Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wheat Berry Recipes

Recipes for cooking wheat berries can be found here. All the following recipes use cooked wheat berries.

Wheat Berry Bread

1 cup very warm water
1 TBSP oil
1 TBSP honey
1 TBSP dry yeast
1 1/2 cup unbleached flour
3/4 cups cooked whole wheat berries (at room temperature)
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
4 TBSP dry milk powder
1 tsp sea salt

Mix the water, oil, honey, yeast, unbleached flour, and cooked wheat. Beat well. Add whole wheat flour, dry milk, and salt. Mix thoroughly; dough may be soft. Cover, let rise to double. Stir down. Grease and flour and loaf pan. Place dough into a prepared pan, spread, pat with oiled hands to smooth the top. Cover, let rise until doubled. Heat oven to 375; bake until deep golden, 30 to 35 minutes.

Hot Chicken & Wheat Casserole
by I Dare You to Eat It

½ cup butter, plus 2TBSP butter, divided
1 cup celery diced
1 cup onion, diced
1 cup green pepper, diced
6 cups cooked wheat berries
2 cans chicken chunks, drained (12.5 oz.)
1 can cream of chicken soup
3/4 cup mayo
1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 cup breadcrumbs

Sauté diced fresh veggies in 1/2 cup butter until they are partially cooked and color brightens. Add wheat berries, drained chicken, soup, mayo, and water chestnuts. Stir to combine. Pour mix into an oiled 9x13 pan and sprinkle top with breadcrumbs that have been combined with the 2TBSP melted butter. Bake 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.

Peach Cobbler with Wheat Berries

2-3 cups cooked wheat berries
3 cups chopped canned peaches
2 TBSP lemon juice
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (white can be used too)
1/4 cup margarine, softened
3/4 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place peaches in a large mixing bowl. Toss with lemon juice and 1/4 cup flour. Fold in wheat berries . Place this mixture in a 2-quart square baking dish. Mix brown sugar, remaining 1/4 cup flour, margarine (cut into pieces) and cinnamon until it resembles wet sand. Sprinkle on top of peaches. Bake until topping is light brown, about 25 minutes. Serve warm with whipped topping.

Corn & Black Bean Salsa

1 cup cooked wheat berries
1 (15 oz) can black beans
1 (14.25 oz) can corn, drained
1 medium tomato, diced
1 small red onion, diced
¼ cup lime juice
1 tsp cumin
1 bunch cilantro, diced

Mix together and serve with tortilla chips.

Broccoli Wheat Salad
by I Dare You to Eat It

2 cups cooked wheat berries
½ cup Miracle Whip
½ cup mayonnaise
1 TBSP sugar
2 large broccoli, 8 cups chopped, florets only
1 cup Monterey jack cheese, grated
½ cup red onion, diced
½ lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
Toss all ingredients, Cover and chill, at least overnight, for the best combination of flavors.

Wheat Berry Taco Meat
by I Dare You to Eat It

2 cups cooked whole wheat berries
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp chili powder
* 1 packet of taco seasoning may be used as a substitution for individual spices
Brown ground beef and drain fat. Stir in the cooked wheat berries and spices. Serve with tortillas and toppings such as lettuce, cheese, sour cream, olives and onions.

Peach Wheat Berry Salad
Modified from Clean Eating
1 ½ cups wheat berries
sea salt
4-5 scallions, chopped
1 cup chopped peaches
½ cup dried currants
¼ cup chopped walnuts
Juice of 1 lime
3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

Rinse wheat berries, soak in bowl with enough water to cover for at least 1 hour, then drain. In large pot, bring 3 1/4 cups water to boil. Add wheat berries and pinch of salt, reduce heat, cover and simmer until all the water is absorbed. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl, combined cooked wheat berries with scallions, peaches, dried currants, walnuts. Toss with lime juice, toasted sesame oil and pinch of salt. Serve room temperature or chilled.

Fried Wheat Nuts
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