Whole Grains 101

whole grains 101

Easy Ways to Enjoy Whole Grains

You can easily add whole grains to your meals, often using favorite recipes you've always enjoyed. Try some of the following:

Make Easy Substitutions

  • Substitute half the white flour with whole wheat flour in your regular recipes for cookies, muffins, quick breads and pancakes. Or be bold and add up to 20% of another whole grain flour such as sorghum.

  • Replace one third of the flour in a recipe with quick oats or old-fashioned oats.

  • Add half a cup of cooked bulgur, wild rice, or barley to bread stuffing.

  • Add half a cup of cooked wheat or rye berries, wild rice, brown rice, sorghum or barley to your favorite canned or home-made soup.

  • Use whole corn meal for corn cakes, corn breads and corn muffins.

  • Add three-quarters of a cup of uncooked oats for each pound of ground beef or turkey when you make meatballs, burgers or meatloaf.

  • Stir a handful of rolled oats in your yogurt, for quick crunch with no cooking necessary.

Try New Foods

  • Make risottos, pilafs and other rice-like dishes with whole grains such as barley, brown rice, bulgur, millet, quinoa or sorghum.

  • Enjoy whole grain salads like tabbouleh.

  • Buy whole grain pasta, or one of the blends that’s part whole-grain, part white.

  • Try whole grain breads. Kids especially like whole grain pita bread.

  • Look for cereals made with grains like kamut, kasha (buckwheat) or spelt.

Experiment with New Recipes

There are also several excellent cookbooks dedicated to whole-grain cooking, with a great many delicious and simple recipes. Or, you can visit the recipe section of this website.

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