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Surprisingly Good Wholegrain Recipes: Savoury

Do you think healthy eating = boring? Think again. There are so many exciting dishes that can be created when you have wholegrains, like oats, and rapeseed oil in your cupboard.

Getting wholegrain foods such as oats, wholemeal bread and brown rice into your diet has never been easier and this selection of brand new recipes will liven up any meal time. Wholegrain foods are typically low in fat, as well as being higher in fibre to help maintain a healthy digestive system. They also add a whole lot of flavour to dishes too.

This 2 part piece wil introduce you to some of the great ways to use wholegrain in both savoury and sweet dishes.

They’re surprisingly simple to use, surprisingly tasty and surprisingly good! 

Tuna Fish Cakes

Fish cakes don’t need to contain potato! These simple to make fish cakes use wholemeal breadcrumbs instead, with tuna, lemon and coriander providing a flavour combination that’s sure to please. 

Prep time  15 minutes 

Cook time   20 minutes

Serves 4


2 x 160g cans tuna in brine, drained

125g fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs + 40g fresh breadcrumbs to coat

6 spring onions, finely sliced

Zest of 1 lemon

3 tbsp coriander, finely chopped

2 medium eggs, beaten

2 tbsp semi skimmed milk

3 tbsp light mayonnaise


Preheat the oven to 200oC, gas mark 6.

Flake the tuna in a large bowl, add 125g breadcrumbs, spring onions, lemon zest and coriander and mix together.

Combine the beaten egg, milk and mayonnaise and add to the tuna mixture and bind together.

Divide into 8 equal portions and shape into balls. Roll in the remaining breadcrumbs and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until heated throughout and crispy on the outside.

Serve with mixed green salad with a dressing made with rapeseed oil.

Try using toasted flaked almonds instead of walnuts.

Cooks Tip:

Use canned salmon or mackerel fillets instead of the tuna and for a spicy version add a little Thai seasoning. 

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

For a lunch to help keep you fuller for longer, choose these zingy, fresh, low fat spring rolls with a taste of Asia. The wholegrain noodles combined with the protein from the chicken can help keep you going until dinner time.

Prep time  30 minutes 

Cook time   5 minutes

Makes 12


1 tbsp rapeseed oil

150g stir fry vegetable mix (peppers, bean sprouts etc.)

100g shredded cooked chicken

150g wholewheat noodles, cooked

1 tbsp each of freshly chopped mint and coriander leaves

1 tbsp light soy sauce (plus some for dipping)

1 tsp fish sauce

1 x 134g pack of spring roll wrappers (rice pancakes)


Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the vegetables for 1-2 minutes, allow to cool.

Mix together the chicken, noodles, herbs and stir fry vegetables with the soy and fish sauces.

Place the wrappers one at a time into hot water until soft and pliable (10 -15 seconds). Remove the wrappers and lightly blot on a dry, clean tea towel.

Place equal amounts of the filling in the centre of each wrapper.

Fold over the bottom and the sides and roll wrapper upwards to form a neat roll shape.

Serve with additional soy sauce.

Cooks Tip:

Replace the chicken with shredded lettuce and spring onion for a vegetarian alternative, or swap the chicken for cooked and peeled prawns.

Lamb Mekloubeh

Wholegrain rice has a delicious nutty flavor. This fragrant Arabic dish is lower in fat but packs a flavour punch with its assortment of brown rice, spices, lamb and vegetables. Once it’s prepped, leave it in the oven to cook while you put your feet up!

Prep time  25 minutes 

Cook time   1 hour 30 minutes

Serves 4


2 tbsp rapeseed oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 aubergine, diced 

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

400g diced lean lamb shoulder

2 tsp ground allspice

1 tsp ground cumin

400g frozen chunky mixed vegetables (e.g. cauliflower, carrot etc.)

600ml lamb or vegetable stock

350g brown rice

Optional Garnish:

2 tbsp toasted flaked almonds

Zest of 1 lemon

2 tbsp chopped parsley

4 tbsp low fat yogurt


Preheat the oven to 180oC, gas mark 4.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan, add the onion, aubergine and garlic and cook gently for 10-15 minutes or until softened but not browned. Drain and transfer to a large, deep 3 litre oven proof dish. 

Add the remaining oil and the lamb to the frying pan with the spices and cook on a moderate heat, stirring regularly, for 10 minutes until the meat is browned all over. Place on top of the onion mixture.

Add the frozen vegetables to the dish, then pour over the stock.

Finish with the rice and cover the surface with a sheet of baking parchment and then a tightly fitting lid.

Bake for 1½ hours, or until the rice is cooked and the stock is absorbed.

Once cooked leave to stand for 15 minutes before serving with a dollop of natural yogurt and the optional garnish if using. Serve with a fresh green salad.

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