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The Guys’ Market Basket Challenge

July 1st, 2015 by

Guys Recipes

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Dreamfields’ delicious salute to summer, we’re working with leading food bloggers to create exciting pasta recipes to enjoy on warm weather days…and help raise much needed support for local food banks. Learn more about Pastapalooza V.

Our second challenge, The Guys’ Market Basket Challenge,  featured all-guy cast of bloggers whipping up their “manly” recipes for us to enjoy. Ingredients in their baskets included: beer, smoked or grilled meats, hot peppers, lemon and a vegetable. They could also add up to two ingredients of their choice to round out their dish. Dreamfields pasta, salt, pepper, oil and water are “free ingredients.”

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Grill Veggies like a Pro!

June 12th, 2015 by

Grilling vegetables is easy and delicious! Just follow these simple tips:

Prep:

  • Cut the veggies to a uniform size for even cooking.
  • Toss in a small amount of olive or vegetable oil to help retain moisture and resist sticking.
  • Season with your favorite herbs and spices or simply season with salt and pepper.

Tools:

  • A grill basket keeps smaller veggies from falling through the grates.
  • Skewer veggies of the same size for uniform cooking. Soak wooden skewers to prevent burning.
  • Heavy duty foil makes a great DIY grill basket. Simply create a lip by folding the edges up! This is also a great way to make individual servings.

Cook:

  • Most vegetables will take about 7 to 12 minutes total time to cook. Sear on high heat and turn to crisp both sides, and move to a cooler part of the grill to finish.
  • Denser veggies, like potatoes, take longer.
  • Thin asparagus spears will be ready as quick as 6 minutes.

Put these grilling tips to use and give one of these tasty recipes a try, or come up with your own dish using your favorite grilled veggie.


Grill up these 3 Dreamfields Pasta Recipes

June 9th, 2015 by

Grilling doesn’t have to revolve around hamburgers, hot dogs, and steak. Have fun grilling this summer with these delicious pasta recipes. …

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Easy and Healthier Camp Lunches – Part 2

June 8th, 2015 by

School’s out for the summer, but for many moms it just means more lunches to make for camp. Depending on the camp, they may require all recyclable, disposable packaging, all reusable or somewhere in between. Here are some quick tips to make packing easier, but still nutritious! …

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4 Veggies to Grill NOW!

June 8th, 2015 by

We see it all the time at parties and cook-outs – guys at the grill with the burgers and dogs or steak and chicken – but how about taking your grilling skills to the next level? Grilling vegetables allows sugar to caramelize and really takes their flavor to a new level. Grilled vegetables are delicious on their own or mixed with your favorite cut of Dreamfields pasta! …

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Easy and Healthier Camp Lunches – Part 1

June 8th, 2015 by

School’s out for the summer, but for many moms it just means more lunches to make for camp. Without the ability to tap in to the school’s cafeteria, moms may have to get a bit creative in the summer. Here are some great tips to make lunch a little bit healthier. Plus, you may find some of the tips are great year round! Whether the camp is just for a week or all summer long, getting lunches together can be quick, easy and kid-pleasing.

What to pack!?

A mom knows best what her kids like, but sometimes its fun to mix things up! Use this opportunity to introduce some healthier, non-prepackaged options that they aren’t served at school or that you haven’t packed in a school lunch. Here’s a list of interesting options that may spark their interest in healthier foods – without sacrificing fun and flavor! …

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Asparagus – How to Choose, Care for & Cook This Beloved Veggie!

May 6th, 2015 by

“You know, when you get your first asparagus, or your first acorn squash, or your first really good tomato of the season, those are the moments that define the cook’s year. I get more excited by that than anything else.” – Mario Batali

One of the harbingers of warmer weather is the bountiful supply of asparagus at the grocery and in restaurants. This vegetable has devoted followers who look forward to the time of year when it’s truly at its peak. Oddly enough, there are many Americans who have never tried it or dislike it based on a few bad experiences with over-cooked, mushy stalks. This delicious vegetable is a little bit misunderstood, but it’s easy to prepare and can be a great addiction – read on! …

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Want to reduce stress and find a healthy hobby? Watch your garden grow!

April 30th, 2015 by

April is a fantastic month – it’s not only Stress Awareness Month, but National Gardening Month, too. The two of them go well together because gardening is a great way to reduce stress. Studies have shown that the benefits of gardening go beyond flowers, nice landscaping and fresh vegetables – gardening has health benefits that may surprise you. It can help lower your blood pressure, boost your immune system and all the sun exposure gives you that much needed vitamin-D boost. …

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Garlic Has Numerous Health Benefits & Tastes Great!

April 19th, 2015 by

April is National Garlic Month, and April 19 is National Garlic Day! If you’re trying to eat healthier, garlic packs a punch of flavor and health benefits. Adding a bit of garlic to your meals a few times a week has been shown to have numerous advantages including lowering blood pressure, preventing heart disease, and has been show to help improve brain health. …

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Manage Your Stress, Manage Your Weight

April 15th, 2015 by

Stress can be a pesky adversary when it comes to weight loss. Busy schedules, sleepless nights, and a never-ending to-do list can cause overeating and less time for exercise and relaxation. This can result in weight gain which can have long term effects to your health. The stress, or fight or flight reaction causes your body to release adrenaline, which raises your heart rate and can disturb your sleep patterns, and increases cortisol levels in the blood (which can make you crave fat and sugar) and tells your body to store more fat – all of which can have profound long-term effects. …

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