When you want a hearty and healthy meal that is also nourishing, satisfying, comforting and delicious, grains are definitely one of your best options! They’ll fill you up while also being a nutritious and tasty dish. If you’re stuck in a rut with how to cook and eat grains, our amazing bloggers have plenty of tips and tricks for great grain recipes that will make you smile. Find these ideas on our Food Monster App, and be sure to check out some more amazing Blogger Tips!

1. Polenta

Baked Herbed Polenta With Pesto

Image Source: Baked Herbed Polenta With Pesto


Have you had the magic that is polenta yet? You can play around with the texture of polenta to make it more like cakes and fries, or make it creamy and comforting – whichever way you like it, the versatility of polenta means you can enjoy it so many different ways! Start with this Baked Herbed Polenta With Pesto from Mark Reinfeld– how good does that look? If you like a firmer texture, these Quick Polenta Cakes With Lentils and Veggies from Christin McKamey are for you. For a nice and creamy polenta dish, Julie Van den Kerchove‘s Creamy Polenta With Caramelized Chicory is sure to be a favorite!

2. Risotto

Image Source: Turmeric Leek Risotto

Risotto is the epitome of creamy and comforting grain dishes. You can make it with a variety of different veggies, proteins, whatever you enjoy! Check out this Turmeric Leek Risotto from Kristina Jug & Mitja Bezenšek. Mushrooms are a classic addition to risotto, and you’ll love them in this Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto from Jessica Verma! Simona Malerba‘s Lemon Basil Risotto is also a definite winner. And speaking of risotto…

3. Farro

Image Source: Farro Risotto


Did you know risotto can be just as amazing made with farro, like in this Farro Risotto from Kristina Jug & Mitja Bezenšek? Farro is an awesome and super hearty grain that will fill you up and make you smile. For more proof, try this Masala Spinach Farro from Gunjan Dudani, or Sauteed Mushroom Farro from Maggie Jones. Try some bright new flavors in your farro with this Lemon-Ginger Farro Salad With Pomegranate and Pistachios!

4. Barley

Vegan Valentine's Hummus and Pearl Barley Bowls with butternut squash and sesame seeds

Image Source: Valentine’s Hummus and Pearl Barley Bowls

Barley: talk about nutritious and delicious! More and more people are enjoying the amazingness of barley, and if you’re late to the game, it’s time to try it! These Valentine’s Hummus and Pearl Barley Bowls from Sasha Gill may be one of your new favorite way to enjoy a tasty bowl. For some citrusy and savory goodness, check out this Lemony Pearl Barley Salad With Almonds and Herbs from Sarah Gory, or for an easy weeknight dish, try a Simple Barley Salad from Elsa Brobbey!

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