I have received several questions lately about cooking with whole wheat. I decided to write a post about how whole wheat works for me in cooking. I hope this answers your questions and gives you few tips and ideas.
My goal in cooking with whole wheat is not to eat only whole wheat. I am not strict about cooking with only whole wheat. My goal is to make my family’s food healthier by incorporating more whole wheat into our diet. I use it in some things, but not in all things.
Was it hard for your family to get used to whole wheat?
Yes, it was very hard. My best advice for this is go slow, introduce it slowly. Start by using a small part whole wheat. If you make bread or pizza crust, replace 1/4 of the flour with whole wheat. When they get used to the whole wheat slowly add more to your recipes.
Do you use whole wheat in the majority of your cooking?
I am guessing that I use whole wheat in about half of my breads, muffins, cookies etc.
In order to get my family to eat whole wheat without complaining much, I have learned what recipes and foods I can get by using it in. Usually when my family wants dessert, they want dessert, not something healthy. I do have several cookie recipes on my site that contain whole wheat. One of our favorite cookies is my whole wheat banana cookies, but in general I make cookies with regular flour.
I have found that whole wheat works well in things like carrot or spice cake and banana bread. But when I make a pie, I make a pie. I make a regular crust, not a whole wheat one. When we want chocolate cake or cookies, I make them with regular all purpose flour.
The one place I have learned that I can serve my family quite a bit of whole wheat is breakfast. I have a 100% whole wheat bread I make often that we use for toast. We enjoy breakfast cookies that contain whole wheat and some of our favorite muffins contain whole wheat. My family doesn’t mind eating healthy foods that contain whole wheat for breakfast. When I make pancakes or waffles I make them at least part whole wheat. My family actually prefers whole wheat pancakes and waffles to regular ones. So, breakfast is probably where we eat the majority of our whole wheat. I do sneak it in other places, but breakfast really is where it works best for us.
If you are just starting to use whole wheat, my best advice is to introduce it slowly. Also, know it will take some time to find out what works for you and your family. You may try whole wheat in one cookie recipe and not like it, but in another recipe it will work for you. Whole wheat takes some experimenting, but don’t be afraid to try things in order to figure out what works best for you and your family.
What tips do you have?