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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 »


Holly’s Summertime Garden Pasta Salad

One of my girls requested grilled pineapple and chicken kabobs, so the main dish was taken care of, but I needed something to round out the meal. The winter in St. Louis was so mild this year that most all of my herbs managed to stay alive in the pots on my deck. They’ve been greening up and leafing out all over the place for weeks and I have been itching to have a reason to use them. This sweet bell pepper, lemon, herb, feta and Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Bow Tie Pasta salad was the perfect answer. It’s quick, full of flavor, made good use of my fresh herbs and went perfectly with the grilled chicken we were having. I love it when things work out this way! Read More »


Stovetop Butternut Squash Tagine over Lemony-Herb Whole Wheat Couscous

Let me tell you, this light, spicy and warming Moroccan vegetable stew is worth the investment in all the interesting and tasty spices it uses. Tender chunks of butternut squash, potato, sweet pear, and chickpea swim in a creamy tomato-yogurt sauce with rich, fragrant spices. I love how it’s complemented by the light, fluffy pearls of whole grain Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Couscous. They’re a perfect match. This meal is the perfect balance of sweet and savory, and it’s utterly satisfying, as well as low-fat and packed with veggies. It’s perfect whether you’re into “Meatless Mondays” or are currently observing Lenten Fridays. 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 »


Savory Squash and Sausage Penne Casserole

Butternut squash is often too sweet and dessert-like for me to like it in main dishes; but here; we’re getting serious with some big, bad flavors like crushed red pepper, some garlic for heat, and deep dark red chard. These flavors take this dish from quick & easy to quick, easy, and awesome. One note to the doubters: the combo of pasta and squash was new to me at first, but I’m game for pretty much any food experiment. And now I really like the combination. Cut the squash into smaller cubes if you’re unsure about it. (And finding pre-peeled and cubed squash in the fresh or frozen section is a GREAT timesaver.) Read More »


Bow Tie Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream

Quality becomes important when preparing a simple pasta recipe like this, so splurge a little and buy high-end canned tomatoes and sausage if you can. Using Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Bow Tie Pasta is another way to incorporate quality into this dish and is healthier for you than regular white flour pastas. My children are not always fans of whole wheat pasta, but Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Bow Tie Pasta has a mild taste and pretty much goes unnoticed whenever I serve it. Also, once the noodles are covered in this delicious sauce they becomes so tasty that no one stops to notice the whole grains I’ve snuck onto their plates. Read More »


Slow-cooker Thyme Chicken Noodle Soup with Kale

This soup is entirely too delicious for the amount of effort it requires. I’m starting to think anything, cooked slowly until it’s falling apart, might be magical. Here, the rich flavors of the chicken, the bright flowery thyme, the vibrant kale and carrots, and hearty Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Egg Noodles combine to make something much, much better than the sum of its parts. It’s warming, and comforting, and still light and fresh, which is nice when I’m so overloaded on heavy winter foods. Read More »


Elegant Chicken and Mushrooms over Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Spaghetti

This is no dainty dish. The Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Milled Flax Seed, cooked al dente, is a delicious, wholesome complement to the tender chicken, the mushrooms, fragrant from their simmering in sherry, and the light and creamy sauce, all spiked with bright, snappy green parsley. It’s all much heartier than it appears, and really good on a cold winter evening. This would be a great dish for a special family dinner, a celebration, or just to shake up your normal weekday meal routine. Add a green salad, or another veggie on the side, and it’s a full meal. Read More »


Apricot-Hoisin Pork Chops with Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti

Need a tasty dinner recipe that’s kid-approved, quick to fix and won’t leave your kitchen a mess? Of course you do! We all need a reliable recipe to pull out when an evening gets busy and everyone is hungry. Apricot-hoisin pork chops with Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti is sure to please the pickiest eaters as well as the adults, and can be on the table in about 20 minutes. Also, by using Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti, you get the added benefit of 100% whole wheat, which has more protein than traditional white pasta or other whole-grain blends. This is especially good for children who tend to eat more noodles than anything else on their plates. Read More »


Hodgson Mill Meat Loaf with Flax Seed

She may not be the prettiest girl at the ball, but this meat loaf is pretty easy on your kitchen and your overtaxed mind and wallet. And just because the recipe’s simple doesn’t mean it has to be boring. This meat loaf is really flavorful, even when I subbed in ground turkey for half of the beef. (I don’t eat a ton of red meat . . . buying two pounds of beef was just too much for me to fathom.) And this meatloaf uses Hodgson Mill Milled Flax Seed, which is not only a super food full of omega-3s, but also helps to keep the loaf together, like an egg does. Read More »


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