7 Ways to Expand Your Whole Grain Horizons

Plus easy recipes for enjoying them!

To say we love whole grain goodness at NOURISH Evolution is an understatement. Lia has touted their benefits for your health (and for your taste buds) for years. There's a whole new world of flavors and textures with whole grains, that we think you'll find much more interesting than the same-old, same-old white rice and white bread. But if you’re new to whole grains, figuring out what to do with them can be confusing (Keen-WHAT?). If you’re not sure exactly what a whole grain is, start with Lia’s Gotta Get Your Grains post. And if you’re ready to dive in, see below for 7 healthy grains beyond brown rice. It’s a whole new world of grains out there!


This teeny, tiny little “pseudo-grain” is packed with fiber and protein, and it’s gluten free. It’s delightful, pudding-like texture makes it a luscious side dish or dessert.

Learn more about amaranth


Amaranth Recipes:

Amaranth “Polenta” with Goat Cheese

Chocolate Amaranth Pudding

Chai-Spiced Amaranth Pudding



If you need a quick-cooking whole grain for busy nights, this is it.

Find out why


Bulgur Recipes:

Tomato Salad with Green Beans, Corn and Bulgur

Herb-Flecked Bulgur Wheat

Lamb Tagine with Preserved Lemon, Dates and Bulgur



Hearty farro is one of the so-called “ancient grains” that has recently been rediscovered by modern cooks.

Here’s how to use farro in your kitchen


Farro Recipes:

15-Minute Farrotto with Sage and Butternut Squash

Farro & Eggplant Stacks with Summer Pesto & Salsa Fresca

Mushroom “Farrotto” with Roasted Butternut Squash & Shallots



If you’re unfamiliar with this gluten-free grain’s butter-yellow beads, you should get better acquainted.

Find out why quick-cooking millet is one of Lia’s all-time favorite grains


Millet Recipes:

Creamy Millet with Blueberry Compote

Cuban-Style Millet con Pollo

Millet-Stuffed Kabocha Squash with Indian Spices



This may be one of the most familiar, best-loved whole grains in America. But did you know that oats aren’t just for breakfast!?

Here’s the whole scoop on oats


Oat Recipes:

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal with Toasted Pecans

A Better Apple Brown Betty

Nectarine Blackberry Cobbler with Coconut-Oat Topping



You’ve probably heard about quinoa at some point by now—in a magazine, by a chef, or on a show. But does it live up to the hype? In a word: Yes.

Discover gluten-free quinoa


Quinoa Recipes:

Spiced Quinoa

Corn and Quinoa Pasta Salad

Curry Quinoa Cakes


Wheat Berries

These may be the ultimate whole grain because, well, wheat berries are actually whole wheat kernels.

Learn what you can do with wheat berries


Wheat Berry Recipes:

Sautéed Wheat Berries with Shrimp, Zucchini and Gremolata

Roasted Acorn Squash Salad with 
Wheat Berries and Blue Cheese

Wheat Berry Salad with Middle Eastern Spices, Grilled Tomatoes & Eggplant


And if you think whole grains take too long to cook, think again. Here are 5 whole grains you can have on the table in less than 20 minutes

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Hey there ... I'm Lia Huber

Hey there ... I'm Lia Huber

My mission is to inspire and equip you to live a richer life through real food by becoming a more competent, confident home cook.

I’m the author of Nourished: A Memoir of Food, Faith, and Enduring Love, founder and CEO of Nourish Evolution, and the creator of Cook the Seasons, Home Cooking School, and the Real Food Reset, and I empower intentional women to cook in a way that brings them (and their families) joy, health, and ease.

Making the shift from processed food to real food doesn’t happen overnight. It’s an evolution that occurs over time, with effort, intention, and belief. And it will change the course of your life. Are you ready to take the first step? I’m so glad you’re here … and I’m honored to be with you on the journey to becoming nourished!

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