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Back on Track: Cook Whole Grains for the Week

If you haven't gotten the memo: Whole grains are healthy. Millet, barley, and oats are considered good carbs since they offer a great combination of fiber, protein, and vitamins; they fill you up and help you sustain your energy. One down side to whole grains is that they can take around 30 minutes to prepare. When foods take a while to cook, then we're less likely to eat them.

Make your life easier by boiling a few batches of whole grains on Sunday night. I like to make two cups of three different grains; usually rice, quinoa, and oats. Store them in tupperware containers in the fridge, so they're ready for you to warm up for any meal. You can enjoy them on their own or use them in your favorite recipes.

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MaggieLei MaggieLei 8 years
I put steel cut oats in the crock pot the night before. YUM!
JessicaLE JessicaLE 8 years
Thanks Spectra and Diorres. :) Another great invention is a rice cooker. Just plop your rice, water, and spices, press a button, and in 20-30 minutes, you're good to go! I got mine for just $15!
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I love rice, but I hate to cook after a long day at work. So I buy the Uncle Ben's Long Grain Brown and Wild Rice. It only takes 90 seconds in the microwave, and it's so good.
luiyuming luiyuming 8 years
I would so love to get my hands on some quinoa but they are unfortunately extremely expensive in Tokyo. But I agree on the cooking up a big batch and store it tip — I do that with brown rice and there's no excuse to reach for more sinful alternatives like pasta or ramen or bread :p
ditorres ditorres 8 years
because of the processing that spectra detailed, rolled oats have less fiber than steel-cut oats
elysiamann elysiamann 8 years
i love quinoa. there is a grain mix from trader joes with every grain ever thought up and it is SO good. everyone look for it!
mswender mswender 8 years
The Quinoa actually takes only 20 minutes and is super easy. I buy that brand actually and it just fits into whatever I am cooking that night. I love it!!!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I should do this with my brown rice. I usually have time to make it on Sundays because it takes 30 minutes or so to boil the water for the rice and cook it. I suppose I could do it during the week, but it just seems like it takes so long. JessicaLE--To answer your question about the oats: Regular oatmeal is rolled oats (the oats are soaked and then pressed flat under a roller) and steel-cut oats are not rolled. I think the main difference is in how long they take to cook and what the texture feels like in your mouth.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I do this a lot with rice, quinoa and whole wheat pasta. It helps out with packing lunches or making side dishes for dinner.
JessicaLE JessicaLE 8 years
Could anyone tell me the difference between regular old oatmeal (we'll say Quaker, the non-instant kind) and Irish oatmeal or Steel-Cut Oats??
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
this isa really good tip - i hadn't thought about it in the past - but if you make something earlier in the week and store it properly then you're set for the rest of the week. good thought here! not only does it help you get a vital vitamin for the week but you're cutting down the time that it'll take you to prepare just about any meal when you come home from work.
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