If you’re storing wheat, it’s probably because you are using it to make homemade bread from scratch, meaning straight from the wheat berry. If that’s the only way you’re using wheat, though, you’re missing a lot. Here are six other uses for this most versatile grain.
1. Hot cereal: Cooked, wheat transforms into puffy and chewy kernels that make a top-notch breakfast cereal. Top it with cinnamon, brown sugar, chopped apples, dried fruit, yogurt, or anything else you have on hand. It’s delicious! For more details, check out this post.
2. Wheat berries in salad: Cooked wheat berries are terrific mixed in with any green salad or in this delicious wheat berry salad. You get plenty of fiber and all the nutrition wheat has to offer. It’s a great choice for vegetarians but is just as good with a few slices of chicken or meat.
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3. Wheat meat: Vegetarians have long made use of this simple “meat” made from the gluten of wheat. The end product can be flavored according to any recipe and formed into shapes such as meatballs.
4. Soup: Add cooked wheat berries to soup as an additional grain option. Cook the wheat berries as described in #1 and add a scoop or two to any hot soup while it cooks. They add great texture to any soup as well as nutrients.
5. Sprouting: If, perhaps, your attempts at gardening haven’t been something to write home about, you’ll probably have a lot more luck sprouting wheat. Once the wheat berry sprouts, its nutrients increase exponentially. Serve the sprouts on sandwiches, in salads, and toss them in any hot dish at the last minute in order to maintain their high levels of B vitamins, vitamin C, and folic acid.
6. Wheat grass juice: If you allow your wheat sprouts to grow until they are 6-8 inches tall, you can harvest the grass, process it through a juicer and have an amazingly nutritious drink. This juice contains chlorophyll, which is antibacterial, 90 different minerals and 19 amino acids. One nutritionist told me that drinking just 4 ounces of the stuff every day would eliminate the need for any other fruit or vegetable. Whatever the benefits might be, wheat grass juice is highly nutritious and one more reason to stock up on wheat.
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