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Most of us are familiar with the goodness of oats. Oats can help boost our protein and fiber intake as well as control our blood sugar and lipid levels. According to the National Lipid Association, viscous fiber contained in legumes and certain grains like oats are associated with reductions in total cholesterol, LDL and non-HDL-c.
Like many people I know, I enjoy oats in oatmeal, fruit smoothies and baked treats. In fact, I’ve been known to mix ’em in my granola. And if you love granola, you should check out my Crunchy Cashew Granola. I purchase both flakes (a more traditional form) as well as Steel Cut oats. Steel Cut oats are cut into larger chunks with a steel blade, they retain more bran, fiber and nutrients than traditional oat flakes (because less is lost in the processing). They take longer to cook, but the hearty, nutty flavor and added texture is worth it!
Introducing Grainful™ — Bringing Oats to the Dinner Table
Grainful™ meals are perfect for no-fuss, healthy lunches and nutritionally sound family dinners. They are low in sodium and made with real food ingredients. That’s not something you’ll find in all frozen or packaged entrée kits – in fact, it’s usually the opposite (a laundry list of ingredients some of which may be questionable; and they are typically higher in sodium). The genius in these dishes is that they contain Steel Cut oats as a basis for their wide variety of entrées, from frozen 1-serving meals to meal kits for family dinners.
But can Grainful™ meals stand up well to traditional entrées that generally served up with rice (quinoa, buckwheat or other typical whole grains), potatoes or pasta? I delighted to say, YES THEY DO! I’ve enjoyed sampling their various cuisine options from zesty and spicier dishes like Madras Curry and Jambalaya to creamy, mild Homestyle Cheddar (what I’d call “mac-n-cheese meets Risotto”).
“Comfort Food” You Can Count On
Yes, Grainful™ products have the taste and texture of good ole comfort food. They are satisfying meals that are both high in protein and dietary fiber (with little to no added sugars). And they sure are filling! (helps control those after dinner munchies – lol!) My favorite frozen single-serve entree, Porcini Mushroom, contains 260 cal, 17g protein and 5g fiber (and only 1g total sugars, 390mg sodium) — pretty impressive for a frozen entrée.
Meal Kits are complete with whole grain Steel Cut oats, seasonings & spices, dried veggies and/or fruit. I love that the Jambalaya meal kit has (dehydrated) red bell peppers, celery and tomatoes, in addition to its bold creole seasoning. The Madras Curry dish includes aromatic madras curry, dried peas and raisins. I made the later in my one-pot Rice Cooker added fresh, seasoned eggplant to the steamer portion before closing the lid. Simple and convenient — I didn’t have to stay in the kitchen very long. See how wonderfully it turned out: my one-pot Madras Curry meal.
So how did I serve up my Grainful™ meals? I topped the Homestyle Cheddar with my homemade pesto and some fresh mini heirloom tomatoes. Another great dish for the family. And I was able to turn the Tomato Risotto into a delicious chili by adding Shisito peppers, black beans and a little BBQ sauce. See how I served these tasty dishes up on instagram. And there are endless possibilities, because the meal kits are designed for adding in your favorite proteins and veggies. They simply make meal prep convenient and provide a delicious flavor profile to each meal.
A Quality Product You Can Trust
I can recommend Grainful™ products based on their quality, real-food ingredients, high protein and fiber content, and ease of preparation. Additionally, they are low in Added Sugars (Added Sugars is included in the nutritional label (below Total Sugars) because there are natural sugars in fruits and vegetables) and low in sodium. With so many varieties to please, you can count on Grainful™ for a delicious, healthy meal. In summary, Grainful™ entrées are:
For more information about Grainful™ and their variety of entree’s/meal kits visit www.grainful.com