Tricks for Tastier Grains

(The Washington Post) -

Q: I want to eat more grains, but they have tasted so bland to me in the past. How can I make them really savory/tasty?

A: Couple of suggestions:

  • Salt the cooking water
  • Use broth instead of water
  • Toast your grains (i.e. heat a tablespoon or two of oil/whatever, and let your grains dry cook until they smell nutty, then add water and cook until tender)
  • Use a bunch of herbs
  • Add spices/aromatics: cook down onion with spices (for example, cumin) and tomato paste, then add your grains and water to cook until tender. Throw in a bay leaf or something.