*All photos courtesy of Gail Bergman PR*
Ancient grains are all the rage these days, appearing in staples from simple flours, to breads and cereals. Now Catelli went a step further and introduced to us their new dried pasta – Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains. There’s a giveaway involved at the end…so please keep reading!!
Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains pasta blends 100 per cent Canadian whole wheat (Go Canadians!!) with five wholesome ancient grains: quinoa, teff, amaranth, millet and sorghum. Certified GMO-free (NON GMO Project Verified), Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains pasta is available in three cuts – Spaghetti, Spaghettini and Rotini.
The toted health benefits of these grains are as follows:
- 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. (Side note: You can pop sorghum…it looks just like mini-popcorn!!)
- 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.
Catelli had enlisted the food expertise of celebrity chef Lynn Crawford to help launch the new line. I was one of the lucky bloggers who got the chance to meet Chef Lynn (who was HILARIOUS by the way), learn about the product, and to take home the recipe she had specifically created for the Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains pasta. This all took place very appropriately at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts near Granville Island.
There were some very enthusiatic and entertaining demonstrations (one of which Chef Lynn had us all sing “It’s all about the Basil!” while having a volunteer dance with her while making pesto), and a few tastings. We first had Catelli’s Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains rotini plain but cooked for different amounts of time- 7, 8, and 9 minutes. I prefered the texture of 9 minutes the most. There was no discernible flavor or taste to the plain pasta, which translates to the possibility of any sauce pairings you might like.
Next, we tried the Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains rotini with Chef Lynn’s marinara sauce. Then, the spaghettini with her pesto sauce. I found the texture of Catelli’s Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains pasta to be between white and whole wheat pasta. In that it’s not as smooth as white, which is to be expected, but not as gritty or brittle as whole wheat pasta. I’m sure that’s a welcome thought to pasta lovers everywhere, who would like to eat healthy but also try to minimize the sacrifices in texture healthy eating brings.
After all that, we were all led into the learning kitchens to our own stations, to recreate the Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing dish she concocted.
For a limited time, you can click here for discount coupons for Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains pasta, which retails for $3.29.
Catelli’s was kind enough to sponsor a giveaway. One lucky reader will win a year’s supply of Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains pasta. You’ll receive additional entries for referring through your different social media accounts also.
Contest will be held for 2 weeks until April 6, 2015 at 11:59pm. Open to Canadian residents only. All prizes and winners will be handled solely by Catelli’s. Good luck!!
*UPDATE Apr 8, 2015* I have picked the winner! You will be receiving an email from me soon! Thanks everyone for entering!!!