Recipes and Cooking Rice and Grains 24 of Our Best Whole Grain Recipes for Every Meal By Katlyn Moncada Katlyn Moncada Instagram Katlyn Moncada is the associate food editor at BHG.com, sharing food news and tutorials on becoming better home cooks. She is a writer and editor with nearly a decade of experience in digital media, photography, and video production. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on November 16, 2022 Fact checked by Marcus Reeves Fact checked by Marcus Reeves Marcus Reeves is an experienced writer, publisher, and fact-checker. He began his writing career reporting for The Source magazine. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Playboy, The Washington Post, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. His book Somebody Scream: Rap Music's Rise to Prominence in the Aftershock of Black Power was nominated for a Zora Neale Hurston Award. He is an adjunct instructor at New York University, where he teaches writing and communications. Marcus received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Learn about BHG's Fact Checking Process Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos Photo: Jason Donnelly 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 dishes, sides, soups, salads, and even desserts and breakfast recipes featuring healthy whole grains such as barley, quinoa, farro, and brown rice. 01 of 24 Chickpea and Freekah Salad View Recipe Andy Lyons Power Grain: Freekah Freekah is a quick-cooking whole grain that is roasted, giving it a slightly nutty, smoky flavor. Try it in this whole-grain salad that's also loaded with chickpeas, avocado, and feta cheese. We know you'll love freekah just as much as quinoa (maybe even more). 02 of 24 Whole Grain Panzanella View Recipe Andy Lyons Power Grain: Whole Wheat Panzanella is an Italian tomato salad typically made with white bread. This fresh, healthier twist swaps in whole wheat bread, which contains more whole grains to keep you fuller longer. Serve it alongside your favorite protein (chicken breast or salmon, perhaps?) for a well-rounded meal. 03 of 24 Winter Bulgur Salad with Olive Dressing View Recipe Andy Lyons Power Grain: Bulgur Thanks to the addition of bulgur, this whole-grain recipe is hearty enough to become a meal on its own. Just like any salad, it has a healthy serving of veggies. We used cauliflower, Kalamata olives, and escarole to make this dish stand out. Your Complete Guide to Cooking Grains in Your Slow Cooker, Instant Pot, or Stove Top 04 of 24 Pumpkin Flaxseed Chocolate Breakfast Bars View Recipe Courtesy of Alice Choi Power Grains: Flaxseed, Oats Any breakfast that includes chocolate is a win in my book. These pumpkin bars made with nutritious ingredients such as flaxseed, whole-grain oats, and banana are the perfect way to start the day. A hint of peanut butter in the batter adds a delightful nuttiness to each bite. Use naturally-sweetened chocolate chips to keep the sugar count down. Buy It: Lily's Dark Chocolate Baking Chips ($7, Target) 05 of 24 Quick Pork-and-Vegetable Fried Brown Rice View Recipe Karla Conrad Power Grain: Brown Rice Sure, you could order takeout, but we think this homemade fried rice is even better. Not only is it tasty and super fast to make, but it also uses whole-grain brown rice, making it healthier than anything you can get delivered. DIY Asian-Inspired Main Dishes Way Better Than Takeout 06 of 24 Italian Barley and Sausage Casserole View Recipe Jason Donnelly Power Grain: Barley Step up your casserole game by using whole grains. This whole-grain dish utilizes barley, which can help improve heart health, bone health, and reduce inflammation. Classic ingredients such as tomato sauce, fresh mushrooms, and lots of melty mozzarella cheese keep the flavors familiar and satisfying. 07 of 24 Whole Wheat Chocolate-Blueberry Cake View Recipe Andy Lyons Power Grain: Whole Wheat This chocolate cake isn't exactly healthy, but it's definitely a better way to satisfy your chocolate cravings than most other dessert recipes. Using whole wheat flour instead of white flour adds fiber and vitamins, plus you get a helping of fruit thanks to fresh blueberries. 08 of 24 Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread View Recipe Andy Lyons 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. We also opted for low-fat yogurt to keep the fall treat perfectly moist. Buy It: Wilton 9x5-Inch Loaf Pan ($9, Target) 09 of 24 Lebanese Beef and Tabbouleh Salad View Recipe Jason Donnelly Power Grain: Bulgur Tabbouleh is a fresh herb salad popular in Middle Eastern cuisine. Bulgur brings a slew of fiber and good-for-you nutrients to this whole-grain recipe. Top the tomato-studded whole-grain salad with perfectly seasoned strips of lean steak for a mouthwatering fix of protein. How to Cut Flank Steak So It's Tender Every Single Time 10 of 24 Quinoa and Butternut Bowl View Recipe Con Poulos Power Grain: Quinoa Who doesn't love a good grain bowl? Butternut squash and kale are the perfect partners for this quinoa bowl. And to add even more protein to this whole-grain dish, try topping with a poached egg. When cooking quinoa, make sure you rinse it first. This removes its natural coating called saponin, which can make it taste bitter or soapy. 11 of 24 Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies View Recipe Kritsada Panichgul Power Grains: Oats, Barley, Wheat Bran A healthy cookie? Oh, yes! These hearty chocolate chip cookies pack a slew of nutrient-rich whole 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. 12 of 24 Toasty Whole Grain Orange Muffins View Recipe Andy Lyons Power Grains: Oats, Quinoa, Whole Wheat Give your morning a sweet, energetic boost with these satisfying citrus whole-grain muffins. Oats and quinoa help make up an unbeatable batter filled with iron, antioxidants, and magnesium. A smear of orange marmalade gives these healthy muffins a sun-kissed finish. 13 of 24 Cherry Quinoa Salad View Recipe Jason Donnelly Power Grain: Quinoa This light vegetarian grain 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. 6 Plant-Based Protein Foods When You Want a Vegan Protein Option 14 of 24 Crunchy Grain Cakes with Strawberry Salad View Recipe Andy Lyons 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 plant-based protein in every bite. Serve the cakes with a leafy strawberry salad. 15 of 24 Gingered Chicken Meatball Soup with Brown Rice and Basil View Recipe Jason Donnelly Power Grain: Brown Rice Ginger, red bell 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. Test Kitchen 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. 16 of 24 Stuffed Poblano Chiles with Sausage and Corn View Recipe Andy Lyons 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 appetizer, roasted poblanos are the perfect vessel for the sausage, corn, bean, and veggie medley. Serve with salsa to amp up the spice. Buy It: USA Pan Nonstick Half Sheet Pan ($24, Williams Sonoma) 17 of 24 Quinoa-Nectarine Gazpacho with Crispy Spiced Tortilla Strips View Recipe Andy Lyons Power Grain: Quinoa Protein-rich quinoa has nearly twice as much fiber as other grains, making it worthy of including in your weekly meal plan. It adds heartiness to this chilled Spanish-style soup with a bountiful mix of fruits and veggies, including nectarines, jalapeños, and red onion. 18 of 24 Apple-Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread View Recipe Andy Lyons Power Grain: Flaxseed No need to feel guilty about digging into this irresistible 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. The Must-Know Sign That Your Flaxseeds Have Gone Bad 19 of 24 Apple-Cranberry Crisp View Recipe Peter Krumhardt Power Grain: Oats Fruit crisps aren't just for dessert anymore. Serve this tangy fruit dish with an egg casserole to round out Saturday's brunch menu. Keep those rolled oats fresh by storing them in a cool, dry pantry for up to six months. Buy It: Everyday Square Baking Dish ($14, Crate & Barrel) 20 of 24 Lentil-Toasted Barley Soup with Sausage View Recipe Jason Donnelly Power Grain: Barley Toasting the barley before adding it to the soup brings out the sweet, nutty flavor of the high-fiber grain. This cozy soup is loaded with good-for-you veggies and lentils. The addition of chicken sausage makes it hearty enough to serve as a meal. 21 Quick Soup and Stew Recipes Ready in 30 Minutes (or Less!) 21 of 24 Zucchini Cupcakes with Greek Yogurt Frosting View Recipe Karla Conrad 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 treat. Each cupcake is low in fat and has fewer than 200 calories. Keep this quick zucchini recipe on hand when you need to use up your bumper crop. 22 of 24 Cheesy Greens and Grains Casserole View Recipe Brie Passano Power Grain: Brown Rice When looking for whole-grain recipes to serve the family as the main course, look no further than this cheesy vegetarian meal. It's got a healthy, colorful blend of kale, spinach, and sweet potato to boost the veggie intake. We made the casserole super comforting and filling by adding brown rice, lentils, toasted walnuts, and plenty of melty cheese. 23 of 24 Zucchini-Banana Snack Cake View Recipe Scott Little Power Grain: Wheat Germ When you're in the mood for chocolate brownies, make a pan of these whole-grain bars instead. They're guilt-free treats to satisfy your sweet, chocolaty desires. Wheat germ is packed with nutrients including vitamin E, niacin, and folate. If you're craving brownies but don't have wheat germ on hand, you can substitute it with ground flaxseed meal. 24 of 24 Mediterranean Kale & Cannellini Stew with Farro View Recipe Blaine Moats Power Grain: Farro or Kamut Add some Mediterranean flair to your week with this cozy whole-grain recipe. Choose between chewy farro or kamut for some plant-based protein, fiber, and B vitamins. Bonus: It takes hardly any time to prep and your slow cooker does the rest of the cooking for you! Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources Better Homes & Gardens is committed to using high-quality, reputable sources—including peer-reviewed studies—to support the facts in our articles. Read about our editorial policies and standards to learn more about how we fact check our content for accuracy. Zeng, Yawen et al. "Molecular Mechanism of Functional Ingredients in Barley to Combat Human Chronic Diseases." 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