Our Best Whole Grain Recipes

Trying to get more whole grains in your diet? You're in the right place. Here you'll get stew, soup, salad, side-dish, bread, main-dish and even dessert recipes featuring Cleveland Clinic's top grain picks.

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Barley-Vegetable Soup
Barley-Vegetable Soup

    Power Grain: Barley

    Barley is high in protein and can easily be substituted for meat. This hearty vegetarian soup is so dense with barley and vegetables, you'll never know the beef is missing

    Tip: Always purchase barley from a store with high turnover to get the freshest barley, especially if you're buying the grain in bulk.

Wheat Berry and Wild Rice Salad

    Power Grain: Brown Rice

    The combination of heart-healthy foods such as wheat berries and cranberries keeps this salad interesting, while long-grain brown rice helps you feel full and satisfied longer than white rice.

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.

    Tip: To maintain their crunchy topping, reheat crisps by warming them in a 375-degree oven for 5-7 minutes.

Sesame Orange Beef

    Power Grain: Brown Rice

    Now your favorite Chinese take-out dish can easily be made at home. The brown rice in the recipe provides several B vitamins, which are essential to your cardiovascular system.

Flaxseed Breadsticks

    Power Grain: Flaxseed

    Serve these flaky treats as an afternoon snack or alongside your favorite soup.

    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.

Zucchini-Banana Squares

    Power Grain: Wheat Germ

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

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

Stuffed Peppers

    Power Grain: Brown Rice

    Garden-fresh flavors and herbs make this side dish a standout. The brown rice in the stuffing helps this meal reach 5 grams of fiber per serving.

    Tip: Brown rice makes a savory filler not only for bell peppers but also for hamburgers and meatloaf.

Yummy Cherry Bars

    Power Grain: Oats

    Don't save this delectable dessert for a special occasion: It's simple enough to make tonight. Our oat-filled recipe makes 25 delicious bars.

    Tip: Avoid buying oats in bulk as they can mold quickly.

Tofu and Eggplant

    Power Grain: Brown Rice

    This vegetarian dinner includes brown rice, which has high levels of niacin that has been shown to increase HDL (good) cholesterol.

Fresh Fruit Pizza

    Power Grains: Oats, Flaxseed, Wheat Germ

    Show off the fresh fruits of the season in this tempting confection. You'll love the sweet, nutty flavor wheat germ gives to the crust, too.

    Tip: Fresh wheat germ should smell like toasted nuts.

Barley Tomato Slices

    Power Grain: Barley

    This 30-minute barley side dish recipe serves four. Bonus: The dish calls for tomatoes, a Cleveland Clinic top vegetable pick.

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

Banana Oat Breakfast Cookie

    Power Grain: Oats

    Who said oatmeal should 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.

    Tip: Steel-cut oats are toasted oat groats, the kernel removed from the husk. They usually produce a chewier cooked product.

Baked Pumpkin Pudding

    Power Grain: Oats

    Rich, creamy custard pudding is an irresistible finish to dinner. The oats sprinkled on the pudding contain potassium, which helps the heart beat properly and regulates blood pressure.

Chunky Minestrone

    Power Grain: Brown Rice

    Not only does the brown rice in this recipe offer an excellent source of many heart-healthy vitamins, this soup is also full of

Beef and Barley Stew

    Power Grain: Barley

    Curl up with a good book and a bowlful of nourishing soup. Barley provides iron and selenium, a key antioxidant for cardio wellness.

Pork Medallions with Cranberry Chutney

    Power Grain: Brown Rice

    Like the cranberry chutney in this recipe? Try it over chicken, too. The brown rice base is full of magnesium, which helps you maintain a normal heart rate.

    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.

Delicious Chocolate Cake

    Power Grain: Flaxseed

    How could something good for you taste so delicious? Leave any guilt behind with your first bite of this 200-calorie, flaxseed-filled crowd pleaser.

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

Cajun Pork

    Power Grain: Brown Rice

    Quick and convenient, you'll love coming home to the spicy smells of this slow cooker dish. Serve it over brown rice, an important grain that contains manganese and magnesium, which help regulate blood pressure.

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