Make Your Grains Whole

Avocado Toast

This is a great breakfast or lunch. Healthy fat helps keeps your hunger in check throughout the day. Serves 1 Serving Size: 2 pieces Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 3-4 minutes Total Time: 8-9 minutes Ingredients: 2 slices of whole-wheat bread ½ avocado, sliced thin Pinch salt 1 teaspoon olive oil Directions: Toast the… Read more »

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

A delicious alternative to traditional pancakes. This recipe is a great way to use bananas whose peels have started to brown; the riper the banana, the easier to mash and the more flavor they will give the pancakes! Top with peanut butter or chopped nuts if desired. Serves 2 Serving Size: 3 pancakes Prep time:… Read more »

Basil, Shrimp and Tomato Pasta with Feta

This dish is very versatile and can be made with any vegetables or proteins that you have on hand. The fresh basil and feta are the superstars in this dish. Serves 6 Serving Size: ¾ cup Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Ingredients: 1 pound whole-wheat penne pasta 2… Read more »

Black Bean Burrito

Try this recipe for a quick and easy entree. It takes only a few minutes to assemble if you have the ingredients in stock. Serves 1 Serving Size: 1 burrito Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10-12 seconds Total Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 1 (8-inch) 100% whole-wheat tortilla ½ cup mixed salad greens ¾ cup… Read more »

Brown Rice Salad

This is an example of a recipe that can be made literally hundreds of ways. Add one or two vegetables, one or two fruits, a grain, a bean, and dress with citrus vinaigrette. This recipe uses avocado and orange. You could use cucumber, tomato, onion, or shredded squash – really any vegetable. For the fruit… Read more »

Burrito Bowl

This dish has everything you love about a burrito. Use this formula (rice + beans + salsa + slaw) to create your favorite ethnic food bowl. Serves 4 Serving Size: 1½ cups Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10-15 minutes Total Time: 25-30 minutes Ingredients: 2 cups cooked brown rice 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided… Read more »

Cabbage, Pasta and Pepper

Splurge on the cheese for this dish, the economy of the main ingredients (pasta and cabbage), allow for purchasing a really good cheese and still staying within budget. Any aged white cheese (e.g., parmesan, cheddar, provolone, manchego) will do. Serves 4 Serving Size: 1½ cups Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 45… Read more »

Chicken and Vegetable Fried Rice

This one-pot meal is a great way to use leftover rice and/or chicken. You can use egg or shrimp instead of the chicken. The type of vegetables can vary depending on what you have on hand. You just need 2 cups of vegetables in total. A good combination is mushroom, peas, carrots, cabbage, and green onion. … Read more »

Curry Quinoa Salad

This is a great side dish or can be a main dish if added to a large vegetable salad. Serves 4 as a side dish, 2 as a main dish Serving Size: ¾ cup Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes (for quinoa) Total Time: 30 minutes (less if using already prepared quinoa) Ingredients:… Read more »

Fish Tacos with Avocado-Mango Salsa

These fish tacos are so light and fresh, they will even turn the heads of the fish taco haters. Any white fish (e.g., pollock, catfish, grouper, haddock, halibut, rockfish, striped bass, or swordfish) can be substituted for the mahi mahi, so look for what is on sale. The star of this dish is definitely the… Read more »

Lentil Sliders

This recipe makes fun small burgers (sliders) or you can make regular size patties. They are great on toasted whole grain buns with lettuce and tomato. You can also serve them with tomato sauce. The recipe calls for brown lentils but other varieties would be good as well. Serves 7 Serving Size: 2 sliders Prep… Read more »

Lunch Salad

This is called lunch salad because, yes, you guessed it, it makes a great lunch. Instead of taking tuna, egg, or chicken salad for lunch, which contain mostly meat, you can make this quick lunch salad that incorporates so many more vegetables and grains, and is as satisfying as it is good for you. There… Read more »

Lunch Wrap

This is a quick and easy lunch option. It takes only a few minutes to assemble if you have the ingredients in stock. Serves 1 Serving Size: 1 wrap Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10-12 seconds Total Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 1 (8-inch) 100% whole-wheat tortilla 1 tablespoon basil pesto ½ cup mixed greens… Read more »

Mango, Black Bean, and Quinoa Salad

This is a perfect dish for a summer picnic or potluck. Super easy, quick, and delicious.   Serves 6 Serving Size: ¾ cup Prep Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 1½ cups chopped, peeled ripe mango 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt added black beans, rinsed and drained ½ cup cooked quinoa 1 cup thinly… Read more »

Mushroom Almond Burger

These are some of the best veggie burgers ever! The small amount of sharp cheese and the umami from the mushrooms give them a great flavor. When forming the patties, use your hands and place them directly in the hot pan. They are hard to move around prior to cooking and don’t make firm patties.… Read more »

Oatmeal with Fruit and Nuts

This recipe calls for steel-cut oats, but can also be made with rolled oats which have a quicker cooking time (about 5 minutes). If using steel-cut oats, save time by making a large batch on Sunday and keeping the leftovers in the fridge to reheat small batches throughout the week. This will give you a… Read more »

Olive Oil Toast

Is there anything better than toasted bread? Toast in the morning, toast at dinner, toast most anytime. How do you get your toast fix and still stay true to the Med way? Here is a simple two-step process for having your toast and eating smart. Serves: 1 Serving Size: 2 pieces Prep Time: 2 minutes… Read more »

Peanut Butter and Apple Slices Sandwich

Is peanut butter and jelly a staple at your house? Try this simple twist on an old favorite to ditch the extra sugar, boost the crunch factor, and amp up the nutritional benefits. Serves 1 Serving Size: 1 sandwich Prep Time: 4 minutes Total Time: 4 minutes Ingredients: 2 slices 100% whole-wheat bread 2 tablespoons… Read more »

Quinoa Pinto Bean Burger

No need to buy veggie burgers when you can make these at home with great ingredients. You can use the seasonings suggested or experiment with others based on your favorite flavors. These are great made ahead and cooked to order. They can be served in a bun like a traditional burger, crumbled in a pita,… Read more »

Quinoa Strawberry Salad

Quinoa is a popular whole grain thanks to its quick cooking time, high protein content, and nutty taste. The quinoa really soaks up the dressing in this recipe. Wait to dress the salad until right before serving. Serves 4 Serving Size: 1 cup Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes… Read more »

Salmon Burgers

These burgers are super easy and can be made in just a few minutes. Have your fishmonger remove the skin from the salmon to make this even easier. You can serve this as a burger on a bun with Sriracha mayonnaise (½ Sriracha and ½ mayo), or you can serve it on a bed of… Read more »

Salmon Chowder

Any mix of rice will work in this recipe, however wild rice adds a nice bit of color. Serves 4 Serving Size: 1 cup Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup finely chopped onion ½ cup chopped carrot ⅓ cup chopped celery ½… Read more »

Simple Stir Fry

Everyone should have a go-to stir fry recipe. This is a basic recipe that you can vary based on availability of seasonal vegetables. The fresh grated ginger gives it a wonderful Asian flavor. If you like spice, you can add some Asian chili sauce, which can be found in most grocery stores (also called sambal… Read more »

Spicy Garlic Rice

This recipe is a great way to use leftover rice. The long-grain brown basmati rice can be substituted with regular brown rice. Garnish with cilantro or scallions for extra flavor. Serves 2 Serving Size: ½ cup Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 5-7 minutes Total Time: 10-12 minutes Ingredients: 2 teaspoons olive oil 3 garlic… Read more »

Spicy Vegetable Tacos

The best vegetable tacos ever! Adjust the chipotle chilies to your “heat” taste. Freeze the leftover chilies, 2-3 each in small plastic bags, for the next time you make this recipe. Serves 8 Serving Size: 2 tacos Prep Time: 40 minutes Marinate Time: 30-60 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes-… Read more »

Tuna Burger

Tuna makes a surprisingly delicious burger option. This recipe is a quick and easy crowd pleaser that makes dinner or lunch a breeze. Leftover patties refrigerate well and can be eaten the next day (cold or reheated) for a convenient and satisfying meal at work or home. Top your burger with your favorite garnish to… Read more »

Whole Wheat Couscous Salad

This dish is a real crowd pleaser. The nutty couscous pairs well with the sweet dried fruits. It makes a great side dish. You can also add chicken or garbanzo beans to up the protein and make it a main dish. Serves 8 Serving Size: ½ cup as side dish, ¾ cup as main dish… Read more »

Whole Wheat Pasta with Beans and Greens

This is a great way to serve pasta with lots of vegetables and beans. The whole-wheat pasta is a nice taste compliment to the beans. Using a prepared sauce makes this recipe quick – if you prefer to make your own, that is fine too. The red pasta sauces that you can find in the… Read more »

Whole Wheat Pasta with Pesto and Vegetables

This pasta is a great way to incorporate a variety of vegetables into one quick and simple meal that your friends and family will love. You can substitute any of the vegetables listed for ones that are in season and readily available. Serves 8 Serving Size: 2½ cups Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15… Read more »