20 Creative Ways to Have Whole Grains for Dinner

20 Creative Ways to Have Whole Grains for Dinner
As the busyness of the season sets in and dinner preparation becomes increasingly daunting, it’s easy to turn to dinnertime staples like white rice or pasta. But there are also lots of wholesome, healthy, fiber-rich whole grains out there that work wonderfully as dinner sides. From wild rice to a host of quinoa salads, we love experimenting with these kid-friendly whole grain options. Head below the jump for 20 of our very favorite ways to add whole grains to the dinner table. 

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  • Acorn Squash Polenta 1 of 20
    Acorn Squash Polenta
    Sweet roast acorn squash adds sweetness and depth to my favite creamy polenta recipe.
    Make acorn squash polenta
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries 2 of 20
    Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries
    With flecks of cranberries, this nutty wild rice salad is a great fall side.

    Make wild rice salad with cranberries
    Image: Angie McGowan
  • Soba Noodle Stir Fry 3 of 20
    Soba Noodle Stir Fry
    Buckwheat-based soba noodles team up with flavorful veggies, peanut sauce, and spice, for a delicious stir fry.
    Make soba noodle stir fry
    Image: Aggie Goodman
  • Whole Wheat Pizza Dough 4 of 20
    Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
    Once you've found your go-to whole wheat pizza dough, the sky's the limit. I like mine prepared simply with tomatoes and cheese, but you can make yours any way you'd like!

    Make whole wheat pizza dough
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • BBQ Baked Beans, Barley, and Lentils 5 of 20
    BBQ Baked Beans, Barley, and Lentils
    Baked beans, lentils, and barley go big with a shot of apple cider vinegar and barbecue sauce!

    Make bbq baked beans, with barley and lentils
    Image: Kathy Patalsky
  • Peanut Butter Tofu Rice Bowl 6 of 20
    Peanut Butter Tofu Rice Bowl
    This hearty, vegan rice dish gets protein and flavor from tofu and peanut butter.
    Make peanut butter tofu rice bowl
    Image: Kathy Patalsky
  • Quinoa Salad with Sauteed Leeks and Feta 7 of 20
    Quinoa Salad with Sauteed Leeks and Feta
    Sauteed leeks lend a touch of sweetness to this satisfying quinoa salad.
    Make quinoa with sauteed leeks
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal
  • Buckwheat Crepes with Mushroom and Swiss 8 of 20
    Buckwheat Crepes with Mushroom and Swiss
    Buckwheat crepes don't have to be hard try this simple approach, and add in your favorite savory ingredients.

    Make buckwheat crepes with mushroom and swiss
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • Simple Tabbouleh 9 of 20
    Simple Tabbouleh
    Whole grain bulgar is a wonderful accompaniment to a host of seasonal ingredients, but tomatoes are our favorite.
    Make simple tabbouleh
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  • Vegetarian Fried Rice 10 of 20
    Vegetarian Fried Rice
    Turn brown rice and vegetables into a healthy, super-fast dinner.
    Make vegetarian fried rice
    Image: Jenny Rosenstrach
  • Quinoa Salad with Kale and Feta 11 of 20
    Quinoa Salad with Kale and Feta
    Nutrient-rich kale and protein-packed quinoa are the perfect backdrop for creamy, briny feta.
    Make quinoa salad with kale and feta
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal
  • Quick Coconut Ginger Rice 12 of 20
    Quick Coconut Ginger Rice
    Sweet corn, ginger, and coconut milk lend big flavor to this tasty take on brown rice.
    Make coconut ginger brown rice
    Image: Kathy Patalsky
  • Cranberry, Scallion, and Orange Quinoa Salad 13 of 20
    Cranberry, Scallion, and Orange Quinoa Salad
    This bright and tangy quinoa salad is the perfect holiday side.
    Make quinoa salad
    Image: Jennifer Leal
  • Brown Rice, Corn, Spinach, and Tomato Frittata Muffins 14 of 20
    Brown Rice, Corn, Spinach, and Tomato Frittata Muffins
    Make your family their very own frittatas with this cute take on a breakfast classic.
    Make brown rice frittata muffins
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal
  • Quinoa Confetti Salad 15 of 20
    Quinoa Confetti Salad
    Confetti salad is a tasty, vegetable-studded side dish. 

    Make quinoa confetti salad
    Image: Jennifer Leal
  • Whole Grain Cous Cous 16 of 20
    Whole Grain Cous Cous
    Classic, kid-friendly cous cous goes healthy with whole wheat.
    Make whole grain cous cous
    Image: Jaime Mormann
  • Quinoa Salad with Pumpkin seeds, Apples, and Goji Berries 17 of 20
    Quinoa Salad with Pumpkin seeds, Apples, and Goji Berries
    This yummy quinoa salad is studded with pumpkin seeds, apples, and goji berries, for a bright and crunchy salad.
    Make quinoa salad
    Image: Jennifer Leal
  • Millet with Vegetables 18 of 20
    Millet with Vegetables
    Wholesome millet and vegetables make for a hearty, healthy dinner.
    Make millet with vegetables
    Image: Jenny Rosenstrach
  • Whole Wheat Pasta Primavera 19 of 20
    Whole Wheat Pasta Primavera
    Whole grain pasta, peppers, broccoli, herbs, and Parmesan get together for a healthy comfort food dinner.
    Make whole wheat pasta primavera
    Image: Angie McGowan
  • No-Fail Homemade Whole Wheat Bread 20 of 20
    No-Fail Homemade Whole Wheat Bread
    Even the most dedicated parents need an easy dinner night (or five), so give this whole wheat bread a try and make sandwich night healthy, and awesome.
    Make no-fail whole wheat bread
    Image: Brooke McLay

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