What Our Fans Are Saying About Pasta Perfection!

November 23rd, 2015  |  By:

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We love pasta and know that you do too! That’s why we’ve pulled together an enticing FREE eCookbook, PASTA PERFECTION: The Best of Dreamfields Pasta. Our fans are loving the new eCookbook, check out what they’re saying!

“The easy directions and beautiful pictures of each dish makes you want to try the recipes right now!”

“This had to be the easiest and complete cookbook that I have ever seen!”

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Thanksgiving Countdown: Easy Pasta Dishes to Wow the Family

November 13th, 2015  |  By:


Yikes! Thanksgiving is right around the corner! While turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce are the typical headliners on this day of feasting – there’s always room on the table for pasta.

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“Three Sisters”: Invite Them to Your Harvest Meals

November 11th, 2015  |  By:


To early Native Americans, the “three sisters” – beans, corn, and squash – were welcome and everyday “guests” at family meals. All three are American originals, unknown to other parts of the world until about 500 years ago.

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Going Vegan: Five Myths Debunked

October 28th, 2015  |  By:

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Curious about becoming vegan? November is World Vegan Month, sponsored by The Vegan Society, making it an idea time to see if a plant-based diet is right for you. …

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Pastapalooza All Stars 2015

September 16th, 2015  |  By:

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#Pastapalooza 2015 is closed, but the benefits from the program continue. Thirty food banks across the nation received a total of $14,000 to help fight hunger. And thanks to the bloggers participating in this year’s Market Basket Challenges, we have five award-winning salads are special enough to play a starring or supporting role on your dinner table all year round. …

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Enriched, Fortified, Great Grains!

September 15th, 2015  |  By:


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You’ve seen the words, “enriched” and “fortified” on food labels for years, but what exactly do they mean? “Enriched” is simply adding back nutrients lost when grains are processed, or refined. “Fortified” is adding extra nutrients, to help resolve a public health concern. …

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The Best Foods to Help You Sleep!

September 15th, 2015  |  By:


It doesn’t matter if you’re a parent or student, heading back to school can disrupt your sleep schedule and make you feel tired and cranky. The best defense is an earlier bed time, but for most of us shifting our schedule is easier said than done. One of the easiest ways to hasten your slumber is to eat something that will keep you from being hungry and help you relax.

There are a few different myths regarding sleep that generally don’t work, like watching television, taking a hot bath or watching TV. Drinking a glass of wine can dehydrate you and wake you up, and watching TV can stimulate your brain and make sleep even more elusive. For children, video games and TV can present real problems for them as they try to sleep, and a hot bath too close to bedtime can raise their temperature just enough to make it harder to sleep. Giving kids a healthy snack while they wind down with a book or quiet activity can help create a routine that will make sleep easier as the school year progresses.

The good news is that a carbohydrate-rich snack can really help. It can raise your serotonin levels and make you feel drowsy – making sleep easier. Choosing something healthy, like whole wheat toast with peanut butter or air-popped popcorn can be a delicious and easy way to head off to sleep satisfied. Snacking before bed, if done correctly and with moderation, doesn’t necessarily pack on extra pounds. It can actually help your metabolism, regulate your blood sugar, and help your energy levels when you’re awake. Here are some delicious options for sleep-inducing snacks.

If you’re not a snacker, having a balanced meal with complex carbohydrates 2-3 hours before bed can also help. Here are some great recipes for satisfying pastas that are also high in protein and a healthy option.

Getting back on schedule and getting enough sleep can be surprisingly simple. Once you get back on track you’ll have more energy, and you’ll find it easier to stay on schedule as the year progresses! So get started tonight, and you’ll find that soon everyone in your home is better rested and ready to learn.




Stock Up And Save Big On Dreamfields Pasta At Albertsons!

September 2nd, 2015  |  By:


Live in SoCal? Shop at Albertsons? We have exciting news to share with you! This week only, 9/2 through 9/8, at participating Southern California Albertsons stores, Dreamfields Pasta is part of the popular Albertsons “Fab 5 Sale.” Buy any 5 participating products and save $5 on each item. That’s one dollar off per participating item… it really is that simple to save. Keep an eye out for our in-store display and fill your pantry with the Dreamfields Pasta you love!

Protein: A Nutrient Powerhouse

August 31st, 2015  |  By:



Protein … a nutrient that’s been long ignored … is trending today! Today, experts advise that protein’s role in optimal health is far broader than once thought. And spreading protein out from a variety of foods, among all three daily meals, is a nutrient with benefits.

Power of Protein …

Protein’s role as a muscle builder is well known. It’s part of every body cell, building and repairing cells as they as wear out. But protein has a more extensive do-list, especially when consumed in optimum amounts:

  • Helps satisfy hunger. Protein adds satiety to meals, helping you feel full longer – perhaps aiding in weight management.
  • Helps preserve muscle with aging. For every decade after age thirty, the body loses about 3 to 8 percent muscle. Physical activity, along with adequate protein, helps keep muscle strong and stable.
  • Promotes healthy bones — along with calcium, vitamin D, and other nutrients. Bone is about 50 percent protein.
  • May help steady blood sugar levels, for those with diabetes.
  • Provides energy. Like carbohydrate, a gram of protein delivers 4 calories (half as much as fat). If used for energy, however, it isn’t used in other ways. Protein takes more energy to digest – another benefit to weight management.

Protein: Getting Enough …

If you’re healthy and eat nourishing meals — with a balance of good nutrition — you likely get enough protein for the basics, but perhaps not enough for all the health benefits you deserve.

How much is that? The minimum depends on your body weight and age. For healthy adults, weighing about 160 pounds (0.8 grams of protein daily per kilogram body weight), it’s about 60 grams of protein daily. Growing children, teens, and pregnant or nursing women need somewhat more. (1 kilogram is 2.2 pounds.)

Experts also advise a range: 10 to 35% of daily calories from protein for adults; somewhat more for kids. That’s 50 to 175 protein grams for those who eat 2,000 calories daily. Spreading protein, aiming for 25 to 30 grams per meal is advised, with a little more at snack time.

Protein Pasta-bilties…

Meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and cheese are excellent protein sources, as are beans, nuts, and seeds. Grain products deliver proteins, too, in smaller amounts, with fewer essential amino acids (building blocks of protein). Yet their contribution counts. Every cut or shape of Dreamfields pasta delivers 7 grams of plant protein per serving.

Pasta meals are great ways to hit the mark of 25 to 30 grams per meal!

Roberta L. Duyff, MS, RDN, CFCS is author of the American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, with more about fitting protein into your healthy meals!

Today is More Herbs, Less Salt Day

August 29th, 2015  |  By:

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August 29th is More Herbs, Less Salt Day! Eating less salt is a good idea for everyone regardless of age or overall health. Most Americans eat more processed foods than they should, which is the #1 culprit of adding unnecessary salt to our diet but reducing salt is easier when you add more flavor with fresh herbs!

If you DON’T have an herb garden, the good news is most grocery stores stock fresh herbs in the produce section. This time of year is perfect for fresh basil, parsley, and cilantro, but you can also find fresh rosemary, sage, dill, and others to add flavor to every meal! Here are some of the best ways to use some common herbs:

Parsley – This mellow herb gives a bright, grassy flavor that lets other flavors shine through. It mixes well with garlic and basil and is great to add as a finish to soups, pasta, and fish.

Sage – This strong, woody herb is delicious with mellow or sweet veggies like carrots and squash and is fantastic with poultry. It adds a classic flavor to soups and stews as well as stuffing and potato dishes.

Rosemary – This fragrant, spiny-leafed herb is most commonly used in Mediterranean cooking and is delicious with lamb and chicken. Infuse in your favorite olive oil and use as a dip for fresh, crusty bread,  or roast cubed potatoes in olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper for a tasty, classic potato dish.

Cilantro – Love Mexican food? Chances are you’ve eaten a lot of this herb. It’s great in fresh salsa, chopped and sprinkled in tacos and in quesadillas.

Basil – A classic Italian herb, basil comes in a few varieties such as Thai basil, lemon basil and regular. It’s delicious chopped and added to salads, marinara sauces or on pizza, and it is the main component in pesto.

Dill – This mellow herb isn’t just for pickles! Fresh dill is delicious with fish and in potato and mixed green salad. Stir into vegetable soups or homemade dip. While it’s not strong, it has a distinct, almost sweet flavor that complements proteins and vegetables alike. Here’s a great recipe for a Mediterranean Pasta Salad for something different that is also a bit healthier for a summer night or a Labor Day gathering.

Herbs add flavor to dishes that will satisfy without salt, and they have health benefits, too. Find out what the healthiest spices are here. Our recipe for Veggie Lover’s Lasagna is just packed with fresh basil, oregano, and parsley, and loaded with tasty fresh vegetables to give you a lot of flavor without too much salt. This tasty Spicy and Cool Pasta Salad will have you enjoying fresh cilantro and chives with the added punch of mango salsa!

Today, put down the salt shaker and try adding some fresh, healthy herbs to your meals! You’ll find you won’t miss the salt and enjoy the flavor more!