All About Alternative Grains

I’m on a small mission to try alternative grains. I mean, enough already with the white rice, corn, and rolled oats. I want VARIETY!

AMARANTH (Gluten-free)

Flavor: Slightly sweet, malty, nutty
Texture: Porridge-like, or airy-crunchy if popped
Uses: Breakfast cereal, popped, soup/stew addition
Nutrition: Complete protein; high in fiber, iron, calcium, magnesium, squalene

PORRIDGE—Ratio 3:1
Rinse in a sieve and … Read more

Wild Rice Casserole

Here’s a quick, easy, and nourishing dish for busy nights—most of the cooking takes place in the oven, leaving time for other activities. Wild rice is not a grain, but rather a grass seed that grows in wet fields. Nutritionally, wild rice has twice the protein and fiber as brown rice and is high in B vitamins, too.

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Fat-Free Fried Rice

This isn’t actually “fried” but incorporates the same ingredients and then cooks everything in a bit of water or vegetable stock instead of oil. All the flavor, none of the fat. win-win!

Fat-Free Fried Rice
2 servings as a main course, 4 servings as a side dish

1/2 cup green onions, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup carrots, diced… Read more

Wild Rice Salad

I love this salad. It’s filled with a wonderful combination of sweet, tart, and savory flavors.

Wild Rice Salad

1 cup wild rice
1 quart water
Pinch of salt
1-1/2 pounds asparagus, cut up & blanched
Raisins, walnuts, sliced kumquats
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 spring onions, chopped

Dressing
1 tablespoon orange zest
5 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon soy … Read more

Moroccan Couscous

Quick, simple, and filled with the sweet, spicy flavors of Morocco, this couscous is wonderful as a side dish, or as a filling for baked acorn squash* (shown).

Moroccan Couscous
Yield: about 2-1/2 cups

1-1/2 cups water
1/2 cup orange juice (about one orange)
Zest from one orange
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon… Read more

Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto
Yield: 2 entree servings or 4 side servings

½ sweet onion, diced
3 large cloves garlic, minced
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup mushroom or beef broth
2 tablespoons marsala
¼ cup dry white wine
3 tablespoons Parmesan
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
2-1/2 cups cooked grain (brown or black rice, quinoa, … Read more