Managing Diabetes? One Size Doesn’t Fit All!

Monday, December 9, 2013 by Dreamfields Recipes & More

If you have diabetes -- either type 1 or type 2 diabetes -- you know that what you eat, how much and when are essentials in your diabetes treatment plan.  With the release of its updated nutrition guidelines in October, 2013, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) not only restated the importance of nutrition in diabetes care, but also recognized that individuals living with diabetes have their own unique differences. Notes the ADA position statement, published in Diabetes Care, no single eating pattern is best for everyone with diabetes.

So what does that mean? When considering food options, an eating plan for diabetes needs to factor in more than eating the right variety of nutrient-dense foods in appropriate portion sizes.  Your individual food preferences, culture, religious beliefs, food budget, traditions and metabolic goals are vital to sticking with your plan. Being diagnosed with diabetes doesn’t mean giving up cultural traditions or favorite foods, but instead it means personalizing your eating plan -- with your registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator -- so these foods may fit in. That includes recognizing an eating pattern -- perhaps a Mediterranean, vegetarian or vegan, or DASH approach – that you prefer.  After all, people eat food, not just single nutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fat)!

As before, the updated guidelines recognize that your individual metabolic goals (blood glucose, lipid, and blood pressure levels) are essential to choosing the right eating plan for you.

More from the New Nutrition Guidelines …

  • Make carbs count. The new guidelines don’t pinpoint ideal carbohydrate, fat, or protein targets for those with diabetes.  Instead, you need to work with your qualified health care provider to set your individual carbohydrate goal. That said, the guidelines do advise nutrient-dense options: vegetables, whole grains, fruits, legumes and dairy foods, over processed foods with added fats, sugars or sodium.  Leaner protein options and unsaturated fats in place of those high in saturated or trans fats are advised. Tip from the Dreamfields team:  Find quick, easy and nourishing “no-recipe” recipes to fit nutrient-dense ingredients into your everyday main dishes, salads and savory sides; adjust ingredient amounts to your diabetes management plan.

 

  • Give fiber a boost. The guidelines advise consuming at least the amount of fiber recommended for those without diabetes:  25 grams daily for women and 38 grams daily for men to age fifty, with somewhat less for older adults. Fiber significantly improves glycemic control.  Tip from the Dreamfields team:  Prepare meals and snacks with fiber-rich grain products, vegetables, and legumes. Dreamfields pasta has 5 grams of fiber per serving (2 ounces dry or about 1 to 1 1/2 cups cooked).

 

  • Limit sodium.  Whether you have diabetes or not, the sodium guidelines are the same: reduce your sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams daily.   If you have high blood pressure – commonly linked to diabetes -- cut back even more.  Talk to your health care provider about the right sodium target for you.  Tip from the Dreamfields team:  Learn to use food labels to choose foods with less sodium.  Follow the DASH diet.  Instead of salt, season with herbs and spices. 

 

  • Fit fish in!   Enjoy oily fish -- salmon, mackerel, trout, or anchovy or tuna canned in oil -- at least twice (2 servings) a week; that advice applies to those who don’t have diabetes, too. Taking omega-3 (EPA/DHA) supplements to prevent or treat heart disease won’t benefit those with diabetes. Tip from the Dreamfields team:  Try Salmon Pasta Salad with Mint and Lemon Vinaigrette or Spicy Hoisin-Glazed Salmon Spaghetti.

 

  • Skip or limit sugary drinks.  That includes all caloric sweeteners including high fructose corn syrup and sucrose. Cutting back -- or cutting out -- reduces your chance of weight gain and helps to keep the risks linked to cardiovascular disease at bay. Tip from the Dreamfields team:  Enjoy water with a slice of lemon or orange with your meal, or make mealtime a chance to fit calcium-rich milk into your day.

 

  • Be supplement savvy.  No vitamin or mineral deficiency?  Then there’s no clear evidence that taking a vitamin or mineral supplement offers any special benefits if you have diabetes.  No evidence supports the use of herbal supplements or cinnamon to manage diabetes either.  Tip from the Dreamfields team:  Keep smart eating and the right level of physical activity among your top strategies for diabetes management!

If you’re diagnosed with diabetes, ask for a registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator as soon as possible. To learn more about the new nutrition guidelines for managing diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org.  For the complete updated guidelines, refer to Diabetes Care online at http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/10/07/dc13-2042.full.pdf

Check www.dreamfieldsfoods.com for Six Straightforward Steps for diabetes management.

 

Husband with diabetes

Thursday, October 10, 2013 by Share your Dreamfields Story
My husband recently started insulin for his condition. We needed to be very serious about "pasta". Dreamfields came to our rescue. An Italian family without pasta a couple of times a week is like a family without sunshine. Thank you for keeping my husband happy!

Name: Jeanne Russo
Email: fungirl143@comcast.net
City: Berkley
State: MA
Zip: 02779

‘Tis the Season … for Summer-Fresh Vegetables

Friday, August 30, 2013 by News and Updates From Dreamfields

Quick Chicken and Spaghetti SkilletSummer-fresh vegetables are abundant whether home grown from your garden, gathered at a local farmer’s market or produce stand, or perhaps hand-picked at a “U–pick-it” farm! 

Freshly harvested and enjoyed at their peak quality, vegetables in season are nutritious, delicious, and typically cost less, too.   “Just picked” veggies enhance all kinds of recipes:  pasta salads and chilled soups, stir-fries and pasta dishes, pizza toppings and roasted veggie sandwiches.

 

 

What makes veggies so good for you?  As part of an overall healthful diet, veggies in all forms – fresh, frozen, canned -- are loaded with health benefits. They are:

  • Low in calories and fat … Vegetables are naturally low in calories and fat – and none have cholesterol -- so they may help lower calorie intake if eaten instead of higher-calorie foods. (Tip:  Frying and some sauces may undo these benefits.) 
  • Good sources of fiber … Fiber-rich vegetables help your digestive system work normally, help you feel full with fewer calories, and, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes as part of an overall healthy eating plan.
  • Packed with vitamins and minerals … Vegetables provide your body with many nutrients vital for health.  For example:
  • Potassium may help maintain a healthy blood pressure, may reduce the risk of kidney stones and may help decrease bone loss;
  • Folate not only helps your body form red blood cells, but for women during pregnancy, protects against some birth defects;
  • Vitamin A keeps your eyes and skin healthy and also helps protect you from infections; and
  • Vitamin C not only helps to heal cuts and wounds and keep your teeth and gums healthy, but also helps your body absorb iron from grains and other plant-based foods.
  • Rich in phytonutrients … The compounds in food that give vegetables their vibrant colors – red, orange, yellow, green, purple -- and unique flavors protect your health beyond nutrient basics.  The more colors, the better for you!
  • Reduced risk of some chronic diseases … Eating plenty of vegetables may reduce the risk of heart disease, including heart attack and stroke, and may protect against some cancers. 

What makes veggies perfect for everyday meals and snacks?  They’re simply good!  Plus, they’re:

  • versatile for all kinds of main dishes, side dishes, and more;  
  • colorful, making a meal more appealing and fun to eat;
  • varied with many different (new and familiar) veggies to keep your meals and snacks interesting;
  • convenient for a quick snack or meal; and
  • economical, delivering plenty of flavor, nutrition and enjoyment for your food dollar.

In fact, a new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest shows that the average cost per serving of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables cost less or about the same as less health options, making them a nutritional bargain!

And what makes fresh-picked veggies superstars on the plate?  When picked at their peak and handled with care, a fast track -- from field to plate -- keeps fresh vegetables tastier, arguably with a slight nutritional edge.  For example, vine-ripened tomatoes are known to deliver more flavor; bright red bell peppers or crisp green beans may contain a bit more vitamin C when the journey to the table is short and cool.  (Both time and heat degrade vitamin C.)  And in season, veggies typically cost less.  Regardless, seasonal vegetables make any eating event more enticing.  When it comes to veggies, more matters!

 

For ways to make seasonal vegetables part of your meals and snacks, check these websites:  www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/vegetables.html  and

www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/100-calorie-comparison

For easy, delicious ways to incorporate veggies in your next pasta dish, visit the recipe section of our website, http://www.dreamfieldsfoods.com/healthy-pasta-recipes.

Herbs and Spices: More Reasons to Season

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by Dreamfields Recipes & More

 

An herb is “the friend of physicians and the praise of cooks,” noted Charlemagne in his legendary 9th century response to an Anglo-Latin scholar. Fast forward to the 21st century and you’ll see a renewed interest in the potential health benefits of herbs and spices from both health and culinary experts -- and consumers, too. 

Emerging research indicates:  the reason to season may extend beyond the unique, pleasing flavors and visual appeal to a potential range of health benefits.  Among them:

 

  • Healthy eating patterns:  A sprinkle of this, a teaspoon of that ... spices and herbs help make nutrient-dense foods (vegetables, fruits, whole grains and seafood) taste good!  Consider: cinnamon blended into mashed sweet potato, ginger tossed in a fruit salad, rosemary in savory Parsley-Rosemary Pesto over pasta, garlic and red pepper flakes adding spark to Clam Linguini or Penne Primavera! These touches of flavor can make healthy eating advice -- from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (ChooseMyPlate.gov, DASH diet, Mediterranean eating plan) and from an eating plan for diabetes -- easier to follow and more sustainable.

 

  • Diet quality:  Besides making nutrient-dense food more palatable, culinary spices and herbs boost flavor, allowing the cook to cut back on the salt, added sugars, and saturated fats, which are often used as flavor enhancers.  Bonus: As concentrated plant compounds, they have no nutritional liabilities!

 

  • Weight management:  Vegetables, fruits and seafood deliver nutrients with relatively few calories, making them a great choice for calorie-conscious consumers; prudent use of spices and herbs can make low-cal eating more pleasing.  Beyond that, research suggests that some may contribute satiety, or satisfaction, to mealtime.  Also note: Some may play a role in energy metabolism.

 

  • Antioxidant benefits:  While colorful fruits and vegetables score high for the antioxidant potential, a teaspoon of many herbs and spices is surprisingly high, too.  Among those topping the list:  cinnamon, oregano, turmeric, thyme and rosemary  ... with ginger and red pepper flakes (paprika) scoring high, too. Antioxidants are a handful of phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals that significantly slow or prevent oxidative damage to body cells.  As such, they may improve immune function and perhaps lower the risk for infection and cancer.

 

  • Inflammation:  Culinary herbs and spices may be linked to decreased chronic inflammation, a response that can increase the risk of some health conditions.  Also being studied, their role in promoting a healthy immune system.

 

  • Food Safety:   Certain herbs and spices may help reduce the bacterial growth in food, among them clove, cinnamon, oregano, rosemary, and thyme -- although they can't substitute for safe food handling.  Those high in antioxidants, such as rosemary and oregano in marinades, may also reduce production of harmful compounds, formed when meats are grilled.

Come back next week to learn more about the possible health benefits of individual herbs and spices and how to incorporate them into your favorite pasta dishes.

 

Dreamfields Is Helping America Make Healthier Life Choices

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Dreamfields Recipes & More

Dreamfields 50 States/50 Plates

We here at Dreamfields Pasta are strong believers in living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. As part of that commitment we do our best to help educate Americans on ways to make healthier life choices. This is especially true when it comes to the prevention of prediabetes and diabetes.

While national programs can go a long way in raising awareness for major health concerns like diabetes, we believe that it’s the local, grassroots, one-on-one programs that have the greatest impact and can actually change someone’s life. Due to their smaller size and reach, these programs often don’t receive as much support by other grant programs. That's why Dreamfields is launching the "Dreamfields 50 State/50 Plates: 2013 Health Initiative."

If you know of a health care professional that would be a good candidate for one of our grants let them know about our Dreamfields 50 States/50 Plates program.

Here is a quick overview of the program:

• Organizations and individuals must submit an online application to be considered for a Dreamfields grant.
• The minimum amount to apply for is $100; the maximum is $500.
• Funds must only be used for the activities outlined in the application. Grantees must provide Dreamfields with documentation of the event and specific use of funds.
• Grantees agree to acknowledge Dreamfields’ grant support in all public documents, materials and statements.
• When possible and appropriate, Dreamfields will help promote the event/activity via social media channels.
• Applications for funding will be accepted from February 18 through September 15, 2013, or until funds have been depleted, for events that occur in 2013. We encourage applying as early as possible.

A Hearty Green Selection for The Holidays

Sunday, December 23, 2012 by Dreamfields Recipes & More

A Hearty Green Selection for The Holidays

Sometimes cooking for the holidays can be a really difficult task when you have to deal with the different dietary needs of your guests. However, whether you’re a vegetarian, cooking for one or just have someone who is very health conscious our Vegetable Lasagna will be sure to please their palates as well as satisfy your guests needs. (It also pairs nicely with a variety of proteins for your more meat friendly guests.)

Just combine zucchini, fresh sliced carrots, red bell peppers, sweet red onion with succulent mushrooms and a combination of Parmesan, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, bake then enjoy!

Vegetable Lasagna

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Standing Time: 10 minutes

Vegetable Lasagna

Ingredients:

6 pieces Dreamfields Lasagna
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup sliced mushrooms
3/4 cup chopped zucchini (1 small zucchini)
1/2 cup sliced carrot
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup dry red wine
2 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1/4 grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons commercial basil pesto
Nonstick cooking spray
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 375ºF.

Cook the lasagna according to the package directions. By using Dreamfields pasta there are some added nutritional benefits to this already healthy salad. Made from durum wheat semolina, Dreamfields provides the same taste and texture as traditional pasta but with twice the fiber. This makes it ideal for everyone in the family, especially those who have diabetes or pre-diabetes. Drain and cut each piece in half.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook the garlic for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the mushrooms, zucchini, carrots, bell pepper, red onion and black pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the red wine and cook for 3 minutes or until the wine has evaporated. Add the pasta sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.

In a small bowl combine the ricotta cheese with the Parmesan cheese and pesto.

Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with the cooking spray. Spread 3/4 cup of the vegetable-pasta sauce in the bottom of the baking dish. Arrange 4 noodle halves over the sauce. Top with 1/3 of cheese-pesto mixture, then 1 cup sauce. Repeat layers twice, using any remaining sauce on top. Sprinkle with the mozzarella.

Cover and bake at 375ºF for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes then serve.

Makes 6 main dish servings.

Note: This recipe may be doubled and made in a 9x13 baking dish for 12 servings.

Nutrition information per serving (1/6 of recipe): 331 calories; 16 g protein; 37 g carbohydrates*; 14 g total fat; 5 g saturated fat; 24 mg cholesterol; 652 mg sodium; 6 g total dietary fiber.

 

A Quick, Mouthwatering Pasta Dish For the Holidays

Thursday, December 20, 2012 by Dreamfields Recipes & More

A Quick, Mouthwatering Pasta Dish For the Holidays

Nothing is more enjoyable during the holidays than coming back to a warm meal. But, as we’ve mentioned before, one of the difficult things is having quick meals at the ready that will still work as good comfort foods. However, this is exactly what our Savory Ricotta Angel Hair is. With a ricotta cheese and white wine sauce that is flavored with fresh basil, sharp green onions, roasted red bell peppers and garlic, it is a meal that will that will bring a smile to everyone’s face at the table. Even more so when it can easily be ready in only 30 minutes (between prep and cook times).

Savory Ricotta Angel Hair

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 box Dreamfields Angel Hair
1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons dry white wine
1 container (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup thinly sliced small green onion or chives
1/2 cup diced roasted red bell peppers
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup reduced-sodium, fat free chicken broth
3 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted (optional)

Directions:

Cook pasta according to package directions. By using Dreamfields pasta there are some added nutritional benefits to this already healthy salad. Made from durum wheat semolina, Dreamfields provides the same taste and texture as traditional pasta but with twice the fiber. This makes it ideal for everyone in the family, especially those who have diabetes or pre-diabetes. Drain then rinse in cold water or in ice water until completely cooled and drain well again.

Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Then, add garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until tender, stirring frequently (do not brown). Add wine and reduce heat to medium.

Stir in remaining ingredients, except walnuts and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until heated through, stirring frequently. Add the pasta to the skillet and toss to coat well. Heat through. (If necessary, stir in additional broth 1 tablespoon at a time to reach desired consistency.)

Serve in individual pasta bowls. Sprinkle with walnuts, if desired.

Makes 4 servings.

Warm Up This Holiday Season With A Recipe From The Old Country

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Dreamfields Recipes & More

Warm Up This Holiday Season With A Recipe From The Old Country

As winter finally makes its appearance and the temperatures start to really drop there are few things better than coming home to warm comfort foods. A great one for these colder days is our Rustic Sausage & Angel Hair, a spicy dish that hails from the old country of Italy. Using a blend of hot turkey Italian sausage, Italian seasoning, Italian parsley and a healthy dose of tomatoes and mushrooms it is a meal that is sure to please after a cold day working, shopping or playing.

Rustic Sausage & Angel Hair

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 box Dreamfields Angel Hair
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 pound hot turkey Italian sausage, casings removed, crumbled
3/4 pound fresh baby Portobello, cremini or white mushrooms, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 cup coarsely chopped bell pepper (any color or a combination)
1/2 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning blend
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

Directions:

Cook pasta according to package directions. By using Dreamfields pasta there are some added nutritional benefits to this already healthy salad. Made from durum wheat semolina, Dreamfields provides the same taste and texture as traditional pasta but with twice the fiber. This makes it ideal for everyone in the family, especially those who have diabetes or pre-diabetes. Drain and return to pan.

Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Then add sausage and cook about 5 minutes until sausage is cooked through. Stir frequently.

Afterwards, add mushrooms, bell peppers and Italian seasoning. Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking for 3 to 4 minutes until mushrooms begin to soften, stirring frequently. Stir in the tomatoes and cook for 5 to 7 minutes until desired consistency, stirring occasionally.

To serve, spoon sauce over pasta and toss. Or, add pasta to the skillet with the sauce and toss. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

Makes 4 servings.

Nursing Students say "YUM"

Monday, November 12, 2012 by Share your Dreamfields Story
My Nursing students never fail to be amazed when we discuss portion distortion and I show then a serving of "regular pasta" and then a serving of Dreamfield's pasta. "Wow we can eat so much more", "Only 5 points on Weight Watchers" "This is really good" Most think it will be less than tasty -so I stopped telling them about the pasta until they taste it first. Diabetic and weight loss teaching is made much easier with this pasta, especially being able to give the patient and students coupons (Many are on fixed/low income) and pamphlets. I even use this in my Weight Watchers friends group.

Name: Kaci
Email:
City: West Columbia
State: South Carolina
Zip: 29073

Week 11 Pastapalooza Winner!

Monday, August 27, 2012 by Dreamfields Recipes & More

A Quick Pasta Salad To the Rescue

The Dreamfields Pastapalooza Pasta Salad Contest is almost over! But there is still time left! If you want to enter our contest we’ll be accepting submissions through August 31. Just go to Facebook and enter there or enter online here.

Week 11’s winner explores mixing texture by incorporated delicious dried cranraisins, chopped walnuts, chopped cauliflower, celery and purple onion along with garden fresh basil and feta cheese, coated with a sharp red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing. But beyond the medley of tastes, what really makes the Pasta Cranberry Salad such an appetizing dish is that it requires close to no cooking. Simply cook the pasta, combine the ingredients before whisking the dressing together then mix everything together. It’s a quick recipe that can make a tasty side as we hit the back-to-school rush.

Pasta Cranberry Salad
By Sandy

1 Box of Dreamfields Rotini Pasta
2/3 cup of dried cranraisins
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped cauliflower
½ cup celery
½ cup purple onion, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
½ cup of feta cheese

Dressing:
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic salt or seasoned salt
1 teaspoon crack black pepper
¼ cup of red wine vinegar

First, prepare the rotini according to package directions. By using Dreamfields pasta there are some added nutritional benefits to this already healthy salad. Made from durum wheat semolina, Dreamfields provides the same taste and texture as traditional pasta but with twice the fiber!

Then, prepare the next seven ingredients before combining them with the pasta.

Whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour over the pasta.  Serve.

 

Visit us on Facebook to submit your own pasta salad recipe for a chance to win a case of Dreamfields pasta. Not on Facebook? Enter online here.

If you have already entered our contest and want us to share your recipe with all of our fans visit here! We may just publish it on our blog!

Stay tuned, we will have even more winning recipes to share!

*Whether enjoying Dreamfields pasta or other foods, consumers with diabetes must carefully monitor blood glucose and have frequent contact with their physician to maintain good health. To create a healthful eating plan for your individual needs, consult with a qualified health care professional.

*This recipe was submitted by a Dreamfields fan and was not tested in the Dreamfields kitchen.

Eat More of What You Love with Marlene Koch's New York Times Bestseller!

Thursday, August 2, 2012 by Dreamfields Recipes & More

Thank you to everyone who came out to our booth today at AADE for their very own copy of Marlene Koch's New York Times bestseller, Eat More of What You Love: Over 200 Brand New Recipes Low in Sugar, Fat, and Calories.

From classic comfort foods and amazing restaurant make-overs, to quick-fix family favorites, crave-worthy desserts and an entire chapter of fabulous pasta dishes, this popular diabetes-friendly cookbook shows you how to eat all the foods you love... guilt-free!

Eat More of What You Love: Over 200 Brand New Recipes Low in Sugar, Fat, and Calories  is the sequel to her book Eat What You Love which claimed the title of bestselling cookbook of all time on QVC. We recommend picking up a copy of her books and giving her recipes a try!

5 Ways to be a Great Diabetes Friend Forever!

Friday, February 17, 2012 by Dreamfields Recipes & More

Are you a DFF to someone with diabetes or pre-diabetes, or do you have a DFF who helps you understand, manage, and live with diabetes?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 5 WAYS TO BE A GREAT DFF:

  1. Show your support by planning meals and shopping for food together, going to the gym at the same time, and cooking together.
  2. Be vocal! Compliments can uplift and inspire: “You’re doing great!” and “Keep your eye on the prize!”
  3. Do your research; keep up with diabetes news and pass along helpful or interesting articles.
  4. Have fun! Make exercise and healthy eating fun activities. Encourage trying new things – a swim class? Hiking? Team sports?
  5. One last thing...ask questions! Ask what it’s like to live with diabetes. Ask what you can do to help.

    
Don't forget there is still time to enter the Dreamfields DFF Sweepstakes!

Visit www.diabetesfriendsforever.com for more information and click on the "Sign Up To Participate" button. We are now in week 3 of our DFF challenges!

SCORE SPECIAL PRIZES! Five winners each week will be awarded a case of Dreamfields pasta and a $100 gift card. Participate in each of the four weekly challenges and you could be one of five entrants to score the Grand Prize: a case of pasta and $1,000!

Dreamfields DFF- Diabetes Friends Forever is Back!

Thursday, February 2, 2012 by Dreamfields Recipes & More
Dreamfields DFF
Many of us have a BFF (Best Friend Forever) that we look to for laughs, encouragement and support. The nearly 105 million Americans living with diabetes or pre-diabetes also need someone who can make living with diabetes a more manageable experience. That's what we call a DFF - Diabetes Friend Forever!

DFFs are friends, family members, caregivers and healthcare professionals who make a difference in the lives of those living with diabetes. They are teachers, counselors, coaches, and best friends to some of the 105 million Americans who have diabetes or pre-diabetes today.

With so many caring DFFs out there, everyone deserves a little recognition. So to honor - and learn from - these unsung heroes, Dreamfields Pasta is launching a first-of-its-kind program to help pay tribute to the special people who help make living with diabetes easier.

To get the latest dish on Diabetes Friends Forever the fast and easy way, sign up to receive text messages or email alerts!

Learn More About The DFF Program  |   Read Some Inspirational DFF stories

What are Dreamfields Pasta fans saying?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 by Dreamfields Recipes & More


Jennifer learned about Dreamfields Pasta when her husband was diagnosed as a pre-diabetic. This is Jennifer's story:

My husband was diagnosed as pre-diabetic and we suddenly found ourselves on a long search for healthy and tasty treats. The key to controlling your sugar is carbohydrates and this pasta was the perfect answer. Upon first trying it, we both believed it was too good to be true. But upon checking his sugars before and after eating it, there is no change in his sugars! It is now a staple in our home and we use nothing else!!!! Of note, I work in a medical facility and tell all of our "diabetic" patients about this product

LASAGNA

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 by Share your Dreamfields Story
A few months ago I was having company for dinner, my husband and one of the guests are diabetic. I prepared lasagna using Dreamfields pasta . . . . . . guess what . . . . . . . no one knew it was a different brand of pasta, it was a huge success.

Name: Maureen Salvatore
Email: ReenReen@AOL.COM
City: Dover
State: NY
Zip: 19901

Pasta Primavera Salad with Dreamfields Pasta

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 by Dreamfields Recipes & More
Congratulations to Lorrraine for being our weekly Pasta Salad Extravaganza Winner!

We know it can be hard to find good recipes with high fiber foods and low carb ingredients, but don't worry we've got you covered! No need to search for a pasta salad recipe in that low carb cookbook, simply stay tuned to our blog all summer long to get great tasting and healthy pasta salad recipes!

Summer is a time for cookouts and no cookout is complete without a delicious pasta salad! This summer we are holding our Pasta Salad Extravaganza Contest to share the pasta salads our fans come up with! We hope you enjoy and use some of these recipes for some low carb meal ideas!

The winning pasta salad recipe this week is Pasta Primavera Salad! It’s so delicious! If you don’t like anchovies, try it without. Whether you are on a low carb diet or controlling diabetes you can make this recipe work for you!

Pasta Primavera Salad
Lorraine Williams


Ingredients:

8oz Dreamfields Penne
6oz jar marinated artichoke hearts
1 cup shelled cooked edamame beans
3/4 cup chopped red pepper
1/3 cup chopped sweet onion
1/4 cup olive oil
3 TBSP red wine vinegar
4 anchovies mashed
1-2 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 tsp. salt or to taste
1 tsp. crushed oregano or basil
1/4 tsp pepper or to taste
1/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Cook Dreamfields pasta according to package instructions until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, drain artichoke hearts reserving 2 TBSP of the marinade.
  3. Cut large artichokes in half.
  4. Drain pasta and rinse well with cold water and drain again.
  5. Place in large bowl.
  6. Add artichokes, edamame beans, red pepper and onion.
  7. In small bowl, combine oil, reserved artichoke marinade, vinegar, anchovies, garlic, salt and pepper.
  8. Pour mixture over pasta and toss well.
  9. Stir in cheese.
  10. Adjust seasoning to taste.
ENJOY!

Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Dreamfields Pasta

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 by Dreamfields Recipes & More
Congratulations to Marianne for being our weekly Pasta Salad Extravaganza Winner!

We know how hard it can be to find good recipes with high fiber foods and low carb ingredients, but don't worry we've got you covered! No need to search for a pasta salad recipe in that low carb cookbook, simply stay tuned to our blog all summer long to get great tasting and healthy pasta salad recipes!

Summer is a time for cookouts and no cookout is complete without a delicious pasta salad! This Summer we are holding our Pasta Salad Extravaganza Contest to share differnet pasta salads our fans come up with! We hope you enjoy and use some of these recipes for some low carb meal ideas!

The winning pasta salad recipe this week is a Mediterranean dish that is so delicious with the green beans, feta cheese, tomatoes and especially the edamame. Whether you are on a low carb diet or controlling diabetes you can make this recipe work for you!

Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Marianne Mirrione

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen edamame, shelled
1 cup green beans, cut on the diagonal into 1 inch pieces
1 1/2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled (goat cheese may be substituted)
1 package Dreamfields penne pasta, cook according to package directions and allow to cool
2 tsp. chopped basil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook green beans in a large pot of boiling water until just tender (2-3 minutes).
  2. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  3. Drain and pat dry.
  4. Repeat with edamame.
  5. Whisk vinegar, salt, pepper and oil.
  6. Add all other ingredients and toss to coat.
Did this recipe give you an idea for a new pasta salad? You can still enter our Pasta Salad Extravaganza Contest!

Summertime Tuna Pasta Salad with Dreamfields Pasta

Thursday, July 28, 2011 by Dreamfields Recipes & More
Congratulations to to our weekly Pasta Salad Extravaganza winner, Adam!

We know how hard it can be to find good recipes with high fiber foods and low carb ingredients, but don't worry we've got you covered! No need to search for a pasta salad recipe in that low carb cookbook, simply stay tuned to our blog all summer long to get great tasting and healthy pasta salad recipes!

Summer is a time for cookouts and no cookout is complete without a delicious pasta salad! This Summer we are holding our Pasta Salad Extravaganza Contest to share different pasta salads our fans come up with! We hope you enjoy and use some of these recipes for some low carb meal ideas!

The combination of tuna, red onion, bell pepper and grape tomatoes in this week's recipe is hit! The feta cheese adds to this delicious Summer dish perfectly! Try this recipe, you won't be disappointed! Whether you are on a low carb diet or controlling diabetes you can make this recipe work for you!

Summertime Tuna Pasta Salad
By Adam Gould


Ingredients:

1 box Dreamfields Pasta
2 cans albacore tuna in oil, drained
1 bell pepper, large dice
1 small red onion, medium dice
1 pint grape tomatoes, cut 1/2 lengthwise
1 bunch fresh basil, torn into medium pieces
1/2 block feta, crumbled
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Prepare pasta according to directions, drain and cool
  2. Transfer pasta to serving bowl.
  3. Prepare vegetables and add to pasta.
  4. Add drained tuna to pasta, broken into medium chunks, do not crumble completely.
  5. Prepare vinaigrette by adding garlic, salt and pepper, and vinegar to mixing bowl.
  6. Add oil in thin stream while constantly whisking to make an emulsion.
  7. Toss vinaigrette with pasta and vegetables.
  8. Add feta and basil toss gently and adjust seasoning.
  9. Serve and enjoy!
Does this recipe give you an idea for a new pasta salad? You can still enter our Pasta Salad Extravaganza Contest!

Tomato Bacon Pasta Salad with Dreamfields Pasta

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 by Dreamfields Recipes & More
Congratulations to Alyssa for being our weekly Pasta Salad Extravaganza Winner!

We know how hard it can be to find good recipes with high fiber foods and low carb ingredients, but don't worry we've got you covered! No need to search for a pasta salad recipe in that low carb cookbook, simply stay tuned to our blog all summer long to get great tasting and healthy pasta salad recipes!

Summer is a time for cookouts and no cookout is complete without a delicious pasta salad! This Summer we are holding our Pasta Salad Extravaganza Contest to share different pasta salads our fans come up with! We hope you enjoy and use some of these recipes for some low carb meal ideas!

The winning pasta salad recipe this week is a sure to be a favorite with the great taste of bacon and avocado! Whether you are on a low carb diet or controlling diabetes you can make this recipe work for you!

Tomato Bacon Pasta Salad
By Alyssa Lackey


Ingredients:

6 slices bacon, chopped into one inch pieces
1/2 pound dried Dreamfields Pasta- Rotini
1/2 cup mayonnaise
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon dried dill
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 avocado pitted and sliced

Directions:

  1. Cook bacon until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Strain. Run cold water over the top until the pasta is cooled.
  3. While your bacon and pasta are cooking, whisk mayonnaise, lemon, salt, garlic powder, pepper and dill together in a bowl.
  4. Stir cooled pasta, cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado and reserved bacon into the dressing. Toss to combine.
  5. Serve.
Did this recipe give you an idea for a new pasta salad? You can still enter our Pasta Salad Extravaganza Contest!

Greek Pasta Salad with Dreamfields Pasta

Thursday, July 14, 2011 by Dreamfields Recipes & More
Congratulations to Joseph for being our weekly Pasta Salad Extravaganza Winner! This recipe is definitely worth the effort!

We know how hard it can be to find good recipes with high fiber foods and low carb ingredients, but don't worry we've got you covered! No need to search for a pasta salad recipe in that low carb cookbook, simply stay tuned to our blog all summer long to get great tasting and healthy pasta salad recipes!

Summer is a time for cookouts and no cookout is complete without a delicious pasta salad! This Summer we are holding our Pasta Salad Extravaganza Contest to share different pasta salads our fans come up with! We hope you enjoy and use some of these recipes for some low carb meal ideas!

The winning pasta salad recipe for this week is definitely worth the effort! Combining Dreamfields Healthy Pasta with feta, olives, tomato and all of the other delicious ingredients makes this recipe a hit! Whether you are on a low carb diet or controlling diabetes you can make this recipe work for you!

Greek Pasta Salad
By Joseph Arsenault


Ingredients:

1 box Dreamfields Rotini, Penne, or Elbows
1/2 green bell pepper chopped 1/4 inch chunks
1/2 red bell pepper chopped 1/4 inch chunks
1 small or 1/2 large red Bermuda onion sliced into half inch round crescent moons
10 pepperoncini pickled peppers
8 ounces feta cheese chunks
1/2 cup sliced oven roasted tomatoes (recipe follows)
6 ounces calamatta olives, pitted
Greek dressing (recipe follows)

Oven Roasted Tomatoes
5 Lg Roma Tomatoes
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper

Directions:

  1. Cut the tomatoes in half and place them on a baking sheet
  2. Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and then add salt and pepper to taste
  3. Bake the tomatoes at 350 degree for 30-45 minutes
  4. When caramelized and sweet, remove tomatoes from the over and cut into quarter inch pieces

Greek Dressing
Juice of one lemon
Zest of one lemon
Teaspoon dried or 2 Tablespoons of fresh mint
Teaspoon dried or 2 Tablespoons fresh Greek oregano, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 large shallot, minced
1/2 Teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 cup Greek olive oil

Whisk all ingredients above until emulsified.

Pasta Salad

  1. Prepare Dreamfields according to package for al dente cooking
  2. Add all ingredients to large bowl
  3. Prepare dressing and add to bowl
Did this recipe give you an idea for a new pasta salad? You can still enter our Pasta Salad Extravaganza Contest!