Fresh strawberries are flooding the supermarkets and I couldn’t be happier. Finally, after waiting through an eternal winter, warm weather has arrived and with it red, ripe strawberries. I realize most grocery stores carry strawberries year ‘round, but it’s not until late spring that the inside of the berry is as red as the outside – something only longer daylight hours and bright sunshine can produce.
In celebration of this first fruit of summer, I decided to try out a new muffin recipe: Roasted Strawberry Whole Wheat Muffins. These muffins are lightly sweet, have a delicate, almost cake-like crumb and do a great job of showcasing roasted strawberries.
I’ve roasted pears, apples and bananas in the past, but this was my first time roasting strawberries and I’m happy to report that they’re wonderful. Instead of roasting them at a high heat, in this recipe they’re slow roasted at a low temperature thus creating sweet, sticky, jammy berries that are lick-your-fingers good. Read More »
Hazelnut happens to be one of my favorite flavors, and Nutella® is among one of my favorite ways to enjoy it. I love to slather this chocolate hazelnut butter on whole wheat toast, drizzle it into my steel cut oats or swirl a spoonful into plain yogurt. The combination is simply heavenly. When I came across this recipe for chocolate chip cookies (one of my other favorite foods) that incorporates both Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour and Nutella®, I knew I had to make it. Read More »
Fresh mozzarella cheese laden with robust, red tomatoes and fresh basil is one of my favorite summer food combinations. I grow pots of basil, fill my vegetable garden full of tomato plants and keep fresh mozzarella on hand to have things like caprese salad and pizza margherita whenever the mood strikes – which is quite often. This Fresh Tomato Mozzarella Basil Tart is another great way to enjoy these flavors in a whole wheat crust that includes fresh basil and garlic mixed directly into the dough. Yum! Read More »
A perfect accompaniment to a bowl of soup these twists are crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside.Their whole grain goodness and flavor from the Parmesan and spices make them the perfect accent to any meal. Read More »
When I think of Sunday’s big football game, I think of food. Not the game, the players or even the half-time show. For me, it’s all about the food. Last year I made Whole Wheat Pizza Bites that went over like gangbusters the day of the big game. So, this year I decided to do something along the same lines, but this time I turned the whole wheat pizza dough into mini calzones filled with ground beef, onions, mushrooms and cheese. These tasty hand pies can be dipped into warm pizza sauce or marinara or eaten plain – although I think it may be an unwritten rule that all foods related to watching the big game must be dipped. Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »