Ancient Grains: 10 Recipes to Put New Tastes in Your Diet

Feeling adventurous? You might want to give “ancient grains” a try in soup, salad, breakfast, and dessert recipes. These alternatives to wheat, rice and other common grains tend to be more nutritious and let you change up your favorite dishes or try something new.

They’re all great sources of protein and fiber and provide calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, and antioxidants. Here are 10 recipes to try using these amazing super grains.

Farro with egg and asparagus (pictured) Start your day right with this hearty breakfast, which has a base of filling farro!

Quinoa with Latin flavors Cilantro, lime, and scallions perk up this quinoa side dish. Quinoa is technically a seed, but it’s included with ancient grains due to its similar health attributes, texture, and use.

Freekeh with Brussels sprouts, apple, dried cranberries, honey, and pomegranate Delicious main or side salad is loaded with antioxidants from the Brussels sprouts, cranberries, and pomegranate components.

Roasted cherry tomato, arugula, and sorghum salad Lemony dressing pairs nicely with sweet roasted cherry tomatoes and other elements.

Autumn millet bake A healthier version of comfort food. Squash and cranberries make this a perfect warm dish for fall afternoons or evenings.

Spelt crust pizza with fennel, prosciutto, and apples Make it a meal or bring it along as a healthy appetizer to your next gathering. Ricotta cheese and linseed oil combine with ancient grain spelt for the crust.

Corn and amaranth griddle cakes with spicy black beans Try this dish for a hearty dinner sans meat. Garnish with fresh avocado and pico de gallo.

Chocolate Pistachio Chia Shake A healthy way to satisfy your chocolate shake craving.

Kamut sand cookies These crumbly, sweet confections make for a perfect after-dinner treat.

Give ancient grains a try and enjoy their flavors and healthy benefits!

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