Sometimes straight up whole grains are sometimes really chewy, and may not be the same texture that your and your family are accustomed to with more processed grains.
Here is a recipe for using wheat berries (or hard wheat kernels) that kind of “sneaks” them in. I hardly ever cook single grains anymore. I am always mixing them in different combinations to add variety to our meals. This recipe incorporates wheat berries and brown rice. If you are trying to sneak them in, the trick is to match the type of brown rice to the size and shape of the wheat berry. I used short grain brown rice with wheat berries, which are approximately the same size.
Other trick that I have been adding to my grains is this dehydrated vegetable mix from the bulk barn. I love the added flavor and texture it brings to my dishes. Plus is it low in calories and doesn’t have added salt, sugar or fat, like most bouillon mixes contain.
Hope you enjoy!
~ Susan Watson, RD
Salmon With Whole Grain Pilaf
Makes approx. 4-5 servings (with plenty of rice left over for another meal).
- 1 cup short grain brown rice
- 1 cup wheat berries
- 1/2 dehydrated vegetable mix
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 4 cups water
- 4 frozen salmon fillets
- 2 tbsp of marinade or bbq sauce
- 8 cups frozen vegetables
1. Add rice, wheat berries, dehydrated vegetable mix, and garlic powder into a rice cooker and add water. It will cook for about 30-40 mins.
2. Put frozen vegetables into the slow cooker, turn on for 20-30 mins.
4. Put salmon on some tinfoil, and drizzle 2 tbsp of your favourite marinade or BBQ sauce. I found this one at (OrganicVille Sesame teriyaki) costco that uses agave nectar as a sweetener. Its low in calories, but a tad high in sodium. You gotta chose your battles some days 🙂 You can also just sprinkle some lemon juice, dill and black pepper on the salmon too.
6. When all items are done cooking, plate 2 cups of vegetables with 1/2 cup rice pilaf and 4-5 oz of salmon.
THE BEST thing about this recipe is that you can put all the ingredients into the baby bullet and make some amazing baby food! My little one loved it 🙂