Save time and utilize your Instant Pot to make hearty whole grains, like wheat berries. Learn how meal prepping a batch of whole grains can turn into various recipes throughout the week.
The Instant Pot continues to be magical. What takes over an hour to cook, now is done in 35 minutes.
Every week now, I’ve been prepping at least one whole grain for the week. Everyone meal preps a little differently. I tend not to make full meals, but to get the cooking process started, like chopping veggies, making a batch of whole grains, grilling a few pieces of chicken, roasting a tray of veggies, etc.
This way, I am not mandated to a certain meal and it gives me more flexibility while allowing to save time during a busy week.
Meal prep tip:
A prepped batch of whole grains, like wheat berries, can be added on top of a salad, in a stir-fry, mixed into a soup, as a side dish, or even served up breakfast-style.
Wheat berries contain 6 grams of protein, with over 20 percent of your daily value for dietary fiber, and 8 percent of your iron in each serving.
Wheat Berries are the whole grain form of wheat – the whole, complete grain before it has undergone any processing. They’re a high-fiber whole grain, containing the bran, germ, and the endosperm. They typically take longer to cook because they are not processed and it takes awhile for liquid to penetrate through the bran to soften the grain.
When cooked, wheat berries have a chewy bite and a subtly nutty, earthy flavor. They’re sturdy enough to handle bold dressings in salads and still delicate enough to taste delicious with some milk, honey, and cinnamon.
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup hard red spring wheat berries
- Pinch of salt
- Combine water, wheat berries, and salt in the Instant Pot. Secure the lid and seal the valve.
- Set the manual timer for 35 minutes.
- When done, do quick release by moving the valve to vent the steam. Let all the steam release.
- Drain the wheat berries and enjoy as is or incorporate into other recipes.
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