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Olé! Oat Berries!


Recipe from http://pinkkitchen.info/

Pasta is fun to eat. The trouble is, it is processed so much to give it that soft texture. As a result, much of the nutrition from the grain is lost. In addition, because the whole grains have been broken down, pasta tends to have a high glycemic load. This means that it causes blood sugars to spike. High blood sugar is not a good thing for anyone, but especially cancer patients – cancer cells love sugar.

Bottom line: have pasta as an occasional treat, but lean towards whole grains for most of your meals.

Grains such as wheat, spelt, rye, and oats can be purchased in a dried whole grain form called ‘berries’. These berries are the whole grain of the plant, with only the very outermost inedible layer removed. They look nothing like the berries most of us are used to such as blueberries or blackberries. Instead, they are oval and can be tan, brown, and even reddish or greenish in color.

If you can boil water, you can cook whole grains. Whole grains take longer to cook than pasta…but please don’t let that discourage you, because they are very easy to cook. Once they are in the pot, you can walk away and do something else for a while. Also, whole grain berries are very economical. They cost much less per meal than pasta does.

Today we’re using oat berries, which are also sometimes called oat groats.

Super easy

Olé! Oat Berries!


For 4 Serving(s)


  • 1 cup(s) oat berries
  • 2 cup(s) vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup(s) salsa
  • 1 cup(s) frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 cup(s) sliced black olives
  • 1 onion
  • ounce(s) can black beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) Spanish paprika
  • 1 teaspoon(s) sea salt
  • 1/4 cup(s) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 hot pepper of your choice

Olé! Oat Berries! Directions

  1. Chop onion (and hot pepper, if using).
  2. Bring vegetable broth to a boil. Add oat berries, onions, peppers, cumin, paprika, and salt. Lower heat to simmer and cover the pot. Cook until all water is absorbed, approx. 40 minutes.
  3. Drain beans.
  4. Stir in beans, corn, olives, olive oil, and salsa before serving.

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