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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Kaylee October 26, 2016 at 6:13 pm

Ohhhh this looks good! So excited to see some posts lately. You’ve been missed!

Erica October 26, 2016 at 6:42 pm

The veggie lasagna looks like a good way to get vegetables in!

Alison October 26, 2016 at 6:57 pm

Penne!

Kirsten October 26, 2016 at 8:57 pm
Kirsten October 26, 2016 at 8:58 pm

Spaghetti or linguine.

Kirsten October 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Tried to do the coupon but it said it’s unavailable?

Angela Saver October 26, 2016 at 9:58 pm

I would love to try the recipe for the Angel & Devil Pasta!

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Angela Saver October 26, 2016 at 9:58 pm

I tried to sign up for the $1 coupon on their site, but it said “This offer is no longer available.”

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Angela Saver October 26, 2016 at 9:59 pm
Angela Saver October 26, 2016 at 10:00 pm

My favorite pasta shape is the penne!

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Angela Saver October 26, 2016 at 10:01 pm

I try to be a little bit healthier in my life by eating lots of fruits and vegetables, drinking a lot of water, & exercising at least 5 days a week!

Andysavi.mom@gmail.com

natash October 27, 2016 at 5:40 am

I tweeted!

natash October 27, 2016 at 5:42 am

I try to stay healthier by being active all day…standing more, walking more, using stairs etc. plus eating fruits/veggies/whole grains each day!

natash October 27, 2016 at 5:43 am

I love angel hair pasta too.

Linz @ Itz Linz October 27, 2016 at 6:05 am

buffalo chicken mac and cheese?!?! YUM!!

Linz @ Itz Linz October 27, 2016 at 6:05 am

tweeted! :)

colleenmarie October 27, 2016 at 7:02 am

I would like to make the BLT Pasta Salad

reborca October 27, 2016 at 7:15 am

STOP ADDING FRUIT TO SAVORY DISHES, YOU DEMONIC TROLL. WHY DOES EVERYTHING HAVE TO BE SWEET WITH YOU PEOPLE? WHO RAISED YOU?

Janetha October 27, 2016 at 12:22 pm

different strokes for different folks.. i love sweet/savory combos.

colleenmarie October 27, 2016 at 7:23 am
colleenmarie October 27, 2016 at 7:37 am

I enjoy using my fit bit to help me keep track of my steps so I can try to be more aware of how much activity I am getting into my day.

colleenmarie October 27, 2016 at 8:00 am

We love penne pasta the best in our house.

Bethany October 27, 2016 at 8:50 am

I park far away in parking lots to get more steps.

Bethany October 27, 2016 at 8:51 am

Angel hair, same as you.

Katy October 27, 2016 at 9:38 am

I love spirals!!!

Jocelyn October 27, 2016 at 10:01 am

Penne

Jocelyn October 27, 2016 at 10:02 am

I exercise 30 min a day

Madeline October 27, 2016 at 2:52 pm

I want to make their Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Scallops. It looks so good and is perfect for Fall right now!!

Madeline October 27, 2016 at 2:53 pm

I like rigatoni and fettuccine shapes :)

Madeline October 27, 2016 at 2:54 pm

And lately, I’ve been making myself drink water first thing in the morning and throughout the day, it’s making such a difference!

paige c October 27, 2016 at 5:40 pm

the Spicy Hoisin-Glazed Salmon Spaghetti recipe sounds good

Michele Cupp October 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm

The Almond, Shrimp and Feta Pasta Salad sounds so wonderful!

Michele Cupp October 27, 2016 at 9:02 pm
Janetha November 17, 2016 at 2:57 pm

Congrats, you are the winner! Please email me your mailing address mealsandmoves at gmail.com

Michele Cupp October 27, 2016 at 9:02 pm

I am trying to be more healthy by drinking more water, less caffeine and I’ve joined a gym.

Michele Cupp October 27, 2016 at 9:03 pm

My fave pasta shape is penne, but I also love angel hair.

Emily October 28, 2016 at 2:40 pm

I love pasta “wheels”!

Debbie October 28, 2016 at 6:19 pm

I totally need to clean up my diet. I’ve fallen victim to the Halloween candy. To be healthier I want to do a sugar detox and really focus on whole real foods.

Debbie October 28, 2016 at 6:20 pm

The asparagus and lemon rotini looks delicious!

Kristen October 29, 2016 at 5:59 pm

The Apple Berry Chicken Pasta Salad looks good.

Kristen October 29, 2016 at 6:02 pm

oops….I meant to say I also want to try the Squash Penne…yum~

Kristen October 29, 2016 at 6:01 pm
Kristen October 29, 2016 at 6:03 pm

I am trying to be healthier by adding more vegetables to my meals every day.

Kristen October 29, 2016 at 6:07 pm

My favorite pasta shape is Galletti.

LynneMarie October 29, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Lot’s of nice recipes, since I love sun-dried tomatoes this is the first one I’d make: Garlic Cream Elbows with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Basil.

Judith October 30, 2016 at 8:05 pm

yum! i love elbow shaped pastas

Judith October 30, 2016 at 8:06 pm

i bike to work to stay healthy

Judith October 30, 2016 at 8:07 pm

i’d love to try this recipe – i love apples!

Dandi D November 1, 2016 at 5:57 am

The Mixed Greens Rotini with Feta and Roasted Tomatoes sounds really yummy!

Dandi D November 1, 2016 at 5:58 am
Dandi D November 1, 2016 at 6:00 am

We try to be healthier by eating whole and natural foods and exercising as a family every day.

Dandi D November 1, 2016 at 6:01 am

My favorite pasta shape is Rotini.

Nikki Fahey November 1, 2016 at 8:16 am

mac and cheese always! thanks

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