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The other day, I was walking down the aisles at the grocery store and I saw a quinoa chocolate bar. Quinoa is great, but let’s be serious – once we start mixing quinoa with chocolate, things have gone too far. It got me thinking of how many different foods and products there are that involve matcha… and how many of them have jumped the shark (tea infuser).
Matcha is an incredible drink, but it’s also become a HUGE fad in recent years. Just when you think it’s starting to die down, you take a look at Pinterest and see walls and walls of matcha being added to just about everything. I get it, it turns stuff green, that’s cool, but at the end of the day, as much as we do love matcha, there’s a certain point where enough is enough, isn’t there? Maybe not. You can be the judge.
If one of your recipes shows up here, it’s nothing personal, I’m sure it’s delicious and it’s definitely eye-catching!
5. Matcha Gnocchi
This recipe comes from Princess Tofu, and if you want to make it yourself you can find out how right here. It does look tasty, and this inclusion is by no means a critique on the execution of this dish, nor are any of these. At the end of the day, eat things that you enjoy, right? And if you’d rather eat matcha than drink it, to each their own!
4. Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding
Chia pudding is one of the biggest lies of our generation. It’s not pudding! It’s slimy little seed that you need to soak before eating, otherwise they’ll expand in your throat and kill you before you even finish your serving. At least chia seeds are merciful enough to put you out of your misery. Here’s how to make it, though.
3. Matcha Soft Pretzel
Everybody loves a nice soft pretzel, everybody loves matcha… and that seems to be the inspiration behind a lot of these recipes. If you want to get some weird looks, bring one of these matcha pretzels to the ballpark.
2. Matcha Popcorn
Here’s another one that will get you some interesting looks at the ball park. Popcorn is versatile, it can be sweet or savoury, and it can be a holder for any number of different toppings, but it’s hard to beat caramel corn or just a simple butter and salt combo. If you want to get really fancy, though, here’s the recipe.
1. Matcha Pasta Noodles
There are a lot of interesting alternative types of pasta noodles out there, like black bean noodles and spaghetti squash. This one uses a normal pasta recipe (flour and egg), but also incorporates… you guessed it… matcha. Why? Because people love pasta, and people love matcha. Here’s how to make it.
Whether you like to make matcha into dinner or desert, or simply mix it with a whisk or an electric frother into some hot water or another drink, do you. If you love to cook with matcha, you should! Just make sure you’re using food grade instead of the really good stuff, save that for us!