Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Whole Grains

I've been doing some research on whole grains lately, reading about all the health benefits of eating more of them. I'm going to try sneaking more of them into our meals. Kevin tends to not like many whole grains, but I'm hoping we can change that if I find some good recipes to incorporate them. As I mentioned in my meal plans post, I have some cracked bulgur that I'm looking for uses for (which I've found tons of recipes that sound so good since my post!). I've also picked up some quinoa, buckwheat, and millet. I've eaten things containing these whole grains, but have never cooked with them myself. And of course, I always have brown rice and generally try to use whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour whenever I can. I'm hoping to use these whole grains in our meals in the coming weeks, then expand into some new ones for us - barley, rye, and spelt to start with.

I picked up some recipe books at the library on using whole grains. One, in particular, seems like a fabulous cookbook and I think I'll have to order it for myself because there are just so many recipes that I want to try in it. It's The New Whole Grains Cookbook - Terrific Recipes Using Farro, Quinoa, Brown Rice, Barley, and Many Other Delicious and Nutritious Grains. I haven't made any of the recipes in it yet, but from what I can tell, they sound great and look delicious in the pictures! The recipes don't seem overly complicated, either, which is always good. If any of you are looking for a new cookbook to add to your collection, I think this would be a great one!


Justin & Mary said...

Ha! You beat me to the grains. That was on my list for February's new food! Shhhh :P Don't tell. There are so many, though, that it will be an ongoing thing throughout the year. I want to cut out white flour as much as possible. I have a huge list of grains that I want to try. Maybe I'll have to check into that cookbook.

Sara said...

I ordered it earlier in the week. I'll bring it out the next time we see you so you can take a look through it if you want.