Food Maths: Healthy Grains

Food Maths: Healthy Grains

Merchant Gourmet’s packet of Glorious Grains includes freekeh, wheatberries and red rice – all of which beat traditional white carbs any day of the week, says food columnist and SL contributor Chloe Scott-Moncrieff. Here, she whips up three nutritious, flavour-packed dishes for you to try at home…

Grains, Avo And Egg Breakfast Bowl



  1. In a pan, on a low heat, gently simmer the grains with the tomatoes and the garlic clove.  

  2. Add the smoked paprika and your herb option. Season with salt and black pepper. Taste. 

  3. Poach or fry the eggs. 

  4. Using one bowl per serving, pour in the grains and spiced tomatoes first, then add the eggs. 

  5. Finish with slivers of avocado and coriander.

COOK’S TIP: Meat eaters could sprinkle over a handful of chopped chunky chorizo and for dairy-fiends, halloumi is a delicious addition.

Coconut Curry & Apricot-Infused Grains (Vegan)



  1. Blitz the garlic, ginger and onions in a blender, adding a tbsp or so of water to help it along. 

  2. Heat a large pan on the hob with a little oil and add the blitzed mixture, along with the curry powder and a pinch of ground cumin (if including). 

  3. Sauté for a minute or two, before adding the chopped butternut squash and peppers.  

  4. Pour in the coconut milk and simmer gently. Season. 

  5. After 5 minutes, mix in the honey and stir in the finely grated lime zest and juice. Taste and season if necessary.

  6. When the veg is nearly cooked, prepare the grains by following the packet instructions.

  7. Finely chop the apricots and mix with the grains. 

  8. Serve everything with plenty of fresh coriander.

Mango Salad With Peanut Dressing (Vegan)


For the peanut dressing:


  1. Prepare the grains by following the instructions on the back of the packet. 

  2. Finely chop the onion, peppers, cucumber and mango. 

  3. Whisk together the dressing ingredients with the garlic. Let it infuse for a minute before discarding the garlic.

  4. Toss all components together in a bowl. Season. Taste. If you’re into heat, add some chilli. 

  5. Sprinkle over the fresh mint. Eat immediately.

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