Originally posted in Brown Box Newsletter January 2013.
Embracing Warm Heart Healthy Grains
This winter we have embraced warm cereals. Something new we have tried and would love to share is the Wheat Berry warm cereal bowl. You can add in your favorite seasonal produce, dried fruit or nuts or try the recipe below. One half cup serving of wheat berries offer over 40% of your daily fiber and 9 grams of protein. They are a nutrient dense whole food. Even better we offer pre-cooked frozen wheat berries by Gretchen’s grains that you simply heat and eat.
This Week’s Recipe
Wheat Berry Warm Cereal w/ Pears & Cranberries.
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup maple syrup
scan tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
scant tablespoon of butter
2 firm pears, cored and chopped into 1/4-inch THIN bite-sized slices
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
3 cups cooked wheat berries
1/2 cup toasted pecans
1/2 cup assorted dried fruits, chopped (dried mixed berries are great!)
Whisk the yogurt and maple syrup together and set aside.
In a large skillet over medium-hight heat, sauté the pear slices in the olive oil and butter for about five minute, or until they get a bit golden. Keep an eye on them though, because they can burn in a flash.
Toward the very end, stir in the cranberries and cook for another minute or so – just until the cranberries soften up a bit and a few of them begin to split open. Add the wheat berries to the skillet and toss gently.
Turn out onto a platter, or serve in individual bowls ladled with a generous amount of the maple yogurt, and sprinkled with plenty of pecans and dried fruit. For those of you who prefer a bit more sweetness, serve with more maple syrup on the side.