Whole Grain Watch & Learn Videos
There's nothing like watching someone else cook to inspire you to make something new. Here are links to some fun whole grain videos that just may send you running to the kitchen to try your own hand at some delicious new ideas.
We've just added LOTS of new video links! We're always looking for even more great whole grain videos to add to this page. Email Karen if you have any recommendations.
We've organized our videos into five sections:
- Hot Main Dishes
- Sides and Salads
- Desserts and Treats
Whole Grain Waffles
Whole Grain Waffles (4:05)
Maria Collins uses equal amounts of white whole wheat flour, oat flour and ground nuts to create her fluffy waffles. Using skim milk and eggs, she packs them with healthy protein and dietary fiber to give you great energy to start your day. Topped with maple syrup, nuts and/or fresh fruit is eating well at its best.
Peach French Toast Bake
Peach French Toast Bake (3:44)
WGC culinary advisor Ellie Krieger makes an easy dish for Sunday brunch. We love that she doesn’t make a big deal about using whole grain bread – she just does it ‘cause it’s the normal thing to do. Best if you put it together at least two hours before you bake it for 40 minutes at 350°F – making it up the night before, like Ellie does, is even better.
Healthy Home-made Pancake Mix
Healthy Pancake Mix (2:02)
We're all trying to save money and eat fresher, more wholesome foods these days. Chef Keith Snow shows you how to create your own healthy pancake mix, with three different whole grains. One extra tip for whole grain pancakes: If you separate the egg and beat the egg white first, you'll get fluffier pancakes!
Steel Cut Oats
Steel Cut Oats (2:48)
Chef Keith Snow makes steel cut oats. While all kinds of oatmeal - instant, quick, regular, and steel-cut - are whole grains, steel cut oats have texture and nuttiness that appeals to many people who may not previously realized they love oatmeal. The downside? Cooking steel-cut oats can take 20 to 30 minutes. But you can short cut the process simply by soaking your grains overnight (see additional video).
Homemade Granola (3:33)
Pamela Dockery of TwoStews.com shows us how to make our own granola. Another great recipe to try with the kids on the weekend. They'll enjoy it for breakfast, or just by the handful as a healthy snack. We also enjoy homemade granola with a good farm yogurt and some fruit, in a parfait glass.
Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes
Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes (4:24)
Ellie Krieger's recipe for blueberry pancakes uses buckwheat flour and whole wheat pastry flour, for double whole grain goodness. Save some of the blueberries as a garnish. We sometimes like to cook the extra blueberries until they burst, and mix them with a small amount of maple syrup. Then, when you drench your pancakes in "syrup" you're getting mostly blueberry juice, and just enough syrup to add that wonderful maple flavor.
Blueberry Coffeecake (4:19)
Ellie Krieger's making a special weekend treat: Blueberry Coffee Cake. Enjoy a small piece with scrambled eggs or a vegetable omelet for breakfast. If you use whole wheat pastry flour for all the flour, then beat one or both of the egg whites to keep the cake light.
Hot Main Dishes
Bulgur Tacos with Roasted Red Pepper Sour Cream
Bulgur Tacos with Roasted Red Pepper Sour Cream (8:14)
Nutrition instructor Todd Seyfarth substitutes ground beef with bulgur wheat to creat a flavor-packed, nutritional dinner option. When cooked similarly to taco meat with bold Southwestern seasonings, bulgur yields the look and similar texture to ground beef. Todd mounds the taco with avocado and salsa and demonstrates an easy low-fat sour cream and roasted red pepper topping.
Whole Grain Pasta with Squash, Fontina and Parmesan
Whole Grain Pasta with Squash, Fontina and Parmesan (6:35)
Jody Adams, chef/owner of Rialto resaurant in Cambridge, offers her interpretation of the Northern Italian dish pizzocheri. Jody's version offers butternut squash, red bliss potatoes, aromatic nutmeg and sage, and Parmesan and fontina cheese. It's a hearty whole grain pasta dish that's finished in a skillet under the broiler for a crunchy top that's warm, satisfying and family-friendly.
Whole Grain Pita Pizza
Whole Grain Pita Pizza (1:25)
One of the most popular recipes in our own Dozen Easy Family Whole Grain Recipes collection is our whole grain pita pizza. Here's the video made by the Whole Grains Council to illustrate how it's done.
Saffron Shrimp over Quinoa
How to cook quinoa, with Dani Spies
Saffron Shrimp over Quinoa, with Dani Spies (2:45)
Dani Spies, a self-trained L.A. cook and fitness trainer, shows how (and why!) to cook quinoa, then follows with a second video showing us an easy quinoa dish.
Creole Sausage Shrimp Jambalaya
Creole Sausage Shrimp Jambalaya with Brown Rice (3:40)
Chef John of Foodwishes.com says he uses brown rice in this dish specifically because it adds a “great nutty flavor and texture” – not for nutritional reasons. Wherever the inspiration comes from, the end result sounds delicious.
Spicy Whole Wheat Spaghetti
Spicy Whole Wheat Spaghetti (5:48)
Chef and cookbook author Mike Chiarello makes a nice pasta dish with rich, deep flavors. But please DO NOT use a mandoline without the safety guard, as Mike is doing here. It's really, really dangerous (this is the sad voice of experience begging you).
Buckwheat Ham and Cheese Crêpes
Buckwheat Crêpes (4:47)
It's traditional in Normandy and Brittany to use buckwheat for crêpes or "galettes" as the large, thin pancakes are often called in these areas. Believe Chef Tse when she advises letting crêpe batter rest for a while before cooking - you'll get better results, especially with whole grains. (The resting helps the gluten develop so everything holds together when you flip it, and when you roll or fold it around your filling.) You might also try using whole wheat pastry flour in place of the unbleached flour part once you get the hang of cooking the crêpes. Rather than warm the filling, you can fill all your crêpes then put them in a slow oven to melt the cheese just before serving.
Salads and Sides
Bulgur with Buttered Almonds and Cinnamon
Bulgur with Almonds and Cinnamon (4:16)
Journalist and cookbook author Maria Speck shares one of her favorite nutritious and delicious dishes. Bulgur, a versatile grain, is enhanced with the flavors and aromas of toasted almonds, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Serve as an accompaniment to lamb or fish entrees or enjoy as a healthy snack.
Whole Wheat Pasta Salad
Whole Wheat Pasta Salad (3:47)
Whole wheat pasta has come of age, with new brands that are tender and tasty. In this video, Whole Grains Council culinary advisor Ellie Krieger uses it to make a cool summer salad.
Brown Rice Pilaf
Brown Rice Pilaf (4:54)
Love brown rice, but don't have enough time to cook it at dinnertime? Mark Bittman, the NY Times "Minimalist" shows you a shortcut. When you think he's done, keep listening for some great background information on brown rice. Bittman doesn't get specific about amounts in this pilaf recipe, so we've added some typical amounts to give you a rough idea. But think about it: his anything-goes approach reminds us that (with the exception of baking) measuring really doesn't matter that much in cooking.
Exotic Tabbouleh Salad
Ellie Krieger makes tabbouleh with bulgur. Bulgur is a form of wheat that's been steamed, dried, and cracked into pieces. Because it's been pre-cooked before you buy it, your time to cook it is minimal - with most bulgur, you can just pour boiling water over it, and let it sit (like couscous) while you chop your vegetables. (Coarse bulgur - with its bigger chunks - may require 10 minutes or so of active simmering.)
Whole Grain Morning Glory Muffins
Whole Grain Morning Glory Muffins (4:09)
These delicious muffins are so moist and tender you won't believe they're healthy! Packed with carrots, apples, coconut, raisins, pecans and two different whole grain flours, Maria's Morning Glory Muffins offer all the fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals you need to start your day and keep you from craving that 10 a.m. snack.
Maple Whole Grain Quick Bread
Maple Whole Grain Quick Bread (2:28)
Maria Collins is a whiz at baking, but still appreciates the simplicity of a quick bread (no yeast required!). A blend of nutritious flours serve as the base to this batter that is sweetened with pure maple syrup. Make it ahead for weekend brunch!
Whole Grain Sourdough Bread
Whole Grain Sourdough Bread Part 1, with Eric Rusch (7:51)
Whole Grain Sourdough Bread Part 2, with Eric Rusch (6:10)
One of our favorite whole grain videos. Breadtopia's Eric Rusch takes us step by step through making an almost-no-knead boule that is modeled after Paris' famous Poilâne loaf.
Easy Whole Grain Flatbread
Mark Bittman shows how you can make an easy flatbread with just four ingredients. He doesn't give details on the curried cauliflower, but who cares? The point is you can put some interesting flavored veggies (doesn't even have to be cauliflower) in the bread, to get an exotic south Asian flavor.
Whole Grain Bread
Whole Wheat Bread, with Eric Rusch (11:08)
Another wonderful Breadtopia video, this time of a classic whole wheat recipe from the King Arthur Flour cookbook.
Whole Wheat Brown Bread
How to make Whole Wheat Brown Bread (4:40)
This seems to be a Canadian recipe (measurements in metric, gas marks on the stove) but it's so clear and simple we wanted to include it. This whole wheat bread rises overnight in your fridge.
Whole Grain Desserts and Treats
Banana and Whole Wheat S'mores
Denise Drower Swidey introduces an updated version of S'mores. Using dark chocolate which has less sugar and powerful antioxidants, fiber-rich whole wheat graham crackers and potassium powerhouse bananas, you can still assemble the chocoalte and marshmallow gooey goodness you love. Nice and warm right out of the oven or ready to assemble without baking, it's a tasty treat for kids of any age.
Banana Bread (6:58)
This recipe comes from the wonderful King Arthur Flour's Whole Grain Baking cookbook and the bread experts at Breadtopia - two great resources for whole grain bakers. Hunt around the Breadtopia website and check out their whole grain sourdough, too. Want to cut the fat? Experiment with substituting 2 ounces of applesauce for half the butter.
Chocolate Mocha Cake
Chocolate Mocha Cake (6:34)
The best foods in life are simultaneously healthy and delicious. This Chocolate Mocha Cake from Ellie Krieger is a great choice for the next special occasion in your life.
Carrot Cupcakes (5:26)
Eating healthy doesn't mean you can't ever enjoy dessert - just look for choices that include whole grains (and other good things). Ellie Krieger's carrot cupcakes make sure that your dessert offers more than empty calories, with a luscious carrot cake - and reasonable portion sizes due to the cupcake form. Another great project to do with the kids, on the weekend.