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Bow Tie Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus in Lemon-Cheese Sauce

It’s finally springtime and our faithful root vegetables have done their job and gotten us through the tough winter months. Now, bright green vegetables are popping up all over grocery store produce aisles, with fresh asparagus being one of my all-time favorites. I love to roast it, keep it raw and shave it into salads, steam it and grill it. I even grow it in my garden just to have my own supply in the early months of the season. This Bow Tie Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus in Lemon-Cheese Sauce is another way that I like to incorporate asparagus in a light, good-for-you pasta dish. Read More »


Bulgur Wheat Salad with Grilled Chicken and Pineapple

Is your lunch looking a little dull? Is that same old sandwich getting you down? Well, give your taste buds a wake-up call and make a big bowl of Bulgur Wheat Salad with Grilled Chicken and Pineapple. The combination of healthy Hodgson Mill Bulgur Wheat, grilled chicken, fresh pineapple and green onions tossed together with a dressing made of lime juice, seasoned rice vinegar, honey and soy sauce will have you looking forward to a bright, flavorful midday meal in no time at all. Read More »


Raspberry Cream Bars

Hooray! It’s Easter time! That means spring is just around the corner and we can look forward to shedding our winter coats for good. In light of this celebration, I came up with a bright, flavorful dessert made with fresh raspberries and a buttery whole wheat crust that’s perfect to share with family and friends on Easter. Let’s hear it for spring! Read More »


Luck ‘O The Irish Brownies

As luck would have it, I have the perfect recipe to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – Luck ‘O The Irish Brownies. These brownies taste amazing and may even have you dancing a jig after one bite. They’re made with Hodgson Mill Brownie Mix with Whole Wheat Flour and Milled Flax Seed, so you know right away that they’re going be better for you than your average brownie – 100% whole grains will do that for you. Next, a tasty cream cheese batter that’s flavored with Irish liqueur is swirled into the deeply chocolate whole wheat brownie batter which creates a cheesecake-like top to the brownies. Even though these brownies have an adult spin with the liqueur, the flavor isn’t overwhelming and can be omitted and replaced with extra vanilla extract if you’d prefer. So, turn your oven on to 350˚F – we have a ‘wee’ bit of baking to do Read More »


Southwestern Baked Pasta

I think casseroles were invented for busy people – and rightly so. They’re easy to put together, use a minimal number of dishes and generally make enough food for more than one meal. This Southwestern Baked Pasta fits all of those descriptors, and it certainly tastes great. The bonus item with this casserole is that it’s healthier for you than most traditional casseroles because it’s made with Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Penne Pasta. If you’re like me and shy away from spicy foods, never fear; this recipe has all of the warm flavors of Southwestern food, but isn’t the least bit spicy – especially when you dollop a little sour cream on top. On the other hand, if you‘d like a little more heat, you can adjust the spiciness without any trouble. Read More »


Multi Grain Cereal with Dates, Orange and Cinnamon

In this Multi Grain Cereal with Dates, Orange and Cinnamon recipe, Medjool dates are stirred into the hot cereal as it cooks, slowly dissolving into the grains and thereby, along with a bit of honey, adding sweetness to the recipe. Once the cereal has finished cooking (in about 3 minutes), some orange zest and juice and a dash of cinnamon are swirled into the pot to make things even more flavorful. A drizzle of honey, along with a few diced dates and a sprinkling of sliced almonds goes on top right before serving, making for a very fast, healthy and delicious breakfast that, thanks to all the healthy grains, will easily hold you until lunch. That’s great for kids at school as well as adults who would rather not have to head to the snack machine hours before lunch. Read More »


Spicy Basil Shrimp Fettuccine

In less than half an hour, you could be sitting down to late-winter comfort food at its best: warm sauce and pasta with enough spice to wake you up and make you think of the approaching spring and summer. This is the perfect dish for a weeknight meal or a Lenten Friday supper. Read More »


Banana-Nut Bulgur Wheat Hot Cereal with Cinnamon-Honey Yogurt

I think I’ve found my new favorite hot cereal. You’ll remember in my earlier post for Lemon Dill Bulgur Salad with Chickpeas, Cucumber and Feta Cheese that I’ve discovered the wonders of Hodgson Mill Bulgur Wheat with Soy. In that same post I alluded to a great way to use bulgur wheat as a hot cereal – and here it is: hot cooked Hodgson Mill Bulgur Wheat mixed with brown sugar and toasted walnuts and topped with slices of banana. As tasty as this combination is, we won’t stop here – no, no. We’re going to put some Greek yogurt, mixed with honey and cinnamon, on top of it all. And so, may I present: Banana-Nut Bulgur Wheat Hot Cereal with Cinnamon-Honey Yogurt. Delicious, easy and so good for you – you simply must make this. Read More »


Lemon Dill Bulgur Salad with Chickpeas, Cucumber and Feta Cheese

I enjoy a good salad as much as the next person, but I need it to include protein to keep me satisfied and help me avoid snacking ten times before dinner. So, to create a delicious, protein-packed, spring-inspired lunch, I used Hodgson Mill Bulgur Wheat as the basis of my salad. In case you weren’t sure, bulgur wheat is whole wheat that’s been precooked (steamed) then dried and cracked. Hodgson Mill’s version helps give these whole grains a hearty 10 grams of protein per serving. Read More »


Vanilla-Pear Yeast Bread with Cinnamon-Honey Butter

Begin by pulling together some bread making basics: Hodgson Mill Active Dry Yeast, Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour and Hodgson Mill Naturally White Flour. If you’re still trying to adjust to having whole wheat in your bread, this is a great recipe with which to begin expanding your palate. It includes a full cup of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour, but also has plenty of white flour to even out the texture. If you’re accustomed to whole wheat breads, by all means, replace a cup of the white flour with more whole wheat.  Read More »


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