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Guide to cooking grains

Whole grains are a significant facet of a healthy vegan diet. They offer complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, and can be cooked up for any meal of the day. Here's a general guide on cooking grains.

Whole grains are a significant facet of a healthy vegan diet. They offer complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, and can be cooked up for any meal of the day. Here's a general guide on cooking grains.
Whole grains are a significant facet of a healthy vegan diet. They offer complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, and can be cooked up for any meal of the day. Here's a general guide on cooking grains.



Buying whole grains

Whole grains are loaded with nutrients that have been stripped from processed grains. To get the most nutrition from the grains in your diet, buy only whole grains, which are not just a healthier choice but also taste richer than processed grains.

Stock up on barley, brown rice, buckwheat, farro, oats, millet, quinoa, wheat berries, bulgur, whole wheat flour, wheat germ, and wild rice.

Prepping whole grains

Before cooking, rinse your whole grains in cool water to remove any dust, debris, or chaff. Rinse two to three times or until the water runs clear. Soak grains to reduce cooking time. Simply place grains in a bowl of water and let sit overnight. Drain well before cooking. To add more flavor to your whole grains, toast them in the pot before adding the water or broth.

Cooking whole grains

For most whole grains, use 2 cups of liquid to 1 cup of whole grains. Your best bet is to follow package directions or the directions listed on the bulk bin. Grains are done when they are tender.

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