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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 »


Bow Tie Pasta with Bacon and Mushrooms

A plateful of hot pasta covered in a delicious sauce served with fresh bread and a green salad is my idea of a great dinner. People pay a lot of money at restaurants for this kind of meal when they could easily make something just as good, if not better, at home. This recipe for Bow Tie Pasta with Bacon and Mushrooms is the perfect example of this kind of meal. It begins with healthy, 100% whole grain Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Bow Ties -not something found on most menus and so much better for you than regular white flour pasta. The bow ties get tossed together with fresh mushrooms and a creamy, bacon-flavored tomato sauce that comes together in less than 30 minutes. I warmed up a nice loaf of bread, tossed together a simple salad and dinner was served. It was easy, less expensive and better for my family than eating out. It also completely satisfied my craving for a great pasta meal and made a tasty little lunch for me as leftovers the next day. Read More »


Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Basil, Shrimp and Bacon

This dish is easy and delicious – the perfect combination when it comes to dinner. Do yourself a favor and buy the EZ Peel shrimp (the kind that’s been cleaned and only need the shells slipped off) to make this meal even easier. Do yourself another favor and buy a box of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti. The whole wheat pasta compliments all of the other flavors going on in the dish without overpowering them. Chances are, you’ll be able to sneak in some healthy whole wheat without it being noticed which makes adding whole grains to your diet a piece of cake – or a bowl of pasta – in this case 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 Penne with Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon

Spring is around the corner and flowers are starting to bloom. But before we all get out our barbeque grills and abandon our ovens, I urge you to roast some butternut squash and put together this pasta dish. It’s easy, delicious and full of good nutrition – from the many benefits squash contributes to all of the healthful goodness whole grains bring to the table in the Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Penne. Besides, it has bacon in it. Read More »


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