Quinoa, fresh vegetables are tossed with a refreshing lemon vinaigrette for a colorful and delicious dish.
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If you really want to learn how to cook, then you need to practice the concepts taught in this lesson. We've compiled some "edible exercises" along with some supporting recipes that will help reinforce what was taught in this lesson.
Your first task is to go out and buy 3 whole grains that you have never tried before. We’re going to get you set up for the week so you will have a bunch of healthy grains in your refrigerator. This way, you’ll be able to quickly and easily put some healthy and delicious meals together.
Prepare at least 1 to 2 cups of each grain, soaking the grains in advance, if necessary. Set aside an hour or so to cook the grains by using the cooking methods described in the lesson. Once each grain is cooked, make sure to properly cool it before storing in the refrigerator. You might even be tempted to toss a bit of one grain (or a combination of the grains) with some olive oil and fresh herbs or a refreshing vinaigrette and serve it as a side dish that day.
With the grains on hand, think about ways to incorporate them into your meals. In the morning, add a few to your scrambled eggs, omelet or frittata or make the Wheat Berry Breakfast bowl (see recipe below). Come lunch time, sprinkle them into a salad or soup and combine them with a bunch of ingredients for dinner. You will be surprised once you start using grains just how easy it is to incorporate them into almost any meal – not to mention how much better you will feel!
For more inspiration, try one of the following recipes or simply have a look in your refrigerator to see what you can combine to build a meal out of grains. Any type of vegetable, protein, cheese, nuts or vinaigrette can be tossed with the grains to make a delicious and even more nutritious dish.
This hearty, warm salad of wheat berries, sauteed mushrooms, oven-dried tomatoes and arugula is full of flavor.
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