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Cooking 101: Grains

Asnow89 October 1, 2013 User blog:Asnow89

What are whole grains?

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Whole grains are cereal grains that contain cereal germ, endosperm, and bran, in contrast to refined grains, which retain only the endosperm.

Whole grains have made a complete comeback this year. Once upon a time, you would be hard pressed to find quinoa or farro- but now quinoa salads, farro soups, and corn cakes are the norm. Here are some facts about the main whole grains!

Types of Grains

Click on the box to read more about each grain.


Whole Grain Salads:

Whole grain salads are perfect for lunches, dinners, or side dishes. They are easy to make ahead of time and they last several days in the fridge.

Recipes:Quinoa Salad with Dried Apricots and Baby Spinach, Brown Rice Salad with Sweet Corn, Warm Quinoa Salad with Edamame and Tarragon

Soups with Whole Grains:

Whole grains add a little something extra to soups. They make them heartier and more worthy of a main dish instead of simply an appetizer. Try one of these tasty whole grain soups this Fall!
Recipes:Italian Lentil and Barley Soup, Farro and Leek Soup, Mushroom Soup with Buckwheat

Hunduras - Corn pancakes
Grain Cakes:

Whole grains make great cakes- sweet and savory. The whole grains let them stick together easier.

Recipes:Savory Farro Cake, Guatemalan Corn Cake, Irish Oatcakes

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