I’ve been a whole grain addict my entire life. Even from a young age I reached for the nuttiest bread I could find. But it wasn’t until recent years that I discovered the joys of eating grains in their whole form.
And, in all honesty, I’m still discovering how much wholesome goodness is out there. The new trend toward ancient grains has introduced some new fiber-rich foods to my diet, and I’m especially loving the grain blends, like Bob’s Grande Whole Grains.
I love it when farmers help pair grains that cook in an equal amount of time, so I don’t have to guestimate. The Grande Whole Grains blend includes hard red wheat, brown rice, oats, rye, triticale, barley, kamut (my new love!), buckwheat and sesame seeds. It was that final ingredient that made me think Asian.
This recipe for whole grain yam rolls also includes a couple of my little secrets for preparing and enjoying whole grains.
First, the solution to those grains stuck to the bottom of the pan or coming out crunchy in spots. Since moving to higher altitude, perfect fluffy grains seemed like a thing of the past – that is until I started using this foolproof boiling method. You are going to love it!
Second, whole grains, and even brown rice, aren’t starchy enough to become very sticky on their own, like white rice. To make these whole grain yam rolls, I use tasty and healthy add-ins that help the grains adhere with ease (while adding protein and healthy fats!). Yes, with a little cheating sticky whole grains are possible.
A few infusions of sesame and ginger round out the flavor of this tasty little meatless entrée or appetizer without overpowering in the least bit. If desired, a little sriracha or wasabi will kick things up a notch. Plus, baby spinach or sliced avocado can be used in place of the cucumber for variation. No matter how you make them, I can almost guarantee they will be devoured in minutes. I had “reject” pieces in the wings that I was eating as I took these pictures – I simply couldn’t wait as they are that delicious!
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally gluten-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.
For tree nut-free and dairy-free whole grain yam rolls, you can use sunflower seed butter, or your favorite nut butter alternative, in place of the almond butter.
To learn more about some awesome ancient grains, check out the Grains of Discovery from Bob’s Red Mill. I am a product ambassador for them because I LOVE these products and adore making recipes with them!