25 Healthy Whole Grain Recipes

25 healthy whole grain recipesPhoto credit: Dolly and Oatmeal, The First Mess, Yummy Beet, Well Plated, Making Thyme For Health, Love and Olive Oil

I have a bad habit of getting too comfortable with the familiar. This is especially true when it comes to cooking! I find myself always using the same grains – quinoa, oats, and brown rice – over and over again in my meals. Which is why one of my New Year’s resolutions is to cook with different whole grains more often.

I mean, I’m always telling people that as a dietitian, so I figured I should start practicing what I preach. Because using a variety of whole grains means getting a variety of different nutrients like fibre, B vitamins, iron (especially in quinoa), magnesium, calcium (high levels in amaranth!), phosphorus, and others. Also they all have a unique flavour and texture to bring something different to your cooking and baking.

Today I’ve rounded up some whole grain recipes I’ve tried recently and others that I want to try. Hope they inspire you to switch things up in the kitchen as much as they did for me!

The Honour System quinoa muffinsPhoto by The Honour System

Quinoa
Asian Quinoa Salad via Two Peas and Their Pod
Spring Chickpea Quinoa Salad via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen
Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Flour Muffins via The Honour System
Coconut, Almond, and Quinoa Breakfast Cakes via The First Mess

Dolly and Oatmeal millet breakfast bowlPhoto by Dolly and Oatmeal

Millet
Millet Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Kale, and Beans via Edible Perspective
Harissa Roasted Roots with Crispy Chickpeas and Herby Millet Pilaf via Happy Hearted Kitchen
Tempeh, Brown Rice, and Millet Veggie Burger via The First Mess
Cardamom Toasted Millet Breakfast Bowl with Summer BlackBerry Compote via Dolly and Oatmeal

Yummy Beet amaranth breakfast risottoPhoto by Yummy Beet

Amaranth
Amaranth, Arborio, and Coconut Breakfast Risotto via Yummy Beet
Cinnamon Apple & Pear Amaranth Porridge via Nutrition Stripped
Cardamom Amaranth Cookies via Love Food Eat
Winter Buckwheat and Shaved Brussels Sprout Bowl via Dolly and Oatmeal

Eating Bird Food Pumpkin Buckwheat Bowl Photo by Eating Bird Food

Buckwheat
Lemon Buckwheat Waffles via The Healthy Maven
Buckwheat Gingerbread Pancakes via Making Thyme for Health
Crunchy Apricot and Buckwheat Granola via Happy Hearted Kitchen
Pumpkin Buckwheat Porridge Power Bowl via Eating Bird Food

Sweet Peas and Saffron kale saladPhoto by Sweet Peas and Saffron

Barley
Kale, Barley, and Feta Salad via Sweet Peas & Saffron
Barley Risotto with Tomato and Dill via The Honour System
Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash with Barley via Making Thyme for Health

Well Plated Freekeh SaladPhoto by Well Plated

Freekeh
Freekeh Risotto with Mushrooms and Tarragon via The Corner Kitchen
Roasted Cauliflower, Freekeh, and Garlicky Tahini Sauce via Cookie and Kate
Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Freekeh Salad with Kale via Well Plated

Love and Olive Oil Farro RisottoPhoto by Love and Olive Oil

Farro
Asiago White Beans with Farro, Kale, and Tomatoes via Pinch of Yum
Farro, Pomegranate, and Arugula Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette via The Hummusapien
Farro Risotto with Acorn Squash and Kale via Love and Olive Oil

What’s your favourite grain?

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34 Responses to 25 Healthy Whole Grain Recipes

  1. Great round-up, Chelsea! Like you I tend to gravitate to the same handful of grains- oats, quinoa & brown rice. I actually want to start incorporating more pearl barley into my diet. I love the texture and nutritionally, it packs in plenty :)! Drooling over that freekeh & squash photo!

  2. so many good recipes!! i eat a lot of oats, quinoa, and brown rice, though i do like amaranth – i have some in my pantry, just need to make it!

    • Chelsea

      Sounds like a lot of us all eat the same staple grains! I’ve only had amaranth once, but I really enjoyed it. I definitely want to try cooking with it again.

  3. Love that you featured a lot of the lesser known whole grains! This is such a great resource! I especially love all the millet recipes. Loooove millet.

  4. Great round up! All of those recipes look delicious! I’m sure getting my fair share of white rice down here in Nicaragua, but this is an awesome resource for experimenting with new grains when I get home!

  5. Thank you so much for including me, Chelsea! Go whole grains! xo

  6. One of those looks familiar! ;) Thanks. That farro risotto is calling my name!

  7. Awesome round-up, Chelsea! Whole grains have never looked more delicious. :)

    Thanks, girly!

  8. So when it comes to whole grains, I use oats, quinoa, whole wheat flour and brown rice – I need to start getting more creative! Thanks for the inspiration :-D

  9. Oh wow. Besides crazy flours, my grain usage is dismal. Brown, basmati and plain white rice and all three kinds of oats. I need to branch out-I’m going to work with quinoa this week!

  10. You make me want to consume whole grains, and I love that. Fantastic round up. My brother in law uses barley and farro a lot in his cooking, and I’m always blown away by how tasty they are.

    I made Peas & Crayons Pumpkin burgers this weekend and it calls for a healthy does of quinoa so I know I’ll be getting that grain in this week.

  11. Such a great round-up. Thank you for including my buckwheat bowl. This reminds me, I have a big bag of millet in the pantry that I need to use up!

  12. Oh my. All of these look and sound so amazing. I tend to stick to oats, brown rice and bread! I’m so boring and know I need to branch out. Thanks for linking all these recipes!

  13. The carb-lover in me adores all these recipes! Especially because I want to start playing around with more grains besides my favourite oats, rice, and quinoa :mrgreen:

  14. Ayngelina

    What a great round-up, can’t wait to try some of these.

  15. Love all these options. My partner has celiac disease, so it can sometimes feel challenging to change things up.

  16. Oof, I cook with the same grains, too! Sadly I’ve got a 20 pound bag of brown rice that expires in November, so there’s going to be a looooot of rice in my imminent future. However, I need to get on the Freekeh-mobile. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

  17. Great round up! I can’t wait to try the barley ones!

  18. Thanks for including me, love! I totally need to get back on the millet and amaranth bandwagon. Lately quinoa and rice have been taking over. Time for a change!

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  20. I totally get it Chelsea! I get stuck too. I’ve yet to try things like amaranth, and freekeh but, I did just recently start eating kasha… stepping outside of my brown rice box! hehe… It fun trying new grains, but it is easy to get stuck. Thank you for this fantastic round up!! There’s so much inspiration here!

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