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Back-to-school, back to healthy snacks

Back-to-school, back to healthy snacks

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August 29, 2012
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(Family Features) A refreshing salad should be quick, easy, and full of delicious in-season produce. With its countless possibilities for add-ins, a fruit and pasta salad fits the bill perfectly as a dish the whole family will love.

Mom or Dad will need to start things off by cooking the pasta according to package directions. Preparing this recipe with Dreamfields pasta provides added nutrition benefits parents will love and kids won’t even notice.

While the pasta cooks, enlist the kids to create the dressing -- a creamy mix of yogurt, honey and a dash of cinnamon -- and choose favorite fruits for the salad.

Kids can help toss the pasta, fruit, mint and dressing together in a large bowl and sprinkle with almonds for a little crunch. This bright and flavorful pasta salad is the perfect after school snack.

For more recipes and to submit your own original recipe for a chance to win in the Second Annual Pastapalooza Pasta Salad Contest, visit www.TryDreamfields.com/PastaSalad.

Fruit and Yogurt Elbow Salad
Makes: 8 to 10 servings
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes

1 box Dreamfields Elbows
1 1/2 cups low-fat vanilla or Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 cups fruit (apples, strawberries, kiwi,
peaches, grapes, etc. cut into bite-size
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint (optional)
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again. Place in large bowl. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, stir together yogurt, honey and cinnamon. Toss with elbows. Add fruit and mint, if desired; toss gently to combine. Sprinkle with almonds. Refrigerate leftovers, covered, up to 1 day. (Let stand at room temperature 10 to 15 minutes before serving if refrigerated.)

Nutrition information (1/8 of recipe): 262 calories; 10 g protein; 22 g digestible carbohydrates*; 4 g total fat; 1 g saturated fat; 2 mg cholesterol; 45 mg sodium; 6 g total dietary fiber.

*If traditional pasta is used in this recipe there is a total of 52 g carbohydrate.

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