We set out to create delicious, nourishing, and convenient food options for people who share our love for great food and healthy living.

 

 

Our path led us to steel cut oats. Now, we're taking oats beyond breakfast and bringing you the goodness of oats for dinner!

Our journey into all things oats began when our full lives got in the way of cooking at home and dining out. Not satisfied with the extensively processed products full of artificial ingredients available on grocery shelves, we set out to create delicious, nourishing and convenient food options that fit with our love of great — REAL — food and passion for active and healthy living.

The Grainful Team

The Grainful Team

We were immediately drawn to steel cut oats, the less processed sibling of rolled oats, for being chock-full of fiber, complete proteins, and loads of other nutrients, all in one gluten-free, heart-healthy package. And as we boiled and bubbled our way through innumerable oat experiments in our Ithaca, NY kitchen, we fell in love with their subtle, nutty flavor and rich, risotto-like texture.

At first, we followed the traditional oat path, making tasty breakfast preparations that attracted a loyal following. Then, one evening, it happened…Chef Sacco  was about to cook dinner when she realized that she was out of pasta, rice, and potatoes. But she had plenty of – you guessed it – steel cut oats. Eureka! They look like rice, they cook like rice, so why not use them like rice – for dinner! Half an hour later, she was eating Jambalaya with steel cut oats. Digging into leftovers the next day, we all agreed: steel cut oats were destined for much more than breakfast! 

Grainful Founders,  Chef Jeannine Sacco and President Jan Pajerski

Grainful Founders,  Chef Jeannine Sacco and President Jan Pajerski

Inspired by Ithaca’s rich offerings of local farms and diverse restaurants, we explored the endless possibilities of steel cut oats and raised fun in the kitchen to a new level. We crafted our convenient frozen dinner entrees by pairing whole grain steel cut oats with a colorful palette of bold spices and fresh, natural ingredients – the kind of real food you would use in your own kitchen. And our first adventurous eaters loved them, spreading the word about the new dinner grain in town.

Now we’re taking the goodness of oats for dinner beyond Ithaca. Our flavors are inspired by cuisines from around the world and we’re constantly developing new ways to make dinner easy, healthy, and delicious for you. Oats for dinner! It’s what we do.

TAKING OATS BEYOND BREAKFAST