4 Healthy Foods for Summer!

With warmer and longer days approaching, we hope you’re looking forward to participating in your favourite summer activities! If you want to main a healthy diet without always preparing meals at home, we offer some healthy options from our menu at Pasta Pantry. You can always be assured that our fresh sauces or pasta are free from additives and loaded with nutritious ingredients. Keep those store bought sauces on the shelf and try these healthy choices.

 

Top Your Plate With Pesto!

Our delicious Pesto can be enjoyed as a sauce for pasta, but it is also a versatile and healthy sauce that can be used in many ways.

  • A little bit of pesto mixed into sour cream, greek yogurt or even guacamole makes a delicious dip for vegetables, crackers or chips.
  • Spread pesto on flatbread or pizza dough for a different flavour on homemade pizza.
  • Mix pesto with mayonnaise for a delicious spread for sandwiches or combine it with cream cheese the next time you have a bagel.
  • Add pesto as a garnish for vegetables….it’s a great topping on a baked potato.
  • Use it as a marinade for any meats you plan on grilling

Read this blog post to learn all about how our other sauces can be used for summer cooking!

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Try Our Tomato Vegetable Sauce!

Tomatoes are known to contain fibre, potassium, vitamin C and folic acid.  These nutrients all contribute to heart health and can be beneficial in lowering blood pressure.  Tomatoes can also be effective in lowering blood glucose levels and are considered to have powerful antioxidant properties. Our additive free tomato vegetable sauce also contains celery, carrots, onions, garlic, red and green peppers and zucchini. It’s loaded with nutrients and makes a perfect compliment for any dish on the menu.

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Enjoy This Unbelievable Combination!

Freshly made Caesar or Italian salads are healthy especially when they are topped with our homemade dressings.  Freshness is the key to making these salads delicious and we make each and every one of these greens with the highest quality ingredients available.  Top either of these salads with a grilled Tuscan Chicken breast and you’ll have a perfectly balanced meal that is light and satisfying.

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Go Gluten Free!

Gluten free pasta is available for your menu options and can be paired with any of our homemade sauces.  Don’t forget that we also have gluten free meatballs that can be added to your pasta dish. Both our Caesar and Creamy Italian salads can be made gluten free and are a perfect addition to any Pasta Pantry meal. Visit our Gluten Free Options page to learn more about the other gluten free foods we carry.    

 

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What did you think of these healthy foods? If you’d like to try them for yourself, come down to Pasta Pantry today! Before you stop by for a bite, make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest and greatest news regarding the best trattoria in Edmonton and Sherwood Park!

5 Fun Summer Events in Edmonton and Sherwood Park!

Summer is the perfect time to get out and explore the many activities that are exclusive to the season. Whether you’re staying within city limit or you’re heading out to the great outdoors, we want to get as much out of summer as you can. If you’re looking for an event fit for the whole family, we encourage you to attend one of these events:

 

Wander Around at Night Market Edmonton!

If you enjoy browsing through farmer’s markets, you will definitely want to explore Night Market Edmonton. Also known as Shopping Under the Stars, this event will open on May 20th on the corner of 105 Street and Jasper Avenue from 7 pm until 11 pm every Friday night.

 

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Journey Through the Strathcona Wilderness Centre!

Plan family picnics or outings to the Strathcona Wilderness Centre.  Spend the day exploring 22 km of interpretive hiking trails or canoeing on the river. You can also camp overnight.  As part of your outdoor experience try a game of disc golf, which combines Frisbee and golf on a 9 or 18 hole course.

 

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Explore the Telus World of Science!

Gazing out into the night sky is one of the best things to do on a warm summer night.  The Telus World of Science gives you a chance to view space through powerful telescopes located at their observatory.  In addition, they also offer many summer camps and programs for children and adults.

 

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Float Down Pembina River!

There’s nothing better to do on a hot summer day than to go tubing on the Pembina River.  Float down the gentle current of the winding Pembina River and view the 62 meter gorge created from the Ice Age. Pembina River Tubing, located near Entwhistle, Alberta, will provide you with tubes and life jacket rentals as well as a shuttle service to bring you back to your vehicle.

 

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Spend the Afternoon at the Greenland Garden Centre!

 

Greenland Garden Centre is a wonderful destination for any gardener.  Plants, shrubs, trees and garden decor can all be found at the centre.  Join a class or check out ideas for creating ambiance in your yard.  Relax at the Branches cafe and make this spring and summer gardening season a rewarding experience.  Greenland is located off of Highway 16 and and Range Road 231 and is open 7 days a week for your convenience.

 

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While this summer is packed full of wonderful opportunities, we don’t want to experience them on an empty stomach! Whether you’re inviting your friends and family over for a barbecue or you’re going out for a picnic, Pasta Pantry has a variety of items that can also be prepared at home. To see the full list, head over to our Fresh Pasta at Home page. And if you’re not doing so already, make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with everything going on at Pasta Pantry!

How to Use Pasta Pantry’s Sauces for Summer Cooking!

Sauce can add a unique flavour to any pasta dish, but it would be a mistake to only use it on our favourite food. Did you know that each sauce we serve at Pasta Pantry can also be had at home? Whether you’re celebrating the season by firing up the barbecue for a backyard party or you just want to spice up your dishes, adding sauces can lead to new and delicious flavour combinations. That’s why we’re excited to show you how you can bring those Pasta Pantry flavours home for your friends and family to savour!

Pair it with Pesto!

Pesto comes from Genova, the capital city of Liguria in Northern Italy. This mixture of pine nuts, salt, basil, olive oil, Parmesean cheese, and of course, garlic, is a tasty and nutritious way to experience new flavours (to learn all about the health benefits of pesto, check out this post).

What many people don’t know is that pesto can also be used as a marinade for all kinds of meats. Chicken marinated with pesto is an unbeatable combo, but don’t be afraid to experiment! Pesto can also be used alongside salmon and grilled shrimp or as a spread for hamburgers and other sandwiches!

When marinating meats, remember that unless you’re preparing a roast or other large cut of meat, there’s no need to marinate it overnight. According to experts, most cuts only need 4-6 hours to absorb the flavours (if you’re working with seafood, it drops down to 1-2 hours; anything longer and your marinate can actually “cook” the meat and change the texture).

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“Dress” Up Your Dish!

How would you like to add a homemade dressing to your next meal? Both our Caesar and Creamy Italian dressings are perfect alongside any greens you’re preparing, but we don’t want to limit it to just salads. For a quick snack on the go, try using them as a dip for veggies like carrots and celery or appetizers like chicken wings!

While these dressings are fine on their own, we encourage you to mix and match different sauces or add new ingredients to personalize your dish. If you come up with an amazing combination, make sure you pass it along to us! That way, we can share it with the world!

Add Alfredo!

Once you try our Alfredo, we promise you’ll never by a canned or jarred sauce ever again. This is perfect option if you’re in a pinch and you don’t want to make your own. While Alfredo can be used with a multitude of foods, we recommend swapping out for tomato sauce when making pizza at home!

This alternative results in a creamier pizza that might just be your next go-to sauce. The best part of making a pizza? It’s an easy way to get the whole family involved in dinner. Simply divide up the tasks, pop your pie in the oven, and enjoy once it’s done cooking!

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Interested in using one of our sauces for your next meal at home? Head over to our Fresh Pasta at Home page to see the full list of sauces available for purchase! To stay up to date with Pasta Pantry, make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

The Meaning Behind “Real Food, Real Fresh, Real Fast!”

Real Food, Real Fresh, Real Fast is more than just a motto at Pasta Pantry. You’ve probably seen our sign at our restaurant, but have you ever wondered what that actually means? We’ve broken it down into 3 parts (Real Food, Real Fresh, and Real Fast) to show you that this phrase is used for more than just decorative purposes.

 

Real Food

Are you a fan of bland, processed foods with little to no nutritional value? Neither are we. Our foods are made from the highest quality ingredients possible, like our Chicken Parmigiana and our Tuscan Grilled Chicken, both of which are made using chicken breasts that are fresh, organic, and free of any fillers and preservatives. We also go the extra mile with our Tomato Vegetable Soup and our Minestrone Soup, both of which contain practically every vegetable under the sun!

Although we understand that using these types of ingredients costs a bit more than going with conventional foods, we know how much of a difference it makes when it ends up on the most important place: your plate!

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Real Fresh

We use fresh ingredients in everything we make because our approach to preparing and cooking meals revolves around giving you the best possible dish. Our pasta is made fresh daily using the finest durum semolina grown and milled here in Canada, while our sauces are also made fresh using the ingredients that are packed with health benefits. This ensures that you’re getting the best quality foods whether you’re dining at our restaurant or you’re using our foods for cooking at home. For more information on how you can experience Pasta Pantry’s pasta and sauce at home, visit this link!

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Real Fast

When you’re pressed for time, finding a meal that is both healthy and tasty can be tough. Whether you’re stopping by for lunch or you need a quick bite before a game, we’re more than able to accompany you, your friends, and your family. We pride ourselves on delivering a meal that can be enjoyed in a matter of minutes regardless of how big or how small your party is.

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