20 Delicious Recipes With Whole Grains
Hearty, healthy whole grains are an easy and delicious way to add more bulk and nutrition to your family meals. If you need a break from white rice, the tasty, fail-safe side dish for weeknight suppers, expand your horizons and try other whole grains such as herbed couscous or nutty farro. Grains are versatile and can easily substitute for each other in a recipe. To make mealtime prep even easier, look for quick cooking brands such as Trader Joe’s 10 Minute Farro or Simply Balanced Microwaveable Farro Pouch from Target.
Lemon-Garlic Butter Shrimp and Broccoli
The rice soaks up all of the delicious lemon-garlic sauce in this quick and easy shrimp dish. You can make this recipe come together even faster by using bagged precut broccoli florets.
Instant Pot Beef-and-Barley Soup with Mushrooms
You can still enjoy this hearty soup even if you don’t have an Instant Pot. Use a Dutch oven instead and omit all recipe instructions related to the Instant Pot. After Step 2, bring mixture in the Dutch oven to a boil over high, then reduce to medium-low and simmer, covered, until beef is fork-tender, or about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Roasted Vegetable Couscous
Recipe: Roasted Vegetable Couscous
Any grain or mix of grains, such as quinoa or barley, will work in this recipe. Add shredded deli chicken to make the recipe heartier.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Stew with Pumpkin and Wild Rice
This recipe uses budget-friendly chicken thighs, but you can also use leg quarters or chicken breasts. Substitute sweet potatoes for the pumpkin if pumpkin is not available.
Bacon-Spinach-and-Couscous Stuffed Tomatoes
Beefsteak tomatoes are ideal for stuffing because they are meaty and firm enough to hold up while baking. They are also large enough to make a hearty meal. You can swap out the couscous for rice, orzo, or quinoa.
Grilled Spice-Rubbed Pork Chops with Scallion-Lime Rice
Always a popular choice for a weeknight meal, budget-friendly pork chops get a boost of extra flavor with one of our flavorful spice rubs, which also work well with grilled chicken.
Chicken-Quinoa Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
Cooked quinoa is a healthy way to bulk up a salad to make it more filling. If quinoa isn’t available, use another of your favorite grains, such as farro or wild rice.
Couscous Pilaf with Roasted Carrots, Chicken, and Feta
Flavored with golden raisins, toasted almonds, and a simple lemon-brown butter sauce, this fluffy couscous pilaf is a delicious way to incorporate more grains into your weeknight meals.
Pork-and-Farro Bowl with Warm Brussels Sprouts-Fennel Salad
Cuban Black Bean-and-Yellow Rice Bowls
Plantains, a variety of banana popular in Latin American and Caribbean cuisines, are ready to use when their peels turn black on the outside. Buy them black or let them ripen before cooking.
Farro Bowl with Curry-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts
Simplify your mealtime prep and prepare the farro up to two days in advance; store it covered in the refrigerator, then reheat before serving.
Emily's Red Beans and Rice
Garlic Shrimp and Herbed Couscous Salad
Israeli couscous (also called pearl couscous) really soaks up the tangy dressing, but you can also substitute a cooked and cooled whole grain like quinoa or bulgur.
Recipe: Shrimp Perloo
One-pot rice dishes are versatile and easy, the perfect choice for a weeknight meal. Be sure and choose medium-size and not large shrimp; the heat from the rice mixture cooks the shrimp to tender perfection in only 3 to 5 minutes.
Zucchini Rice Gratin
Recipe: Zucchini Rice Gratin
Use some of your fast-growing garden zucchini in this gratin, which is similar to the classic and well-loved cheesy squash casseroles, minus the heavy mayonnaise.
Shrimp Fried Rice
Recipe: Shrimp Fried Rice
Substitute sugar snap peas or snow peas for haricot verts. The best fried rice is made with day-old rice because it is drier and not so sticky.
Quick Chicken and Barley Stew
Recipe: Quick Chicken and Barley Stew
This chicken stew is filled with good-for-you vegetables, such as carrots, celery, and spinach, as well as hearty whole grains. Add a piece of warm bread to round out this cool weather meal.
Collard Green Creole Dirty Rice
Grilled Chicken and Toasted Couscous Salad with Lemon-Buttermilk Dressing
Elements of this grilled chicken salad can be made ahead, such as the marinade and dressing, which works well on any green salad. If you don’t care for asparagus, use sugar snap peas, broccoli, or your favorite green vegetable.