Healthy Grain Recipes

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

Staff Picks

Cabbage Roll Casserole

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

Spinach, Feta & Rice Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars
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This one-pan recipe is the casserole version of spanakopita! It's hearty enough to enjoy as a vegetarian lunch or dinner, yet versatile enough to serve alongside just about any protein. To make it extra creamy, top each serving with a dollop of sour cream.

Creamy Mushroom, Chicken & Asparagus Bake

Rating: 4.5 stars
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This comforting weeknight casserole recipe features plenty of mushrooms and asparagus combined with chicken and brown rice and a creamy Parmesan cheese sauce. Whip this up anytime you have leftover chicken or cooked brown rice to spare.

Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Rating: 4.2 stars
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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.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Full of oats, chocolate chips and chia seeds, these oatmeal bars are perfect for an on-the-go snack.

Vegan Superfood Buddha Bowls

Rating: 4.8 stars
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This nutrient-packed vegan Buddha 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.

Blueberry-Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake

Rating: 4.41 stars
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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.

Dijon Salmon with Green Bean Pilaf

Rating: 4.69 stars
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In this quick dinner recipe, the delicious garlicky-mustardy mayo that tops baked salmon is very versatile. Make extra to use as a dip for fries or to jazz up tuna salad. Precooked brown rice helps get this healthy dinner on the table fast, but if you have other leftover whole grains, such as quinoa or farro, they work well here too.

Mediterranean Chickpea Quinoa Bowl

Rating: 4.64 stars
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Quinoa and chickpeas pack this vegetarian grain bowl with plenty of plant-based protein. Whip up a batch of these Mediterranean meals and pack in containers with lids to stash in the fridge for easy, healthy grab & go lunches all week long.

Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats

Rating: 5 stars
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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.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Rating: 5 stars
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Creamy natural peanut butter and chocolate team up in these easy and healthy no-bake cookies! Whip up a batch for after-school snacks, dessert or anytime your sweet tooth comes calling.

Chickpea & Quinoa Grain Bowl

Rating: 5 stars
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It seems grain bowls have as many variations as there are stars in the sky, and there is no wrong way to build one! But we prefer to keep things classic and simple with hummus, quinoa, avocado and loads of veggies!
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Inspiration and Ideas

Hearty Bulgur Recipes

Bulgur adds protein and fiber to healthy side dishes and main-course meals. Whole-grain bulgur pairs especially well with Middle Eastern and Asian flavors, such as Tabbouleh with Grilled Vegetables or Bulgur with Ginger & Orange. Bulgur is easy to prepare and a nice change from rice and pasta.

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

Rating: 4 stars
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This no-bake cherry cheesecake is an easy summertime treat. This no-bake cheesecake recipe has omega-3-rich walnuts in the graham cracker crust and uses nonfat Greek yogurt and reduced-fat cream cheese in the filling to keep saturated fat in check. If you want a bright red topping, use sour cherries. Sweet cherries give it a more purple hue. To make gluten-free no-bake cherry cheesecake, use gluten-free graham crackers.