It’s A Date! With Butternut Squash, Wheat Berry & Blue Cheese

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s a super food!! (Bet if you are of a certain age you thought I was going to say it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s superman – but no – it’s a super food.)

Never, and I do mean never have I cooked a grain that filled me up soooo much. I’ve prepared dishes with grains such as wheat, oats, barley, quinoa, bulgur, couscous, farro, spelt, amaranth, and rice to name a few. None of them have given me such a feeling of full as wheat berries. Maybe it’s because wheat berries pack in a lot of fiber which is a filling agent for the human body.

Here’s what the Food Network has to say about wheat berries: 

“Since the wheat kernel is left intact, virtually none of the nutrients are stripped away. A cup of cooked wheat berries has about 300 calories and is packed with fiber, protein and iron. Tasty sprouts are loaded with vitamin E, a cell-protecting antioxidant, and magnesium, which is good for healthy bones and muscles.”

So back to the beginning of the post, what is the recipe? It’s a salad, it’s a side dish, it’s a vegetarian meal, and yes, it’s a super food!!

Cooked wheat berries ready to be mixed with other ingredients. 

Butternut squash added to wheat berries. Looking yummy already.

Mix it all together and what have you got? A tasty bowl of grain goodness with flavors intensified by the addition of walnuts, dates, and blue cheese!

Serve warm or cold.

With all the grains I’ve cooked over the years, I should have invested in Bob’s Red Mill stock (although it is an employee-owned company). This is not a paid commercial for Bob’s, I just have a general admiration for their products.

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