7 Super Grains You Should Use Instead of Quinoa

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7 Super Grains You Should Use Instead of Quinoa

Check out this list to be up on the latest additions to the “super grain” trend:

1. Freekeh
Photo by Julie Kajng

Photo by Julie Kajng

Freekeh has about four times as much fiber as most other grains and a low glycemic index, meaning it won’t spike your blood sugar. Its taste is comparable to barley, making it a perfect substitute in this beet and barley risotto.

2. Kamut
Photo by Hannah Lin

Photo by Hannah Lin

Kamut is an ancient version of wheat, with a taste much like that of brown basmati rice. Though it has less fiber than traditional wheat, it has about 30% more protein, as well as several fatty acids, meaning it will provide you with sustained energy. Try it in place of white rice in Mexican sour cream rice recipe.

3. Teff
Photo by Parisa Soraya

Photo by Parisa Soraya

Teff is basically quinoa’s twin: it tastes and cooks nearly the same (actually, it cooks slightly faster) and is gluten-free. Substitute it for quinoa in this P.F. Chang’s Copycat: Fried Rice recipe.

 4. Millet
Photo by Hannah Lin

Photo by Hannah Lin

Also gluten-free, millet can be fluffy like rice or quinoa or creamy if you add more water and stir it often. It’s also a complete protein and heart-healthy due to its high magnesium content. Check out this guide to learn several ways of cooking millet and some recipes for each method.

5. Bulgur
Photo by Hannah Lin

Photo by Hannah Lin

Bulgur is very much like steel-cut oatmeal and cooks super quickly, too. Note that it’s not gluten-free, though. Try it instead of oats in these overnight oatmeal recipes. Letting the oats – ahem, bulgur – soak overnight in the fridge leaves you with a cool and delicious grab-n-go for hot summer days.

6. Buckwheat
Photo by Casey Carr

Photo by Casey Carr

Buckwheat is actually gluten-free, even though it has ‘wheat’ in its name (who comes up with these things?). It’s similar to porridge when cooked, and its mild flavor makes buckwheat flour great in pancake and bread recipes, like this buckwheat banana bread.

7. Fonio

Africa’s oldest cereal has gone relatively unnoticed, but it is said to be the most nutritious grain on earth. Plus, the Dogon people of Mali believe an explosion of a single fonio grain started the universe, so there’s that. Look for it on store shelves in the near future, and when you find it, try out this fonio salad from one of Malawi’s greatest chefs.

 

While you’re waiting to see more of these grains in stores, use up your quinoa with these tasty recipes:

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