Putting Ancient Grains Center Stage for Heart Health Month

by | Feb 6, 2024 | Food Trends, Metz News, News Releases, Nutrition

Metz Culinary Management, Inc. (Metz) is celebrating Heart Health Month throughout February with its premiere Grains of Love promotion in partnership with Furmano Foods. All Metz’s culinary divisions – K-12, independent schools, higher education, healthcare and corporate dining – are participating in this rollout of 24 recipes that savor the nutritional and environmental benefits of ancient grains.

Tri-Colored Quinoa 'Rice' Pudding

Tri-Colored Quinoa ‘Rice’ Pudding

Ancient grains are rising in popularity with guests because of their health value and reduced carbon footprint. They are superior to modern grains in nutrition, fiber and antioxidant power, and their production requires less irrigation, pesticides and fertilizers. Additionally, ancient grains grow well in harsh conditions and are considered a regenerative crop.

“Grains of Love is the perfect opportunity for Metz to display the company’s commitment to our guests’ well-being and sourcing ingredients that support a healthy and sustainable planet,” said Chef Adam Carlson, Division Chef K12 and B&I Dining for Metz. “Our chefs have incorporated ancient grains into traditional recipes to deliver innovative breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert items that guests are raving about.”

To create the Grains of Love recipes, Metz’s chefs worked in tandem with research and development chefs at Furmano Foods, the Pennsylvania family-owned producer of delicious, wholesome foods. This is Metz’s first culinary collaboration with Furmano Foods. Representatives from U.S. Foods for Furmano Foods will be in attendance at 16 higher education locations to educate diners and answer questions about the nutritional power of ancient grains.

Pepperoni Quinoa Pizza

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to partner with the Metz Culinary team to showcase Furmano’s line of ancient grains,” said Jody McClellan, Northeast Regional Sales Manager of Furmano Foods. “Our Corporate Chefs had a fun time collaborating with Metz’s team on innovative, delicious and heart-healthy recipes for their Grains of Love promotion. We are looking forward to future opportunities to help Metz meet their guest demand for on trend ancient grain menu options.”

Grains of Love recipes are available across Metz’s culinary sites. Recipes feature well-loved grains such as farro and quinoa, reimagined into everyday offerings like overnight oats, quesadillas, composed salads, burgers and more. These ancient grain dishes are heart-healthy, diabetes-friendly, wholesome, and filling and include:

  • Crunchy pepperoni-flavored quinoa and cheese pizza
  • Crunchy Italian sausage-flavored quinoa and cheese pizza
  • Mediterranean quinoa salad
  • Roast pulled pork and quinoa chimichurri bowl
  • Farro risotto with porcini mushroom flavor
  • Everything bagel farro salad
  • Cheesy quesadilla flatbread with taco-flavored quinoa
  • Ancient grains porridge with cinnamon
  • Ancient grains overnight porridge (cold)
  • Tri-color quinoa “rice” pudding
  • Sorghum with apple and brown sugar
  • Mexican street corn and farro chicken salad (entrée)

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., and one person dies every 33 seconds in the U.S. from cardiovascular disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Consuming whole grain foods helps lower the risk of heart disease, according to the Mayo Clinic. Consequently, Metz is proud to celebrate all there is to love about ancient grains and their health benefits in Heart Health Month.