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Four Grain Pilaf

Guide to Whole Grains

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Heart and Vascular Care

The Go Red Makeover Challenge brought together three women from the Madison, Wisconsin area to learn about heart disease and what lifestyle changes they can make to prevent it.


During the challenge, the participants came together to prepare and enjoy a heart-healthy meal, including this four grain pilaf.


1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup quinoa
1/4 cup barley
1/2 cup bulgur
1 cup rice
4 cups reduced sodium chicken, beef, or vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Saute onion in oil in a large saucepan or frying pan. Add dry grains and sauté until lightly toasted. Add broth and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer about 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and stir in parsley.
Yield: 10 (1/2 cup) servings
Nutrition Information Per Serving
Calories: 147
Fat: 1.2 gm
Carbohydrates: 29 gm
Protein: 3.8 gm
Fiber: 2 gm
Sodium: 280 mg