Healthy Whole-Grains Recipes and Cooking TipsWhole grains provide a healthy boost of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients and are also rich in carbohydrates, the body’s main fuel supply—no wonder we need to eat more grains. In fact, the 2005 USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend that adults consume around six ounces of grains daily, and that we make half those grains whole. Brown rice just recently joined the ranks of healthful whole grains recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Start your day with whole-grain muffins or yogurt topped with granola; try hearty salads with wheat berries or quinoa; swap out white rice or potatoes for sides of brown rice at dinner tonight.
More good news: you’ll feel fuller longer, since whole grains and fiber take longer to digest. And research shows that filling up on high-fiber foods may help you to prevent weight gain—or even encourage weight loss. Try one of our barley recipes, quinoa recipes, brown rice recipes or bulgur recipes for your next meal!
Healthy Barley Recipes
Barley Risotto with Fennel
This convenient alternative to traditional stovetop...
Cream of Mushroom & Barley Soup
This sophisticated take on creamy mushroom soup is rich...
Multi-Grain Mushroom Pilaf
Nutty-tasting grains, such as wild rice, barley and...
Spring Chicken & Barley Soup
You might think of barley as an addition to hearty,...
Sugar Snap Pea & Barley Salad
You get two sides in one with this dish—whole-grain...
Healthy Brown Rice Recipes
Asian Halibut & Brown Rice Packets
Rice on the grill? Absolutely, and by the time it's...
Brown Rice & Tofu Maki
Maki is the Japanese name for the “sushi rolls” favored...
Grilled Corn Salad with Black Beans & Rice
Southwestern flavors star in this potluck-perfect salad.
Roasted Red Peppers Stuffed with Kale & Rice
You can vary the filling by substituting robust mustard...
Vegetable & Sausage Skillet Supper
This satisfying supper is a great way to use up...
Healthy Bulgur Recipes
Bulgur Pilaf with Dried Fruits
Cinnamon and allspice infuse this pilaf with a subtle...
Fresh Herb & Lemon Bulgur Pilaf
This pilaf, made with nutty bulgur, gets plenty of...
Lamb & Bulgur Loaf
Bulgur and lamb are flavored with mint and cumin in a...
Lentil & Bulgur Pilaf with Green & Yellow Squash
Based on a traditional Lebanese Lenten dish, this...
Serve this tart, parsley-dominated tabbouleh at your...
Healthy Farro, Kasha and Millet Recipes
Farro with Pistachios & Herbs
Here we stir fresh parsley and crunchy pistachios into...
Farrotto with Artichokes
Here farro stands in for rice in a risotto-like dish,...
Kasha & Orzo Pilaf
Earthy kasha pairs up with orzo in this quick and tasty...
These high-fiber veggie burgers get added body and a...
Savory Millet Cakes
In this recipe, millet is cooked to a polenta-like...
Healthy Oats Recipes
Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Full of oats, nuts and raisins, these chewy oatmeal...
Toasting the oats for this hearty muffin enhances their...
The secret to keeping granola nutritious, yet tasty, is...
Honey Oat Quick Bread
This honey-oat bread has a pleasant flavor and divinely...
Traditional waffles are a butter-laden, high-carb...
Healthy Quinoa Recipes
Quinoa & Black Beans
Stir in your favorite jarred salsa for extra zing. Also...
Quinoa, Mango & Black Bean Salad
The vibrant colors of this salad—orange, red, black and...
Quinoa with Latin Flavors
Cilantro, lime and scallions lend a bright finish to...
Toasted Quinoa Salad with Scallops & Snow Peas
This scallop-studded quinoa salad gets an exciting...
Warm Quinoa Salad with Edamame & Tarragon
Quinoa, a super food from South America, is packed with...
Healthy Wheat Berries Recipes
Creamy Wheat Berry Hot Cereal
This warming whole-grain hot cereal recipe pairs cooked...
Cumin-Scented Wheat Berry-Lentil Soup
Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds a bright note to this...
Wheat Berry Pudding
Here, wheat berries are cooked with maple-sweetened,...
Wheat Berry Salad with Red Fruit
For this sweet and tart salad, wheat berries are...
Zesty Wheat Berry-Black Bean Chili
This rib-sticking chili offers a hearty mix of wheat...