a real blessing.

That said, the next time I feel the need to indulge in a gluten-packed meal, this is what I’m making. Pam from Sidewalk Shoes has managed to wrap three of my favorite foods into one delectable dish. Go check out the recipe. I’m pretty sure this one will be worth the consequences.