Whole-Grain Fast Food

March 29, 2012 | By | Comments (11)

Village-harvest-wheatberry-barleyA “fast food” that’s whole grain and better than sliced bread? 

Yes, it’s possible. And in my opinion, a perfectly cooked whole grain that’s ready in less than a minute is hands down better than sliced bread. I’d rather take my bread in a loaf anyway… it doesn’t dry out as quickly, and I have the freedom to slice my bread as ultra thin (for, say, crostini) or uber thick (for those yummy open-faced sandwiches) as I please. Not to mention that it takes about 30 seconds to slice a loaf of bread. Precooked grains, on the other hand, can save me over an hour, and that’s not counting cooling time. 

I’d like to introduce you to Village Harvest Frozen Whole Grains. These tasty little time-savers are precooked and frozen at super low temperatures, in a flash-freezing process called cryogenic technology. This process freezes the grains in “suspended animation” (sounds cool, huh?), which allows for no liquid to be frozen, and no starch to be released—which is why other frozen grains tend to clump together. 

What better way to kick off April’s 12 Healthy Habits goal to Go for Whole Grains than with these perfectly cooked kernels of whole grain goodness? Delicious, healthy, and ready in less than a minute, the creative possibilities are endless. They are simple and unflavored, which leaves the seasoning up to you. Heat them up via stovetop or microwave (no water necessary), and stir them into soups or salads, top them off with grilled chicken or fish, or even try them in your baked goods—a crunchy addition to those Sunday morning pancakes.

Village Harvest states you’ll be “instantly grainified,” and indeed we were. 100% whole grain, no added sodium, and lots of filling fiber… we loved every variety of these hearty grains: Farro and Red Rice; Red Quinoa and Brown Rice; Golden Quinoa; Brown, Red, and Wild Rice; and (my personal favorite) Wheatberry and Barley.

Find them in most Whole Foods locations and some Costco wholesale stores, or order them online at http://villageharvestrice.com/buy/

Perfectly cooked whole-grain medleys in less than a minute? Now that’s what I call fast food. 

Try them in some of our favorite whole-grain salad recipes, now ready in minutes:


  1. cooking grill

    it really is and must appreciated by all! 🙂

    April 12, 2012 at 11:50 pm
  2. meryl bennan

    If you are not a Whole Foods shopper, no worries. You can find these products a whole bunch of other stores like A&P, Shoprite, Lund’s, Gelsons, QFC and Raley’s to name a few. Thanks.

    April 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm
  3. lenajc

    Sorry, can’t do Whole Foods. I’ve been there twice and each time I was appalled at the prices. In fact, I don’t usually do much organic foods period, with the exception of a few produce items. I just can’t justify spending more than a couple of dollars per pound on stuff like rice and beans.

    March 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm
  4. erin

    Only a few of the items on that link state that they are organic…they are also not frozen vegetables. They are grains..

    March 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm
  5. Anonymous

    Also, Whole Foods has responded to the video.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm
  6. Louise

    Last note from me: it’s not the FDA that inspects organic claims; it’s the USDA. Sorry for the error.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:41 pm
  7. Anonymous

    OK, but these grains do not claim to be organic.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm
  8. Louise

    Here is a video about the Whole Foods controversy:

    March 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm
  9. Louise

    The problem with procuring produce, grains, etc. from all over the world is that there is no way to verify any of it is organic except to accept that country’s say so. In the US, an FDA inspector must verify some of the organic claims. The FDA cannot do this for other countries.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm
  10. Anonymous

    According to their website, all of their grains are imported from their original locations around the globe.
    Many of the fruits and vegetables sold in your grocery store also come from places around the world, particularly Mexico and South America.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm
  11. Louise

    Whole Foods was just busted for selling organic frozen vegetables that come from China (how do we know?). Do you know if these products are US produced and packaged?

    March 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm

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