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How to Cook Whole Grains

It can be easy to work more whole grains into your diet.

Whole Grain Recipes continued...

Yield: Makes 8 servings

WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal as 3/4 cup starchy foods and legumes with 1 tsp fat maximum OR 1 cup hearty stews, chili or bean soup.

Nutrition Information per serving: 230 calories, 7 g protein, 33 g carbohydrate, 8 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 7 g fiber, 90 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 31%.

Cream of Chicken & Mushroom Casserole

Ingredients:

2/3 cup pearled barley, dry (or use barley groats, increasing the cooking time to about 90 minutes total)

1/2 cup basmati white rice (or long grain rice)

1 package dry onion soup mix (like Lipton's)

4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless (about 1.6 pounds), each cut into 2 strips

1 can cream of mushroom soup, condensed (Healthy Request)

3/4 cup fat-free sour cream (or light sour cream)

2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

2 cups mushroom slices, raw

1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted in nonstick pan until golden brown

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh parsley (or 1 teaspoon parsley flakes)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine barley, rice, and onion soup mix in the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Place chicken breast strips evenly on top of the mixture.
  2. In medium bowl, combine condensed cream of mushroom soup, fat-free sour cream, chicken broth, and sliced mushrooms. Spread on top of the chicken and barley mixture. Cover pan with foil and bake for 1 hour.
  3. Remove foil, sprinkle almonds and parsley over the top and bake 15 minutes more. Serve hot.

Yield: Makes 6 servings

WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal as 1 1/2 cups hearty stews, chili, bean soup OR 1 portion frozen dinner light + 1/2 cup vegetables with 1 tsp fat maximum

Nutrition Information per serving: 343 calories, 26 g protein, 42 g carbohydrate, 7.8 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 52 mg cholesterol, 5 g fiber, 358 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 21%.

Multi-Grain Buttermilk Pancakes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup unbleached white flour

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed, quick-cooking rolled oats, or wheat germ

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon lite pancake syrup

1 1/2 tablespoons less-fat margarine (with 8 grams of fat per tablespoon)

1 1/4 cups low fat buttermilk

1 large egg, beaten

Preparation:

  1. In large mixing bowl, combine whole-wheat flour, white flour, flaxseed or oats, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar, and salt, by beating on low speed.
  2. Drizzle pancake syrup into the bowl, and drop pieces of margarine into it, and beat on medium-low speed until mixture has a sand-like consistency.
  3. Make a well in the center of the mixture; pour in buttermilk and beaten egg. Beat on low speed just until well blended. If batter seems thin, stir in a tablespoon more of oats or whole-wheat flour.
  4. Start heating a nonstick skillet, griddle, or frying pan over medium heat. Coat the surface lightly with canola cooking spray and ladle about 1/4 cup batter per pancake onto the pan. Once bubbles form on surface of pancakes, flip over to lightly brown other side. Remove cooked pancakes to serving platter, coat skillet lightly with canola cooking spray and continue making more until batter is gone.

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