An Eat-It-Anytime Whole Grain
Whether you prefer simple brown rice, slightly crunchy quinoa or nutty bulgur (a quick-cooking form of whole wheat), make it a point always to keep a jar of whole grains in your pantry. They're the perfect bottom layer for a big bowl of roasted or sautéed vegetables (and meats too)—drizzle the dish with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with herbs for a fast and nutritious meal. Cooked whole grains are also a good way to get a carb fix when you're eating a salad (just toss them in with the other ingredients) without having a big hunk of bread. They even work for breakfast: Try a warm bowl of bulgur with dried or fresh fruit and a dash of maple syrup.