Good Grains for Great Meals

Adding a variety of grains every day to your diet is easy with there being so many unique whole grain options, including brown rice, quinoa, rolled oats, whole wheat, and more. Whole grains provide a wealth of health benefits when they are part of a healthy diet.

King Arthur Flour’s Whole Wheat Waffles recipe is a wonderful way for the family to start the day. They’re light, crispy, and so tasty the kids won’t even know that they’re better-for-you waffles. And they become even more irresistible when topped with fresh fruit and a dollop of whipped cream.

During fall and winter, hot lunches give us comfort. Martha Stewart’s Whole-Wheat Pasta with Garlic and Olive Oil is simple enough to prepare the night before and warms up fast in the breakroom microwave for a quick, cozy lunch. You can even get multiple lunches from this recipe.

Try something new with stuffed peppers. Instead of preparing stuffed peppers with hamburger meat, prepare them with a delicious quinoa (“keen-whah”) stuffing. Quinoa is generally referred to as a grain, but it’s really a seed. Eating quinoa is a great way to get a double dose of goodness because it’s high in both protein and fiber. It’s also gluten-free. Put our healthy recipe for Sweet Peppers with Quinoa Stuffing on the table this week.

If you want to incorporate more whole grains into your diet, here are some great tips:

When baking breads, cookies, muffins, and pancakes, use ½ white flour and ½ whole wheat flour. When making stuffing, add in one half cup of cooked wild rice. When making burgers, meatballs, or meatloaf, add three-quarters of a cup of uncooked oats for each pound of ground beef or turkey. When snacking on yogurt, stir in a handful of rolled oats. When making rice dishes, use whole grains like barley, brown rice, or quinoa. When making pasta, use ½ white pasta and ½ whole grain pasta.

If you want to learn more about the different types of grains read Food Network’s Your Guide to Healthy Whole Grains and see how much grain foods are needed daily in the MyPlate Daily Grain Table.