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Minestrone with Gluten Free Elbows and Bacon

Minestrone means “big soup” in Italian and after a bowl of Minestrone with Gluten Free Elbows and Bacon, you’ll know why. Made with onion, garlic, corn, zucchini, tomatoes, beans, Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Brown Rice Elbows with Golden Milled Flax Seed and fresh basil, this soup is big, flavorful and filling. Add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and smoky bacon on top and minestrone will likely take on the meaning, “my favorite soup,” before you reach the bottom of the bowl.  Read More »


Crockpot Hawaiian Luau Pork with Quinoa & Brown Rice

My brother lived in Waikiki for a few years, and I was lucky enough to get to visit him, AND to go to an ‘authentic Hawaiian luau celebration” with my family while we were there. I put that in quotes because who knows how authentic it really was – people from 200 years ago are probably looking down and laughing at us – but oh man, the food –pit-roasted pork, deliciously ripe pineapple . . .  Read More »


Ultragrain® Penne with Fresh Corn, Zucchini and Herbs

As August comes to a close, I find myself wanting to cook with as many fresh summer ingredients as possible; knowing all too well that they’ll be gone soon. There’s a part of me that can’t wait for cooler weather to arrive, making way for bubbly baked casseroles, steaming bowls of soup and slow-cooked meals – but not yet. Right now, I still want to revel in summer’s bounty of homegrown produce and enjoy delicious dishes like Ultragrain® Penne with Fresh Corn, Zucchini and Herbs.  Read More »


Quinoa & Brown Rice Caprese Salad + Giveaway

Quinoa & Brown Rice Caprese Salad is hands down my favorite salad of the summer. I love the combination of sun-ripened tomatoes, creamy mozzarella and sweet basil tossed together with Hodgson Mill Italian Quinoa & Brown Rice and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette. I’ve eaten this flavor-packed salad every day for the past week and can’t get enough. It’s so good!  Read More »


BBQ BLT Pizza

July has certainly cranked up the heat, which makes it less than appealing to create oven-like temperatures in my kitchen for our weekly dinner tradition, pizza Friday. If you’ve ever made pizza at home, you know that the oven has to be set well into the upper 400°’s to achieve a crispy crust. I don’t mind this high temperature warming up our kitchen in the middle of winter, but not so much during the hottest days of summer. So, to keep the heat outdoors, we use our BBQ grill to cook pizza.  Read More »


Ultragrain Penne with Fresh Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Pepperoni

Are time consuming summer activities making it hard to get a home-cooked meal on the table? No need to worry, Ultragrain Penne with Fresh Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Pepperoni can be put together in a snap, tastes delicious, and is a great way to get a serving of healthy whole grains onto your plate. My kids refer to this dish as Pizza Pasta (from all of the pizza-like ingredients) and I’m beginning to think that they’re purposely keeping us late at the pool just so we can have it for dinner again. Read More »


Ultragrain® Penne with Asparagus, Shiitake, and Pancetta

Are you looking for a pasta dish that tastes so good it’ll knock your socks off? Then get ready, because Ultragrain® Penne with Asparagus, Shiitake, and Pancetta is one of my all-time favorite summer pasta dinners. It’s a one-dish (one-skillet) wonder that’s packed with amazing flavors like, fresh lemon, crisp asparagus, earthy shiitake mushrooms and salty pancetta.  Read More »


Quinoa & Brown Rice BBQ Chicken Salad

As soon as the weather gets warm, I start thinking about salad for dinner. Not just a side salad, but one that’s filled with so many good things that it becomes a main meal. This Quinoa & Brown Rice BBQ Chicken Salad is that type of salad. It’s made with Hodgson Mill Garlic and Herb Quinoa & Brown Rice, fresh corn, black beans, red bell pepper, cilantro and roast chicken. This combination alone is pretty tasty, but don’t stop there.  Read More »


Italian Ultragrain® Spaghetti Frittata

Breakfast for dinner is always a popular choice with my family, but sometimes I’m hungry for a meal that’s more substantial and nutritious than the usual pancakes or waffles we fix. On occasions like this, I turn towards frittatas; they include eggs (which make them breakfast-like) and other savory ingredients such as cheese, vegetables and sometimes meat.  Read More »


Ultragrain Spring Pasta with Lemon-Cream Sauce + #Giveaway

The temperature outside is supposed to reach into the 90’s today, so sadly spring may be over. But it’s not too late to enjoy a spring-inspired, quick and easy pasta dish that’s filled with fresh seasonal flavors.  Read More »


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