I've often considered whole grains to be bor-ing and have definitely been guilty of relegating them to side dish status. Recently, however, I started noticing whole grains popping up in more and more restaurant--as stellar appetizers, salads and vegetarian main dishes--and have experienced a change of heart.
This Meatless Monday, I challenge you to get on this trending train and put these old, ancient grains in the spotlight as your main dish star. With the recipes below and numerous options including farro, millet, barley, brown rice, quinoa and more, there are multiple ways to make a satisfying meatless dish.
Since I'm a true believer in knowledge being power (nerd alert!), let's go over a few quick "health hits" first. Did you know that whole grains...
- contain more antioxidants than fruit and vegetables including vitamins and minerals like B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium and iron?
- can slash the risk of heart disease and diabetes by more than 25 percent when consumed regularly?
- cost half the price of meat and are full of fiber which keeps you full and helps you burn more calories? (Yup, that's right. You can save money and lose weight? Hell yes!)
Now let's get cookin'!
Wanna learn more? Get the scoop on how to cook 6 of our favorite whole grains, 7 easy ways to incorporate them into your every day recipes and the must-know do's and don'ts of grains with our How to Cook with Whole Grains Guide.