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Easy Ways to Cook Whole Grains

Over 20 Ways to Enjoy Whole Grain Goodness


8/12/2015 8:38:58 PM

I like to cook brown rice overnight in the crockpot. My kids like to have it in the mornings with cinnamon sugar before school. The leftover is froze or used for fried rice or curry.
6/13/2015 11:45:09 AM

I cook a large quantity of my own mix of grains (barley, spelt, kamut,oat groats, wild rice...) once a week and keep it in the fridge, taking out a serving when I want it and microwaving it. It's my favorite breakfast!
5/12/2015 10:19:38 AM

RENEETC1's SparkPage
I have to check on some of these grains for their potassium content. My husband is on a low potassium diet, so a lot of whole grains are out for him. Neither of us like brown rice or whole wheat pasta, but I use barley when making soup. We're not sure if we like quinoa or not, the jury is still out on that one.
3/20/2015 11:33:21 AM

Living in Hawaii, I grew up eating medium grain white rice with EVERYTHING! I am comfortable with brown rice, now, but I have started using quinoa in its place some of the time. Curry stew, regular stew, and chili are dishes that I love a lot of rice with, and by substituting a cup of cooked quinoa for a cup of brown rice saves me about 50 calories, but gives me the grain texture I grew up with.
1/12/2014 6:40:13 PM

KELLYFIT123's SparkPage
As I type I have millet cooking in a slow cooker. I'm planning to try it as a breakfast cereal all week. I got the idea from a slow-cooker cookbook! I like millet as a main course grain (to replace rice or put in soup), so millet as breakfast will be a new experience.
2/6/2013 10:28:26 AM

I use couscous also. I put barley in a lot os soups and use oatmeal in meatloaf.
1/4/2013 10:44:09 AM

BOBKA007's SparkPage
Unfortunately, there are now concerns about arsenic levels in food, especially rice products. This alert if from an article in Consumer Reports magazine: November 2012. "Arsenic in your food. Our findings show a real need for federal standards for this toxin".
You can find the article online at:
In short, eat less rice products and/or soak rice and discard water before preparing. But I recommend the article!
12/27/2012 1:04:44 PM

MAGI_5's SparkPage
I grind my own wheat for bread, pancakes and whatever else. It is great. I can also make "wheat meat". I have only tried one time, not sure my family will eat it yet, but with beef prices rising, it will be an option for us. I love that I can make my own cream of wheat. Thanks. -Ma
9/24/2012 10:03:11 AM

Thank you for printing this article again for us new sparkers! The information was very valuable to me.
5/25/2012 4:39:16 PM

I appreciate the tips, but be aware that spelt is a type of wheat and does contain gluten so people that have celiac disease or an actual allergy to wheat should not consume it as it could be extremely dangerous.

(For all the people who just claim they have a wheat allergy without actually being diagnosed with one or having any actual documented symptoms, they'll be just fine...)
4/24/2012 9:38:24 AM

CRAFTYC's SparkPage
Technicality, yes, but... "quinoa (technically it's a seed)" - umm... ANY of these grains, if they haven't been cooked or ground or crushed... if you put them in dirt and add an appropriate amount of water, what do you get? Guess what... they are ALL seeds, lol.
4/1/2011 12:33:57 PM

Great article and I saved this one, too! I recommend checking out this website:

She has some excellent recipes for overnight oats. Yum!
4/1/2011 7:59:25 AM

Great article - so helpful.
12/27/2010 2:10:58 PM

Wow, what an awesome resource. I definitely saved this one. I need to go back and read it and experiment!! I know another Sparker made a blog recently about making her own Spark Notebook/Scrapbook. If I was, I'd definitely be including this article.

11/11/2010 1:09:16 PM

I don't cook bulgur - I soak it overnight in the fridge, drain off any remaining water and pop i the microwave for a fast, hot breakfast. The trick is using plenty of water so that it is tender in the morning. Very good.

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