Friday, June 22, 2012

Stand Out Sides: Mediterranean Pasta Salad + Giveaway

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I am thrilled to be participating in Hodgson's Mill's Recipe Contest!  Hodgson Mill is well-known for their healthy products so I thought it was a perfect match that I enter their contest.  They were kind enough to send us 6 boxes of pasta to play with; needless to say, John and I had a great time!  In fact, such a great time that I will be featuring a second dish with their pasta on Monday.

I am in love with this pasta.  It combines the BEST whole wheat pasta, from Hodgson's Mills of course, with some of my favorite summer vegetables.  Eggplants and tomatoes are two things that I love about summer; they just taste of summer to me, and I love that all the vegetables in here can be made on the grill.

There is nothing worse in the summer than heating up the oven, that's for sure!  I don't know how its possible but for the tiny, tiny space our apartment is, it heats up FAST.  We can have all the windows open (we're lucky, we have a whole wall of windows), but the heat is only going in one direction - towards me!  One way to beat the heat is to make the delicious pasta salad.  Refreshing and delicious it just DRIPS summer!

Hodgson's Mills has been kind enough to sponsor a giveaway to coincide with our recipe contest!
THE PRIZE:  $25 worth of Hodgson's Mills goodies!  They will be sent directly from Hodgson's Mills to your door (US only please)

To enter: You must be a GFC follower of The Growing Foodie and write a comment about your favorite pasta recipe that can be transformed by 100% Hodgson's Mills whole wheat pasta.  For an extra entry, you can follow me on Pinterest and comment below; for a third entry, you can follow Hodgson's Mills on Pinterest, and come back to comment below (and while you're there, throw a like and repin my way please)! 
Timing:  All comments must be posted by Friday, June 29th.  I will announce the winner over the weekend.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Serves: 6-8
1 box of Hodgson's Mill Medium Shell Pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 green peppers
1 onion
2 eggplants
2 tomatoes, diced
4 ounces herbed goat cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper

Cook the pasta according to package directions.   Drain the pasta, toss with olive oil, and set in the refrigerator.  Halve the peppers and thickly slice the onion and eggplants.  Grill the vegetables on a grill over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, pulling each vegetable off as they are soft and slightly charred.  Roughly dice the vegetables, toss with tomato.  Mix the vegetables with chilled pasta, goat cheese, salt, and pepper.  Mix until goat cheese coats the vegetables.  Serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator

Nutrition Information, based on 6 servings, from MyFitnessPal:
Calories:  340
Carbohydrates:  59g
Fat:  5g
Protein:  16g
Sodium:  398mg
Sugar:  9g

Until the next time my oven is on...


61 comments:

  1. GFC - kroch
    I would love to transform my mac & cheese recipe using Hodgson's Mills whole wheat pasta

    dancehottie1621 at aol dot com

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  2. I follow you on pinterest
    http://pinterest.com/katier6678/

    dancehottie1621 at aol dot com

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  3. I follow Hodgson Mill on pinterest
    http://pinterest.com/katier6678/

    dancehottie1621 at aol dot com

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  4. I' love to transform my "pasta, olive oil, onion, garlic, red pepper and whatever-we-have-in-the-kitchen" dish with whole grain pasta
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  5. I joined you on Pinterest as Mary Beth Elderton
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

    PS I'm Beth Elderton on GFC

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  6. I follow your blog publicly with google friend connect as Amber, and I could transform my spaghetti with clams recipe with Hodgson Mills!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. I follow you on Pinterest, I'm ambergibson8
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I follow Hodgson Mills on Pinterest, I'm ambergibson8
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Following you on GFC.
    I like transforming my mac and cheese or spaghetti using Hodgson Mills whole wheat pasta.


    Jeanette Huston
    sweepstakesjeanie@yahoo.com

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  10. Gfc follower
    I would transform my lasagna
    Shaunda.Eppes at gmail dot com

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  11. Pinterest follower. - shaunda E (ShaunTim)
    Shaunda.Eppes at gmail dot com

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  12. Hodgeson Mill pinterest follower
    Shaunda E (ShaunTim)
    Shaunda.Eppes at gmail dot com

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  13. gfc jelaws5
    I would like to transform my pizza casserole
    thanks
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  14. follow HM pinterest
    Julie SCott Laws
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  15. I follow. I like pasta, basil, tomatoes and cheese. Yum

    shankyouverymuch11 at yahoo dot com

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  16. I follow. I think my pasta carbonara could be use a bit of a makeover.

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  17. I follow Hodgson's Mill on Pinterest.

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  18. I would love to transform my linguini and clam sauce...I actually bought some of the spinach pasta and can't wait to try it!

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  19. can follow me on Pinterest : bleushmon

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  20. follow Hodgson's Mills on Pinterest, bleushmon

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  21. gfc - happi shopr; I could transform my spinach & sun-dried tomato pasta. trinitygsd at yahoo dot ocm

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  22. Good luck!!! This looks super delicious... especially with that goat cheese!

    My favorite pasta recipe that could be transformed by 100% Hodgson's Mills whole wheat pasta is penne alla vodka... yum!

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  23. gfc ferriz

    i make "sos" with tuna but pour it over pasta. it would be great to switch it out for theirs!

    ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. My kids love Linguine Carbonara Florentine. Right now I use regular pasta, but I'm sure I could transform it with whole wheat pasta.

    katfam95 at aim dot com

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  25. Vegetable Lasagna!

    edgenemmers@gmail.com

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  26. I make a mean spaghetti! I'd love to transform it with Hodgson's Mill whole wheat pasta!

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  27. I'm following via Google Friend Connect, and I'd love to transform one of my favorite recipes, the Pasta with Pesto and Green Beans, with their products.

    HilLesha@gmail.com

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  28. I'm following you via Pinterest.

    My screenname is HilLesha.

    HilLesha@gmail.com

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  29. I'm following them via Pinterest.

    My screenname is HilLesha.

    HilLesha@gmail.com

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  30. I follow on GFC and I'd love to try my pasta carbonara with whole wheat!
    Marianna
    mannasweeps (at) gmail DOT com

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  31. I'd like to try the veggie pasta in place of ordinary pasta in our weekly spaghetti meal.
    jjsell76 at yahoo dot com

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  32. I follow you via GFC (Erin Busymom), and I would love to transform my yummy pasta with spinach, fresh tomato, parmesan, and chicken with 100% Hodgson's Mills whole wheat pasta. Thank you for the lovely giveaway!
    busymom369 at gmail dot com

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  33. I follow you on Pinterest (Erin Busymom369)
    busymom369 at gmail dot com

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  34. I followHodgson's on Pinterest (Erin Busymom369)
    busymom369 at gmail dot com

    I also pinned this post :o)
    http://pinterest.com/pin/23855072996815139/

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  35. I follow on GFC (MizVickik) and would love to try their pasta with an old beef stroganoff recipe!

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  36. I follow as chadro via GFC. My linguine and shrimp could be transformed I am sure and yummy too!

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  37. I am a follower (HappeeGirl) My favorite pasta recipe that can be transformed is a simple pasta blended with roasted garlic, olive oil and kalamata olives. Yum!
    krazekatlady at gmail dot com

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  38. My spaghettie with pepperoni and meatballs- would love to use the pasta in that!

    tridingermckee@gmail.com

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  39. Following Hodgson Mills on Pinterest by name Trishrmckee

    tridingermckee@gmail.com

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  40. following you on pinterest by name trishrmckee

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