Help Me Add More Variety to the Starches & Grains I Eat

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Q: Our home cooked meals tend to include a starch dish — one of potato, pasta, or rice. I recently tried mixing it up by using pearl barley which I toasted dry in a saucepan before cooking. It was delicious!

What other grains (or similar) can I use to introduce some more variety? (Also, my wife has Ménière’s Disease, which is controlled by a low sodium diet, so recipes low in sodium are preferred.)

Sent by Timothy

Editor: Timothy, quinoa is another good choice, high in protein and delicious. Try this sweet and crunchy quinoa salad (pictured above) or a Black Bean and Heirloom Tomato Quinoa with Lemon Dressing. (That salad is a good one; remember lemon is an excellent flavor substitute for salt in some recipes.)

Readers, what else would you suggest to Timothy?

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