On the season finale of "Cooking School" this weekend.
savory porridge
Credit: Bobbi Lin

Martha's taking grains beyond the bowl on the final episode of "Cooking School." Americans are now eating more varieties of grains than ever before, with good reason -- they're affordable and satisfying, and their mild flavors make them an ideal canvas for any colorful ingredient. In her latest batch of Arabian Gulf-inspired dishes, Martha's experimenting with five different kinds of grains. She transforms cracked wheat into a savory porridge, adds kamut and barley to salads, and makes a pilaf out of millet and wheat berries. Get the recipes below, and be sure to tune in for the season finale this weekend.

1. Savory Porridge

Who says porridge is just for breakfast? This savory version flavored with tomatoes, aromatic spices, and roasted eggplants makes a delectable vegetarian meal any time of day.

Get the Savory Porridge Recipe
kamut roasted vegetables
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2. Kamut and Roasted Vegetables

Golden kamut kernels have a creamy, chewy texture that pairs nicely with the tender roasted squash and carrots in this hearty side dish.

Get the Kamut and Roasted Vegetables Recipe
mixed grain pilaf with chicken
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3. Mixed-Grain Pilaf with Chicken

Rice may be the go-to grain for pilafs, but trust us, this combination of millet and wheat berries is just as tasty and way more interesting. Pomegranate, almonds, and golden raisins are strewn throughout the dish, and the whole thing is crowned with juicy chicken thighs.

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herbed barley salad with dates
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4. Herbed Barley Salad with Dates

Crispy fried shallots are the perfect final flourish for this salad made with spiced barley, sweet dates, and three types of fresh herbs -- parsley, cilantro, and mint.

Get the Herbed Barley Salad with Dates Recipe

"Martha Stewart's Cooking School" season 5 airs on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).


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