Kid-Friendly Whole Grain Dishes
Don't sweat it if your child isn't keen on whole-wheat bread or still prefers white rice to brown. There are more than a dozen other whole grains she can try. "Children need about six servings of grains daily, and three or more of them should be whole grains because they have more nutrients and help kids feel full longer," says Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D., author of The Flexitarian Diet. So instead of helping persuade your picky eater to try the whole-grain version of pasta, bread, or another food when she's already accustomed to a certain flavor, we goofed around with grains that she's probably never tasted before. Sample easy recipes from our cookbook Parents Quick & Easy Kid-Friendly Meals (it's awesome, if we do say so ourselves) -- and let your family meet and eat some whole grains.
Whip up the batter for these waffles the night before so it will be ready to cook in the morning.
Sweet Whole-Wheat Couscous
For breakfast or dessert, it's a healthful take on rice pudding that you can throw together quickly.
Mini Beef & Bulgur Burgers
When you bury some bulgur in your hamburger, you'll be able to cut back on ground beef, saving money and artery-clogging saturated fat.
Real Popcorn Chicken
This isn't like any popcorn chicken you've had—these tender chicken cutlets are covered in a crispy coating made from real popcorn. Seasoned with thyme and a squeeze of lemon juice, they're sure to become a family favorite.
Farotto With Peas and Parmesan
Take the fabulous flavor of farro—rich and earthy—and treat it like risotto. Then add sweet peas and Parm; it's the perfect side dish, a starch and vegetable all in one.
Originally published in the June 2012 issue of Parents magazine.