Whole wheat pasta, brown rice and those products do take some getting used to so I would recommend these ideas~
For the pasta, cook according to the package directions but first season the noodles with spices and then proceed with cooking them and use vegetable or chicken stock in place of plain water. Also, make it into a casserole with tomato based sauce and cheese and you don't even notice that you are eating whole grain pasta. You can try a pasta salad as well~
For the Brown Rice, I use the rice cooker and season it and use 1 cup water and 1 cup vegetable stock for every cup of rice I am making. (So 2 cups of liquid for every 1 cup of rice.)You can also add brown rice with other foods and it covers up the plain taste of the brown rice. I like brown rice in a tofu teriyaki bowl with vegetables or a wrap. You can do fried rice, a casserole etc...
In terms of breakfast when I bore of oatmeal, cereals, yogurt, peanut butter toast etc I eat leftovers from lunch or dinner along with some fruits & vegetables.
Hopefully that helps you go in the right direction :)
I cook mine the same way I cook white pasta, too (in unsalted water, al dente). The first thing to do is make sure you've got a quality brand of whole wheat pasta. Some are very grainy and seem to cook up mushy no matter what you do! My favorite way to eat whole wheat pasta is with a good olive oil and a tablespoon or two of pecorino romano cheese....YUM.
I also made a pasta salad with whole wheat rotini for Memorial Day and that turned out great. I just added a bit of Italian dressing, more pecorino romano, some olives, cherry tomatoes, and green beans to the pasta and mixed it together.
Whole wheat pasta is also great with tomato sauce, just like regular pasta. The texture and taste of the pasta do take a little getting used to for most people, but for me I was sold once I realized how filling the whole wheat type was compared to white.
I've been using whole grain pasta for a while, and I use it the same way I did regular pasta. I cook it in salted boiling water, drain and use in a recipe. I don't do anything different. I make a homemade vegetable marinara sauce with spaghetti noodles, I make a cheese sauce for rotini pasta with chicken and vegetables, etc. I do most of my cooking from scratch.
As for breakfast, I like to make a big pan of baked oatmeal with blueberries, peaches, or apples, cut it into serving portions, then heat it up each morning for my breakfast. I also really like the strawberry cheesecake shake recipe on Sparkpeople, and make it for breakfast with a piece of whole grain toast. Sometimes I make a pan of pumpkin bread pudding and eat that for a week like the baked oatmeal. Sorry this is so long, you asked a lot of questions ;)
Hello everyone, I need a little bit of advice on how to cook and flavor whole wheat pasta. I am really trying to add more whole grains into my diet. I know it's supposed to be good for you, with the fiber and all. I've never cooked whole wheat pasta before and would like some advice on how to flavor it. I've read that you can cook it in chicken or beef broth/stock, instead of plain water, has anyone tried this?? I would really appreciate some suggestions. I also need help with the brown rice and PLEASE, any suggestions for healthy breakfasts - I have burned out on boiled eggs, whole wheat toast, yogurt and fruit, and let's not forget the 'honey nut cheerios, lol. I would really like a change. Thank you all sooooo much, you have been such a blessing to me with your helpful suggestions, I love you, and wish you all successful healthy and happy life.
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