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Have You Sampled a Whole Grain Today? {Giveaway!}
You could win it all: Whole grain cereals, side dishes, cookie mixes, crackers, snacks, and more. Plus a t-shirt!

Have You Sampled a Whole Grain Today? {Giveaway!}

You could win it all: Whole grain cereals, side dishes, cookie mixes, crackers, snacks, and more. Plus a t-shirt!
You could win it all: Whole grain cereals, side dishes, cookie mixes, crackers, snacks, and more. Plus a t-shirt!

You may think today is April 3. OK, it is. But it’s also Whole Grain Sampling Day, a celebration organized by the Whole Grains Council. And you may have noticed, I’m a fan—I almost never miss a chance to swap in whole wheat flour, and this blog’s got recipes using cornmeal, wheatberries, oats, freekeh, brown rice, farro… Heck, I’ve got a whole category devoted to whole grains.

So when the good folks at the Council asked if I’d like to help them spread the word about whole grains’ nutrient-dense deliciousness, I didn’t hesitate. I agreed to host a giveaway of the incredible assortment you see above.

And then I forgot to write a recipe post.

Whole grains are such a regular part of my everyday life, it never occurred to me to record all the wonderful grain-based things I’ve cooked over the last few weeks. Now here we are, on the official day, and I’ve got nuthin.

Except an amazing giveaway.

If you’d like to add a little more whole grainy goodness to your day, leave me a comment below. You might win everything you see pictured! All you have to do is tell me your favorite whole grain, and how you like to use it. On Wednesday, April 10, at 8PM Eastern time, I’ll pick a winner via

There you go. Whole grains. Good stuff. Enter. Win.


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  1. Hmm, so hard to choose! I would say that our current favorite is whole grain stoneground cornmeal – adds such a delicious nutty bite and flavor to pancakes, waffles, bread, biscuits, even cake! 🙂

  2. My favorite whole grain is farro. I usually make farro “salads” with seasonal veggies. Recently I’ve been using it in place of rice. So delicious and just enough bite.

    Thanks for this giveaway! So exciting.

  3. I can’t decide between cornmeal, whole wheat flour and oats. Love them all:-)

  4. Thanks for the giveaway!

    My favorite grain du jour is freekeh. I make it like a pilaf and serve as a side dish. I soak it for an hour or so, if I have the time and then saute it in some margarine, just until it’s lightly toasted, add water/stock and cook until tender. I love its chewy texture and nutty flavor.

    I’ll add whatever veggies I have on hand. Mushrooms and onions go especially well with it.

  5. I love oatmeal! I also love barley and always put that in soup when I can.

  6. This is a great giveaway! My favorite is oatmeal, delicious as is and great in cookies, cakes, breads, crackers, etc.

  7. Whole wheat..-we grind it to a fine flour along with wheat germ and make flat breads

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  8. definitely a toss up between corn meal and oats!!

  9. Love oats, can’t live without them!

  10. I hate oatmeal, but love using oats in other dishes.

  11. Love oats and brown rice!

  12. In this house, it is probably oats, but we like a lot of them!

  13. I could use more whole grains in my life! My two toddlers keep my bladder full and tummy empty:)

  14. I love oats!

  15. I make a mean mock risotto with farro. But I have enough whole-grain love to share with the others. 😉

  16. Mine would be oats since I’m currently breastfeeding and they are fantastic for my supply. I make steel cut oatmeal with coconut milk for breakfast – yummy and sweet! When I need a change of pace, I go for a ris-oat-o of steel cut oats cooked risotto style with chicken broth, Parmesan, and asparagus.

  17. Quinoa – although botanically a seed, but usually falls into the whole grain category. I love how it cooks so fast for dinner dishes and the endless types of variations you can make, depending upon what you add to it – nuts, veggies, cranberries, cheese, etc.

  18. Farro – it’s healthy but so versatile. I use it in soups, risotto or salads and the kids think they’re eating rice!

  19. Quinoa, farro, and barley are popular in our house!

  20. We eat steel cut oats almost every day. I love seeing my 1 and 3 year old boys excitedly shoveling big bites with loads of frozen berries into their mouths. They request it every weekday morning.

  21. My favorite grain is barley – I use it in place of oatmeal, rice and pasta!

  22. I love using barley in recipes! Very versatile!

  23. Thank you for the giveaway. I love oats, whole wheat flour, barley, brown rice…I don’t think I’ve ever tried a whole grain that I didn’t like, and I’d love to try more.

  24. Oats! Besides plain old oatmeal, I love to grind them up and use them in place of flour for pancakes and waffles and all kinds of other things when baking.

  25. I just realized I love oatmeal – with blueberries!

  26. I have to say I still like using whole wheat flour. I use it for rotis and parathas.

  27. I love Oats! Also any bread that has wheat berries in it is awesome.

  28. Oats. I have granola in the morning, make a no-sugar banana chocolate chip cookie with them, blend them into smoothies for my boys, etc.

  29. I love steel cut oatmeal mixed with barley for breakfast. You soak it overnight so you don’t have to cook it forever, then microwave it. I eat it with blueberries and soy milk. Yum.

    My second favorite is Trader Joe’s brown basmati rice. I use it for all my rice dishes. (The best is a vegetable biryani.)

  30. I love brown rice and I love to combine it with various cooked vegetables and stuff a tomato with it.

  31. I love making a mushroom “risotto” using barley. We have also just started grinding our own whole wheat flour and the bread we made has gotten amazing.

  32. Quinoa. I got introduced to it via a recipe where you kind of cook it like rissotto. Toast it dry with onion and garlic for about 5 min, then add chicken stock a little at a time, until the little tails pop out. Add a bag of frozen edamame (that you’ve defrosted by running under warm water) and some dried cranberries. Season with salt and pepper. Yum!

  33. We love a lot of different whole grains, but whole wheat flour is our favorite. We use atta flour to make chapatis, pita, and sangak bread.

  34. We love steel cut oats for breakfast. We do your crock pot method. Love it!

  35. We love oats and brown rice. Both fit anywhere from sweet to savory. So much to do with both of them!

  36. Oats – definitely a crowd pleaser at home. But my personal favorite is barley, in anything.

  37. I love oats, but I gotta say that I love buckwheat as well. I love soba and even my 1 1/2 yr old likes them with a savory peanut sauce. We also both like blueberry buckwheat pancakes.

  38. I love quino but haven’t yet found a recipie that I’ve had success at.

    So I guess I would pick barley- I’ve got a great recipie for a Thai salad with barley, red peppers and spinach…so tasty!

  39. I’m a big fan of oats for breakfast. I also try to use half whole wheat flour in recipes.

  40. I like to make steel cut oatmeal in the slow cooker overnight!

  41. Right now i love cracked bulgar for tabouli and in my veggie burgers

  42. My favorite whole grain is buckwheat and i like to cook it with mushrooms

  43. I like cornmeal!

  44. Homemade whole wheat bread!

  45. I love barley — in soups, especially.

  46. Oats! Especially in cookies 🙂

  47. My favorite is steel-cut oats and they are great in every way imagine imo. Sweetened with honey, with milk, savory oats, you can add to baking recipes. I love it! 🙂

  48. Mine is rice. I cannot go a whole day without eating rice!

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  49. I am very partial to jasmine brown rice. It has this nutty flavor that I like. I cook it with lots of vegetables added both to the cooking water (hard vegetables like carrots plus some browned onions for flavor) and then after like roasted eggplant, bell pepper or zucchini.

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