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Back-to -School Cookies

I love the idea of my kids having a homemade cookie treat after school, but I really love the idea of my kids eating a cookie that’s made with healthy ingredients. So, as we started collecting what we needed, I reached for my bag of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour. These cookies are packed with lots of good things, so I knew that mixing in some whole wheat flour would go unnoticed – if I were making them alone. Hmmm… my kids were helping me make these cookies. How would the addition of whole wheat go over? Even though my children know that whole wheat is good for them, sometimes they balk when I add it to certain beloved foods – cookies being one of them. So, with my back up argument about how whole wheat is healthy on the tip of my tongue, I set it out as an ingredient, gave a measurement to my oldest girl, watched her mix it into the dough and… that was it. No one groaned or moaned even a little. Much to my delight, I believe that whole wheat is finding its place in my house – even in cookies. All three of my girls watched the Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat get mixed into the dough and no one blinked an eye. It just goes to show, that including healthy foods in our daily lives makes an impression on children, and instead of being something to complain about, it becomes normal. Very cool. Read More »


Steak and Salsa Verde Pasta (aka “Spaghetti Western”)

I don’t know if I succeeded with my "Spaghetti Western" idea, but I’m happy with where the experiment took me. After a couple of tries, I’ve got a dish with healthy whole wheat pasta, plenty of lean protein from a local farmer, fresh local tomatoes, and loads of super-healthy fresh herbs, so I’m pretty much happy on all fronts—taste, health, and food-consciousness. Read More »


Whole Wheat Couscous with Lemon, Peas and Chives

I think part of the reason this recipe went over so well is because I used Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Couscous with Milled Flax Seed and Soy. The added flax and soy give the couscous a little more texture, not to mention the added health benefits. Foods that are mushy, like avocados, are not my husband’s favorites. So I wanted to make sure I packed this dish with as much flavor and crunch as possible. Onions, garlic, fresh chives and lemon get things off to a great start and sweet peas and toasted sliced almonds finish things up with bright color and the little bit of extra crunch I was looking for. Read More »


BLT + Avocado Pasta Salad

I do enjoy a BLT on a hot day. Crisp, salty, tender, fresh, hot and cold all at once . . . it’s a surprisingly complex combo, when you think about it. So here I present its classy relation–a BLT-inspired pasta salad where tender, springy Hodgson Mill Veggie Rotini Spirals set the stage for sweet bursts of caramelized cherry tomato, savory crispy prosciutto, and spicy arugula leaves, just barely wilted. Chunks of avocado (which in my house, we call ‘nature’s mayonnaise’) give the salad a creamy richness. Read More »


Quick Sesame Veggie Noodles with Pan-Fried Tofu

This salad starts with wholesome al dente Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Spaghetti or Hodgson Mill Gluten-Free Spaghetti combined with crunchy slivers of chopped cabbage and carrots, crisp chunks of snow pea pods, green onions, fresh cilantro, and sesame seeds. Toss it all up with a fresh, clean dressing made with toasty sesame oil, soy sauce, and tangy vinegar. Yum. Read More »


Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

This salad always gets rave reviews and the recipe is often requested. People just can’t believe something so simple could taste so delicious, but the proof is in this pasta salad. This recipe makes a lot, so get out your biggest bowl to do your tossing in — otherwise you’ll end up with bits and pieces of salad all over the place. Also, even if you’re on the fence about whole-wheat pasta, give Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Bow Tie Pasta a chance in this recipe. The noodles do a superior job holding up to the vegetables and add a nice flavor dimension that doesn’t scream “whole wheat.” Plus you will be getting all of the health benefits of whole wheat. I promise you won’t miss the white-flour pasta. Read More »


Asian Chili Beef Noodle Soup

This soup is beautiful. I don’t think there is another word for it. Clean, fresh, refreshing . . . those come close. I think it’s the combination of the aromatic, zingy ginger and the gentle but persistent heat of the chili flakes and green onions butting up against the fresh veggies and cilantro, the substantial Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Egg Noodles, and lots of good-quality vegetable broth. The slices of sirloin steak on top are an enticing contrast, more of a tasty garnish than the main event. I think if you took any one piece of the equation away, it might all fall apart. I know it might seem a little odd to use egg noodles in this soup; maybe you were expecting rice noodles, like a vietnamese pho. But I think white rice noodles are just filler. The combination of whole wheat and a touch of egg add just the right amount of body to the soup, which doesn’t otherwise have a lot of fat. I love biting into the soft noodles along with a slightly crisp carrot or slice of squash. These noodles are just as good in this slightly exotic dish as they are in a comforting chicken noodle soup. Read More »


Cinco de Mayo Brownies

Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Brownie Mix was the perfect jumping off point for my Mexican-flavored dessert. Follow me, mis amigos, and I will show you how to bake delicious, chocolate cinnamon brownies for Cinco de Mayo or any time you want to satisfy your sweet tooth that still has the goodness of whole wheat. Read More »


Gourmet Savory Hot Cereal with Bacon, Spinach, and Parmesan

This is my new go-to meal when I get home after a long day, tired and hungry. Five ingredients. Ten minutes. Rich, crispy strips of bacon with silky spinach quickly sautéed in olive oil, over a creamy, nutty ‘risotto’ of Hodgson Mill Oat Bran Cereal, sprinkled over with grated parmesan, a pinch of sea salt, and a grind of black pepper. It’s is an incredibly speedy way to a meal that’s delicious and satisfying without being too heavy. The beauty of oats is that a little salt one way or a little sugar the other is the tipping point for dinner vs. breakfast/dessert. Remember when we talked about how convenient it is to make a big pot of steel cut oats for the week, and using different toppings to keep your meals exciting? It got me to thinking about other, more savory ways you can dress up a hot cereal, and this is the first dinner-worthy combo I’ve found that’s good enough to tell the world about . (Using bacon feels a bit like cheating–what isn’t delicious with bacon? But it’s just so tasty with the oats.) And if you aren’t a fan of sweets for breakfast, it makes a fantastic start to the day, too. Read More »


Whole Wheat Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions and Feta Cheese

I used Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Egg Noodles in this recipe for their taste and to provide some extra protein since this dish falls into the meatless category. They also hold up really well with the thick roasted tomato and caramelized onion sauce. Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Egg Noodles aren’t like traditional egg noodles. They are a thick cut, short, rectangular shape – much more like homemade egg noodles than their distant cousin – the flimsy, ruffled, white flour egg noodle. I don’t think this dish would be nearly as good without them. Read More »


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