Stock Up And Save Big On Dreamfields Pasta At Vons and Pavilions!

August 26th, 2015  |  By:


Live in SoCal? Shop at Vons or Pavilions? We have exciting news to share with you! This week only, 8/26 through 9/1, at participating Southern California Vons and Pavilions stores, Dreamfields is participating in the Score $4 event. When you buy 4 or more participating items you’ll save $1 each – mix or match with your club card. That’s one dollar off per item… it really is that simple to save.

Check us out on page 3 of the Vons weekly ad.

Keep an eye out for our in-store display and fill your pantry with the Dreamfields Pasta you love!

Pasta Salad For Your Picnic … Or Any Day

August 26th, 2015  |  By:


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Pasta salad is a favorite for bringing to pot lucks or picnics, but these quick, colorful, flavorful recipes will be equally at home at your table during a busy work or school night.

Mamma mia! Make this Italian Pasta Salad when you want to enjoy antipasto favorites made into a full meal with the addition of Dreamfields pasta.

Fans make this recipe over and over again for a reason: Lemony Peas and Pasta Salad

Avocado, Bacon & Tomato Summer Salad with Dill Dressing makes decadent ingredients taste fresh and light.

Psst…Are you in Southern California — or do you have family or friends who are? Dreamfields is on sale at Vons/Pavilions (Score 4 Mix and Match from 8/26 – 9/1) and Albertsons (Fab 5 Mix and Match is 9/2 – 9/8). Time to stock up!

Stovetop Saviors

August 26th, 2015  |  By:


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It’s that time of year again – the days are getting cooler and busier for families. For those nights that are particularly difficult to gather around the dinner table, there is nothing better to prepare than a quick and delicious stovetop dish! Designed to make your life a bit easier on hectic nights, these Stovetop Saviors come to the rescue… in 30 minutes or less!

Bruschetta Spaghetti… If you’re a fan of a classic bruschetta, then you are going to love this version.

Rotini with Ground Beef & Spinach… Weeknight dinner dilemmas are officially over thanks to this recipe!

Easy Chicken Parm Soup… Sometimes a bowl of soup is the perfect way to end the day.

Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet… Spice up your Dreamfields with a little extra Cajun spice.

Psst…Are you in Southern California — or do you have family or friends who are? Dreamfields is on sale at Vons/Pavilions (Score 4 Mix and Match from 8/26 – 9/1) and Albertsons (Fab 5 Mix and Match is 9/2 – 9/8). Time to stock up!

Healthy in a Hurry

August 26th, 2015  |  By:


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With little time to spare on those especially busy days, it often can be difficult to incorporate nutrition into daily meals. As we all know, fast usually does not equal healthy. Luckily, there are some guilt-free dishes that are light yet satisfying and quick-to-make!

Hawaiian Islands Chicken Pasta… Island-inspired cuisine right from your pantry!

Green Goddess Pasta… Be the goddess of your healthy kitchen with this recipe!

Penne with Cauliflower, Cilantro and Cumin… This healthy dish has it all – veggies, spices, pasta and great taste!

Pesto Rainbow Pasta with Roasted Vegetables… Enjoy the flavor of pesto without all the fat!

Psst…Are you in Southern California — or do you have family or friends who are? Dreamfields is on sale at Vons/Pavilions (Score 4 Mix and Match from 8/26 – 9/1) and Albertsons (Fab 5 Mix and Match is 9/2 – 9/8). Time to stock up!

Dinner Party, Movie Night? Make These Casual Entertaining Pasta Recipes!

August 26th, 2015  |  By:


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Pasta is a crowd pleaser for sure, but these recipes take it up a notch (or two!) with classically favorite flavors and ingredients taking center stage, but with a twist. Just beware: you may be asked to host more often after serving up these casual entertaining pasta recipes!

Buffalo Chicken Pizza Mac & Cheese … a lot of delicious flavors on one plate!

Angel and Devil Pasta made with Angel Hair or Spaghetti, bacon and Gruyère or smoked Gouda cheese will wow your guests.

Dreamy Creamy Asparagus Chicken Rotini … Great when you’re short on time but still want your guests to be impressed with your skills in the kitchen.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Lasagna Roll-Ups With Kale looks beautiful on the plate but tastes even better than it looks.

Psst…Are you in Southern California — or do you have family or friends who are? Dreamfields is on sale at Vons/Pavilions (Score 4 Mix and Match from 8/26 – 9/1) and Albertsons (Fab 5 Mix and Match is 9/2 – 9/8). Time to stock up!

Liven Up Your Summer Menu with Seafood!

August 21st, 2015  |  By:

Adding seafood to your diet is even easier in the summer because fresh fish is plentiful and the grill makes it easy cook in a flash. Here’s a simple guide to getting the best flavor and texture from your fresh seafood.

Fish – Pat the fish dry and season. Add a drizzle of olive oil or balsamic after cooking. Marinating fish before cooking makes it more likely to fall apart. Heat grill to medium-high heat, then oil it thoroughly and lower it to medium just before adding the fish. If your fish has skin, oil the skinless side well, sear it for 2 minutes then gently flip and allow the skinned side to take the heat as it finishes cooking. You only need to flip fish once – multiple turns makes it more likely to dry out. Cook fish 10 minutes for every inch – if it’s 1/2” thick, cook for 2 minutes, flip and finish for 3. When you’re taking the fish off the grill, gently separate it from the grill grates – if it has skin, use a thin metal spatula and slide it between the skin and filet. It should lift off, leaving the skin behind. Allow the fish to rest for a few minutes before serving.

Shrimp – When you’re grilling shrimp, get the largest shrimp you can find. Leaving the shells on keeps them from drying out, but if yours are cleaned, be sure to oil them well. A grill basket for smaller shrimp makes it easier stop them from falling through the grates. Shrimp cook very quickly – the shells will look bright pink and the flesh will look opaque when they’re done. Large shrimp cook in about 5 minutes, smaller shrimp cook in a flash, so don’t leave your grill unattended. You can season them and marinate them before OR after you grill them, but after imparts a stronger flavor – when you take them off the grill toss them in your fresh marinade and serve. Toss them with pasta if they’re shelled, or serve atop and let your guest peel them as they eat.

Mussels & Clams – These guys do all the work for you. Pick through them, choosing only the ones that are still closed, scrub them, toss them on the grill and close the lid. Peek after about 2-3 minutes, and remove them as they open. It’s that easy. Don’t serve any that don’t open after 5-6 minutes – they probably weren’t fresh. You can drizzle them with olive oil and fresh herbs or lemon. Serve with flavored butter – like paprika, celery seeds and cayenne, rosemary and parsley or chili powder. Put an empty bowl out for shells and dig in!

Lobster – Grilling lobster is a great way to get the most flavor! By not introducing additional water, the flavor is intensified and the resulting texture is tender and moist. Split the lobster lengthwise, starting behind the eyes, then flip and cut in half from the underside. Clean the yellow-green tomalley and break off the claws to cook them separately. Grill on a medium-hot grill, flesh-side down for about 4 minutes, then flip, season with butter, herbs, and garlic, then close the lid and grill until firm – about 5 more minutes.



Grilling Times

Fish – 10 min./1” thickness
Shrimp – 5 -6 minutes, until the shells are bright pink and flesh is opaque
Mussels & Clams – 3-5 minutes, until shells open
Lobster – 10 minutes, until flesh is firm

Safe Seafood

There is a lot of information about which types of seafood are safe to eat, and there are also concerns about sustainability. For the most part, the seafood you purchase from a grocery store or fish market will be safe, but it’s important to know about safe handling and potential health hazards. This guide will help you make the healthiest choices.



 Try Something New Tonight!

Adding fresh, grilled seafood to pasta is a great way to eat light! You can try something with a kick, like Spicy Linguine with Shrimp, grill extra salmon for a Salmon Pasta Salad, or Penne Primavera with Shrimp. Cook something different tonight and you may find a new favorite recipe!

Kids: Nourish Your Minds

August 17th, 2015  |  By:


It’s time to think “back to school” – and to focus on healthy eating to help your kids be ready to learn.  Being well-nourished provides for the energy, stamina and mental readiness that enhances their learning potential. What’s more, kids who are better nourished often are better behaved at school and are absent less often.

August Kids Eat Right Month,™ sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation, reminds us all — parents, schools, and community leaders –to make kids’ healthy future a top priority. From tots to teens that adds up to smart eating, along with active living!

Feeding Kids:  Your Responsibilities and Theirs

Child nutrition experts offer this advice on how to help your child or teen learn to be a good eater.

  • As an adult, it’s up to you to supply the three ws of meals and snacks: what food to offer, when and where to eat those foods.
  • It’s up to kids to fill in the other w and h: whether to eat the food offered and how much.

Parents, grandparents and caregivers can set a great example for the whole family, and so set kids up for a lifetime of healthy eating. A few tips for you:

  • Involve kids in planning and cooking healthy meals together. They’re more likely to try new foods you offer. They’ll also have a greater understanding of healthy foods.
  • Set a regular family mealtime together, an important way to improve family health and bonding.
  • Create a healthy eating environment at home: pleasant talk, no distractions (like TV and cell phones).
  • Give your kids permission to choose (or not) foods you offer and decide how much is enough to eat – without pressure to clean their plate. That teaches self-regulation.

Kid-Friendly: On the Menu!

Since “what foods to offer” is up to you, plan ahead to make the options nourishing, delicious and enjoyable for the whole family.

  • Macaroni and cheese is an all-time kid favorite! Instead of quick, convenience options — often loaded with calories, fat, and sodium — make it from scratch a healthier way. Also quick to prepare, Healthier Mac & Cheese gets its creaminess from Greek-style yogurt, light cheddar cheese and reduced fat milk: a kid favorite that also provides plenty of calcium for growing healthy bones. Add broccoli and fruit salad on the side!
  • Kids love a “taco night”!  Why not combine it with another favorite, “spaghetti night”? Going Tex-Mex turns spaghetti into a delicious, satisfying family dinner. For Taco Spaghetti, combine cooked ground beef, chicken or turkey with fresh tomatoes and seasonings (cumin, chili pepper, garlic and onion), and serve over high-fiber Dreamfields spaghetti, topped with shredded cheese. Why not add some chipotle or jalapeño peppers for some “heat”? Then finish the meal with tropical fruit or 100 percent juice.
  • As the season turns cooler, hearty, make-ahead soups make great family suppers or Saturday lunches. Kids often get short-changed on veggies, but most enjoy soup. So try Turkey Mac Soup,loaded with carrots, celery, bell pepper and broccoli slaw, along with Dreamfields elbows and shredded, cooked turkey.  For a quick, school-day supper, heat the soup, make a fruit salad and pour cups of cold, low-fat milk!

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Roberta L. Duyff, MS, RDN, CFCS is author of the American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, with more ways on healthy eating for growing children and teens.


Homestyle Peppery Buttermilk Dressing

August 17th, 2015  |  By:

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Fresh salads deserve a dressing made from scratch.  Enjoy the creamy deliciousness of this easy homemade dressing on your pasta salads . . .or as a tasty veggie dip . . . or even with some fried chicken.  The possibilities are endless.

Homestyle Peppery Buttermilk Dressing
Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Sour Cream Dressing

1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk
1/2 cup light mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon no-salt garlic and herb seasoning blend
1/4 teaspoon salt
Coarse-ground black pepper


In small bowl, stir together buttermilk and mayonnaise. Add remaining ingredients; stir to mix well. Add additional buttermilk if needed for consistency. Let stand about 10 minutes to thicken.

Makes 1 cup.


Pesto “Perfecto”

August 11th, 2015  |  By:

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Pesto … from the Italian “pestare” … means “to pound” or “to crush.” Aptly named, pesto was first made with a mortar and pestle by crushing garlic, pine nuts and basil with olive oil and grated hard (Parmesan) cheese. Crushing cheese, garlic and herbs to make a culinary “paste” actually dates back to ancient Romans. Much later, basil, likely from India, was added to the pesto so popular today. …

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Chickpeas – Healthy, Delicious and a Tiny Nutritional Powerhouse!

July 20th, 2015  |  By:

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The chickpea, or garbanzo, or ceci (if your Italian), is a delicious little legume that can be prepared hundreds of ways. It doesn’t matter what your favorite ethnic cuisine is, chances are you can work chickpeas into your favorite recipes for a little extra flavor, protein and fiber. Over the last decade, we’ve see it increase in popularity with restaurant and home chefs alike, mainly in the form of a delectable dip, hummus, that has gained popularity due to its flavor and flexibility. But the humble little chickpea is capable of so much more! They’re great in salads, curries, simmered in soups or made into falafel, a savory fritter with spices. …

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