Healthy Grain Recipes

Find healthy, delicious grain recipes from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Blueberry-Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 55
This healthy pound cake recipe isn't just delicious--it also only requires one bowl to make. For the best cake texture, be sure to beat the sugar and butter together long enough in Step 2 to look creamy--the time it takes to get there varies according to the type of electric mixer you have. Serve with brunch or alongside a cup of coffee in the afternoon.
By Stacy Fraser

Baked Banana-Nut Oatmeal Cups

Rating: 4.5 stars 26
Muffins meet oatmeal in these moist and tasty grab-and-go oatmeal cups. Feel free to swap out the pecans for any other nut--walnuts would be great--or omit them altogether. Make a batch on the weekend and keep them in your fridge or freezer for quick and easy breakfasts all week. Reheat in the microwave for about 40 seconds.
By Carolyn Casner

Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

Rating: 3.5 stars 16
This one-pan chicken-and-broccoli recipe comes out of the oven all browned, cheesy and bubbling like a casserole, but is really prepared more like a skillet meal on the stovetop. Serve with a crunchy green salad.

Salmon Rice Bowl

Rating: 5 stars 2
Inspired by the viral TikTok trend, this tasty bowl makes for a satisfying lunch or dinner. With a handful of healthy ingredients, like instant brown rice, heart-healthy salmon and lots of crunchy veggies, you'll have a filling and flavorful meal in just 25 minutes. Looking to cut down on carbs? Try swapping in riced cauliflower in place of the brown rice.
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By Mila Clarke Buckley

Caramel Delight Energy Balls

Rating: 5 stars 1
Think of these easy no-bake cookies as a healthy makeover of one of our favorite Girl Scout Cookies--chewy caramel, dark chocolate and toasted coconut come together with fiber-boosting oats instead of sugar and flour. And the best part? They take only 15 minutes from start to finish.
By Pam Lolley

Cabbage Roll Casserole

Rating: 4 stars 10
This casserole has all the elements of cabbage rolls—ground beef, onion and rice cooked in tomato sauce—and skips the fuss of rolling. The cabbage is chopped instead and layered with the saucy filling, then topped with cheese, for a satisfying and easy casserole. Feel free to substitute other ground meats, such as turkey, for the ground beef—this recipe would also be great with a vegetarian meat substitute.
By Carolyn Casner

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Dates provide all the sweetness you need for these no-bake energy bars. Each square serves up a hearty dose of protein--thanks to peanut butter and peanuts--as well as fiber from rolled oats. Kids will love the chewy bites with crunchy nuts.
By Carolyn Casner

Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Rating: 4 stars 11
These healthy peanut butter and chocolate energy balls deliver a mixture of simple and complex carbohydrates to help fuel you up whenever you need a little boost. They're no-bake and easy to make with ingredients you probably have on hand, like oats and nut butter. Feel free to experiment with different mix-ins--for example, dried fruit or chopped nuts--in place of the chocolate chips and coconut.
By Lisa Valente

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 30
This easy-to-make chocolate cake is dark, moist, rich--and only dirties one bowl! Not quite as easy as boxed cake mixes, but those often contain trans fats. Our simple “from scratch” recipe gives you a home-baked cake with healthful canola oil and whole-wheat flour.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Vegan Superfood Grain Bowls

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
This nutrient-packed grain bowl recipe comes together in 15 minutes with the help of a few convenience-food shortcuts like prewashed baby kale, microwavable quinoa and precooked beets. Pack these ahead to keep on hand for easy meal-prep lunches or dinners on busy nights.
By Carolyn A. Hodges, R.D.

Cinnamon-Roll Overnight Oats

Rating: 4.5 stars 8
It takes just minutes to assemble this healthy no-cook breakfast, and you'll have meal-prepped grab-and-go breakfasts on hand for the rest of the week. Top these delicious vegan oats—inspired by classic cinnamon bun flavors—with fresh or frozen fruit and your favorite nuts and seeds.
By Carolyn Casner

Carrot Cake Energy Bites

Rating: 5 stars 2
These no-cook energy bites keep well in the fridge or freezer and are easy to grab on the go for a healthy snack.
By Beth Lipton
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Inspiration and Ideas

26 Simple Recipes That Start With a Bag of Rice
Create a delicious, well-rounded meal starting with a bag of rice. Rice is a great foundation for a tasty, nutritious meal, just add vegetables and protein and dinner is served. Recipes like Easy Brown Rice Pilaf with Spring Vegetables and Bean & Veggie Taco Bowl are easy, filling and you can use any vegetables you have in your pantry or freezer.
Hearty Barley Recipes
Barley is a nutritious and hearty whole grain that's inexpensive to prepare. Our healthy recipes for barley risotto, barley salad and barley soup are loaded with fiber and easy to cook. Try our Barley Hoppin' John tonight for a quick Southern-inspired meal or Cream of Mushroom & Barley Soup for a satisfying whole-grain supper.Download a Free Rice Recipe Cookbook!
Carrot & Banana Muffins
Rating: 5 stars 9

Packed with flavorful and wholesome ingredients, these carrot-banana muffins make a good snack or breakfast.