What’s old is new again – at least when it comes to eating grains. That’s the core message behind Catelli Foods Corporation in announcing the launch of new, all natural Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains pasta, a first-of-its-kind product introduced to Western Canadian store shelves in late January.
I’m all about standing behind a healthy carb: Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains pasta blends 100% Canadian whole wheat with five wholesome ancient grains: quinoa, teff, amaranth, millet and sorghum.
Food Network Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford helped launch the new line of pasta at an exclusive cooking event last week at PICA (Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts).
“Whole grains and ancient grains have been a healthy choice for thousands of years, and Catelli has transformed this mix of proven ingredients into a simple, delicious and nutritious product,” said Chef Crawford, award-nominated cookbook author and chef-owner of Toronto-based Ruby Watchco restaurant.
In addition to her busy restaurant, Crawford is host of Food Network Canada’s Pitchin’ In, judge of the Food Network Canada’s Chopped Canada, previous executive chef at Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto and New York — and the first female Canadian invited to participate in the Food Network’s Iron Chef America and Top Chef Masters Season Five.
After an intro and chat about cooking with pasta, we were led into PICA’s culinary kitchen, equipped with chef’s toques and aprons, ready to produce Chef Lynn’s chilled noodle salad with ginger wasabi dressing. Lucky for us, the ingredients were already laid out waiting for chopping and measuring, the pasta pots already at the boil.
This healthy salad is super easy to make, is flavour-packed, and will make for great summer dining options, as it’s easily portable for picnics, camping, and other outdoor adventures.
[Chef Lynn Crawford and PICA culinary team]
The first time in any kitchen leads to searches for pots, pans, tongs, measuring cups, and I’d like to extend a huge thanks to the PICA team for lending a helping hand in their kitchen.
Certified GMO-free (NON GMO Project Verified), Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains pasta is available in three cuts – Spaghetti, Spaghettini and Rotini. We used Catelli’s spaghettini in the salad (find the recipe below).
The health benefits of eating 100% whole grain wheat have been touted for years, but what makes the other grains so healthy? Here’s at look at the five grains behind the pasta:
– 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.
– 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.
– Originating in Ethiopia and Eritrea between 4,000 BCE and 1,000 BCE, teff, a poppy seed-sized grain, is high in protein, fibre, calcium, thiamin and iron.
– Domesticated in Northeastern Africa over 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.
– Cultivated 4,000 years ago from wild West African grass, nutty-flavoured millet is known to be heart healthy, containing high levels of protein, magnesium, and niacin. Alkalizing to the body, millet is considered one of the most digestible and non-allergenic grains available.
Want to incorporate these healthy grains into your cooking? I’m working together with Catelli® to offer one lucky reader a year’s supply of Ancient Grains pasta. That’s 60 boxes of pasta! To enter, follow Vancouverscape on Twitter and simply leave a comment below describing your favourite pasta dish, or retweet the following:
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Do both for an extra entry. I’ll draw a winner at random on Monday, April 6 at 5 pm. Contest open to Canadian residents only. Good luck to all entrants and here’s a toast to healthy eating!
Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains pasta retails for $3.29 and is available at major retailers in Western Canada. Visit Catelli® online for more product info.
Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing (serves four)
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
1 package (340 g) Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains Spaghettini
2 cups (500 ml) snow peas, thinly sliced diagonally
1 cup (250 ml) shelled edamame
1 small English cucumber
2 cups (500 ml) Napa cabbage, finely shredded
1 cup (250 ml) red pepper, cut into matchsticks
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 ripe avocado, sliced
1/4 cup (60 ml) cilantro leaves
2 tbsp (30 ml) black sesame seeds
Ginger Wasabi Dressing:
1/4 cup (60 ml) seasoned rice vinegar
3 tbsp (45 ml) canola oil
2 tbsp (30 ml) soy sauce
2 tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice
1 tsp (5 ml) lemon zest
2 tsp (10 ml) brown sugar
2 tsp (10 ml) sesame oil
1 tsp (5 ml) grated fresh ginger
wasabi to taste
1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain well. Rinse under cold water until well chilled; transfer to large bowl and set aside.
2. In a pot of boiling water, cook snow peas and edamame until tender-crisp. Drain and rinse under cold water until well chilled; set aside.
3. Meanwhile, halve the cucumber lengthwise and use the end of a spoon to scoop and discard seeds; cut cucumber into julienne strips.
4. Ginger-Wasabi Dressing: Whisk together rice vinegar, canola oil, soy sauce, lemon juice and zest, brown sugar, sesame oil and ginger. Season with wasabi to taste.
5. Add cucumber, snow peas, edamame, Napa cabbage, red pepper, green onions and avocado to noodles; toss with enough dressing to coat.
6. Garnish with cilantro leaves and black sesame seeds.
Tip: If time permits, chill the noodle dish by refrigerating for one to four hours.
Per serving: 590 calories, 19 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 710 mg sodium, 84 g carbohydrates, 145 g fibre, 13 g sugar, 21 g protein
Photos courtesy of Catelli Foods Corporation.