Catelli Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains [GIVEAWAY]

March 27, 2015

Who loves pasta? I do, and I would probably cry forever if I could never eat it again. Yeah, I love it. Maybe not as much as soup noodles, but pasta definitely ranks high on my list of favourite foods. Last week I had the amazing opportunity to spend a night with Chef Lynn Crawford to learn a bit about Catelli's new line of pasta, and to cook some dishes alongside Chef Lynn. How fun!

Chef Lynn Crawford is an award-nominated cookbook author, chef-owner of Toronto-based Ruby Watchco restaurant, host of the Food Network Canada’s Pitchin’ In, judge of the Food Network Canada’s Chopped Canada, and the first female Canadian invited to participate in the Food Network's Iron Chef America and Top Chef Masters Season Five. Since the launch of the Catelli Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains product in January of 2015, Chef Lynn has been promoting the product and even uses it at Ruby Watchco.


Sorghum Popcorn

Catelli's Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains pasta is the first of it's kind. Being released only in Western Canada, the pasta combines 100% Canadian whole wheat with five different ancient grains: quinoa, teff, amaranth, millet and sorghum. The result of blending all these grains together is a great tasting product packed with wholesome nutrients and health benefits in each bite. I personally cook with quinoa on a regular basis, but some of these ancient grains are completely new to me. For example, I've never had sorghum, but now that I know it can be popped like popcorn, I'm totally going to make it and snack on it!

So what exactly is so great about these specific ancient grains? Here's a couple quick facts:

  • Quinoa: Dating back to the 13th century South American Inca Empire, quinoa is high in fibre, protein and minerals – including magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron – and low on the glycemic index.
  • Amaranth: Native to the Americas and prized by Aztec civilization, amaranth is rich in protein, containing all the essential amino acids, key vitamins, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and iron.
  • Teff: Originating in Ethiopia and Eritrea between 4,000 BCE and 1,000 BCE, this poppy seed-sized grain is high in protein, fibre, calcium, thiamin and iron.
  • Sorghum: Domesticated in Northeastern Africa more than 5,000 years ago, sorghum – a good source of vitamin B6, riboflavin, thiamin and magnesium – is known to support digestive health, help fight cardiovascular disease and help control blood sugar levels.
  • Millet: Cultivated 4,000 years ago from wild West African grass, this nutty-flavoured grain is known to be heart healthy, containing a high level of protein, magnesium and niacin. Alkalizing to the body, millet is considered one of the most digestible and non-allergenic grains available.

I try to be health conscious and it's important for me to know that the food I am eating is nutritious. I was pretty impressed by the high protein and fibre content in just one serving of pasta. Whether you try the spaghettini, rotini or spaghetti, the health benefits are the same. Way to go, Catelli!

The evening with Chef Lynn was so much fun. From coaching a participant to make pesto in record time, to mixing vinaigrette by shaking it to Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off', Chef Lynn is hilarious and such a great host. Using the Ancient Grains pasta, she cooked up rotini in her signature marinara sauce and spaghettini in pesto. Both pastas were delicious, and I almost couldn't tell that the pasta was whole wheat. There's a slight difference in texture, but otherwise it's great and I would recommend the pasta for the added health benefit.

To end off the evening, Chef Lynn gave a demo on one of the recipes she developed for the Catelli Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains pasta - Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing. After the demo we split into groups to make the salad ourselves. FYI it's delicious, so make sure to make some for yourself. You can find the noodle salad recipe via Google, and you can find some of her other recipes for Catelli on the website here.

Now since you didn't get to spend a fun night with Chef Lynn Crawford, I'm hoping I can make up for that by giving you a chance to win a year's supply of Catelli Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains Pasta! That's 60 boxes and endless possibilities for pasta dishes. See the details below!

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THE GIVEAWAY

One Year's Supply of Catelli Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains Pasta
(60 boxes, $200 value)

DETAILS

To enter, you must comment below and tell me what dish you would make with your ancient grains pasta. Please make sure you leave a valid email address in the giveaway widget as this is how I will be contacting you.


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This giveaway is open to anyone 18+ years of age in Canada. You have until April 6 to enter and the winner will be selected by random and be contacted via email. Good luck!

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88 comments

  1. I want to try the recipe from Chef Lynn, I usually make spaghetti with homemade sauce to use up all the random veggies in my fridge. Beautiful photos by the way!

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  2. I would want to try making the Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing! It sounds and looks so yummy and healthy!

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  3. I would use the rotini to make a loaded vegetable pasta salad. Super easy. I take equal parts ranch and italian dressings and mix them together and then toss the pasta to lightly coat. I then add a ton of fresh vegetables. My favourite is to add a bag of coleslaw, cucumber, broccoli, tomato, mushroom, bell peppers and pea pods. So good.

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  4. That noodle salad pictured above looks amazing. I think my first try would be an asian noodle salad complete with sesame dressing or an asian vinaigrette and load of veggies, both raw and sautéed.

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  5. I would make a pasta dish I love called creamy garlic bacon penne but substitute the penne for rotini.

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  6. I would probably use the spaghettini and toss it with some garlic, oil and vegetables. I like to keep it simple. :)

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  7. I'd love to make a walnut spinach pesto sauce to go with the pasta!

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  8. I like pasta made with a simple parm and olive oil sauce and maybe some spinach and black olives thrown in.
    jan

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  9. I would make a nice tuna pasta salad!! YUM!

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  10. I would make a pasta salad or a burnt butter and Parmesan pasta

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  11. i would make rotini with rose sauce and tons of chicken and veggies

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  12. i would start off with traditional spaghetti and meatalls

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  13. Fettucini Alfredo, so rich but so yummy!

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  14. I would make chicken carbonara! yum!

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  15. i would make a Greek salad with rotini!

    Lori R Jackson

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  16. I`d make spaghetti with loads of meat sauce!!

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  17. I would make Spaghetti With Feta and Broccoli

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  18. I will start with a pasta primavera with lots of fresh veggies from the market.

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  19. I would make spaghetti & meatballs. (Judy Cowan)

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  20. This is awesome
    Looks yummy
    Cheers

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  21. I'd use the spaghettini and toss with olive oil, lemon juice topped with grated parmesan and coarsely ground black pepper.

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  22. My famous red sauce will grace these ancient pastas!

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  23. Fettuccinni with pesto

    spazsss@yahoo.ca

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  24. I would make spaghetti with meatballs and red peppers.

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  25. I would make spaghetti with tomatoes and basil.

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  26. I would make spinach tomato pasta!

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  27. I would make some spicy crab pasta - shaunie

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  28. i like spagettini with meatballs! simple but delicious!

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  29. I would make my specialty - Spaghetti Bolognese.

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  30. I would make spaghetti and meatballs.

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  31. I'd make pasta with chopped veggies, alfredo sauce and rotini.

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  32. Id like to make a nice spaggetti puttanesca

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  33. I would make spaghetti and garlic bread.

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  34. Crab linguine I would make for sure!

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  35. I would make a pot of spaghetti sauce with meat and lots of veggies.
    Florence C

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  36. Winter/Spring - Any season ! Homemade hearty Hungarian Goulash - sprinkled with *LOVE* Oregano & Chilies....Comfort food.....

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  37. I would make spaghetti and meat sauce for the kiddos

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  38. I would make spaghetti with meat sauce

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  39. I would make baked chicken penne with a rose sauce. angandcolin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  40. I would make my homemade sauce to go with the pasta

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  41. Asparagus and Chicken Carbonara

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  42. I would make spaghetti and meatballs

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  43. Love my Healthy Harvest Spaghetti with Turkey Sausage and Kale

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  44. Rotini with Roasted Chicken and Cauliflower Sounds and looks delish!

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  45. I would make spaghetti as my mom used to make with soy and oyster sauce!

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  46. I would make spaghetti as my mom used to make with soy and oyster sauce!

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  47. I love pastas! Thanks for the giveaway, Andrea!

    xo Jo

    http://www.whiterosesandcoffee.com/

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  48. Maybe a pasta salad!

    xo Jo

    http://www.whiterosesandcoffee.com/

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  49. I would make spaghetti with a pesto sauce.

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  50. spaghettini with spicy meat sauce

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  51. I would make spaghetti , meatsauce, meatballs and mushrooms

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  52. I would make Spaghetti Carbonera.

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  53. I would make speghetti and meat sauce for my family, it is one of their favorite meals. Although I have actually never tried Catelli Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains Pasta, I do believe they will love it.

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  54. We love Chicken Alfredo with salad and garlic bread

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  55. I don't have a name for it but I cook bacon add chicken, onions, peppers and plenty of spices and add chicken broth then the noodles. Taste yummy too.

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  56. I'd do a spicy sausage with roasted red peppers and tomato over penne! Now I'm hungry ;)

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  57. I would make a garlic and shrimp spaghetti

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  58. I would make a simple spaghetti and meatballs with tomato sauce.

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  59. I would make spaghetti with mushroom sauce! yummy

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  60. I'd make my curry tuna pasta salad! ty

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  61. I would make spaghetti with alfredo and broccoli!

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  62. Spaghetti and MeatBalls

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  63. I would make a white Lasagne with Chicken!

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  64. I would make spaghetti with pesto and parmesan cheese.

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  65. I would make a spaghetti with a primavera sauce

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  66. I would make a clam pasta with a white wine sauce.

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  67. a creamy carbonara

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  68. Taco pasta-Linda

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  69. I would make a spaghetti with pesto. With extra cheese!

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  70. I would make spaghetti bolognese

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