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Fitness

6 Healthy Whole-Grain Dinners

Think outside the brown-rice box and tap the slimming powers of whole grains like bulgur, barley, and quinoa with these 6 delicious, satisfying dishes.
dinner recipes with whole grains 3-Grain Salad with White Beans, Tomatoes, and Parmesan

Makes: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 55 minutes

Ingredients
1/2 cup hulled barley*
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup farro**
1/4 cup bulgur
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons minced red onion
1 smashed garlic clove
1 cup drained, rinsed cannellini beans
1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
1 cup torn fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons olive oil
Black pepper
1/4 cup shaved Parmesan

Directions
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the barley and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt; boil for 30 minutes. Add the farro; boil for an additional 20 to 25 minutes or until both grains are just tender. Drain.
2. Meanwhile, bring 6 tablespoons of water to a boil in a small saucepan; add the bulgur. Bring the liquid back to a boil, then cover the pot, turn off the heat, and let sit for 25 minutes, until the water is absorbed.
3. In a large bowl, toss together the vinegar, onion, garlic, and remaining salt.
4. Add the grains to the vinegar mixture while still warm; toss well. Remove the garlic and stir in the beans, tomatoes, basil, and olive oil; season with black pepper to taste. Fold in the Parmesan and serve.
Nutrition facts per serving: 365 calories, 14g protein, 53g carbohydrate, 13g fat (2.5g saturated), 12g fiber

* With its chewy, pastalike texture, barley is a great addition to soups and stews. It's loaded with satisfying protein and fiber.

** A hearty grain with plenty of protein, farro is used in soups and salads. It has a distinct nutty taste.

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