Cooking Grains at Home

Learning to Cook with Grains

By Rita Larsen, RDN; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

Many people love to try eating several of the New Grain Products available on the market! However, when it comes to preparing them at home it can be difficult figuring out how to cook and serve them just right. So, here are some suggestions!


Preparing in a large saucepan is probably the easiest method of cooking. Bring water to a boil, add the grain, then return to a boil before reducing the heat to a simmer.


Reduce the heat, pop on a tight-fitting lid, then simmer the grains for the indicated time on package.


Testing grains is very important. Do so before removing grains from the heat. When are they done? Most grains are done when they taste slightly chewy but hold their shape.


Once all the water is absorbed, use a fork to fluff the grains. Then remove the saucepan from the heat and let it hang out for 15 minutes (untouched) before digging in.

Learning to prepare your own grains will be a huge asset as you are learning to cook healthier dishes and adding to your recipe repertoire. Please feel free to contact me with ANY questions you have, I’m here to help!

Otherwise, for now, it is back to the kitchen for you! Best wishes!

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For more information on grains, read my article in the latest issue of the Elite Life Magazine.

This information is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. All material in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise, or other health program.

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