I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central for the National Pasta Association. I received pasta samples and a stipend to facilitate the creation of pasta recipes as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
To say that we enjoy pasta in our household is like saying that we enjoy when the sun shines. Of course we do!
Pasta fits into our busy lifestyle with easy, quick, and wholesome meal possibilities, it is a budget-friendly, heart-healthy option that is versatile enough to please every palate and the complex carbohydrates that pasta provides gives us fuel to power our muscles and brains. In short, it is simple and fast to prepare, good for our bodies and nearly guaranteed to please the entire family!
Therefore, it's no wonder that this month (October is National Pasta Month!) I've found myself thanking the National Pasta Association for indulging our love of pasta with their Pasta Fits campaign, a nutrition and culinary education initiative packed with pasta recipes and tips.
The perfect place to go for recipes, nutrition information, contests and promotions, general cooking tips and pasta facts, PastaFits.org is a nutrition and culinary education and resource initiative that can help everyone.
Have questions about pasta? They have the answers! Need some entertaining tips for your upcoming Girls' Night gathering? Pasta Fits will help you spend less time planning your parties and more time celebrating! Interested in the health benefits of pasta and how it can fit in with your weight loss plan? I think you know where to go.
There is so much to learn on the Pasta Fits website that, ever since my introduction to it last month, I've been enjoying all of the ways that I've found to incorporate pasta into a variety of occasions — in new as well as our tried-and-true, much-loved ways.
Most recently, I came across one recipe from Pasta Fits that I just couldn't pass up. Here it is in the fall, smack in the middle of prime pumpkin season, so how could I not experience the flavor of Honey Garlic Pumpkin Penne?
This inventive recipe combines honey, pumpkin, garlic and pasta, so right away I knew that it was going to be amazing. And, while it took a bit longer to prepare than some of my usual dishes due to roasting the carrots, onions and pumpkin, the end result was completely worth it.
I wasn't at all prepared for how much I would enjoy the combination of sweet and savory in this dish, as each bite has the tasty pasta, the richness of the pumpkin, the sugar from the honey and more. It all adds up to YUM and a feeling as though I had ordered a tasty meal at a restaurant!
No matter if you are bored with your weekly schedule of meals or just want to find some new recipes to make dinnertime run more smoothly, you'll want to head over to the Pasta Fits website to discover all sorts of information, tips, recipes, pasta pairings and more that your whole family is sure to love.
Stay tuned for one more post next month on our final thoughts on Pasta Fits and how much we've enjoyed incorporating their fantastic site into our meals! In the meantime, be sure to visit PastaFits.org today and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.