Grains are delicious, nutritious and easy to prepare and should be included in your daily diet. Grains provide nutrients which are essential for optimal health and well-being. Researching grains on the internet I came across two sites that offer a very nice guide along with some great pictures of the different grains that exist. Culinate has a picture perfect whole-grain glossary with a nice description of each grain and FoodFit also offers a nice Grains Guide with recipes for each grain. Do take some time and browse these sites if you are curious about grains and incorporating more of them into your daily cooking routine.
Most of us are aware of the common grains such as oats, wheat and barley – these along with many others, are easy to grow in your garden. Easy to grow but not very practical if you are looking to supply your pantry for the coming year. I have experimented and grew several new and different grains, millet, amaranth and buckwheat. You will have a harvest if you tend to them regularly, but unless you plant acres and acres … your harvest will be minimal. The millet and amaranth are tiny seeds and plentiful on the plant, whereas, the buckwheat is a bigger grain and my purpose for growing was as a companion crop. They are beneficial in attracting good insects to your garden and offer nutrients for the soil.
With the New Year still ringing in our ears, the healthy eating resolution is still within plain sight. I recently purchased the cookbook, Whole Grain Recipes, by Jean Pare and it has some outstanding recipes to try. Tonight I decided to bake up the Vegetable Barley Manicotti and love the idea of using barley … and it is rather easy to put together.
Complete recipe posted at Vegetable Barley Manicotti – Mixing Bowl — Enjoy and Be Healthy!!!