Whole grains play a starring role in these two sides. Have pre-cooked grains? Each dish comes together in just 15 minutes.

Wheat Berry & Apple Salad

2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

1 Tbs. cider vinegar

2 tsp. whole-grain mustard

½ tsp. honey

¼ tsp. kosher salt

1 apple (any type), cored and diced

8 cups salad greens

1 cup cooked wheat berries

¼ cup chopped toasted walnuts

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, and salt.

  2. Toss with the apple, salad greens, wheat berries, and walnuts.

Serves 4. | Time: 15 minutes

Per serving (2 cups):

Calories: 230

Total fat: 12 g

Sat fat: 1.5 g

Carbs: 27 g

Fiber: 6 g

Total sugar: 6 g

Added sugar: 1 g

Protein: 6 g

Sodium: 200 mg

Wild Rice & Mushrooms

2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

½ lb. mushrooms (any type), sliced

3 sprigs fresh thyme

4 scallions, sliced

2 stalks celery, thinly sliced

2 cups cooked wild rice blend

¼ tsp. kosher salt

  1. In a large non-stick pan, heat the oil over medium heat until shimmering hot. Sauté the mushrooms with the thyme, stirring occasionally, until browned, 5-7 minutes. Discard the thyme stems.

  2. Stir in the scallions, celery, and rice. Cook while stirring until hot, about 1 minute. Season with the salt.

Serves 4. | Time: 15 minutes.

Per serving (¾ cup):

Calories: 220

Total fat: 8 g

Sat fat: 1 g

Carbs: 33 g

Fiber: 3 g

Total sugar: 2 g

Added sugar: 0 g

Protein: 5 g

Sodium: 150 mg

Got a question or suggestion? Write to Kate at healthycook@cspinet.org.

Photos: Kate Sherwood & Jennifer Urban/CSPI.