Great Whole-Grain Recipes

These ancient grains are the new ticket to delicious meals your family will love. Healthy whole grains like quinoa, wheat berries and millet make for great new versions of your family dinner staples. Think burritos, jambalaya and even rice pudding.


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Grain Glossary

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The origins and best uses of ancient grains, according to experts at Bob's Red Mill.

Farro: This variety of wheat popular in Italy works well in casseroles and stews. Pearled faro cooks faster but is less nutritious than whole grain.

Spelt: Originating in the Near East more than 8,000 years ago, this relative of durum wheat is chewy and nutty, making it perfect for soups and pilafs.

Kamut: Some claim this ancient wheat was found in King Tut's tomb; others say Noah carried it in his ark. Kamut is great for salads, soups and stews.

Millet: First farmed nearly 10,000 years ago in China, this gluten-free grain was considered a sacred crop. Its mild, sweet flavor works well in sweet and savory dishes—it can even be baked into breads.

Chia: Aztec warriors depended on chia—actually a tiny seed—to boost endurance. Nutty in flavor and gluten-free, it's ideal for puddings, smoothies and baked goods.


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Wild Mushroom Farro Risotto (Farrotto)

Wild Mushroom Farro Risotto (Farrotto)
Soak 30 m
Prep 15 m
Cook 56 m

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Video: How to Sauté Mushrooms

How to Saute Mushrooms


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Winter Vegetable and Spelt Soup

Winter Vegetable and Spelt Soup
Prep 20 m
Cook 45 m
Soak overnight

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Creamy Millet Porridge

Creamy Millet Porridge
Prep 5 m
Cook 20 m

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Kamut with Brussels Sprouts, Carrots and Cherries

Kamut with Brussels Sprouts, Carrots and Cherries
Prep 15 m
Cook 40 m
Soak overnight

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Video: Trend Spotting: Brussels Sprouts

Trend Spotting with BHG: Brussels Sprouts


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Video: How to Cook Quinoa

How to Cook Quinoa


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Chicken & Millet Burrito

Chicken & Millet Burrito
Makes 4

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Quinoa Pilaf

Quinoa Pilaf
Makes 6
Prep 5 m
Cook 26 m

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Wheat Berry Salad

Wheat Berry Salad
Makes 4
Prep 15 m
Cook 45 m
Soak Overnight

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Barley Jambalaya

Barley Jambalaya
Makes 8
Prep 15 m
Cook 41 m

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Brown Rice Pudding

Brown Rice Pudding
Makes 8
Prep 5 m
Cook 55 m

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How to Tell Grains Apart

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Clockwise from top left:

—Wheat berries (large yellow bowl)

—Millet (small orange bowl)

—Brown rice (big brown bowl)

—Quinoa (small yellow bowl)

—Barley (small white bowl)

Originally published in the September 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.