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Cooking with Whole Grains

August 15, 2013

How to make grains a regular part of your diet.

whole grain pasta

Full Circle Organic Whole Wheat Rotini Pasta.

Trying to add healthier foods to your regular diet can be a challenge. We’re all seeking food products that are better for us and our families. This task can be very difficult and time-consuming.

Studies show that eating whole grains instead of refined grains lowers the risk of many chronic diseases. While benefits are most pronounced for those consuming at least three servings a day, some studies show reduced risks from as little as one serving a day. The message: every whole grain in your diet helps!

Of course, these benefits are most pronounced in the context of an overall healthy diet. No single food – even whole grains – will guarantee good health. It’s also important to remember that some whole grain foods are healthier than others. Plain grains – from brown rice and quinoa to wheat berries and whole grain pasta – should be a regular on your dinner table, while processed grains eaten less often. 

Full Circle now offers grains that cook in 8-12 minutes. Thank you Full Circle for sourcing grains that are sustainable and grown by small family farmers who contribute everyday to preserve ancient varieties and protect the environment!

Some great options: Bulgur Red Quinoa, 5-Grain Blend, Barley Peas & Lentils, Basmati Oats & Lentils, and then last but not least, Italian Farro. Italian Farro is very versatile and favored by many chefs. Farro tends to have a subtle nutty flavor you’ll enjoy.

Whole Grain Recipe

Here’s a quick side dish for when you are in a hurry and need to make something simple but nourishing.


  • Large pan of water (similar to making pasta)
  • ½ cup of Full Circle Ancient Grains – Italian Farro
  • Green onions
  • Parsley
  • Full Circle Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Lemon juice


  1. Simmer 10 minutes
  2. Strain
  3. Drizzle with Full Circle Extra Virgin Olive Oil and add parmesan cheese.
  4. Toss in cross-cut green onions, and chopped parsley, drizzle with Full Circle Extra Virgin Olive Oil and lemon juice.
  5. Add a little salt and pepper if desired.

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