apple berry chicken pasta salad. [+a giveaway!]

by Janetha on October 26, 2016

in giveaway,recipes

hey! guys, i need to be on maternity leave more often.. i think this is the most i have blogged in months! and i am loving it. it’s been so great soaking up the newborn cuddles. i will have to post about that sweet little newborn again soon. but it’s nice to have a little extra time to spend on things that fell by the wayside when my life was overtaken by my first tiny human. guess what i did? i made a recipe! and i took pictures! and i am posting about it! it’s a meals & moves blogging miracle, tell you what.

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so, october is national pasta month. i have been celebrating all month long.. but, to be honest, i celebrate all year long. marshall and i are big pasta fans. if you made me pick a carb between pasta, potatoes, and rice.. i will go with pasta 93% of the time. and it was a huge pregnancy craving this second time around.

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we always buy and eat dreamfields pasta, and that’s not because i work with them from time to time. it’s because we absolutely love their products – both how they taste and the nutritional profile. dreamfields makes eating pasta a little healthier without sacrificing flavor or texture, which is important to me! a 1-cup serving of cooked dreamfields has 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of plant protein. it comes in spaghetti, elbows, angel hair (my personal favorite), penne, rigatoni, linguine, lasagna, and rotini.. which is what i used for this recipe today!

so, when we brought stella home from the hospital, we had lots of meals lined up for us. it’s great living in a community where so many care and want to help out. we had dinners for more than two weeks, it was overwhelming in an awesome kind of way. after that, we used some of our freezer meals and also relied on momma b and convenience items. but then.. eventually.. i realized i should probably figure out a way to cook again since those meals weren’t going to make themselves.

fox is pretty great at entertaining himself, but this new little baby of mine just wants to be held at all times. luckily she does like to be in a baby carrier (i use a ring sling most times) even though i am not a huge fan of baby wearing. and cooking while baby wearing is kind of intimidating.. nobody wants to spill ingredients on their baby’s head, am i right? she will be put down in a bouncer or swing for a short while, which is all i needed in order to whip up this quick and tasty recipe (that made plenty of leftovers!)

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like i said, it’s national pasta month, or #HealthyPastaMonth, and dreamfields is celebrating with posting a new pasta recipe every day on their website (and giving a case of pasta away each and every day this month! more on that in a few.)

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they have broken each week into fun themes, and this week’s theme is “fall-ing in love” week, where each recipe focuses on the delicious flavors and ingredients we find in autumn. isn’t the autumn harvest season the BEST?! apples are my personal favorite fall food. anyway, this recipe is super quick and super delicious, and you likely have most of the ingredients on hand.

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apple berry chicken pasta salad
prep time: 15 min, cook time: 10 min; total time: 25 min
serves eight

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ingredients:

  • 1 box dreamfields rotini
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces/1 cup) light raspberry vinaigrette dressing 
  • 12 ounces grilled chicken, diced (or could use rotisserie chicken)
  • 8 ounces (1/2 pound) monterey jack cheese, cubed
  • 1 large granny smith apple, diced
  • 5 green onions, sliced
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • mixed greens
directions:
  1. prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. in a large bowl, combine pasta and dressing; toss well. add chicken, cheese, apple, onions, and cranberries; toss to combine.
  3. serve over mixed greens.
per serving: 450 calories, 52g carbs, 25g protein, 13g fat, 6g fiber
 
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see, isn’t that so simple?! and the nice thing about this recipe is you can switch the ingredients up to fit what you have on hand (or what you personally prefer.) you can use any type of apples, any type of cheese, any type of greens.. the possibilities are endless! and, like i said, it made plenty of leftovers and it keeps well in the fridge, so that’s always a plus for busy days. (which is, like, every single day.)
like i said, dreamfields is giving away a case of their delicious pasta to one of my readers as part of the national pasta month celebration! there are a several ways to enter, you can do them all!
  • head to the dreamfields page and look at the awesome recipes they have on their site, and let me know which one caught your eye in the comments below.
  • tweet about this giveaway: “I want to win @healthypasta from @janeeetha for #HealthyPastaMonth http://wp.me/p1B7vY-flS” (leave a comment so i know you tweeted)
  • leave a comment stating how you try to be a little bit healthier in your life.
  • leave a comment below telling me your favorite pasta shape.

this giveaway will run until november 10th! random winner will be picked at that time.

good luck, and happy pasta eating!

xo. janetha g.

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Nikki Fahey November 1, 2016 at 8:17 am

i like to get as many steps and balance my activity with yoga and running

Nikki Fahey November 1, 2016 at 8:17 am

i tweeted! thanks

jessiker November 1, 2016 at 10:11 am

That Artichoke, Walnut & Prosciutto Angel Hair looks amazing!

David November 1, 2016 at 3:19 pm

My favorite is the recipe for the chicken puttanesca. Pasta can be made so many different ways that there is literally a way to make it for every taste.

David November 1, 2016 at 3:20 pm
David November 1, 2016 at 3:21 pm

I live close enough to work that I am able to walk when the weather allows it. I also use a standing desk rather than sit down all day.

David November 1, 2016 at 3:23 pm

My favorite pasta shape is angel hair spaghetti, which isn’t technically a shape!!!!

Janetha November 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm

You are the winner! Can you email me your address? mealsandmoves at gmail.com

David November 26, 2016 at 2:39 pm

Thank you very much. I just sent the email.

Ashley November 1, 2016 at 4:12 pm

I would like to try the veggie lovers lasagna

Ashley November 1, 2016 at 4:13 pm
Ashley November 1, 2016 at 4:14 pm

I try to eat a lot of veggies and fruit and I go for long walks with my dog every day.

Ashley November 1, 2016 at 4:15 pm

I love angel hair pasta the best.

Jessica To November 1, 2016 at 5:07 pm

I would like to try their Bruschetta Spaghetti recipe.

Jessica To November 1, 2016 at 5:08 pm

My favorite pasta shape is spiral rotini.

Brenda November 1, 2016 at 5:14 pm

Linguine with parsley is my kind of meal! Look at those clams!!

Brenda November 1, 2016 at 5:16 pm

I try to eat better, especially since I have gained 30 lbs this year. I need to clean up my diet more so now than ever. Age has snuck up on me.

Brenda November 1, 2016 at 5:16 pm
Brenda November 1, 2016 at 5:17 pm

Linguine is my favorite pasta shape. :)

Kelly D November 1, 2016 at 6:23 pm

I would like to try the veggie lover’s lasagna recipe.

Laura November 2, 2016 at 1:34 pm

The artichoke, walnut, and prosciutto angel hair looks amazing!

Laura November 2, 2016 at 1:34 pm

I try to be a little bit healthier by getting enough sleep each night!

Laura November 2, 2016 at 1:35 pm

Rotini is my favorite pasta shape!

LynneMarie November 9, 2016 at 1:14 pm

The recipe that caught my eye is the Stovetop Edamame and Cauliflower Mac & Cheese.

LynneMarie November 9, 2016 at 1:16 pm

My favorite pasta shape is wagon wheel.

LynneMarie November 9, 2016 at 1:17 pm
LynneMarie November 9, 2016 at 1:20 pm

I am trying to be a little healthier by eating more veggies and fruit and being more active that I’ve been in the past.

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