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Get Your Whole Grains
Try these ideas to add whole grains into your diet:
- For breakfast, cook brown rice in ¾ cup water and ¼ cup apple juice. Sprinkle the hot cooked rice with cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Add ¼ cup cooked wild rice into a bowl of vegetable or tomato soup.
- Instead of meat chili, substitute 1 cup dry bulgur wheat for 1 pound of meat. Sauté the bulgur with diced onions and other vegetables. Add liquid and let the chili cook until thickened.
- In a non-stick skillet, sauté ½ cup (each) mushrooms and onions in 1 teaspoon olive oil. Add 2 cups low-sodium, low-fat chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir in 1 cup pearled barley. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes. You'll have a hearty side dish for four that goes well with Cornish hens, chicken or turkey.
Whole Grain Health
Grains are an excellent source of protein, vitamins, iron and dietary fiber. In addition, each type of grain has its own distinctive flavor, making them as tasty as they are nutritious.