I've been loving this new cookbook that a girlfriend gave me.....The New Whole Grains Cookbook. It's a wonderfully contemporary take on using the ancient grains that have fed the world for just about forever. I am always looking for ways to get more whole grains into my system and to come up with recipes that my kids like too. This book is right on the money!
Many of the recipes are vegetarian which fits with my desire to cut out meat at least a couple times a week. There are a ton of things that I want to try but I've only had the chance to make a few so far:
Indonesian Red Rice Salad with Boiled Eggs and Macadamias
This was the first recipe I made and boy was it a winner! I bought some red rice at the co-op and wasn't sure what to do with it. Fortunately this cookbook has a number of recipes that use it. The rice is made with coconut milk, soy sauce and molasses and is seasoned with garlic, ginger, coriander, red chile...carrots and green beans are added and my favorite part - halved hard-boiled eggs are cooked in the sauce. It was so pretty when it was cooking - here's a picture...
Spicy Yellow Split Pea Quinoa Dal
Dal with quinoa added for a bit of texture and extra protein - what a good idea! It's flavored with cumin, coriander, tumeric, mustard seeds and ginger. The next day, I added some coconut milk to the leftovers and I liked it even more. I served this with Quick Skillet Flatbreads...
Quick Skillet Flatbreads
The term flatbreads was a bit misleading as these were very thin, more like pancakes or crepes - actually they reminded me of injera from an Ethiopian restaurant. A bit of a challenge to cook, but it was fun to have something really different to serve for dinner...and they were perfect for eating dal with!!
Next on my list is....Sweet Potato-Cheddar Biscuits. I cooked up the sweet potatoes today. I'll let you know how they turn out. I haven't even started on the dessert section yet but trust me, there are some great looking yummies in there!
Update: The Sweet Potato-Cheddar Biscuits were SO good - you've just got to try them!