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Minestrone with Gluten Free Elbows and Bacon

Minestrone means “big soup” in Italian and after a bowl of Minestrone with Gluten Free Elbows and Bacon, you’ll know why. Made with onion, garlic, corn, zucchini, tomatoes, beans, Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Brown Rice Elbows with Golden Milled Flax Seed and fresh basil, this soup is big, flavorful and filling. Add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and smoky bacon on top and minestrone will likely take on the meaning, “my favorite soup,” before you reach the bottom of the bowl.  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 »


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