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Peaches & Cream Crock Pot Steel Cut Oats

September is here and apples are starting to flood the market, but be sure to take notice of the late season peach crop; these golden beauties have been ripening in the sun all summer long and are the sweetest variety in the bunch. I absolutely adore peaches and tend to buy them in bulk to make all kinds of wonderful things . . .  Read More »


Spiced Carrot Cake Smoothie + Giveaway

I have never understood how people could have smoothies as a meal. To me, they’ve always been a snack; maybe a part of breakfast –but not the whole thing. But I do appreciate how many awesome, nutritious foods you can pack into a smoothie, so I’ve been trying to turn over a new leaf.  Read More »


Gluten Free Tropical Sunrise Buckwheat Cereal

Buckwheat cereal on its own tastes lightly nutty and pleasantly earthy. The tropical explosion comes from using coconut milk as a base for the cereal and by mixing in creamy mashed banana as the sweetener. Chunks of tart-sweet pineapple create an unexpected but perfect contrast to the light, smooth buckwheat cereal. And get this — this recipe is not only gluten-free, it’s vegan. Gasp! You don’t have to be hardcore on either of those fronts to enjoy it, though. Read More »


Easy Homemade Polenta: A How-To

Polenta to the rescue! It’s simple to make, as long as you have some time to pay attention, but once you’ve got a batch, it makes a perfect base for many dishes and sauces — including my farmer’s market largesse. It’s also a tasty alternative to pasta, so I like to use it to shake up my routine. I especially love the contrast of the bright, smooth, melt-in-your-mouth polenta, a sprinkling of rich, nutty parmesan cheese and a twist of black pepper against fresh crisp vegetables and tangy tomato sauce. I’m also amazed that it’s only three ingredients — stone-ground Hodgson Mill Corn Meal, water, and salt — I thought there must be something more to it. I was wrong. Deliciously wrong. 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 »


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 »


Pomegranate-Spiced Couscous

This pomegranate-spiced couscous recipe is wonderful. It’s filled with tart pomegranate seeds, sweet golden raisins, warm spices, a sprinkling of cilantro and nutritious Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Couscous. It’s bright, flavorful, good for you, and can be ready in five minutes. It pretty much checks off all the things I look for in a great recipe. I love to eat it for a light lunch or serve it as a side dish to go along with roasted chicken or pork tenderloin. Read More »


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