Holiday eating is upon us, and while this is a time of overindulgence it is also one where we can seek alternatives to high-fat dishes. One of our favorite pasta alternatives is Dreamfields, a blend that is made primarily with durum wheat semolina with a very low Glycemic Index, 5 grams of fiber and only 5 grams of digestible carbs per one cup cooked serving.
I tested out the penne and angel hair from Dreamfields and you can't notice any difference in texture or taste. I really felt that it had a delicious and authentic taste, but the beauty of this line is that it has has a patented protein-fiber blend that protects most of the carbohydrates from being digested. This makes Dreamfields ideal for anyone who'??s trying to lose weight or manage their blood sugar. As a better-for-you-pasta, Dreamfields is available in 7 popular shapes: Elbows, Penne Rigate, Rotini, Spaghetti, Linguine, Angel Hair, and Lasagna you so can still enjoy all of your favorite dishes - without having a meal that rises your glucose levels.
A quick and easy option for families, here is a delicious recipe with Dreamfields that the whole family will love:
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
1/2 box Dreamfields Angel Hair
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
3/4 pound cooked medium shrimp
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 can (2.25 ounces) sliced black olives, drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (plain or herbed)
Coarse ground fresh pepper
- Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water until completely cooled; drain again. Place in large bowl.
- Meanwhile, for dressing, in small bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice and Italian seasoning; set aside.
- Add shrimp, tomatoes, chickpeas, olives, basil, parsley and green onions to pasta; toss to combine. Add dressing; toss to coat. Transfer to platter. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately. To serve chilled, do not add dressing or cheese. Cover and refrigerate pasta mixture. Remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before serving; toss with dressing, then sprinkle with cheese.
Makes 4 main dish servings.
Nutrition information (1/4 of recipe): 592 calories; 34 g protein; 29 g digestible carbohydrates*; 26 g total fat; 6 g saturated fat; 183 mg cholesterol; 1235 mg sodium; 11 g total dietary fiber.
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