Congratulations to our #Pastapalooza2016 GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!!

July 19th, 2016  |  By:

Congratulations to Harold K. from Corpus Christi, TX for being our #Pastapalooza2016 GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!! Harold not only won a year’s supply of #HealthyPasta, but also a $1,000 Visa gift card! We recently caught up with Harold to learn a little more about him and just how he plans on using his awesome prize.

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Photo: Harold with his wife and grandsons enjoying his prize!

Besides being the Pastapalooza 2016 Grand Prize Winner, tell us a little bit about yourself!

Harold: My name is Harold and I’m 70 years old. I was self-employed in marketing for 20 years but now that I’m retired, I love to spend my time hunting and fishing. In 1978, I married my wife. We have one daughter and three grandsons who live just a few miles away! Another great part about being retired is I get to see my grandsons more. Next week we’re even going on a camping trip. Hopefully we’ll get in a lot of sightseeing and catch a lot of rainbow trout!

How did you first learn about Dreamfields Pasta?

Harold: My family loves pasta and we do try to stay healthy. When we first learned about a healthy pasta option, we decided to give it a try and we’ve been using Dreamfields ever since! I signed up for a coupon in 2008, although I was eating it well before that, and we loved the recipes that were offered so it’s been a great ongoing food relationship.

What is your favorite cut of pasta that Dreamfields offers?

Harold: We love using both Angel Hair and Rotini!

Are you the cook in your family?

Harold: No, my wife is the cook. We eat out for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday but the majority of our meals are made at home by my wife.

How did you hear about the contest and what made you want to enter?

Harold: I’ve been following Dreamfields for years, so I’ve signed up for a lot of stuff including the newsletter and entered a lot of contests – but I never thought I’d actually win one!

Have you won any contests before?

Harold: This is the first thing I’ve won since 1979! I won a turkey from a girl scout group…but this is much better!

How did you feel when you found out you won?

Harold: I thought someone was pulling my leg! I was trying to remember who I told that I entered the contest to figure out who would have thought this was a funny joke to play on me. Then I remembered I hadn’t told anyone, and I couldn’t believe it was real!

Are there any recipes that you like to whip up for friends and family?

Harold: I like making beef tips with pasta, with individual cuts of pasta. I brown the steak and mix it with some soup and it’s really good. My family also loves tuna casserole!

How do you stay healthy and active throughout the year?

Harold: I’ve always been a big guy and I love to eat, but I also really enjoy staying active! We have a pool, and I’m in it a lot. My local YMCA also offers a Silver Sneakers program so I’m able to work out there a few times a week so I’m able to get in shape for elk hunting.

What is your absolute favorite thing to do in the summer?

Harold: I love when my grandsons come over to swim. We love making wings on the BBQ in the early afternoon, and later grilling some hamburgers. Growing up every big holiday was spent with family, and I like to carry that tradition on. I enjoy being surrounded by my family more than anything, and I’m so lucky to have them so close to me!

Any plans for the $1,000 gift card yet?

Harold: I’m going to go elk hunting in the middle of October! I’ll now be able to be one of the first ones out there so I’ll have the best opportunity and I’m so excited!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s #Pastapalooza2016 and congratulations to all our winners!! Don’t forget to visit the recipe section on our website for a variety of #HealthyPasta recipes all year round!


Grilling: A Healthy, Flavorful Way to Cook!

July 7th, 2016  |  By:

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Summertime and the grillin’ is easy, healthy and great-tasting, too. Whether you grill a steak, chicken breast, salmon filet, burger, brat – or even summer-fresh vegetables on the side – grilling is a great cooking method that adds flavor without extra calories. Here are a few pointers on how to make the most out of every bite!

Safe and Clean at the Grill

  • Start clean! Scrape off charred debris. Clean the grates — and the catch pan if you have a gas grill to remove grease – each time you grill
  • Adjust the grill grates for even cooking. Cooking too close to the coals may overly char the food. Meat or poultry may look done outside, yet still be raw inside.
  • Separate raw from cooked meat, poultry and fish to help avoid cross-contamination from foodborne bacteria. Use different plates, cutting boards, and utensils for raw and grilled meat, poultry, or fish, or wash them between uses. Before grilling, have a clean plate and utensils grill-side to take cooked food to the table.
  • Grill meat, poultry, and fish until cooked through – without blackening the surface. High-heat cooking such as grilling can cause compounds (PAHs and HCAs) to form from smoke and charring. Properly cooked meat probably doesn’t have enough of these compounds to have a carcinogenic effect, but since the research on this is not conclusive, it’s best to avoid the “black stuff”!
    • (To clarify: acrylamides – another potential carcinogen –can also form in potatoes and some other starchy foods during high-temperature cooking such as frying. They do not form, or form at lower levels, in grilling meat, chicken and fish.)
  • Check the inside “temp.” Cook meat and poultry to its safe target temperature: hamburgers (beef), 160ºF; ground chicken patties, 165ºF; beef, lamb, and pork (steaks, chops, roasts), at least 145ºF; chicken or turkey breast and legs, 165ºF; and whole chicken, 165ºF. Using a food thermometer is the only way to know for sure.

Grilled to Perfection

  • Flare-ups? “Prep” to avoid flames and smoke from fat drippings. Trim off visible fat on meat and chicken. Drain away high-fat marinades. If flames flare: 1) for a charcoal grill, move food to another part of the grill, and 2) for a gas grill, shut off the burners until the flame subsides then re-light. Never use water on a gas grill.
  • Add flavor with rubs and marinades. Short on time? Rub the surface of raw meat, poultry and fish before grilling with a dry herb or spice blend and a little oil or mustard. More time? Marinate them in the ‘fridge for several hours or overnight. Tender meat cuts and delicate fish need less marinating time. Figure ½ to 1 cup of marinade per pound. A safety “must”: discard marinade used with raw food; never brush it on cooked meat, poultry or fish!
  • Grill some “sides.” Grilling gives asparagus, bell pepper, corn-on-the cob, eggplant, leeks, squash, and other veggies a smoky, fragrant flavor. Brush with oil; and grill (turning once) until tender-crisp. Once cooked, season with minced fresh herbs. Grill sliced pineapple and peach halves – as well as crusty bread or firm polenta (brush olive oil with garlic and herbs)!
  • Sauce it from the grill. A small iron skillet, set on the grates, is good for stir-frying sliced veggies, sautéing mushrooms, onions, and peppers, or heating a robust sauce for chicken breasts, steaks, kebobs, and grilled vegetables.

Now serve with a Dreamfields pasta side salad – and your grilled meal is ready to enjoy!

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Roberta L. Duyff, MS, RDN, CFCS, is author of the
Complete Food and Nutrition Guide from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, promoting the great tastes of good health!

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Sharing is caring … Share a photo to WIN!

June 30th, 2016  |  By:

It’s the last week of Pastapalooza 2016 but we’re not slowing down! We still have lots reasons to hang out with us from amazing new recipes to coupons. And of course incredible prizes! This week FIVE people will take home a prize pack just for uploading a photo.

Summer was made for sharing. Whether it’s your bumper crop of zucchini, a blanket for watching fireworks, half of a double Popsicle, or even a big bowl of pasta salad – we seem to enjoy the season more when it’s shared with someone else.

Here’s a few examples of how you’ve been sharing so far this week! All of these smiling people are entered to win amazing prizes. Don’t you want to join them?

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To enter this week’s sweepstakes, we want to see who you like sharing with the most. Just upload a picture of you and that special someone (or someones) for a chance to win one of FIVE prizes: a case of Dreamfields Pasta AND a $50 Fandango Gift Card. (Total value: $100) It’s perfect for sharing dinner and a movie! Don’t forget – each weekly entry also acts as an entry for the Grand Prize: A one year’s supply of Dreamfields Pasta + $1,000 VISA Gift Card! (Limit: one entry per day.)

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Packaged Foods: The Dating Game

June 21st, 2016  |  By:

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Whether it’s a carton of milk, a jar of salsa, or a box of pasta, the food package may carry a product date. But what do the dates mean? Is the food inside safe to eat once that date is past? Should you toss it? And what about the dates you can’t discern!…

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Papa-Palooza 2016… Celebrating Dreamfields Dads!

June 21st, 2016  |  By:

Pops is tops all year round, but especially when we celebrate Father’s Day! This week (June 15-21), it’s dad’s time to shine with our #Pastapalooza2016 theme – Papa-palooza!

Show us how the dad in your life enjoys fun in the sun this summer by uploading a photo of him grilling, picnicking, relaxing or just enjoying his day with great food and Dreamfields Healthy Pasta. One lucky entrant will win a Family Pack of Dreamfields Pasta + a set of Premium Grilling Tools AND a comfy hammock and stand! (Total Value $230).

Don’t forget – every weekly entry not only counts for this week’s prize, but it’s also an entry for our Grand Prize: A One-Year Supply of Dreamfields Pasta + $1,000 Gift Card! (Limit: one entry per day.)

Check out our guest dad bloggers for some tasty Father’s Day recipes – Foodness Gracious and This Cookin Dad – that you and your family, especially dad, can enjoy all season long!

Just one pic of pop and you can win big… it’s that easy! Here are some great examples that have come in so far. Hurry up and submit your dad’s photo. Contest ends at midnight on June 21!

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Pastapalooza Week 3 – All American Cookout

June 9th, 2016  |  By:

The Italians may call it “dining al fresco,” but on this side of the pond we just call it like we see it – a good old-fashioned All-American Cookout!  Whether it’s in the backyard with the family and friends or at a park with the entire neighborhood, cookouts are an essential ingredient to the perfect summer.

For this week’s sweepstakes, we want you to show us what your ideal All-American Cookout looks like. Just create a Pinterest board with all the key ingredients to a fabulous outdoor bash.  What would you serve? Where would it take place? How would you decorate? Which games and activities would be part of the festivities? Click here to see our board!

Submit the URL from your board below to  enter to win this week’s fantastic prize – a family pack of Dreamfields pasta + a fully stocked picnic basket + a $100 Visa gift card!!! (Total Value $200)  Don’t forget – every time you enter for a weekly prize, you’re also entering for the Pastapalooza Grand Prize: a year’s supply of Dreamfields pasta AND a $1,000 gift card. Limit one entry per day.

For some “Pinspiration” on creating the ultimate Pinterest board AND delicious new pasta recipes, check out these amazing boards from our guest bloggers:

Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

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What are you waiting for? Spend a few minutes on Pinterest and you could win big prizes!


Lactose Intolerant? You Can Fit Dairy In!

June 7th, 2016  |  By:

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June Dairy Month is a reminder: dairy foods contribute much more than a “splash” of milk’s nutrients to your day. But what if you’re lactose intolerant?…

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Pastapalooza Week 2 – Summer Lovin’

June 1st, 2016  |  By:

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As the song says, “Summertime and the living is easy.”  Well, so is this week’s sweepstakes!

Dreamfields Pasta is celebrating summer with our annual party, Pastapalooza. This year, we are giving our fans and friends six weeks of incredible sweepstakes filled with delicious recipes, coupons and amazing prizes.

This week (June 1 – 7, 2016), we’re showing our love to our fans by awarding FIVE prize packs which include a Family Pack of Dreamfields Pasta + a $50 Visa gift Card! (Total Value: $68)

We know you like to chill during summer, so all you have to do to enter this week’s sweepstakes is to sign up for our monthly enewsletter.

…That’s it!

And each entry not only counts for this week’s prize, but for the Pastapalooza Grand Prize: A one-year supply of Dreamfields Pasta + $1,000 Gift Card!  (Limit: one entry per day.)

For some easy summer recipes that’ll wow your family and friends, check out the recipes from our guest bloggers bell’alimento (Asparagus and Lemon Rotini) and More with Less (Angel Hair and Tomato Toss.)


See how fans are entering Pastapalooza – Week 1!

May 27th, 2016  |  By:

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Pastapalooza™ 2016 is in full swing! Have you entered yet? If you haven’t submitted your photo, here is some inspiration to get you across that finish line!

Here’s what Dreamfields pasta fans have been submitting for week 1 of Pastapalooza 2016.

Now it’s your turn! Submit a photo of your favorite Memorial Day pasta salad with a box of Dreamfields elbows (or your favorite cut) on your table. You’ll get the coupon of the week, and be entered to win this week’s prize – a new 35mm digital camera and a summer’s worth of pasta (one case – total prize value – $600).

Bookmark www.DreamfieldsFoods.com/Pastapalooza now so you don’t miss an opportunity to win. Pastapalooza 2016 is a celebration of summer with six weeks of prizes, pasta and picnics.

Don’t pass up six weeks of sweepstakes, recipes and coupons. Every week is a new chance to win exciting prizes with one lucky entrant winning the ultimate prize – a year’s supply of Dreamfields pasta and $1,000 Visa gift card!


Salads: Dress for Success

May 24th, 2016  |  By:

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Salad on the menu? If a bowl of lettuce, tomato and other raw veggies comes to mind, stretch your imagination. With countless combinations of vegetables, fruits, meat, chicken, fish, eggs, and cheese, pasta salads truly fit the menu.  While the ingredients are important, a pasta salad is “naked” without a great dressing. By melding and enhancing flavors of very different ingredients, a light coat of dressing adds moisture and more flavor dimensions: sweet, savory, or a mixture of both….

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