Grains as Mains – Another Great Book for Mom!

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Title: Grains as Mains
Author: Jodi Moreno & Sarah W. Caron
Published by: Dorling Kindersley Limited, 2015
Photographers: Charlotte Tolhurst and Jodi Moreno
ISBN: 978-14654-3180-6

If you are looking for ways to introduce grains into your diet this book is a “must have”!

Grains as Mains features 14 different grains:

  • amaranth
  • barley
  • buckwheat
  • bulgur wheat
  • farro
  • freekeh
  • kamut
  • millet
  • polenta
  • quinoa
  • sorghum
  • spelt
  • teff
  • wheat berries

Grains as Mains is 255 pages in length and is beautifully illustrated.

The contents of the book are broken down into the following categories:

  • The Grain Store
  • Grain Power
  • Be Prepared
  • Cooking the Perfect Grain
  • Grain Teasers

Then we have the Recipes (so many recipes!):

  • Breakfast and Brunch
  • Nutritious Soups
  • Warm and Cool Salads
  • Savory Stir-Fries
  • Nourishing Risottos and Pilafs
  • Wholesome Burgers and Light Meals
  • Hearty Stews and Baked Dishes
  • All Things Sweet

The book begins by introducing you to Whole Grains and explaining the health benefits you receive from adding them into your diet. It explains which grains are gluten-free and which are not, how to store your grains, how to cook your grains, the nutritional value in your grains (calories, vitamins, protein, fiber, etc.) and how to prepare them properly.

Grains as Mains The Grain Store @OombawkaDesign

There are many fantastic recipes included in Grains as Mains, including:

Recipe Freekeh Sweet and Spicy @OombawkaDesign
Freekeh Sweet and Spicy Warm Salad | Grains as Mains

I really like the section on the far right of the page called “Grain Exchange”. It gives you options for alternate grains and other ingredients you can substitute in the recipe.

Almond Polenta Cake | Grains as Mains @OombawkaDesign
Recipe: Almond Polenta Cake with Raspberries | Grains as Mains

With more than 200 pages of recipes to choose from there are so many options!

Here are the recipes I want to try from Grains as Mains first – well after the Almond Polenta Cake with Raspberries pictured above!:

Breakfast and Brunch: Cranberry, Orange and Chocolate Quinoa Bars (p 40)

Nutritious Soups : Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup with Teff  (p 69)

Warm and Cool Salads: Rainbow Wheat Berry and Feta Cheese Salad (p 86)

Savory Stir-Fries: Thai Peanut and Wheat Berry Stir-Fry (p 114)

Nourishing Risottos and Pilafs: Sweet Potato, Cranberry, and Pecan Farro (p. 146)

Wholesome Burgers and Light Meals: Quinoa Falafel with Mint Yogurt Sauce (p 167)

Hearty Stews and Baked Dishes: Ratatouille Casserole with Farro and Feta (p 203)

All Things Sweet: Chocolate, Hazelnut, and Buckwheat Cake (p 238)

I have been trying to find ways to add extra protein to our meals and with Grains as Mains I have so many new recipes to try – I’m thinking for family picnics and get-togethers this book will come in super handy as well!

You can get your own copy of Grains as Mains from Amazon.

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Here is the direct link to the Books for Mom! Mother’s Day Boutique

DK Books for Mom Mothers Day Boutique @OombawkaDesign

Other books featured in the DK Mother’s Day Boutique are:

  • Natural Beauty
  • What Plant Where Encyclopedia
  • Canadian Gardener’s Guide
  • Dressmaking Step-by-Step
  • Grow All You Can Eat in 3 Square Feet
  • Grains as Mains
  • Quilting
  • The Shakespeare Book
  • High Intensity Interval Training For Women
  • Style Your Perfect Wedding
  • Smithsonian Great Maps
  • Photography
  • Smithsonian History of the World in 1,000 Objects
  • Coffee Obsession
  • Smithsonian Fashion
  • Healing Foods
  • Complete Family Nutrition
  • Strength Training
  • Wine A Tasting Course

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  1. Hi Sandra, Thank you for stopping by and reading my post about Books for Mom for Mother’s Day – Grains as Mains ! Good luck on your website! Rhondda

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