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Farro Salad with Apples and Sweet Potatoes

by Jennifer Farley in Recipes

Whether you need a side dish for Thanksgiving or just a new addition to your menu rotation, this dish from Jennifer of Savory Simple is a hearty blend of farro, apples and sweet potatoes with crumbled Gorgonzola to add an incomparable richness! If this salad were a shirt, I’d say it could be paired with a pencil skirt or a pair of jeans and never miss a beat.
-Cassidy

This colorful farro salad is full of textures and complimentary flavors. It makes a wonderful lunch or side dish. Try serving this at Thanksgiving dinner!

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Farro Salad with Apples and Sweet Potatoes

Yields: 8-12 servings | Total Time: 25 minutes

Note: save time by using bagged, pre-shredded purple cabbage

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium Sweet Potatoes, peeled and diced (approximately 3-4 cups)
  • 5 cups cook Farro (2 cup uncooked)
  • 2 large Apples, diced (approximately 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup Gorgonzola Cheese, crumbled
  • 2 cups Purple Cabbage, shredded and chopped (see note)
  • 1/3 cup toasted Slivered Almonds
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt (or to taste)
  • fresh ground Black Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the diced sweet potatoes and cook until tender, approximately 10 minutes. Drain and allow to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, gently toss together the sweet potatoes, farro, apples, gorgonzola, cabbage and slivered almonds.
  3. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and gently toss until evenly coated. Adjust seasoning if desired. Serve at room temperature.

Jennifer Farley-600Jennifer Farley is the creator, recipe developer and photographer of Savory Simple, a blog dedicated to gourmet, simple, beautiful food and quality ingredients. Jennifer graduated from the Culinary Arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, MD and has worked professionally as a chef and cooking instructor. She recently published her first cookbook, The Art of Slush. Her work has been featured by Williams-Sonoma, Bon Appetit, Food52, The Kitchn, Huffington Post and Marcus Sammuelsson.  She currently resides in Washington DC. Follow her FacebookTwitter and Google+.

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{Meatless Mondays} Freekeh Pilaf with Apricots and Almonds

by Cassidy Stockton in Meatless Mondays, Recipes

Freekeh might just be our new favorite grain. It has a lovely nutty flavor that hints at its smoky past and it cooks up in just 25 minutes—much faster than some of its whole grain brethren. This pilaf is a wonderful way to introduce your family to this special grain.  Cumin and coriander add warmth and zest to this dish that balance beautifully with the sweetness of apricots and almonds. Pair this with your favorite protein and a green salad for a easy, nutritious meal. This one is great for adding to your holiday recipe collection, as it would be a great alternative to wild rice stuffing. Get creative and swap out the apricots and almonds for your favorites to put a new spin on it. If you can’t get your hands on freekeh, bulgur would be a good substitute in this dish.

Freekeh Pilaf w Apricots & Almonds | Bob's Red Mill

Freekeh Pilaf with Apricots and Almonds

Contributed by:  Sarah House for Bob’s Red Mill Test Kitchen

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 30 – 35 minutes | Yield: 4 – 8 servings

  • ½ cup chopped Onion (70g)
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup sliced Almonds (28g)
  • 2 cloves minced Garlic (10g)
  • ¼ tsp ground Cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground Coriander
  • ½ tsp Salt plus additional to taste
  • 1 ½ cups Cracked Freekeh (280g)
  • 4 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • ¼ cup diced Apricots, about 8 (50g)

Step 1

Sauté onion in olive oil over medium heat for 3 minutes.  Add sliced almonds and cook for 3 minutes.  Add Bob’s Red Mill Cracked Freekeh and cook until slightly toasted, 1 – 2 minutes.

Step 2

Add garlic, spices and ½ tsp salt and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add vegetable stock and lemon juice and bring to a boil.

Step 3

Add diced apricots, reduce heat, cover and cook until liquid has absorbed, about 25 – 30 minutes, stirring often.  Season to taste with salt.

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Southwest Farro Salad with Corn and Tomatoes

by Erin Clarke in Featured Articles

Moments of victory in my marriage: replacing one hour of ESPN with Next Food Network Star on Sunday nights; coming home to a made bed; my husband regularly requesting farro—or as he calls it, “that thing that’s kind of like rice but way better.”

Southwest Farro Salad | Bob's Red Mill

I’m a strong believer in whole grains, which offer far more protein, fiber, and nutrients than their refined white counterparts. Though picking a single favorite whole grain feels a bit like trying to choose one ice cream for the rest of my life (impossible), farro is a strong contender. Lightly nutty and hearty, farro gives me the same comfort-food feeling as rice, but with a more satisfying flavor and texture. I serve farro year-round by stirring it soups, swapping it for rice in my stir fries, and mixing it with seasonal vegetables to create an all-in-one dish like today’s Southwest Farro with Corn and Tomatoes.

Southwest Farro Salad | Bob's Red Mill

Southwest Farro with Corn and Tomatoes is my current favorite way to devour farro. It’s easy, healthy, and loaded with zesty southwest flavor. A mix of farro, vine-ripe tomatoes, and direct-from-the-cob sweet corn, this dish is a celebration of late-summer flavor.

Southwest Farro Salad | Bob's Red Mill

The zippy dressing for Southwest Farro with Corn and Tomatoes is a quick-mix of chili powder, lime, and cilantro, plus a few tablespoons of Greek yogurt to add body to the dressing in a healthy way. Feel free to add a pinch of cayenne to ensure everyone is awake.

To finish the dish, a can of protein-rich black beans transforms Southwest Farro with Corn and Tomatoes from simple side to an all-in-one meal that’s big on flavor, little on dishes, and healthy too. It tastes fabulous warm, at room temperature, stuffed inside a tortilla, or served with chips

Southwest Farro with Corn and Tomatoes is also alarmingly tasty eaten cold while standing in front of the refrigerator at 6 a.m. Trust me on this one.

Southwest Farro Salad | Bob's Red Mill

However (and whenever) you decide to munch, Southwest Farro with Corn and Tomatoes is a robust, satisfying dish that celebrates summer. Don’t miss your chance to try it before the season ends!

Southwest Farro Salad with Corn and Tomatoes

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked Farro (3 cups cooked)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chopped fresh Tomatoes
  • 2 ears fresh Corn, cut from the cob (or 1 1/2 cups thawed frozen corn)
  • 1/4 cup chopped Red Onion (about 1/2 small)
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh Cilantro

Directions

  1. Place the farro in a medium saucepan and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 30 minutes. Drain off any excess water. Place in a large bowl, then add the black beans, tomatoes, corn, and red onion.
  2. In a small, separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, Greek yogurt, lime juice, chili powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Pour over the farro mixture, then toss gently to coat. Stir in the fresh cilantro. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe notes: Store leftover Southwest Farro Salad in the refrigerator for up to three days. Bring back to room temperature before serving.

Erin ClarkeWife to a hungry law student, I’m on a mission to cook everything that’s tasty, mostly healthy, and budget friendly—all while Mr. Right is at the library. On my blog, The Law Student’s Wife, I share my recipes for lightened-up comfort foods, healthier baked treats, and seasonal eating. I’m a passionate cook, an awkward dancer, and with enough cheese, chocolate, and my cast-iron skillet, I could take on the world. Keep up with me on Facebook and Twitter

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What is it? Wednesday: Freekeh + Giveaway

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles

A few years ago, I stumbled across freekeh at a trade show and was immediately intrigued. Freekeh is fairly unknown here in the United States, but it’s been around for centuries. A staple of Middle Eastern diets, freekeh is a unique culinary experience that we are pleased to add to our Grains of Discovery® line. This is a very new product that will start appearing in stores soon, but can be purchased on our website now.

What is it? Freekeh is wheat that has been harvested prematurely and roasted, giving it a slightly smoky flavor. Our freekeh is then cracked for a quicker cooking time. It is similar to bulgur in texture and cooking time, but the roasting of green wheat gives freekeh a unique flavor. Traditionally, the green wheat was burned and rubbed clean. The name freekeh comes from the word farīk, which means rubbed. Today, modern machinery cleans the grains after they are roasted, leaving behind a beautiful, copper grain.

What is it? Wednesday: Freekeh | Bob's Red Mill

Is it whole grain? Yes, freekeh is made from whole grain wheat.

Is it gluten free? No, because freekeh is made from wheat, it is not gluten free.

Is it organic? Yes, our cracked freekeh is organic.

How do you use it? Freekeh, like bulgur, is very versatile, though you won’t find many recipes using it just yet. It’s pretty new to the culinary scene and food trend setters are scrambling all over themselves to incorporate it into recipes. It can replace bulgur, one for one. Freekeh makes a fabulous side dish like the pilaf on the package and is an ideal grain for salads and soups. Cook it with just a bit of cream and sugar for a nutritious breakfast cereal or add it to your favorite dishes as a meat extender (or replacement). If you have a favorite dish using a whole grain, chances are pretty good that freekeh can join the party uncontested. We’ve enlisted some of our favorite bloggers to come up with new recipes for you to enjoy using freekeh. Until then, enjoy some of these dishes.

Our favorite ways to enjoy freekeh: 

Win it!

Do you want to try this new ancient grain for yourself? We want to give away a package of freekeh to FIVE people. To enter, simply comment below and tell us how you would use Freekeh. We’ll pick a winner from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 08/24/14.

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Sorghum, Mushroom and Nut Loaf | Bob's Red Mill

Meatless Mondays: Sorghum, Mushroom and Nut Loaf

by Cassidy Stockton in Meatless Mondays, Recipes

There does not seem to be any good way to name this recipe and have it sound appealing. But, hey, meatloaf isn’t a particularly appealing name either and folks seem to eat it just fine. Inspired by a recipe from The Kitchn, this vegetarian “no meat” loaf is filled with wholesome sorghum, sauteed mushrooms and chopped nuts. When I first tried this recipe, what really got through to me were the nuts. They give the dish a nice chew that is hard to achieve in a plant-based loaf. I was blown away by the loaf-ness of it, as well. Most meatless loaves devolve into a pile of ingredients on your plate, but this one holds its own. It would even work well as sandwich filler, if you’re so inclined.

It’s a little embarrassing how many times I’ve made this in the last few months. Fortunately, no one at my house has complained. Even if it’s a little long on the prep work, I love it because it makes enough for us to eat for a few days. Realistically, it’s not really a Monday night meal unless you do some serious planning. I usually cook the grains one day and assemble the next. I serve this with roasted broccoli and mashed potatoes, but if you’re looking for something a little lighter, a nice green salad is really all you need as an accompaniment.

Sorghum, Mushroom and Nut Loaf | Bob's Red Mill

Vegetarian Grain & Nut Loaf

Contributed by:  Sarah House for Bob’s Red Mill Test Kitchen

This nutrient rich entree is a great vegetarian alternative to standard meatloaf.  Adapted from a recipe at thekitchn.com.

Prep Time: 50 – 60 minutes | Cook Time:  60 – 80 minutes | Rest Time:  10 – 15 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Sorghum Grain
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 2 cups diced Mushrooms
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried Thyme
  • 1 tsp dried Marjoram
  • 4 – 5 tsp mixed dried Herbs (such as thyme, marjoram, basil, tarragon, sage, rosemary)
  • 1 tsp Sherry Vinegar
  • 5 Eggs
  • 1 cup Cottage Cheese
  • 2 cups chopped Walnuts
  • ½ cup Bob’s Red Mill Natural Almond Meal
  • 1 tsp Salt, divided
  • 6 oz grated Parmesan
  • 6 oz grated Gruyere or Cheddar
  • ½ cup mixed fresh Herbs (such as parsley, oregano, thyme)

Step 1

Combine water and Bob’s Red Mill Sorghum Grain in a medium pot.  Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 50 – 60 minutes.  Drain off excess water.  Transfer cooked grains to a food processor and puree to a smooth consistency.

Step 2

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a 9-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.

Step 3

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion and cook until soft.  Add mushrooms and ¼ tsp salt and cook until mushrooms begin to release their juices.  Add the garlic and dried herbs and cook until fragrant, about 1 – 2 minutes.  Add sherry vinegar and continue to cook until most of the liquid has evaporated.  Set aside to cool.

Step 4

In a large bowl beat the eggs with the cottage cheese.  Add the pureed sorghum, walnuts and Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal.  Add the cooled mushroom mixture, cheeses, fresh herbs and remaining ¾ tsp salt and mix well.

Step 5

Transfer mixture to the prepared loaf pan and smooth evenly.  Bake until the loaf is firm and the top is slightly browned, 60 – 80 minutes.  Let rest in the pan for 10 – 15 minutes then unmold onto a serving platter.

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What is it? Wednesday: Buckwheat

by Cassidy Stockton in What is it? Wednesday, Whole Grains 101

What is it? Buckwheat is a plant related to rhubarb, with no relation, whatsoever, to wheat. Buckwheat is technically a fruit, though it is widely considered to be a grain. The dark, pyramid-shaped kernels of the buckwheat plant are harvested, then split and the pale fruit is what we know and love as buckwheat. The whole kernel (with the husk intact) can be ground into flour, which has the dark color so commonly seen in buckwheat pancakes and blini. In fact, most buckwheat flour is ground with extra husks to give it that deep, dark color.

For the longest time, I was under the impression that the name buckwheat must have come from a relationship with wheat. I knew they weren’t related, but I thought maybe it was called buckwheat because it was a replacement for wheat or that it looked like wheat when it grew. Neither of those things is true. It’s name actually comes from the seed’s similarity to the seed of the Beech tree. In fact, it was sometimes called “beech wheat” because of this similarity in the seed shape. How we got to “buckwheat” is still beyond me, but, suffice to say, it’s not because it’s related to wheat.

Buckwheat has long been a staple in Asia and eastern Europe- being used for everything from noodles in China and Japan to kasha varnishkes and blini in Russia. In the United States, we often see buckwheat in pancake form or stuffed into pillows for “the perfect night’s sleep”. Clearly, it’s versatile. It’s also supremely nutritious and wonderfully flavorful with a unique nuttiness you won’t get from any other grain.

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Is it gluten free? Yes, buckwheat is inherently gluten free. However, buckwheat is a crop that is often transported with trucks that carry wheat. Some of our buckwheat products display a gluten free symbol and some do not. If this is a concern for you, be sure to find our gluten free symbol on the package before consuming.

Is it whole grain? Yes, despite its taxonomy, buckwheat is considered to be a whole grain by both the Whole Grains Council and the USDA.

What makes it so nutritious? Buckwheat contains all 8 essential amino acids, classifying it as a complete protein. It is also high in fiber and delivers a healthy amount of manganese, magnesium, copper and zinc, all of which support the immune system.

What is the difference between whole buckwheat groats and kasha? Kasha is simply buckwheat groats that have been roasted. You can easily make your own kasha from raw buckwheat groats in your oven. The roasting brings out the nutty flavor of buckwheat beautifully.

What is it? Wednesday: Buckwheat | Bob's Red Mill

How do you use it? One of the best things about buckwheat is that it cooks in just 10 minutes and can be added to almost anything. It’s incredibly versatile. We’ve tried it in salads, soups and pilafs, as well as granola (recipe coming soon) and as a hot cereal. Buckwheat has a strong flavor, but don’t let that stop you. That flavor can go with sweet as easily as it can go with savory.

Recipes to inspire you:

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What is it? Wednesday: Amaranth

by Cassidy Stockton in What is it? Wednesday, Whole Grains 101

What is amaranth? Whether consciously or not, it’s likely you’ve seen amaranth growing in your neighborhood. This abundant plant in the pigweed family produces a stunning blossom that is hard to mistake for any other flower. There are over 60 types of amaranth found all over the world from South America to Africa to India and Greece. Several, though not all, subspecies of this weed, for it is truly a weed, produce what we know and love as amaranth grain. Ranging from white to almost black, this whole grain is a nutritional powerhouse with an earthy flavor and pleasant porridge-like texture when cooked.

Amaranth has a fascinating history. Cultivated across the world, its name comes from the Greek words for “unfading” and “flower”. The ancient Aztecs relied on amaranth as a food staple and used it in religious rituals, earning it the names “super grain of the Aztecs” and “golden grain of the gods.” In the 1500s, Spanish conquistadors attempted to outlaw amaranth in an effort to convert and control the Aztecs. Lucky for us, their efforts proved unsuccessful due to amaranth’s amazing ability to grow quickly and thrive in less-than-ideal soil, making it nearly impossible to extinguish.

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Is it a whole grain? Yes.

Is it gluten free? Yes.

Why is it considered a nutritional powerhouse? Amaranth is a complete protein and boasts a higher protein level than quinoa. It is also high in dietary fiber, magnesium and iron.

How is it used? Amaranth is different from many of its whole grain brethren, in that it doesn’t cook up as individual grains very easily. A pot of amaranth often looks like a pot of porridge. However, if you are looking for a more individualized amaranth it can be popped or toasted before eating. Popped amaranth can be eaten as a cold cereal, sprinkled on salads for a fun topping or used as a coating (such as the mini goat cheese skewers below). Toasted amaranth is fabulous added to baked goods for a nutritious crunch. We like it used as a polenta or risotto for dinner and with sweet toppings for a breakfast porridge.

Our favorite ways to enjoy amaranth:

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6 Exciting New Ways to Try Bulgur

by Claire Gallam in Featured Articles, Recipes

As a food blogger and recipe developer, I’m constantly looking for the big “new” thing. Instead of chicken, I’m buying duck. In place of spaghetti noodles I’m buying soba. I’m constantly looking for a new ingredient that will turn an ordinary dish into something miraculous. And that’s exactly why I bought Bulgur.

It was a few months ago and I was shopping for a rice substitute. That’s when my eyes landed on a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Bulgur. Never having heard of it, I thought “hey, this is kind of unique and exotic. I could use this in place of rice!” I bought it and for months it sat in my cupboard. Finally, on a rainy Tuesday, I ripped open the package and cooked it with some olive oil, fresh herbs and plenty of salt and pepper. After one bite, I was hooked.  The entire bag was gone the following week.

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For those who haven’t heard of it (or tried it), bulgur is a wheat grain that has been cracked and partially cooked. It’s very high in fiber, low in fat and calories and is a great addition to vegan and vegetarian entrees. It’s most commonly found in tabbouleh salads, but it’s also popular in pilafs and burgers.

What I love about this grain is how versatile it is. You can sub it in for rice under your favorite stews, you can use it in place of processed noodles in spring pasta salads.  You can even use it in meatballs and meatloaf for a high fiber alternative to the typical unhealthy entrée.

Instead of just telling you all of the amazing ways to use bulgur, why not show you? I’ve rounded up 6 new, exciting and beautiful dishes highlighting this uniquely healthy grain. So what’s stopping you, get your bulgur on!

Cinnamon Banana Breakfast BulgurCinnamon Banana Breakfast Bulgur | 6 Exciting New Ways to Try Bulgur

Move over cream of wheat, this luscious banana bulgur is taking your place! Add a few crunchy walnuts or pecans for a healthier take on banana bread! Grab the recipe here on Tasty Kitchen. Photo by Courtney of Neighborhood Food Blog.

Bulgur Wheat Salad with Orange Mustard Dressing 

Bulgur Wheat Salad with Orange Dijon Dressing| 7 Exciting New Ways to Try Bulgur

Forget high carb & high fat pasta and toss in bulgur to your favorite side salads instead, like Gina from Running to the Kitchen did! This high fiber salad is loaded with extra protein from the edamame and has the perfect hint of citrus in the dressing. Grab the recipe on Running to the Kitchen!

Curried Bulgur Sliders

Curried Bulgur Sliders| 6 Exciting New Ways to Try Bulgur

Now this is a recipe I could eat everyday! These little sliders use bulgur in place of beef, giving you a much lower fat and healthier slider for your summertime BBQ’s. Plus, the addition of curry gives each bite the perfect added spice. I could easily eat 10 of these, couldn’t you? Grab the recipe on Bev Cooks!

Vegan Bulgur Chili
Creamy Bulgur Chili| 6 Exciting New Ways to Try Bulgur

Even though the temperatures outside are hot, that’s not going to stop me from eating chili. This vegetarian rendition is made with wheat bulgur and beans and is topped with fresh summer produce like yellow tomatoes, herbs and red onion.  This would make a great Sunday night dinner (that’ll keep in the freezer for a later date too!) Grab the recipe here on Naturally Ella.

Bulgur and Spinach Pilaf

Bulgur and Spinach Pilaf| 6 Exciting New Ways to Try Bulgur

I don’t know what I love more with this recipe, the hearty and flavorful bulgur pilaf or the creamy caramelized onions on top! If you need a healthy potluck dish for your spring or summer parties, look no further than this pilaf. Plus it’s completely vegan for your non-dairy and meat-free friends. Grab the recipe on Joanne Eats Well With Others.

Bulgur Moroccan Salad

Bulgur Moroccan Salad| 6 Exciting New Ways to Try Bulgur

I’ve been obsessed with Morrocan flavors lately so this salad is right up my alleyway. The bulgur adds a nice pack of fiber while the creamy cilantro orange dressing gives each bite a rich, zesty flavor. This is one salad I’d never get tired of. Grab the recipe on Pinch of Yum.

Claire GallamClaire is a cookbook author, food writer and recipe creator, soon-to-be culinary student and avid world traveler. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. She writes full-time for the Food section of SheKnowsFabulousFoods.com and is a contributing writer for the Travel section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist. Follow Claire on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with her newest creations. 

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10 Stellar Meatless Dishes for the Fourth of July

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

It’s Monday again, which means it’s Meatless Monday around here. At least, for many of us, it’s a short week! In honor of the upcoming holiday, I’ve gathered together 10 of our favorite meatless dishes for the Fourth of July. Each of these will satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike and make it easy to please everyone no matter what you’re doing on Friday. 10 Stellar Meatless Dishes for the Fourth of July | Bob's Red Mill

10 Stellar Meatless Dishes for the Fourth of July | Bob's Red Mill

10 Stellar Meatless Dishes for the Fourth of July | Bob's Red Mill

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What is it? Wednesday: Sorghum

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, What is it? Wednesday, Whole Grains 101

What is sorghum? Also know as milo, sorghum is a grain that originated in Africa thousands of years ago. It spread throughout the Middle East with traders, ultimately becoming a staple of the region and is still a heavily consumed grain in India. Though sorghum as a food is relatively unknown in most parts of the world, it has long been used as animal feed and for the production of sorghum syrup/molasses. (Interestingly, sorghum syrup is much more labor intensive than traditional cane and beet molasses. It’s production in the United States fell dramatically after World War II and is now more of a specialty regional item in the South.)

What is it? Wednesday: Sorghum | Bob's Red Mill

Is sorghum a whole grain? Yes, sorghum is a whole grain. The variety we offer is a round, golden kernel that is about the size of large pearl tapioca.

Is sorghum gluten free? Yes, sorghum is inherently gluten free. The grain and the flour we produce are made in our gluten free facility and tested for gluten.

What does it taste like? Sorghum has a mild, earthy flavor. It’s texture and flavor is similar to wheat berries and the flour has been called out as being the most wheat-like gluten free flour.

How do you use sorghum? Sorghum can be used in soups, salads, side dishes, pilafs and more. It makes a great substitute for wheat berries, pearl couscous and other gluten-full grains in most recipes. One of our favorite ways to enjoy sorghum is to pop it. It makes perfect little miniature “popcorn” that the kid in all of us will enjoy. Check out the video below for directions.

What about sorghum flour? Milled from whole grain sorghum, this flour is a great addition to gluten free baked goods. It has a good amount of protein and, when used in baking, helps with browning (something gluten free baked goods often struggle with). The protein also helps replicate the lost gluten, providing a more wheat-like texture.

Some of our favorite ways to enjoy whole grain sorghum:

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