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Cook With Ancient Grains

Tired of rice and pasta? Try one of these 10 tasty recipes for quinoa, bulgur, farro and other healthy alternatives

6. Bulgur and Chickpea Salad

by Claudia Roden

This quick and easy whole grain dish focuses on bulgur, which is made from the groats of wheat species, including durum wheat. It has more fiber and protein, and a lower glycemic index, than unenriched white rice.

Per serving: 318 calories, 2g saturated fat, 36g carbohydrates, 8g protein, 9g fiber, 515mg sodium

7. Kasha (With or Without the Varnishkes)

by Judy Bart Kancigor

This traditional Eastern European Jewish dish highlights the nuttiness of buckwheat groats (unrelated to regular wheat), which are paired with the soft counterpart of bow-tie pasta.

Per serving: 232 calories, 1g saturated fat, 40g carbohydrates, 8g protein, 4g fiber, 229mg sodium

8. Fragrant Lamb Curry With Barley

by Judith Finlayson

You might associate ingredients like quinoa or bulgur with vegetarian dishes, but barley has long been paired with meat in beef and barley stew. This recipe uses lamb, combined with a host of spices and herbs to create a delicious curry.

Per serving: 362 calories, 4g saturated fat, 38g carbohydrates, 25g protein, 6g fiber, 591mg sodium

9. Amaranth 'Polenta' With Hearty Olive and Tuna Sauce

by Robin Asbell

Polenta is traditionally corn-based, but this version is made with amaranth and millet, topped by a savory sauce of tuna, anchovy paste, olive paste and shallots. This recipe won't work for those on a low-sodium dietary regimen.

Per serving: 553 calories, 6g saturated fat, 52g carbohydrates, 26g protein, 5g fiber, 1,534mg sodium

10. Honey Ginger Cookies

by Leslie Cerier

Teff flour is the star in this tasty little cookie, which is flavored with fresh ginger, cinnamon and honey. Teff is a tiny Ethiopian whole grain that's high in calcium and gluten-free.

Per serving: 90 calories, 0g saturated fat, 13g carbohydrates, 1g protein, 1g fiber, 59mg sodium

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