Tastes more like regular pasta.

When I first started introducing whole grains to my kids, I have to admit I was a bit sneaky. I'd use white whole wheat bread in French toast, sandwiches and grilled cheese. I also made fried rice using brown rice since I figured my kids would think the rice was brown because of the soy sauce. Over time my kids have gotten used to heartier whole grains, whole grain bread and whole grain pasta. In fact, last fall, one of my sons actually reported back that he chose the brown bread over white bread for his sandwich at school because he had a cross country meet that afternoon....more

Making recipes healthier.

When I was pregnant with Z-man I craved Lo Mein like nobody's business. I could eat Lo Mein every day and still not get enough. Not much has changed since then; even though he's seven years old I still crave Lo Mein on a regular basis. Recently I came across a Chicken Lo Mein recipe that looked really good and asked Teacher to make it one night for dinner. The recipe was pretty healthy to begin with, but Teacher made it even healthier by using Barilla® Whole Grain spaghetti instead of the lo mein noodles the recipe called for....more

Would my family like it?

A couple of weeks ago I received a nice package in the mail. Inside were several boxes of Barilla® Whole Grain Pasta and a charge to use the pasta in some of my favorite recipes. Would my family like it, would we enjoy the added health benefits?...more

Increasing my fiber intake.

When you're trying to shed some pounds (more on my story coming very soon), you have to make each meal count. More bang for your calorie buck, I say. For me, that means increasing my fiber intake at each meal. Since both my husband and I are runners, we regularly work pasta meals into our dinner rotation, particularly the night before our long runs. We used to slurp up regular semolina spaghetti noodles like nobody's business, but over the past couple of years we gradually made the switch to whole grain pasta....more

Taste, texture, and nutritional value.

Hi guys! I thought we could chat a bit about whole grain pasta today. I'm a fan of the taste, texture, and nutritional value of Barilla® Whole Grain Pasta. According to Barilla®, their pastas are made with 51% whole wheat and are an all-natural and excellent source of fiber, delivering three times the fiber of regular pasta. As a mom, I like to incorporate as many nutritious, family-friendly meals as possible into our menus, and I am always very happy to add a new dish to the list....more

Keeping my family healthy by eating right.

A few years ago, I switched to serving brown rice to my family instead of white rice. The reason was simple: more fiber and better nutrition for my family. Whole grains are packed with nutrients including protein, fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium). Nothing is more important to me than keeping my family healthy by eating right. (Oh, maybe one thing, feeding them nutritious AND scrumptious food!) Since I’m the “chef” of the house, it is my responsibility to feed my family well with a balanced diet and nutritious food....more

Get whole grains into your family's diet!

Since I'm a fan of whole wheat pastas (what a great way to get whole grains into your family's diet!), I was excited when I was chosen to do a review for Barilla® Whole Grain pastas. I've been buying Barilla® brand pastas for quite some time and looked forward to trying their newest product. Sometimes it's hard to get my family to eat new, healthier foods because they look or taste different. They are used to the darker color of a whole wheat pasta, but sometimes the whole wheat version tastes different too, and they simply don't like it....more

Whole grain pasta has gotten much better!

Have you ever had a bad experience with whole grain pasta? I have! The first time I tried a whole grain variety, I wasn't impressed. But things have gotten much better on the whole grain front! Barilla®, the pasta experts, have come out with their own line of whole grain pastas, which are not only good for you, but they taste good too! We all know whole grains are an important part of a healthy diet, and now it's easy to incorporate them in to your meals with Barilla® Whole Grain pastas....more

The flavor is mild with a pleasant nuttiness.

Oh, pasta...it's been my faithful friend for many a last-minute-dinner preparation. It's comfort food. It's easy food. It's something the whole family loves. Until recently, we stuck to the semolina variety. Whole wheat pasta has never been something we loved. In fact, just the thought conjures up mouth memories of pasta that tasted a lot like cardboard--not that I know what cardboard tastes like or anything. No, really. Just guessing there......more