whole grain recipes


After two weeks of going Snow Crazy (has anyone in Boston coined that term yet?) I decided I couldn’t let the weather keep getting in the way. Historic almost-eight-feet-of-snow-in-three-weeks record or not, I’ve got stuff to do. So classic me, I overbooked myself and now have zero free time. So I’m back on that five ingredient grind, starting with this very green spaghetti. 


  • 2 servings whole wheat spaghetti
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1.5 cups peas (I used frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, and cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, mince the garlic and add to a stove pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook for one minute over medium heat.
  3. Add the spinach, stirring until it begins to wilt. This should only take a few minutes. Add peas and continue stirring for another minute, then remove from heat.
  4. Drain pasta, then add to stove pan with the spinach and peas. Stir over low heat, until evenly combined, and serve.

Note: Pasta can be replaces with any gluten-free variety.

Barilla® Whole Grain Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes, Marinated Chicken Breast & Pesto

The USDA MyPlate guidelines recommend making half your grains whole grains. Whole grain pasta tossed with other healthy ingredients, such as vegetables, lean proteins, olive oil and herbs, is an easy way to follow a balanced Mediterranean-style diet—an eating pattern that is considered by nutritionists to be one of the world’s healthiest ways to eat.

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It’s difficult to find Whole 30 compliant almond milk. Luckily, it’s not that hard to make your own. Start off with 1 cup of RAW almonds. Not toasted. Not salted. Please, please, please not the delicious Tamari ones. (Save those for after Whole 30.) Put them in a blender with one cup of boiling water and let them sit for 30 minutes.

Add three cups of filtered cold water and blend it up. After blending, strain in a mesh sieve with cheese cloth so you can squeeze out each last little drop of almond milk. It yields about a pint and a half.

All that leftover almond pulp? Spread it out on a baking sheet and dry it out in the oven at it’s lowest setting. It takes about 3 or 4 hours but now you also have a cup of almond meal.

Because this almond milk is literally almonds and water, you’ll need to shake it before using. All those additives in store bought almond milk act as emulsifiers to keep the solids from settling.

Go forth and DIY your food!

Whole-Grain Spaghetti With Caramelized Shiitake Mushrooms And Pumpkin Seeds

Use MyPlate to build your healthy eating style and maintain it for a lifetime. Visit ChooseMyPlate.gov to learn more. Whole-grain pasta partners perfectly with vegetables, beans, lean proteins, olive oil and herbs—exactly the kinds of nutrient-rich foods you should choose more often.

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