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Our Best Whole Grain Recipes

Trying to get more whole grains in your diet? You've come to the right place for healthy whole grain recipes. Here, you'll find our best main, side, soup, salad, and even dessert and breakfast recipes featuring healthy whole grains such as barley, quinoa, farro, brown rice, and more.


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    • Whole Grain Panzanella

      Power Grain: Whole Wheat

      Panzanella is an Italian tomato salad typically made with white bread. This fresh twist swaps in whole wheat bread, which contains more whole grains to keep you fuller longer. Serve it alongside your favorite protein for a well-rounded meal.

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    • Sweet and Spicy Barley

      Power Grains: Barley, Brown Rice

      This simple risottolike side dish benefits from the nutrition of both barley and brown rice. Tender onion and spinach contribute to the sweet flavor of the dish, which gets a slight kick from chopped chipotle pepper.

    • Barley-Butternut Casserole

      Power Grain: Barley

      Eat colorfully! This vibrant side-dish casserole is brimming with healthy veggies such as celery, onion, and butternut squash. The dish gets a bit of its protein (and a good dose of B vitamins) from barley, a whole grain that's high in fiber.

    • Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread

      Power Grain: Whole Wheat

      No need to feel guilty about digging into this cinnamon-laced pumpkin bread. Every slice is baked with whole wheat flour, which contains more fiber and vitamins than white flour. Use a carton of low-fat yogurt to keep the fall treat perfectly moist.

    • Lebanese Beef and Tabbouleh Salad

      Power Grain: Bulgur

      Bulgur brings a slew of fiber and good-for-you nutrients to this traditional Middle Eastern salad. Top the tomato-studded grain salad with perfectly seasoned strips of lean steak for a mouthwatering fix of protein.

    • Watch and Learn: How to Cook Quinoa

      Cooking quinoa is easy! Incorporate this nutritious grain into weeknight meals with our easy cooking instructions.

    • Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

      Power Grains: Oats, Barley, Wheat Bran

      A healthy cookie? Oh, yes! These hearty chocolate chippers pack a slew of nutrient-rich grains, including oats, barley, and whole wheat. Stud the 94-calorie treats with chopped walnuts and tropical shreds of coconut for a crunchy, fruity finish.

    • Cherry Quinoa Salad

      Power Grain: Quinoa

      Light and low-cal, this vegetarian salad features a mix of wine-simmered quinoa, sweet cherries, and vitamin-filled veggies. Serve the iron- and protein-rich salad atop cool cucumber ribbons or crisp snap peas.

    • Toasty Whole Grain Orange Muffins

      Power Grains: Oats, Quinoa, Whole Wheat

      Feel strong all morning long with a sweet and satisfying citrus muffin. Oats and quinoa help make up an unbeatable batter filled with iron, antioxidants, and magnesium. A smear of orange marmalade gives these hearty muffins a sun-kissed finish.

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      Grain Pancakes with Strawberry-Rhubarb Sauce

      Power Grains: Oats, Whole Wheat

      Curb your morning grumbles with a pretty plate of strawberry-rhubarb pancakes. Rolled oats and wheat pastry flour make a heart-healthy alternative to the boxed stuff. Best of all, you can enjoy two fluffy pancakes for only 200 calories!

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      Bulgur Salad with Chickpeas, Feta, and Mint

      Power Grain: Bulgur

      Bulgur is a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine that tastes great in just about anything, from cereal to casseroles. Here, we use the lean, chewy grain as a base for this lime-splashed chicken salad. Chopped oranges and red peppers add a healthy pop of color.

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      Farro, Bean, and Sweet Potato Braise

      Power Grain: Farro

      This slow-cooked braise simmers sweet potatoes, pinto beans, and nutrient-rich greens in a garlicky, lemon-splashed chicken broth. Farro -- the star of the dish -- offers minerals like magnesium and fiber.

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      Crunchy Grain Cakes with Strawberry Salad

      Power Grain: Whole Grain Rice Medley

      Use a handful of your favorite whole grain rice to help make up these crunchy cakes. Whether it's long grain or brown rice, there's a delicious fix of protein in every bite. Serve the cakes atop a leafy strawberry salad.

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      Zen Edamame Pilaf

      Power Grains: Wheat Berries, Barley

      Wheat berries bring a sweet, nutty flavor to this bowl of garlic-and-grain goodness. In addition to barley and wild rice, this 150-calorie bowl also gets its nutrients from fresh peppers and onions, which are full of good-for-you vitamins.

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      Gingered Chicken Meatball Soup with Brown Rice and Basil

      Power Grain: Brown Rice

      Ginger, red sweet pepper, and green onion add hints of zesty sweetness to these homemade chicken meatballs. Brown rice, like many whole grains, is full of magnesium, which benefits your heart, bones, and muscles.

      Editor's Tip: Hate the hassle of taking an hour to cook rice? Make a large batch at one time, then freeze for up to six months.

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      It's a Snap! How to Cook Brown Rice in Bulk

      Use this handy method to cook brown rice in bulk to keep on hand for a quick weeknight side dish. Brown rice is an important grain that contains manganese and magnesium, which help regulate blood pressure.

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      Stuffed Poblano Chiles with Sausage and Corn

      Power Grain: Farro

      Sub this ancient grain for rice in stuffed-pepper dishes to add health benefits, slightly nutty flavor, and pleasant chewy texture. In this low-fat party appetizer, roasted poblanos are the perfect vessel for the sausage, corn, bean, and veggie medley.

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      Quinoa-Nectarine Gazpacho with Crispy Spiced Tortilla Strips

      Power Grain: Quinoa

      Protein-rich quinoa has nearly twice as much fiber as other grains, earning its rightful superfood status. It adds heartiness to this chilled Spanish-style soup with a bountiful mix of fruits and veggies, such as nectarines, jalapenos, and red onion.

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      Apple-Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

      Power Grain: Flaxseed

      Don't worry about digging in to this gooey pull-apart bread -- each serving has fewer than 200 calories and gets a nutritional boost from flaxseed, which is high in fiber, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids.

      Editor's Tip: Flaxseed can be stored ground or whole in the freezer for up to one year.

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      Danish Green Kale Soup

      Power Grain: Oats

      Oats aren't just for breakfast. This almost-instant winter soup gets its thick base and texture from the heart-healthy grain, which is known to help lower bad cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar.

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      Collard Greens with Lemon, Farro, and Feta

      Power Grain: Farro

      Boost a typical side salad with lemon- and garlic-infused greens and farro, a high-fiber grain. Creamy feta is the perfect topping for this quick and easy dish.

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      Apple-Cranberry Crisp

      Power Grain: Oats

      Crisps aren't just for dessert anymore. Serve this tangy fruit dish with an egg casserole to round out a brunch menu. Keep oats fresh by storing them in a cool, dry pantry for up to six months.

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      Lentil-Toasted Barley Soup with Sausage

      Power Grain: Barley

      Toasting the barley before adding it to the soup brings out the sweet, nutty flavor of the high-fiber grain. This hearty soup is loaded with good-for-you veggies and lentils -- perfect for a chilly evening.

      Tip: Barley can be stored for up to one year if kept in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dry place.

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      Banana-Oat Breakfast Cookie

      Power Grain: Oats

      Who says oatmeal has to be served in a bowl? These yummy treats freeze easily and thaw quickly for on-the-go mornings. They're also high in soluble fiber to help decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol.

      Editor's Tip: Steel-cut oats are toasted oat groats; the kernel is removed from the husk. They usually produce a chewier cooked product.

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      Zucchini Cupcakes with Greek Yogurt Frosting

      Power Grain: Quinoa

      Opt for a healthier version of a bakery favorite with these quinoa -- yes, quinoa -- cupcakes. The cooked seeds add a hearty texture to this healthy sweet. Bonus: Each cupcake is low in fat and has fewer than 200 calories.

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      Quinoa with Sausage and Peppers

      Power Grain: Quinoa

      Dish up a jambalaya-inspired recipe with a healthy twist. Quinoa packs the meal with nutrition, and prep is simple with the slow cooker.

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      Trend Alert! Quinoa

      Find out why this good-for-you grain is the trendiest on the shelf!

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      Banana-Multigrain Streusel Muffins

      Power Grain: Flaxseed

      Make these healthy muffins for an on-the-go breakfast. The ground flaxseed in the batter is full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

      Editor's Tip: Flaxseed should be purchased whole (even if the recipe calls for ground) to ensure maximum freshness. Grind it at home using a coffee grinder, blender, or food processor.

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      Zucchini-Banana Squares

      Power Grain: Wheat Germ

      When you're in the mood for chocolate brownies, make a pan of these bars instead. They're guilt-free treats to get your sweet, chocolaty fix. Wheat germ is packed with nutrients including vitamins B1 and E, niacin, and folate.

      Editor's Tip: Once opened, wheat germ stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to three months.

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      Barley-Stuffed Peppers

      Power Grain: Barley

      Red sweet peppers are filled with barley, mushrooms, and other veggies in this low-cal dish that's ready in less than an hour. Pretty enough to serve for company and easy enough for a weeknight dinner, this healthy favorite offers the best of both worlds.

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      Chunky Minestrone

      Power Grain: Brown Rice

      Get your veggies and grains together in one bowl with our easy minestrone soup. The brown rice base makes the soup rich in fiber, and navy beans add protein for a complete meal.

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      Recipes with Chia Seeds

      Chia is a nutty, ancient grain packed with fiber and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. And adding chia seeds to your daily meal plan is easier than you think. Incorporate the trendy, good-for-you seed into your diet by sprinkling it into some of your favorite foods -- including baked goods, fresh salads, fruity smoothies, and more.
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