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!
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
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.
Congratulations, Maryann! You won the giveaway! Please check your email. 🙂
Maryann D. March 11, 2014 at 5:24 am 
— Maryann (@macdrap50) March 11, 2014
Fiery Confetti Noodles
4 oz. Dreamfields angel hair pasta, broken in half
4 oz. broccoli slaw
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
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.