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I don’t know about you, but I’m over all this yucky cold weather and ready for some sunshine and warmth.  Luckily for me, we’ve had some very nice spring-ish weather the past couple days here in Atlanta.  Not so lucky for me, I’m in the middle of tax season. Boo!

During the fall and winter, all I want to do is curl up in bed and eat lots of hearty comforting food.  Once it starts warming up, I start craving lighter, healthier fare. And believe me, I need to start craving some healthy food, based on the latest scary viewing of the scale.

When Susan asked me if I wanted to participate in a Dreamfields Virtual Dinner Party, I was more than happy to say yes.  Since it’s National Nutrition Month, the focus was on healthy recipes with lots of fiber.  Dreamfields pasta already contains 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein per serving, so we were already off to a healthy start!

One of my “tricks” when I’m eating pasta is to add veggies to it to bulk up my serving so that I feel like I’m eating more — I’m a visual as well as a volume eater, so this is a win-win for me.

These Fiery Confetti Noodles combine angel hair pasta with broccoli slaw with a spicy Asian sauce containing 3 types of pepper and chili oil.  You can eat them as a warm noodle salad, or add cooked tofu, chicken, shrimp, etc. for a lighter version of lo mein.  The best thing of all is that this probably takes between 10-15 minutes to prepare, so it’s a great choice for a weeknight dinner.

Feeling inspired to create your own healthy pasta dish? I’m giving away an entire case of Dreamfields pasta to one lucky Spice’s Bites reader, which should give you plenty to play with!

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Here’s what you have to do for a chance to win:

1. Visit the Dreamfields website, then come back here and leave a comment telling me what cut of pasta is your favorite and why.

2. Leave a comment here telling me how you make your pasta dishes healthier

3. Follow Dreamfields on Facebook (www.facebook.com/dreamfields), Twitter (@HealthyPasta), Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/dreamfields), and Instagram (www.instagram.com/healthypasta) and leave a comment here telling me you did

4.  Follow Spice’s Bites on Facebook (www.facebook/spicesbites) and Twitter (@spicesbites) and leave a comment here telling me you did

5.  Tweet about this giveaway, making sure to use the hashtag #HealthyPastaMonth. You can do this once per day.

Giveaway is limited to U.S. residents age 18 and over.  Giveaway runs from Monday, March 10th, 2014 through 9pm EST Friday, March 14th, 2014.  Once I’ve selected a winner, I will email you to get your contact info, so make sure you enter an email address when leaving a comment (it won’t show up in the comment). Winner has 48 hours to reply or else I will have to select another winner.

*Disclosure:  Dreamfields sent me several types of their pasta to play with. This is a sponsored post, however, any thoughts or opinions are my own.  Dreamfields  is providing the prize for the winner of the giveaway.

*UPDATE*

Congratulations, Maryann!  You won the giveaway!  Please check your email. :)

Maryann D. March 11, 2014 at 5:24 am [edit]
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Fiery Confetti Noodles

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Ingredients

4 oz. Dreamfields angel hair pasta, broken in half
4 oz. broccoli slaw

Sauce:
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1/8 tsp. ground white pepper
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. ginger paste
1/2 tsp. lime juice
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. chili oil
2 tbsp. sliced green onions, reserve 1 tbsp. for garnish

Preparation

Combine sauce ingredients in small bowl and set aside.

Bring large pot of water to a boil on high heat.  Add dry pasta and broccoli slaw.  Cook for 5 minutes or until pasta is tender.  Drain and return pasta and broccoli slaw to pot.

Add sauce ingredients and mix to coat pasta and broccoli slaw thoroughly.

Garnish with remaining sliced green onions.

Enjoy!

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Nothing makes this girl happier than to come home to a big box of chips.

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Mr. Spice saw the box and shook his head, since I pretty much have a box from Amazon every week. Whatever. When I told him it was samples for the blog it seemed to mollify him a bit, but only just a little.

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Meanwhile, I was really excited. As part of Stonyfield Organic’s Clean Plate Club, I had signed up to participate in a challenge involving Late July Organic Multigrain snacks and creating a dip recipe using Stonyfield Organic yogurt. In return, we got to sample all 7 flavors of the Late July Organic Multigrain snack line: Red Hot Mojo, How Sweet Potato It Is, Sea Salt By the Seashore, Mild Green Mojo, Sub Lime, Dude Ranch, and Summertime Blues. Plus they threw in a few extra bags, so I was cool with that.

Now you know how I am about my salty snacks.  Pretty much any size bag has the potential to be a single-size serving bag for me, which is not such a good thing.  However, I can console myself with the knowledge that if I indulge in these chips, they’re better for me — organic, gluten-free, 100 % whole grains, no trans-fats.  Anything to justify my piggyness! What?

Anyway, I ended up creating a trio of Southwest-inspired yogurt and bean dips which I posted here.  Since I was highlighting the dips, I chose to use the Sea Salt By the Seashore and Summertime Blues chips to use as my dippers.  Even though these were the “plain” chips out of the bunch, they still had plenty of flavor on their own because of the mix of multigrains, plus I liked that they were sturdy and had plenty of crunch to stand up to the dips.

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About a week later, when we were snowed in, I was looking for a way to spice up some turkey chili I’d made and decided to pair the Red Hot Mojo and Mild Green Mojo chips to see which one went better.  I have to say, I liked them both.  The Green Mojo had green chile, cheese, and a bit of lime that provided lots of flavor and subtle heat.  The Red Hot Mojo had a fiery blend of jalapenos and red peppers that added heat to the chili.  I don’t think you could go wrong with either.

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We’ve snacked on the Dude Ranch and Sub Lime chips and have really liked those as well.  If you want a healthier substitute for Cool Ranch Doritos, then you’re covered. And if you’re like me and like those Hint of Lime Tostitos, then you’re good too.  I haven’t had a chance to try out the How Sweet Potato it Is chips yet, and I’m very curious about how they integrated the sweet potato flavor into the chips.  Maybe make some healthy nachos with these?

Anyway, I’ve had fun trying out the various flavors and now I’m excited to give you guys the opportunity to do so as well!  One of you will win your own sampler of Late July Organic Multigrain Snacks as well as coupons for Stonyfield Organic yogurt!

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Here are the rules:

1.  Visit the Late July Organic and Stonyfield Organic websites and leave a comment here telling me which flavor of each you want to try

2.  Leave another comment telling me a way you would use these chips in a recipe

3.  Share this giveaway on Twitter using  @Stonyfield, @LateJulyOrganic, and @spicesbites (can do this once per day, one entry each time) and leave a comment here or link back

4.  Follow Spice’s Bites, Stonyfield Organic, and Late July Organic on Facebook (www.facebook.com/spicesbites and www.facebook.com/Stonyfield, and www.facebook.com/LateJulyOrganic) and then leave a comment here

Giveaway is limited to U.S. residents age 18 and over.  Giveaway runs from Monday, March 3rd, 2014 through 9pm EST Friday, March 7th, 2014.  Once I’ve selected a winner, I will email you to get your contact info, so make sure you enter an email address when leaving a comment (it won’t show up in the comment). Winner has 48 hours to reply or else I will have to select another winner.

*Disclosure:  Late July Organic sent me several flavors of their Multigrain Snacks  to sample and review.  I did not receive any compensation and am not obligated to post a positive review.  Any opinions are my own.  Stonyfield Organic and Late July Organic are providing the prize for the winner of the giveaway.

UPDATE:   We have a winner!

Congratulations, Jessica!

Jessica @ OrganicallYou March 3, 2014 at 4:45 pm [edit]

I would love to try the dude Ranch flavor!! And the pomegranate Stonyfield is my fav :)

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I will be in touch shortly, please respond within 48 hours of my email.

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