I want to introduce you to my new favorite grain - the Wheat Berry. According to Wikipedia, a "wheat berry or wheatberry is an entire wheat kernel (except for the hull), composed of the bran, germ, and endosperm."
I first discovered Wheat Berries when I was browsing through my Cooking Light magazine that featured several Wheat Berry Salad recipes. The one that really caught my attention was Wheat Berry, Spinach and Strawberry Salad.
I had a little trouble finding wheat berries in my local grocery stores so I ended up at Whole Foods in search of the unique grain. It was worth the extra effort to track down these Wheat Berries though. I really like the chewy texture of the nutty Wheat Berry.
Wheat Berry, Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Grilled Chicken
1 Tablespoon butter
1/3 cup almonds, sliced
3/4 cups wheat berry
1 1/2 ounces shaved Parmesan cheese
2 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
6 cups baby spinach
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced
1/4 cup sliced strawberries
Divide spinach mixture among 4 plates. Top with wheat berry mixture, Parmesan cheese and fresh strawberries.
Top with sliced grilled chicken.
Need more reasons to try this yummy recipe?
Here are the nutritional facts about 1/4 cup of wheat berries:
Calories: 139 calories
Fiber: 5 grams
Protein: 4 1/2 grams
Fat: Less than 1 gram
Magnesium: 53 milligrams
Potassium: 164 milligrams
Now that I know I'm a fan, I'm on the lookout for more Wheat Berry recipes. Have a good one? Send it to me and I'll give it a try.
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