Catching up on the weekend?
- We debated getting a third dog (even went to the pound), decided to think about it some more, and then I found a lost dog on the street â€“ I canâ€™t make this stuff up.
- I + readers weighed in on MTVâ€™s I Used to be Fat
- I created delicious Baked Veggie Egg Rolls (Recipe)
Good morning! Itâ€™s cold out there, so letâ€™s start off with a sunny flower picture from the summer. Ahhh.
Last night, I found the owner of the stray doggie. He was very grateful to have 10 year-old Fred back. The Hus and I talked some more about getting another dog and decided to shelve the idea for now. Our third dog discussion might have seemed spontaneous on the blog, but itâ€™s really an idea weâ€™ve been tossing around for about a year. Weâ€™re going to wait a little longer, I think.
In the mix:
- 1/4 cup cooked wheatberries
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 banana
- Topping: coconut
When making oatmeal with cooked wheatberries, just prepare as normal! I like to make a stash of wheatberries and keep them in the fridge for moments like this.
Speaking of grainsâ€¦
Iâ€™d like to share three great grains (I use that term loosely as quinoa isnâ€™t technically a grain) that Iâ€™ve been loving lately. Because everyone gets tired of brown rice, right?
From left to right: quinoa, Israeli cous cous (AKA Ptitim), and wheatberries.
Quinoa (Recipes: Strawberry Fields Breakfast Quinoa; Pumpkin Spice Quinoa): Quinoa is easily found in most grocery stores near the rice. Itâ€™s a small, circular â€˜grainâ€™ (actually a seed) from a plant. Quinoa is â€œhighly appreciated for its nutritional value, as its protein content is very high (12%â€“18%). Unlike wheat or rice (which are low in lysine), and like oats, quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete protein source among plant foods. It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten-free and considered easy to digest.â€ (Source) You can toast raw quinoa (see Pumpkin Spice Quinoa recipe) or boil it; boiling only takes 5 minutes.
Israeli Cous Cous (Recipe: Toasted Ptitim): Israeli cous cous is actually a wheat-based pasta formed into little balls. You can find it near the rice or in the bulk bin aisle of most â€˜healthyâ€™ grocery store chains. Like quinoa, Iâ€™ve toasted it but after boiling. It can also be chilled and mixed with olives, herbs, veggies, and olive oil for a yummy side dish.
Wheatberries: Iâ€™m just getting into wheatberries. â€œâ€˜Wheatberryâ€™ refers to the entire wheat kernel (except for the hull), comprising the bran, germ, and endosperm. Wheatberries have a tan to reddish brown color and are available as either a hard or soft processed grain. They are often added to salads or baked into bread to add a crunchy texture; as a whole grain, they also provide nutritional benefits since they are an excellent source of dietary fiber.â€ (Source) You can only usually find wheatberries in stores like Whole Foods or online. They are really great chilled, too!
Whatâ€™s your favorite unusual grain and how do you love to prepare it?