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Challenge: Lose the Baby Weight. WEEK 3: Cooking with whole grains

April 6, 2011

The easiest way to incorporate whole grains into your diet is with a breakfast cereal. Hot oatmeal, or mixed whole grain cereals such as those available from Bob’s Red Mill are easy to make and very tasty. I also enjoy a quinoa recipe with chunk pineapple that is very easy and filling in the mornings.

For lunches and dinners, I like mixing things up with bulgar wheat, quinoa, brown rice, and whole grain pastas.

You can add whole grains to a dish–remember my oatmeal filled meatloaf? You can also use a mixture of whole wheat flour and wheat germ for a crusty breading for chicken tenders. I like sprinkling flax seed meal over soups, pastas, yogurt, pudding, and breakfast cereals for a nutrition boost.

Here are some links for recipes to get you started:

Veganomicon’s Pineapple Cashew Quinoa Stir Fry

Greek Bulgur Pilaf

Cooking Light’s Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Arugula

Cooking Light’s Overnight  Honey and Almond Cereal

Or go to this link for more ideas for whole grain salads. Enjoy!

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