There are so many different varieties of grains that it can be difficult to know where to start. Here is a run down of some of those all-important grains and their individual benefits.
Cous Cous has become a popular alternative to rice and pasta; with a light fluffy texture these tiny granules made from durum wheat are a perfect dinner accompaniment. Cous Cous alone can be a little bland in flavour yet it can easily absorb flavours of other ingredients.
Polenta is an Italian store cupboard staple that is made from the grinding of corn into flour. Polenta can be either served as an alternative to pasta and rice or it can be used in place of breadcrumbs to coat chicken or fish.
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There are several different varieties of lentils with the most common being brown, red and green lentils. Lentils are a cousin to the pea and provide calcium, phosphorus, B vitamins and iron, low in calories and high in nutrition they are the perfect accompaniment for salads.
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Bulgar Wheat is a type of whole-wheat durum grain, it is low in fat and high in minerals such as magnesium, iron and manganese. Bulgar wheat provides a good amount of dietary fiber and is also a great source of plant-based protein.
Millet Grain is most well know for its bird feed label however this grain is much more, gluten free and easy to digest millet grain is a great source of manganese and contains a moderate amount of dietary fibre. Millet grain has a mild corn flavour and is perfect for salads and stews.
Whether it’s an accompaniment to a salad or a side to go with our favourite dinner these grains are the perfect health boosting addition to mealtimes.