Posts Tagged ‘wheatberries’


Think cranberries are just a Thanksgiving Day table filler?

Think again.


1. I have never (and probably will never) eat the canned cranberry sauce. If something comes out of a can and holds that shape, with the ripples down the sides, it makes me want to stay away.

2. Fresh cranberries are delicious! They deserve more respect and shouldn’t be relegated to being just a jiggling side dish.


This dish has so much going on, but it all works together.

Chewy wheatberries, creamy chickpeas, fresh and crunchy zucchini. Tart cranberries, salty feta, decadent olive oil dressing.

Since so much of the flavor comes from the feta, cranberries, and dressing, feel free to toss in whatever veggies you have on hand. Grain salads are extremely versatile, which is one reason I love them.

Wheatberry Cranberry Salad

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1-2 tsp fresh orange zest
  • 1.5 cups wheatberries
  • 2 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup feta
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine cranberries, maple, and orange zest in small sauce pan. Bring to a boil and let simmer 5-10 minutes or until most of the cranberries have popped. Take off heat and let cool.
  2. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add in wheatberries, lower to a simmer and let cook 30-40 minutes.
  3. Once wheatberries are cooked, mix all ingredients in large bowl.
  4. Serve warm, cold, or at room temperature.


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We’ve been having some strange weather lately: highs in the 70s, strong winds, warm evenings.

But this morning looked like a creepy, foggy fall morning even though it was still in the 50s.


In fact, the weather has been so mild that I’ve been wanting overnight oats again. Cold breakfasts do not go well with cool mornings, but the past few days gave me a reason to have a few more bowls of overnight oatmeal before the weather truly turns.


This is definitely “fall in a glass”.


While working on a few recipes Monday, I cooked up a quick cranberry sauce:


Bring 1 cup fresh cranberries to a boil with 2 Tbsp maple syrup, 1-2 tsp fresh orange zest, and 1 diced orange. Cook/simmer until most of berries burst, take off heat, and let cool.


I used this cranberry sauce in another dish but knew I wanted to fit it in with something pumpkin, too.

Introducing, Overnight Pumpkin Cranberry Oats!

Oat base (mix up the night before and let sit in the fridge)

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • cinnamon
  • cloves
  • ginger
  • nutmeg
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup yogurt

In the morning, layer:

  • overnight oat mixture
  • cranberry orange sauce
  • wheatberries
  • chopped pecans
  • maple syrup


I added some wheatberries since I had some extras on hand that were cooked and needed to be used, but you definitely don’t need them!

I loved the crunch of pecans in this, though. It went great with the tart cranberries, the fall spices, and the little drizzle of maple syrup.

Do you use fresh cranberries? What’s your favorite way to have them?

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Almond Joy Oats!

How could I resist?



I ended up not eating any of the no-bakes last night during LOST, so I decided to put on one my oatmeal this morning  🙂  After all…they’re mostly oats.

This is one of the best bowls of oatmeal I’ve ever had:

  • 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp sliced almonds, stirred in at end
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sprinkled on top
  • 1 no bake cookie crumbled on top

Yum! This really tasted like an Almond Joy!  It would have been even better with some almond extract in the oats, but I didn’t have any.

Lunch is almost a carbon copy of an earlier lunch this week – since the roast didn’t work out last night, I couldn’t have that for lunch today.

Still a good lunch – although you might be sick of seeing this picture again  🙂

Wheatberry Dish – the rest will go in the freezer tonight for quick lunch/dinner needs later on.


Steamed Broc and Cauliflower


And clementines!


I know, I know. I’ve had them every day this week – I just can’t help it! They are so good right now.

A Shout Out for Meghann!

Meghann has committed to raise $3,900 in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and in return, she will run the Rock n Roll San Diego Marathon on May 31st!

Please make sure to stop by her blog to offer support, help with her Blogging Bake Sale, donate to the cause, or help in any other way!

Short, but sweet post – back to work I go!

If you watched LOST, what did you think? If not, what is your favorite show?

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Hope is All Around Us

what. a. day.  🙂  


I was really looking forward to breakfast this morning – after seeing all the waffles and pancakes on blogs lately, I knew we needed to make some soon!


We had whole wheat pancakes with pure maple syrup, a mix of clementines/bananas/strawberries, and coffee.








The most exciting part about today was that we had some visitors at church today: Mizero, Children of Rwanda

What is Mizero?


Our Mission

Why Hope for Rwanda?

15% of children are orphans because of the genocide.
2% of the population are HIV orphans because of the genocide.
250,000 women were raped during the genocide.


* The Good News message of hope, peace, and healing through music and dance.


* Hope to the homeless, the orphans, those with HIV/Aids, and vulnerable by providing shelter, nourishment, and education.
* The Mizero Troupe annually to tour in various countries outside Rwanda.
* Awareness of Rwanda’s beautiful traditions to the world.


* Self-sustaining communities through our future Arts Academy in Rwanda, which will provide them with a well-rounded, Christ-centered education including both academics and cultural traditions irregardless of of the student’s race or religion.
* Unity between various churches and humanitarian aid groups already in Rwanda.


* But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.  Psalm 33:18-22 



If you have the chance to see this group or are looking for a group to support, this is a great mission.  Seeing a group of children doing this and having a passion for this gives me hope; if these kids can spread a message of hope and peace after going through the things they’ve gone through, anything is possible.

This was an awesome group of children, and they were so talented. They played these crazy drums and sang songs for us, and we had the opportunity to serve them lunch. I do not have pictures of lunch – I didn’t take my camera with me because I thought we would just be coming home for lunch, but then we found out we could bring them food and eat with them, so we went with them instead.

Before we went to the camp where they were staying, Nick and I got a small lunch because we weren’t sure if there would only be enough food for Mizero. I had a brown rice cali roll, some water, and a small bag of dark chocolate m&m’s.

We went to the camp and ate with Mizero and some other people from church – it was really great to see the kids from our church playing with the Mizero kids.


Once we got home (around 4 pm), we took a LONG nap on the couch and I started on some laundry.


 For dinner, we had this:





I simmered a cup of wheatberries on the stove in 2.5 cups of water until they were tender/chewy, about 45 minutes.


When they had been cooking for about 25 minutes, I started cooking a mix sliced mushrooms, diced onions, and diced green pepper. Once those had cooked/softened a bit, I added in a pound of lean ground beef. After the beef finished cooking, I stirred in the wheatberries, Italian seasoning, garlic, a can of tomato sauce, and a can of diced tomatoes. I let all of that cook together while I steamed a bunch of broccoli in the microwave. I added some rosemary and garlic to the broccoli and – voila! Not the fastest dinner (because of the wheatberries), but definitely easy  🙂


Whew – I think I covered everything!   I hope your day was as good as ours!


I’m off to catch up on blogs, download a yoga class for tomorrow, finish a load of laundry, and get ready for Iron Chef  –  night!


Edited to Add:  I did have some popcorn drizzled with olive oil last night   🙂  One of my favorite snacks!



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