Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Whole grain goodness

I am always on the lookout for new whole grain recipes to feed to my children. As you know, MyPyramid recommends that we make half of our grains whole (in other words, half of the grain servings we eat in a day should be whole grains). Whole grains offer so many benefits, they are not only nutrient-rich but they also help fill children up. Additionally, since whole grains are digested more slowly they do not lead to blood sugar highs and lows.

I found this recipe in a cookbook but made a few changes to it. The cookbook I got it from called it "Seashells in the Sand" which I think is a very cute name that most kids will love. Sometimes I stir in a few steamed peas for some color. You can find usually find whole wheat couscous at some grocery stores or at health food stores such as Sunflower Market, Whole Foods, or Vitamin Cottage. Use regular couscous if you can't find the whole wheat. This recipe is quick and easy!

Seashells on the Seashore
1 cup whole wheat couscous
1 cup tiny shell pasta (preferably whole wheat)
1 Tablespoon butter or trans-fat free margarine
salt and pepper to taste

Place the couscous in a heatproof container and add 2 cups boiling water. Cover and let stand 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta until al dente, then drain.

Combine the cooked grain and pasta in a serving container. Stir in the margarine or butter until melted, then season with salt and pepper.

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