Making small substitutions in classic, stand-by recipes is an easy way to reinvent them with the benefits of whole grains. For example, if you're serving stuffed mushrooms as part of your holiday appetizer spread, swap the dried breadcrumbs for whole-wheat (or another whole grain) bread crumbs. Partial to a quiche or tart on the table? Again, an easy refined-for-whole-grain substitution in the crust is all you'll need to begin adding whole grains to your holiday foods. And to accompany dips and cheese plates, choose whole grain crackers and breads.
But eating whole grain foods isn't just about modifying your current recipes -- it's also about opening your menu up to include grains you or your family may not have tried before, such as spelt, millet or quinoa. Try flavor pairings such as sweet potato and quinoa or roasted squash, cranberries and spelt.