When I start watching my weight one of the first things I pay attention to is the amount of carbs I am consuming and what kinds. I make sure to start consuming more whole grains and other healthy forms of carbohydrates. One of the big things I miss out on are some of my favorite pasta dishes. Not only because of the pasta but because of what topping I am using on it. I tend to like rich cheesy pasta dishes!
When I attended Mixed back in December, I was introduced to a new pasta brand that changed how I look at pasta. Dreamfields pasta brings a new meaning to "healthy carb living." Their products are excellent sources of fiber, have the same great taste and texture of regular pasta products. BUT it only has 5g of digestible carbs per serving! This is great for those of us like me who are are watching their weight, or for those who count carbs for health related reasons such as diabetes.
Not only is today's recipe made with Dreamfields pasta, it is topped with a light refreshing pesto with lots of flavor. This is a healthy pasta dish that you can eat anytime of year, feel satisfied and not worry about your waist line!
Parsley Pecan Pesto Pasta
1 box Dreamfields pasta of your choice
2 cups fresh parsley ( I used flat leaf)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup olive oil
1 tbs lemon juice
3 cloves of roasted garlic
1 tsp ground red pepper flakes (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Prepare pasta according to box directions.
Meanwhile in your food processor add parsley, pecans, cheese, garlic and red pepper flakes. Pulse until finely ground. In a small bowl whisk oil and lemon juice together. Pour slowly into your food processor while pulsing to combine.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Pour over prepared pasta.
Interested in finding out more about Dreamfields Pasta?
Lucky for you my friends at Dreamfields have offered to give one of you lucky readers your choice of three pasta types, and they will be shipped to you!
All you need to do to win is.... Comment below telling me what your favorite pasta dish is!
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(Disclaimer: I received no compensation to write this post. All opinions are my own. I am sharing this giveaway with you today because I love this product. Dreamfields pasta is providing ONE winner THREE boxes of pasta. Giveaway open to US residents only. Giveaway ends 1/22/2013 at 9pm EST)