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Grains Recipes

This is a personal family collection of recipes for grains, including rice, wild rice, cornmeal, polenta and grits, kasha, bulgur, oats, barley and more in side dish presentations, as well as main dishes in which the grain is a major component. (Pasta Recipes are posted on a separate page.) I love grains and try to eat them often. Most of them are healthy and nutritious, especially the whole grains. They are also economical and very versatile in preparation. The most familiar is long-grain white rice, but try to expand your choices. Brown rice has more nutrition and flavor. Short-grain rice makes great risotto, paella or creamy desserts. Wild rice, which is actually a grass, has a wonderful nutty flavor. Polenta, which is cornmeal, is highly flavorful. Barley, kasha, bulgur and quinoa are just a few examples of grains that offer valuable nutrients to the diet, not to mention a variety of taste sensations. You do not have to be a 'health nut' to love grains, and more varieties are becoming available in the average supermarket. I have many more to try, but you can make a few from my current list. Use your own ideas, experiment and have fun!

It should be noted that whole grains have a shorter shelf life than processed grains, such as white rice, because none of the nutrients have been removed. Check the boxes or bags for "best by" or "use by" dates. Most can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer to extend their freshness by months.


Rice (White and Brown)

Wild Rice

Cornmeal, Polenta and Grits

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Oats, Barley, Bulgur, Wheat Berries and Kasha

Shared Grains Recipes from Contributors
Basmati Rice Pilaf Recipe Photo
Brown Basmati Rice Pilaf

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Basic White Rice

Chinese-Style White Rice

Rice Pilaf

Herbed Rice

Brown and White Rice Pilaf

Brown Basmati Rice Pilaf

Crispy Baked Rice Squares

Risotto with Garlic and Parmesan Cheese

Risotto Milanese (Risotto alla Milanesa)

Mexican Rice
Creamy Orzo and Rice

German Cabbage and Rice Soup

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Pinto Beans and Rice

Zucchini Stuffed with Ground Beef and Rice

Stuffed Green Peppers

Stuffed Red Peppers with Beef, Rice and Vegetables

Baked Stuffed Eggplant

Zucchini and Rice Casserole
Stewed Lamb with Toasted Orzo and Rice

Chicken and Rice Skillet

Creamy Shrimp and Scallops with Toasted Rice

Shrimp Bog (One Pot Shrimp and Rice)

Chicken, Sausage and Seafood Paella

Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya

Stewed Chicken and Tomatoes with Toasted Orzo and Rice

Wild Rice

Wild Rice Pilaf

Wild Rice and Apple Casserole or Stuffing

Wild Rice with Mushrooms and Pecans

Long Grain and Wild Rice Medley

Roasted Boneless Pork Loin Stuffed with Wild Rice and Apples
Wild Rice Pilaf Recipe Photo
Wild Rice Pilaf

Cornmeal, Polenta and Grits

Basic Polenta

Fried Polenta with Mushrooms

Polenta with Garlic and Parmesan Cheese

Braised Italian Sausage and Peppers with Polenta

Cheese Grits

Garlic and Parmesan Cheese Grits

Grits with Caramelized Onions and Cheese

Shrimp and Grits
Buttermilk Cornbread

100% Whole Grain Buttermilk Cornbread

Corny Buttermilk Cornbread

Easy Cheesy Chile Cornbread

Cornmeal Dumplings

Cornmeal Waffles

Cornbread Stuffing or Dressing with Sausage, Apples and Pecans

Cornbread, Sausage and Pecan Stuffing or Dressing

Oats, Barley, Bulgur, Wheat Berries and Kasha

Crunchy Homemade Granola with Oats, Nuts, Seeds and Vanilla-Maple Syrup

Toasted Barley and Vegetable Salad

Lentil and Barley Soup

Beef, Mushroom and Barley Soup

Mushroom-Barley Soup with Lentils and Greens
Lamb or Beef Barley Soup

Turkey-Barley Casserole

Baked Peppers Stuffed with Ground Beef, Rice, Bulgur and Goat Cheese

Farro with Roasted Grape Tomatoes

Kasha Pilaf (Toasted Buckwheat Groats)

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Shared Grains Recipes

Stewed Chicken and Tomatoes with Toasted Orzo and Rice

Stewed Chicken and Tomatoes Recipe Photo

Crunchy Homemade Granola with Oats, Nuts, Seeds and Vanilla-Maple Syrup

Homemade Granola Recipe Photo