Dreamfields Pasta Launches PASTAPALOOZA™ V to Share Great Recipes, Help Those in Need

May 22nd, 2015  |  By:

For most of us, Memorial Day weekend kicks off the season of sun and fun, slower schedules, and more than likely a cookout or two. But for the 49 million Americans identified as “food insecure” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), summer doesn’t mean a vacation; it can mean continued stress in trying to keep their family well fed. That’s why Dreamfields pasta is calling on fans and friends to support their local food banks through its fifth annual Pastapalooza Market Basket Challenge to Help Fight Hunger.

Throughout the summer, food bloggers will compete in five unique “Market Basket” challenges and create original pasta salad, side dish or summer entrée recipes from five must-have ingredients in the Market Baskets. Fans and friends decide who wins by voting for their favorite dish at www.TryDreamfields.com/pastapalooza. The blogger/recipe with the most votes in each challenge will receive a $1,000 donation to their local food bank; a $200 donation will go to the food bank of choice of the remaining bloggers. Additionally, five randomly-drawn fans/participants who voted will win a family pack of Dreamfields + a $1,000 donation made in their name to a local food bank/pantry. All totaled, Dreamfields will be donating $14,000 in the fight against hunger.

“Dreamfields wants everyone to have the chance to enjoy great food and good health. That’s why we are donating to local food banks as part of our annual Pastapalooza campaign,” said Liz Housman, Dreamfields Director of Marketing. “We encourage everyone to support their local food banks and pantries year round because hunger doesn’t take a vacation.”

Pastapalooza V kicked off on May 21. A fan favorite recipe from a previous Pastapalooza is Summer Pasta Broccoli Salad. For more delicious recipes, visit www.DreamfieldsFoods.com.

Summer Pasta Broccoli Salad with Dreamfields Rotini

Summer Pasta Broccoli Salad

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

1 box Dreamfields Rotini
1 cup mayonnaise (light or regular)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
3 cups chopped, raw broccoli (about 1-inch pieces)
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup crumbled, cooked bacon
1/4 cup diced red onion or sliced green onion

1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water until completely cooled; drain again. Place in large bowl.

2. Meanwhile, for dressing, in small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar; set aside.

3. Add broccoli, cheese, sunflower seeds, bacon and onion to pasta. Toss to combine. Add dressing; toss until coated. Refrigerate, covered, until chilled, at least 1 hour. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving.
Makes 8 to 10 side dish servings.

Nutrition information (1/8 of recipe): 431 calories; 15 g protein; 47 g total carbohydrates; 22 g total fat; 6 g saturated fat; 35 mg cholesterol; 352 mg sodium; 6 g total dietary fiber

Hunger Doesn’t Take A Vacation

May 19th, 2015  |  By:

For many of us, summer is a time to relax and enjoy the warmer weather, slower schedules, and more than likely a cookout or two. But for the 49 million Americans identified as “food insecure” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), summer is no trip to the beach. Hunger doesn’t take a vacation for them, but in fact intensifies.

One of the primary reasons for the increased need for food assistance during summer is because federal breakfast and lunch support programs are only in operation during the school year. That translates into 21 million children missing out on free or reduced-price meals from June till September.

Adults and seniors need assistance too. According to a Hunger in America study, the majority of the clients being served by the Feeding America network (54%) have visited a food pantry in six or more months during the prior year. Also, more than half (56%) of elderly clients aged 65+ have used a pantry every month within the prior year.

Ways To Help
There are many easy and fulfilling ways we all can help, such as:

  • Donate foods and essential toiletries to your local food bank or pantry. According to Hunger in America 2014, 58,000 food pantries, meal service programs, and other charitable food programs are available to assist the food insecure in virtually every community in the U.S. That’s up from only 200 food banks in 1980.
    • While non-perishable items are typically the norm. Ample Harvest has a list of pantries that accept the excess bounty from home gardens.
  • Consider giving a monetary donation. Feeding America has suggestions for several ways one can donate.
  • Place a vote in the Pastapalooza V Market Basket Challenge to Help Fight Hunger!  Throughout the summer, bloggers will be challenged to use the ingredients in the Market Baskets to create original pasta salad, side dish or summer entrée recipes. Fans and friends will vote for their favorite recipe from each category, with the winning blogger receiving a $1,000 donation to their local food bank/pantry; a $200 donation will go to the food bank of choice of the remaining bloggers. One randomly-drawn fan/participant from each challenge who voted will win a family pack of Dreamfields + a $1,000 donation to their local food bank/pantry.
  • Contact your local chapter of these organizations and donate your time to help fight hunger: Ample Harvest, Feeding America, Salvation Army, Why Hunger.

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1/4 cup red wine vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup olive oil

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