In my previous posts I have covered grain mill’s, whole grains, types of wheat, and where to buy whole grains, now we are going to talk about some easy ways to add these whole grains to your diet.

Now, before we go any farther, I want all of you to realize that I am not artisan bread maker, I am a lady that bought a grain mill approximately 6 weeks ago, that just wants to better her families diet. I asked friends for bread recipes, borrowed from the two best cooks I know (my mom and mother-in-law), and scoured the internet for intriguing appetizing ideas; all before I started writing this series. Sometimes this happened…

The best dinner rolls EVER… And, then sometimes this happened…

The hardest densest bread brick on the planet. I joked that, “Hey, cracker on the outside, little bit of bread on the inside”, you get two for one. Honestly though, I think I invented reusable bread bowls.

What I am saying is, don’t give up. Cooking is chemistry, so put on your lab coat and go experiment in your lab and enjoy it, have fun with it, and in case you do get discouraged, there are always books like this – No More Bricks.

Plus, like I was saying there are other ways then bread to add whole grains to your diet. For example…

  • Brown Rice (instead of white)
  • Try making your own whole wheat pasta (I might have to do a series on this one, what do you think?)
  • Add barley, wild rice, or bulgur wheat to soups or stir fries.
  • Make a whole grain pilaf with a mixture of barley, wild rice, brown rice, broth and spices.
  • Use a whole grain mixture in meatloaf instead of store bought bread crumbs.
  • Mill your grain course and use it as a breading on fish or chicken
  • Add it to salads
  • Add it to cereals
  • Many of them can be sprouted (check out this post on sprouting @Granola Mom ) then dehydrated and eaten as a crispy snack.
  • Last but not least, if you have an inkling, but just not sure it will work, Google it!

Now, my last post I promised cookies.  All I have to say is go ahead and brew you a pot of tea/coffee and get ready to eat a dozen.

Almond Tea Cookies

fresh milled flour, salt, butter, powdered sugar, crushed raw almonds, vanilla…

my little helpers were very excited about this recipe…

cream butter and sugar. Then add salt…

vanilla and almonds together, pretty sure I just started salivating on my keyboard…

lots of flour & a little almonds…

I am surprised I got this picture, little hands wouldn’t stay out of the dough.

quickly roll them, otherwise they will melt in your hands…

Please notice that four were already gone before I could snap a picture… (shhh, don’t tell)

Almond Tea Cookies

Ingredients

2 1/4 cup fresh milled flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup nuts (almonds, pecans, or walnuts, etc) ground to granules
1 tsp vanilla

Directions

1. Crush nuts.
2. Cream butter and sugar
3. Add vanilla, flour, salt, and nuts; mix well.
4. Dough should be a little dry and grainy. Take up to 2 Tablespoons of batter at a time and form into quarter size balls.
5. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
7. Make pot of tea and eat one dozen by yourself. (try to leave some for everyone else)

Don’t forget to visit the other wonderful posts in this 5 day series of Mothering & Homemaking. There are 20 other writers in this series. Please click on the below picture for a line up of the writers and their topics.