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Top-Notch Bran Muffins

Top-Notch Bran Muffins

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 muffin (71g)
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 170
Calories From Fat 40
  • % Daily Value
  • Total Fat 4.5g 7%
  • Saturated Fat 0g 0%
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 105mg 4%
  • Potassium 230mg 4%
  • Total Carbohydrate 32g 11%
  • Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
  • Sugars 15g
  • Protein 4g
  • Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium 10% Iron 10%
  • Vitamin E 2% Thiamin 8%
  • Folate 6% Phosphorus 6%
  • Magnesium 6% Zinc 2%

Toasted wheat bran is the secret ingredient in these satisfying breakfast muffins.

Makes 12 muffins

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup Kretschmer Toasted Wheat Bran

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

1 cup fat-free milk

1/4 cup molasses or honey

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 egg whites, lightly beaten

3/4 cup raisins

Heat oven to 400° F. Spray 12 medium muffin cups with cooking spray or line with paper baking cups.

In large bowl, combine dry ingredients; mix well. In medium bowl, mix milk, molasses, oil and egg whites; add to dry ingredients and mix just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in raisins.

Fill prepared muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. 

Recipe Type: 

Asian Lemon Ginger Salad with Wheat Germ Dressing

Asian Lemon Ginger Salad with Wheat Germ Dressing

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: (125g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 110
Calories From Fat 70
  • % Daily Value
  • Total Fat 7g 11%
  • Saturated Fat 1g 5%
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 3.5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 2.5g
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 240mg 10%
  • Potassium 270mg 8%
  • Total Carbohydrate 10g 3%
  • Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
  • Sugars 5g
  • Protein 3g
  • Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 35%
  • Calcium 2% Iron 4%
  • Vitamin E 8% Thiamin 8%
  • Folate 15% Phosphorus 8%
  • Magnesium 6% Zinc 8%

This colorful spinach salad has a secret ingredient—wheat germ—adding a nutty flavor without all the calories you find in nuts. Add some shrimp or grilled chicken and brown rice, and you have a meal.

Makes 4 Servings

Dressing

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon sesame oil

Pinch of salt

Fresh pepper, to taste

1 tablespoon Kretschmer Original Toasted Wheat Germ

Salad

2 teaspoons sesame oil

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

4 ounces shitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps sliced

1/2 cup snow peas

4 cups baby spinach

1 orange, peeled and sectioned

1 small Kirby cucumber, peeled and diced

2 tablespoons sliced red onion

2 tablespoons Kretschmer Original Toasted Wheat Germ

Pinch of salt

Fresh pepper, to taste

To make dressing, in small bowl whisk together mustard, ginger, lemon zest, lemon juice and honey. Whisk in sesame oil, salt and pepper. Add wheat germ and whisk until well combined.

To make salad, heat sesame oil in small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and mushrooms and saute 1 to 2 minutes until mushrooms are soft. Add snow peas and cook until bright green and softened, about 1 more minute. Set aside and let cool.

In large bowl add spinach, orange sections, cucumber, red onion and wheat germ. Add cooled mushrooms and snow peas; season with salt and pepper. Stir dressing and add to salad; toss well and serve immediately.

Homemade Granola with Wheat Germ

Homemade Granola with Wheat Germ

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/2 cup (62g)
Servings Per Recipe: 9
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 250
Calories From Fat 90
  • % Daily Value
  • Total Fat 10g 15%
  • Saturated Fat 1g 5%
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 4.5g
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 20mg 1%
  • Potassium 140mg 4%
  • Total Carbohydrate 35g 12%
  • Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
  • Sugars 15g
  • Protein 6g
  • Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 2%
  • Calcium 4% Iron 10%
  • Vitamin E 20% Thiamin 8%
  • Folate 15% Phosphorus 8%
  • Magnesium 10% Zinc 8%

Once you make this delicious homemade granola, you'll have a hard time going back to boxed versions. Wheat germ is a perfect addition, boosting protein and adding nutrition and great flavor.

Makes 9 Servings

2 cups old-fashioned oats

3/4 cup Kretschmer Original Toasted Wheat Germ

2 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup dry-roasted salted almonds, coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon orange zest

3 tablespoons canola oil

1/4 cup real maple syrup

1/2 cup chopped dried unsweetened mango

1/2 cup chopped dried cherries

Preheat oven to 300° F. Line large sheet pan (with sides) with parchment paper. In medium bowl, mix oats, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, almonds and orange zest. Stir in canola oil and maple syrup.

Spread mixture evenly on sheet pan and bake for 30 minutes. Stir in mango and cherries and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

Remove pan from oven and let granola cool and harden before serving. Store in an airtight container.

Homemade Pizza with Wheat Germ Crust

Homemade Pizza with Wheat Germ Crust

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/2 Pizza (231g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 430
Calories From Fat 160
  • % Daily Value
  • Total Fat 18g 23%
  • Saturated Fat 7g 35%
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 4.5g
  • Cholesterol 35mg 3%
  • Sodium 700mg 12%
  • Potassium 460mg 13%
  • Total Carbohydrate 47g 16%
  • Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
  • Sugars 5g
  • Protein 19g
  • Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 10%
  • Calcium 4% Iron 25%
  • Vitamin E 25% Thiamin 90%
  • Folate 80% Phosphorus 20%
  • Magnesium 15% Zinc 20%

Get the family together for a fun night at home making healthier homemade pizza. Set out a fun topping bar and let everyone choose their favorites. They’ll love the wheat germ-infused crust. The sauce recipe makes extra—freeze some for the next time you make pizza or use it on pasta another night. 

Makes 2 large pizzas

Dough

1 1-ounce envelope active dry yeast

1 teaspoon sugar

3/4 cup warm water

1 1/4 to 1 1/2  cups bread flour, plus more for rolling out dough

1/2 cup Kretschmer Original Toasted Wheat Germ

1 teaspoon salt


3 teaspoons olive oil, divided

Sauce (Makes about 3 cups)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup)

2 small cloves garlic, sliced

1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes with basil

1 tablespoon dried oregano

Topping

1 cup sauce

6 ounces shredded fresh mozzarella cheese

Optional: Additional toppings of your choice

To make dough, pour yeast and sugar in large bowl. Add warm water and stir yeast until dissolved. Let sit 3 to 5 minutes until yeast bubbles. Stir in 1 cup flour, wheat germ and salt until combined. Add more flour if dough is sticky.

When dough comes together and becomes too hard to mix, flour hands and form dough into a ball. Remove dough ball from bowl and knead by rolling it backward and forward. Repeat for about 10 minutes until you have a smooth, springy, soft dough.

Add 1 teaspoon olive oil to clean bowl and place dough in bowl. Cover with kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let double in size, about 45 minutes.

While dough is rising, make sauce. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in medium pot. Add onions and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until translucent.  Add tomatoes and oregano, bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. (If you like a smooth sauce, once sauce is cooled a bit, place in food processor or blender, or use an immersion blender to create desired consistency.)

To make pizza, preheat oven to 500° F. Place pizza stone, if using, in oven and let it get hot for at least 15 minutes. If not using stone, heat large cookie sheet in oven before placing dough on it.

Punch dough down and divide in half. Add some flour to board or table and roll dough out to desired thickness.

Carefully place rolled out pizza dough on hot pizza stone or cookie sheet greased with 1 teaspoon oil. Top with 1/2 cup sauce, 3 ounces cheese and any other desired toppings. Place in oven and cook 10 to 12 minutes or until pizza is golden and crispy. Repeat with other dough half, greasing pizza stone or cookie sheet with 1 teaspoon oil. Add dough and toppings and place back in oven for 10 to 12 minutes (cooking time will vary depending on thickness of crust). 

Honey Crunch Energy Bars with Wheat Germ

Honey Crunch Energy Bars with Wheat Germ

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 2x2-inch square (47g)
Servings Per Recipe: 16
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 200
Calories From Fat 100
  • % Daily Value
  • Total Fat 11g 17%
  • Saturated Fat 2g 10%
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 2.5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 5g
  • Cholesterol 10mg 3%
  • Sodium 125mg 5%
  • Potassium 190mg 5%
  • Total Carbohydrate 22g 7%
  • Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
  • Sugars 11g
  • Protein 6g
  • Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium 6% Iron 8%
  • Vitamin E 25% Thiamin 4%
  • Folate 8% Phosphorus 10%
  • Magnesium 15% Zinc 6%

Makes 16 2 x 2-inch bars

We’ve created a delicious energy bar you can wrap and take with you to eat before a workout, on a long bike ride or for a boost after a run. Energy bars don’t need to come in packages to be good for you. Make a batch and freeze bars in individual baggies so you can use them as you need them.

2 cups rolled oats

1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/2 cup chopped dates (about 12)

1/3 cup toasted almonds, chopped

2 tablespoons flaxseeds

1/2 cup Kretschmer Honey Crunch Wheat Germ

1 large egg

1/3 cup honey

3/4 cup smooth almond butter

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

1.) Preheat oven to 350° F. Line 8 x 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.

2.) In medium bowl mix oats, coconut, dates, almonds, flaxseeds and wheat germ together with a spatula.

3.) In another bowl, whisk egg, honey, almond butter, baking soda and salt until smooth and creamy.

4.) Pour honey almond butter mixture into dry ingredients and stir until well combined.

5.) Transfer mixture into prepared pan and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and slightly firm to touch. Move to wire rack and cool completely. Cut mixture into 16 bars.

 

Spinach Frittata with Wheat Germ, Mushroom and Goat Cheese

Spinach Frittata with Wheat Germ, Mushroom and Goat Cheese

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 piece (162g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 190
Calories From Fat 100
  • % Daily Value
  • Total Fat 11g 17%
  • Saturated Fat 4g 20%
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 4g
  • Cholesterol 195mg 65%
  • Sodium 350mg 15%
  • Potassium 370mg 11%
  • Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
  • Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
  • Sugars 2g
  • Protein 16g
  • Vitamin A 80% Vitamin C 4%
  • Calcium 10% Iron 15%
  • Vitamin E 20% Thiamin 10%
  • Folate 30% Phosphorus 20%
  • Magnesium 15% Zinc 10%

For an easy brunch meal, enjoy this baked egg dish packed with vitamins, minerals and even wheat germ. It tastes great fresh out of the oven or heated up the next day.

Serves 4

2 teaspoons olive oil, divided

1/2 small red onion, sliced (about 3/4 cup)

1 cup sliced mushrooms

3/4 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed

1/4 cup Kretschmer Original Toasted Wheat Germ

1/4 teaspoon salt, divided

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

4 large eggs

4 egg whites

2 ounces soft goat cheese, broken up into small pieces

1.) Preheat oven to 350° F.

2.) Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in 10-inch oven-proof nonstick pan over medium-high heat.

3.) Add onion and cook until just softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook another 2 to 3 minutes.

4.) Add spinach and toss for a minute or two to heat through, then remove from heat and allow vegetables to cool slightly. Stir in wheat germ and 1/8     teaspoon salt and pepper to taste.

5.) Meanwhile, beat eggs and egg whites in bowl. Add in cooled spinach and wheat germ mixture, followed by goat cheese, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.

6.) Wipe out pan and return to stove on medium heat, adding remaining 1 teaspoon oil. Once hot, pour in egg mixture. Stir gently with spatula until egg starts to set at bottom, about 1 minute. 

7.) Place pan in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until eggs are cooked through.

8.) Remove pan from oven carefully—handle will be hot. Slide frittata onto plate and serve.

Recipe Type: 

Dark Chocolate Truffles with Wheat Germ

Dark Chocolate Truffles with Wheat Germ

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 truffle (12g)
Servings Per Recipe: 30
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 50
Calories From Fat 45
  • % Daily Value
  • Total Fat 5g 8%
  • Saturated Fat 2.5g 13%
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 5mg 2%
  • Sodium 0mg 0%
  • Potassium 10mg 0%
  • Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
  • Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
  • Sugars 3g
  • Protein 1g
  • Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium 0% Iron 2%
  • Vitamin E 2% Thiamin 0%
  • Folate 2% Phosphorus 0%
  • Magnesium 0% Zinc 0%

A decadent piece of chocolate is the perfect way to top off a meal and stay satisfied without overindulging. It’s also a nice gift to bring to friends. These truffles are made with dark chocolate rolled in wheat germ instead of cocoa for a nutty richer depth of flavor.

Yields 30-32 servings

8 ounces good quality bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces

1/2 cup heavy cream

3 tablespoons Kretschmer Original Toasted Wheat Germ (or Kretschmer Honey Crunch Wheat Germ)

1.) Line baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.

2.) Place chopped chocolate in medium bowl.

3.) Heat cream to gentle boil in small heavy-duty saucepan. Remove from heat. Add chocolate. Stir until mixture is smooth and chocolate is melted. Refrigerate 25 to 30 minutes or until mixture is thick enough to form into balls.

4.) Using very small ice cream scoop or melon baller, drop rounds of chocolate onto cookie sheet. Shape or roll into balls; coat with wheat germ. (Note: If chocolate becomes too soft to shape, return it to refrigerator until it is cold enough to manage.)

5.) Store in airtight container in refrigerator. Remove at least 15 minutes before serving to bring to room temperature.

Makes 30 to 32 truffles

Buttermilk Cornbread

Buttermilk Cornbread

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 4x2-inch serving (91g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 210
Calories From Fat 70
  • % Daily Value
  • Total Fat 8g 12%
  • Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 4.5g
  • Cholesterol 50mg 17%
  • Sodium 310mg 13%
  • Total Carbohydrate 27g 9%
  • Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
  • Sugars 6g
  • Protein 7g
  • Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium 10% Iron 10%
  • Vitamin E 15% Thiamin 15%
  • Folate 20% Phosphorus 20%
  • Magnesium 10% Zinc 10%

Make this quick and easy cornbread recipe while your chili is cooking on the stovetop. It’s so rich and tasty, it doesn’t even need butter.

Serves 8

1 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup Kretschmer Honey Crunch Wheat Germ

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

2 eggs

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/4 cups buttermilk

1.) Preheat oven to 425° F. Grease 8 x 8-inch pan.

2.) Combine cornmeal, wheat germ, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in large bowl.

3.) In separate bowl mix eggs, oil and buttermilk. Stir egg mixture into dry ingredients, combining quickly so you don’t over mix. Pour into prepared pan.

4.) Bake about 30 minutes, until top is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Serve warm.

 

Makes 8 servings

Vegetarian Chili with Wheat Germ

Vegetarian Chili with Wheat Germ

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: about 3/4 cup (371g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 220
Calories From Fat 45
  • % Daily Value
  • Total Fat 5g 8%
  • Saturated Fat 0g 0%
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 1g
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 520mg 22%
  • Total Carbohydrate 34g 11%
  • Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
  • Sugars 8g
  • Protein 10g
  • Vitamin A 60% Vitamin C 110%
  • Calcium 8% Iron 20%
  • Vitamin E 20% Thiamin 25%
  • Folate 15% Phosphorus 10%
  • Magnesium 10% Zinc 8%

On a cold winter’s night, nothing warms you up quicker than a hot bowl of chili. In this version, lots of vegetables, beans and wheat germ substitute for the meat. Take the leftovers to work with you and warm them in the microwave for a healthy, filling meal.

Serves 8

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 medium yellow onion, chopped (about 2 cups)

1 medium yellow pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)

2 medium celery stalks, diced (about 3/4 cup)

1 medium carrot, diced (about 3/4 cup)

10 grape tomatoes, halved

1/3 cup sundried tomatoes, not packed in oil (about 15), chopped

1 15-ounce can low sodium dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 15-ounce can low sodium cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

4 tablespoons tomato paste

1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice

2 cups low sodium vegetable broth

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

1 teaspoon paprika

1 to 2 tablespoons chili powder, or to taste

1/2 cup Kretschmer Original Toasted Wheat Germ

Optional garnish: freshly chopped cilantro and Greek yogurt

1. ) Heat oil in 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, pepper, celery and carrot and sauté until soft and onions translucent, 5 to 7 minutes.

2.) Add grape tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, beans and vegetable broth. Stir to combine. Mix in salt, oregano, thyme,     cayenne pepper, paprika and chili powder. Cover and bring to boil, then lower to medium heat and simmer 45 to 50 minutes uncovered. Stir in wheat germ and remove from heat.

3.) Serve in bowls with cilantro and Greek yogurt if desired.

Makes 8 servings

Gingerbread Cookies with Wheat Germ

Gingerbread Cookies with Wheat Germ

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 6-inch cookie (42g)
Servings Per Recipe: About 18
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 150
Calories From Fat 30
  • % Daily Value
  • Total Fat 3.5g 5%
  • Saturated Fat 1g 5%
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 1.5g
  • Cholesterol 15mg 5%
  • Sodium 40mg 2%
  • Total Carbohydrate 27g 9%
  • Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
  • Sugars 13g
  • Protein 3g
  • Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium 2% Iron 8%
  • Vitamin E 8% Thiamin 4%
  • Folate 6% Phosphorus 4%
  • Magnesium 6% Zinc 4%

The whole family will love making these classic holiday cookies. The dough doesn’t need to be refrigerated and they’re on the healthier side, so you won’t feel like you’re over indulging when you eat one (or two). If you want to hang them on the tree, don’t forget to put a hole in the top before you bake them.

Serves about 18

Cookies

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

1/4 cup molasses

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup Kretschmer Honey Crunch Wheat Germ

1 tablespoon ground ginger

2 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour, plus more for rolling out dough

Icing

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 tablespoon meringue powder

2 tablespoons warm water

To make cookie

Preheat oven to 350° F.

In large bowl, combine melted butter, oil, molasses, brown sugar and baking soda. Stir in egg. 

Add wheat germ, ground ginger and half of flour. Stir until combined. Slowly add remaining flour until dough is no longer sticky. (On dry days you may need less flour; on humid days you may need more.)

Sprinkle cutting board with flour and knead dough until smooth. Roll out dough, adding flour as necessary so dough does not stick. Cut into desired shapes.

Gather up the dough scraps and roll them out again to cut more cookies.

bake for 10 to 12 minutes until a light golden brown. Cool completely before icing.

To make icing:

In grease-free mixing bowl, combine sugar and meringue powder. Add water and beat until icing forms peaks (about 8 to 10 minutes with a heavy-duty mixer, 10 to 12 minutes with a handheld mixer.)

Keep icing covered with damp cloth while using it and store in an airtight container (it does not need refrigeration; beat at low speed before using again).

You can color icing by adding food coloring a little at a time.

Spoon icing into small sealable plastic bag. Seal bag and cut small piece of corner off. Pipe icing onto cookies.

Makes about 18 6-inch gingerbread people

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