When I was asked to participate in my first-ever Kitchen PLAY, I was really excited, but when I found out the ingredient I was to use for my recipe was pasta, I was even more excited. Pasta is a great ingredient to have on hand because its extremely versatile and cooks really quickly. I always have a variety of different sizes and shapes available and trying Dreamfields pasta has been a wonderful discovery. It will now find a permanent place in my own pantry.
What’s so great about Dreamfields pasta is that each serving has approximately 5 grams of fiber and only 5 grams of digestible carbs, which makes it a perfect pasta for health-conscious pasta lovers. It also has a low glycemic impact which helps manage your blood sugar and makes it a good alternative for diabetics to enjoy as well. It’s made from the finest durum wheat semolina which gives you the same texture and taste of a traditional pasta, but with a lot more health benefits.
For my “side dish” recipe, I made cold sesame noodles. Here, Dreamfields linguine noodles are covered in a thick, creamy sauce made from peanut butter, hints of garlic, ginger and soy. Then the ingredients are tossed together to chill until you’re ready to serve. It’s a great make-ahead recipe when the temperature is hot and you want something hearty and healthy. Because it’s served cold, it makes an ideal summertime dish to take to a party or picnic. It’s perfect for any occasion and using Dreamfields pasta, makes it even more healthy.
cold sesame noodles
I make the full recipe so that I have an extra serving available for later in the week. It’s also an easy recipe to increase for entertaining as well.
6 ounces Dreamfields linguine noodles
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons canola oil, plus extra for drizzling
1 teaspoon finely minced fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon red chile paste
4 teaspoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
4 teaspoons rice vinegar
4 teaspoons soy sauce
4-6 tablespoons hot water
1 scallion, white and light green parts, thinly sliced
Sesame seeds, for garnish
1. Bring a pot of water to boil and add salt. Add pasta and cook for 7-10 minutes, until al dente. When pasta is done, drain and transfer to a medium bowl. Toss with sesame oil and set aside.
2. In a small saucepan, heat canola oil over medium-low heat. Add ginger, garlic and red chile paste. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add brown sugar, peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce and water. Stir to combine and cook until well blended and sauce is thickened. Add more water if too thick (should be consistency of a thick dressing).
3. Pour sauce over noodles and toss well. Chill until ready to serve.
4. Before serving, toss with some additional canola oil if sauce is too thick. Top with scallions and sesame seeds and serve.
Dreamfields Pasta is also sponsoring a wonderful giveaway at Kitchen PLAY. Simply recreate any one recipe from this month’s Progressive Party, post about it on your blog and provide a link to your post on Kitchen PLAY to enter. All qualifying bloggers in each course will be entered to win $100 (6 prizes total). The deadline is August 7, 2011. Please review the complete contest rules before entering. Good luck!