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Easy Ways to Cook Whole Grains

Over 20 Ways to Enjoy Whole Grain Goodness


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  • TRACYMC8 said she'd like pictures.

    Here is a page with pictures, comparative nutritional info, etc
  • I LOVE WHOLE GRAINS! Ahhh yeeeah! I dont know what I woulddo if celieac ran in my family, cuz I am hooked! Just wanted to chime in and mention the "whole grains council". They have a .com you can go look up. They tell all about whole grains, sparkpeople had a link to their website, and I entered a contest by them and won a whole bunch of free whole grains! I got to try steel cut outs for the first time in my life! i had never even heard of them! Now I LOVE my whole grains, hah hah. Thats the part of the name of the contest I entered there. I had just became a huge whole grain fan, after being a white bread fan. Now I dislike the taste and texture of white grains. I prefer the full nutty flavors in my whole grains. Oh and by the way that whole grains council said flax is technically not a whole grain. They put it to clear up confusion though. Whole grains are so cool, I always get my daily bread... God is good!
  • Thank you for the great tip 4-A Healthy-BMI. I would never think about doing that, but it makes perfect sense, and cuts down the cooking time. Thanks again for sharing.
  • You left out the easiest cooking method of all!
    (and the one I use for my morning steel cut oatmeal)

    Night before:
    Boil the necessary water, add it to the grain in a pot and put the lid on.

    Leave overnight.

    Following morning:
    Cook for 10 minutes on low (for the oats) or shorter or longer depending on the grain you're working with....

    It's funny this article just came up because I'm adding grains back into my diet and yesterday picked up:

    hard red wheat (I already had soft white)
    steel cut oats
    buckwheat groats
    dark and light flax seeds

    (I already had bulgur and barley grains)
  • Great Article. I'm off to the health food store. The only place in my area you can get whole grains.
    Thank you! I would also appreciate photos of the grains too.
  • This is an awesome article. It never occurred to me to cook quinoa in my rice cooker! When I make bread, I often add whole quinoa as an extra.
  • This is an excellent article. Thanks.
  • Excellent article! I also bake my grains such as Barley with broth and chopped vegetables (red peppers, mushrooms and onions). It only takes about 45 minutes!
  • thanks for the great article. I am incorporating more whole grains into my diet and really appreciate all the articles and comments from SP members to gain more knowledge of how to make these grains a staple in my diet!
  • I really learned alot about wholr graines i didn't even know exisited ! NOW, to get my
    DEEP SOUTH husband to agree to eat some of these !
  • If you want to use more whole grains, definitely invest in a rice cooker. You can get a simple one (one-button) for like $20, or a fancier, programmable one for around $100. Mine gets used almost every day -- it's programmable, so I add the brown rice and it soaks all day, then starts cooking when I programmed it to. I come home and it's freshly made! The best part is that the rice is never mushy or dry, and it even tells you how much water to use.

    It also cooks a ton of other grains: I've made oatmeal (from whole oats), wheat berries, and even polenta (SO easy with a rice cooker -- you don't have to worry that it'll burn and keep stirring it). It also makes great stews and can steam veggies while your grains are cooking.

    Definitely think about adding it to your kitchen if you find yourself getting into whole grains!
  • Tell me more about cooking grains in a pressure cooker. I always thought that was a tricky thing to do and some pressure cooker books do not recommend it.
  • Tonight we're having pizza and zucchini bread made with King Arthur white wheat flour instead of white flour. It's a milder form of whole wheat flour which my family is more willing to eat than regular whole wheat. Most of the time I don't think it's worth the splurge to eat white flour or refined grains. I even order my burger on a whole wheat roll, it's good too.

    In order to get used to whole grains you can always mix white and whole wheat flours in your baking. I used to mix whole grain and white flour pastas together but now we just eat whole grain and no one notices.
    most whole grains really benefit from soaking for several hours, like oat groats, spelt, even brown rice. Sprouting and then cooking is really good. Quinoa actually cooks in only 12 minutes, and then let stand for 10 to 15. Bulgur is a favorite of mine that was omitted.

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