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Butternut Squash Soup with Wheat Germ

Butternut Squash Soup with Wheat Germ

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: generous 1 cup (485g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 260
Calories From Fat 100
  • % Daily Value
  • Total Fat 11g 17%
  • Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 7g
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 540mg 23%
  • Potassium 790mg 23%
  • Total Carbohydrate 35g 12%
  • Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
  • Sugars 10g
  • Protein 4g
  • Vitamin A 380% Vitamin C 70%
  • Calcium 10% Iron 15%
  • Vitamin E 35% Thiamin 20%
  • Folate 30% Phosphorus 15%
  • Magnesium 20% Zinc 8%

Get a delicious dose of vitamin A with this butternut squash soup. Make it ahead and take it along in a thermos for a healthy homemade lunch on the go.

Serves 4

2 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cubed (about 5 cups)

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1/2 teaspoon salt, divided

1 cup chopped leek, white and light green parts only

1/4 cup chopped shallots

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

1/4 cup medium or dry sherry

1 quart low-sodium vegetable broth

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup Kretschmer Honey Crunch Wheat Germ

Preheat oven to 400° F. Line baking sheet with foil. In large bowl toss squash with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place on baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking time.

Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in 3-quart pot over medium-high heat. Add leeks and shallots, reduce heat to medium low and cook for 15 minutes, stirring often, until caramelized.

Remove squash from oven and add it to the leeks and shallots. Stir in thyme, sherry and broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

Remove from heat and blend using an immersion blender or blender until desired consistency. (If using a standard blender, let soup cool slightly before blending.) Reheat if desired. Stir in remaining salt and pepper and wheat germ. Serve immediately.

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Potato Pancakes with Kretschmer Wheat Germ

Wheat Germ and Potato Pancakes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 5 pancakes (149g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 260
Calories From Fat 140
  • % Daily Value
  • Total Fat 15g 23%
  • Saturated Fat 2.5g 13%
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 10g
  • Cholesterol 45mg 15%
  • Sodium 310mg 13%
  • Potassium 0mg 0%
  • Total Carbohydrate 25g 8%
  • Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
  • Sugars 2g
  • Protein 5g
  • Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 15%
  • Calcium 2% Iron 6%
  • Vitamin E 20% Thiamin 15%
  • Folate 15% Phosphorus 10%
  • Magnesium 10% Zinc 8%

Potato pancakes aren’t just for special occasions. Make them as a side dish at dinner or for brunch on the weekend. Try serving them with smoked salmon and Greek yogurt for a savory dish, or go more traditional, pairing them with yogurt, apple sauce or even some maple syrup.

Serves 4

1/4 cup olive oil

1 pound baking potatoes, such as Idaho, peeled and shredded with a box grater or food processor (about 3 small)

4 tablespoons Kretschmer Original Toasted Wheat Germ

1/2 small onion, peeled and finely shredded

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 450° F. On each of two rimmed nonstick baking sheets, brush 2 tablespoons olive oil to evenly coat.

In large bowl mix together shredded potatoes, wheat germ, onion, salt and pepper. Add egg and stir until well combined. Scoop a generous tablespoon of pancake mixture and place on cookie sheet. Gently flatten pancakes with the palm of your hand.

Bake in preheated oven 18 to 20 minutes, rotating trays and flipping pancakes over with a thin spatula halfway through baking time. Remove pancakes once golden brown and crispy. Serve warm. 

Rack of Lamb with Wheat Germ and Herbs

Rack of Lamb with Wheat Germ and Fresh Herbs

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 3 chops
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 420
Calories From Fat 300
  • % Daily Value
  • Total Fat 34g 52%
  • Saturated Fat 14g 70%
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 15g
  • Cholesterol 95mg 32%
  • Sodium 320mg 13%
  • Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
  • Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
  • Sugars 0g
  • Protein 24g
  • Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 6%
  • Calcium 2% Iron 15%
  • Vitamin E 10% Thiamin 15%
  • Folate 15% Phosphorus 25%
  • Magnesium 10% Zinc 25%

Rack of lamb exudes elegance but is surprisingly easy to prepare. Serve it for your holiday meal and share the secret wheat germ ingredient in the crust—it adds nutrients and a nice crunch.

Serves 8

1/3 cup Kretschmer Original Toasted Wheat Germ

1/3 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1/3 cup finely chopped fresh mint

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt, divided

1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided, or to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

3 1-pound frenched racks of lamb (about 8 ribs per rack), trimmed of all but a very thin layer of fat, then brought to room temperature

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Stir together wheat germ, parsley, mint, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and garlic in bowl, then drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil and toss gently until combined well.

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat to 400° F.

Season lamb with remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Heat remaining tablespoon oil in large heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then brown lamb 1 rack at a time, turning once, about 4 minutes per rack. Transfer to 13 x 9-inch pan with sides, arranging fatty sides up.

Spread fatty sides of each rack with 2 teaspoons mustard. Divide wheat germ mixture into 3 portions and pat each portion over mustard coating on each rack, gently pressing to adhere.

Roast lamb until thermometer inserted diagonally into meaty part (do not touch bone) registers 130° F (for medium rare), 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to cutting board; let stand 10 minutes. Cut into chops and serve.

Makes 8 servings

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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


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


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

Pumpkin Pie with Wheat Germ Crust

Pumpkin Pie with Wheat Germ Crust

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 slice (115g)
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 220
Calories From Fat 100
  • % Daily Value
  • Total Fat 11g 17%
  • Saturated Fat 3g 15%
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 5g
  • Cholesterol 50mg 2%
  • Sodium 125mg 19%
  • Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
  • Dietary Fiber 3g 20%
  • Sugars 11g
  • Protein 6g
  • Vitamin A 140% Vitamin C 4%
  • Calcium 8% Iron 10%
  • Vitamin E 20% Thiamin 10%
  • Folate 15% Phosphorus 15%
  • Magnesium 8% Zinc 8%

Thanksgiving just isn’t complete without a homemade pumpkin pie. By adding wheat germ and using whole wheat pastry flour, we’ve not only boosted the nutrients but added another tasty dimension to the crust. We’ve also reduced some of the saturated fat by substituting canola oil for some of the butter.

Serves 10


1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup Kretschmer Honey Crunch Wheat Germ

1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1/4 cup canola oil

1 to 3 tablespoons water

Pumpkin Filling:

2 large eggs

1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree

3/4 cup 2 percent evaporated milk

5 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1 3/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1/4 teaspoon salt

In medium bowl add flour, wheat germ, whole wheat pastry flour and salt. Stir to combine. Cut in butter using fingertips until mixture is crumbly and no big lumps of butter remain. Stir in canola oil and add water as needed to form dough into a ball.

Wrap dough in plastic wrap and freeze 15 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare filling. Preheat oven to 425° F. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin, milk, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Set aside.

Remove dough from freezer. Roll dough between two pieces of parchment paper into a 12-inch circle. If dough cracks, pinch it together.

Remove top sheet of parchment. Place 9-inch glass pie plate on top of dough, rim side down, and flip over with dough and parchment. Peel back parchment and press dough into pie plate. Seal or patch cracks with extra dough pieces.

Trim dough to 1/2-inch overhang. Fold overhang under to create an even rim around the pie. Use fork tines to create design around pie rim. Poke bottom of crust with fork 4 or 5 times.

Pour filling into crust. Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes. After 5 minutes, place foil around pie edge to prevent burning. Reduce temperature after 15 minutes to 350° F and bake 30 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.

Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

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Prosciutto, Fig and Wheat Germ Stuffing

Prosciutto, Fig and Wheat Germ Stuffing

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: About 1 cup (199g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 200
Calories From Fat 70
  • % Daily Value
  • Total Fat 7g 11%
  • Saturated Fat 1g 5%
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 4g
  • Cholesterol 5mg 2%
  • Sodium 450mg 19%
  • Total Carbohydrate 27g 9%
  • Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
  • Sugars 9g
  • Protein 9g
  • Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 10%
  • Calcium 6% Iron 10%
  • Vitamin E 15% Thiamin 15%
  • Folate 20% Phosphorus 20%
  • Magnesium 15% Zinc 15%

Serves 8

Stuffing can be a caloric nightmare if you aren’t careful. This version, with a variety of onions, dried figs, prosciutto and wheat germ, doesn’t compromise taste. It’s bursting with flavor, but won’t load up the calories on that special day.

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shallots, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 7 slices 100 percent whole wheat bread, toasted and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup Kretschmer Original Toasted Wheat Germ
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored chopped
  • 6 dried figs, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into thin strips

1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Heat large sauté pan. Add olive oil and when heated add onion, garlic, shallots and celery. Cook on medium high, stirring often, 5 minutes or until vegetables are softened. Add mushrooms and cook 5 more minutes. Stir in thyme and sage. Add salt and pepper to taste.

2. In a 13 x 9 x 2-inch oven-proof pan, add bread. Stir in onion and mushroom mixture, wheat germ, apples and figs until evenly distributed in pan. Pour chicken broth evenly over the top.

3. Sprinkle parsley and prosciutto strips on top. Bake uncovered 45 minutes.

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