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Creamy Wheat Berry Hot Cereal



Creamy Wheat Berry Hot Cereal
Total Preparation Time: less than 15 minutes Number of Servings: 4
Actual Cooking Time:less than 15 minutes Source: EatingWell
Food Groups: Fruits, Grains, Milk & Milk Products
Main Ingredient: Rice, Pasta & Bread
Meal Type: Breakfast & Brunch
Nutrition Content: Good Source of Calcium, Good Source of Fiber, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Low Sodium
Origin: American
Special Features: Vegetarian

Photo by Ken Burris.
This warming whole-grain porridge pairs cooked wheat berries with rolled oats, fruit and nuts for a filling, fiber-rich breakfast. Using a microwave makes preparation speedy, especially if you’ve thawed frozen cooked wheat berries overnight in the refrigerator.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled Oats
1/2 cup Raisins
2 cups fat-free Milk
1/8 teaspoon Salt
1 1/4 cups cooked Wheat Berries (recipe follows)
2 teaspoons brown Sugar
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1/4 cup slivered Almonds, toasted (see Tip)

Preparation:

Place oats, raisins, milk and salt in a large, microwave-safe bowl. (No microwave? See Stovetop Variation.) Stir to combine. Microwave on high, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Stir in cooked wheat berries and microwave again until hot, 1 to 2 minutes more. Let stand for 1 minute. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and serve.

Stovetop Variation: Bring milk to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in oats, raisins and salt. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in cooked wheat berries and cook until heated through, about 1 minute more. Remove from the heat. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon; let stand for 1 minute. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and serve.


Nutrient Information
Calories: 340
Total Fat: 6 g
Saturated Fat:
Polyunsaturated Fat:
Monounsaturated Fat:
Sodium: 304 mg
Carbohydrates: 59 g
Protein: 14 g
Fiber: 7 g
Vitamin A:
Vitamin C:
Calcium: 210 mg
Iron: 15% DV

Cook's Notes:

Recipe for Wheat Berries
2 cups hard red winter-wheat berries
7 cups cold water
1 teaspoon salt
Sort through wheat berries carefully, discarding any stones. Rinse well under cool running water. Place in a large heavy saucepan. Add water and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer gently for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse. To serve hot, use immediately. Otherwise, follow the make-ahead instructions.

Tip: Toast slivered almonds in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.