As March Madness comes to an end, we’re sure you came to know and love NCAA basketball’s final four.  You’ll soon start hearing about NCAA Hockey’s Frozen Four, and now it is time to familiarize yourself with Grainful’s four.

With college basketball fans turning their attention towards Indianapolis and college hockey fans eyeing Boston, steel cut oat fans are looking at Grainful’s extraordinary four entrées. Hundreds of flavors and ingredients competed for the top spot on the shelf at your local food markets but only four made the cut, and here they are:

Let’s begin with the mouthwatering Porcini Mushroom Chicken.

Style of play: A creamy, slow simmered entrée allows for a brilliant chemistry of flavors that combined with Grainful’s signature 100% whole grain steel cut oats, create an irresistibly creamy risotto-style dish.

Key Player: Porcini Mushrooms

Tender white chicken and Italian Herbs create the perfect palate for the Porcini Mushrooms to shine. A great source of protein and bursting with flavors, the Porcini Mushroom is a top scouted ingredient that makes this dish deliciously rich and ready for action.

Reason for victory: Pulling inspiration and cooking techniques from the wonders of Tuscany, Chef Sacco has developed a sure winner. This classic dish is a pick you can always count on in your dinner bracket and have the style that will always impress mouths at the table.

Roster: This wholesome bench of ingredients is 100% all natural and ready for action.

Water, 100% Whole Grain Steel Cut Oats, Chicken (Chicken White Meat, Water, Salt), Mushrooms, Pecorino Romano Cheese (Sheep’s Milk, Rennet, Salt); Garlic, Onions, Olive Oil, Porcini Mushrooms, Salt, Spices. CONTAINS: MILK.

Next up we have the incomparable Unstuffed Pepper.

 Style of Play: Unable to stay stuffed inside the boundaries of a pepper, the Unstuffed Pepper is a true wild card in the competition that creates a surprising delight at lunch and dinner tables around the country. Playful and zesty, bell peppers and bold spices deliver a light kick in this delicious and hearty dish.

Key Player: All natural ground turkey

Deliciously seasoned and simmered with sautéed peppers, garlic, onions and herbs the ground turkey provides a low calorie, high protein addition to this delicious roster.

Reason for victory: Breaking from the traditional mold of stuffed peppers, this dish is a great way to spice up any meal time. Pulling inspiration from the flavors of the South West mixed with the naturally talented whole grain steel cut oats, this entrée’s rich texture will take you to the dinner championship!

Roster: A team of simple and naturally talented ingredients that pack a punch, you’ll undoubtedly be impressed by this lineup.

Water, All Natural Turkey (Turkey, Water, Spices, Salt), 100% Whole Grain Steel Cut Oats, Tomatoes, Onions, Green Bell Pepper, Pecorino Romano Cheese (Sheep’s Milk, Rennet, Salt), Red Bell Pepper, Garlic, Olive Oil, Salt, Spices. CONTAINS: MILK

Let’s not forget about the spiciest of the four contenders, Andouille Sausage and Oats.

 Style of Play: Another brilliant twist on a traditionally delicious recipe, Andouille Sausage & Oats is revamped and out for gold. Inspired by Louisiana’s vibrant Creole cuisine, this dish is a fan favorite.

 Key Player: Spice

Bold Creole Spices lead the pack in this entrée. Ready to pack a punch when up against your taste buds, Andouille Sausage and Oats’ hearty and wholesome outcome will have you yelling “Hot Jambalaya!” with a smile on your face!

Reason for Victory: Spice and the absence of artificial ingredients make this dish a guaranteed hit. When the rich texture of 100% whole grain steel cut oats blends perfectly with Andouille Sausage, spices and vegetables, how can you refuse?

 Roster: Another all-natural team of ingredients that when simmered together create a real zing at the buzzer, or dinner bell.

Water, Tomatoes, 100% Whole Grain Steel Cut Oats, All Natural Andouille Sausage (Pork, Water, Contains 2% or less of: Sea Salt, Flavorings, Distilled Vinegar, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Celery Powder, Paprika), Red Pepper, Onions, Celery, Olive Oil, Garlic, Salt, Spices.

 Last, but not least, the dinner classic, Vegetarian Chili

 Style of Play: Don’t let the meatless roster fool you; this spicy mix is a fire-starter you won’t soon forget. Hearty and healthy, Vegetarian Chili never tasted so good. That’s in part from the cheesy, bean-filled recipe but also the 100% whole-grain steel cut oats it is served atop.

 Key Player: Smoky Chipotle Peppers. These peppers bring out the fiery flavors combined in this dish so that each bite is bolder and better. Chipotle peppers have heaping health benefits. Who knew a little spice can protect your eyes AND put you in a better mood?! 

 Reason for Victory: Quinoa and three types of beans will keep you satisfied all day. This chili will keep you warm on a cold day but is just as delicious in the summer. Grainful’s Vegetarian Chili entrée will make you want to ditch those chili packets for good!

 Roster: Fiery, smoky, bold and nutritious never tasted so good on this power-packed squad of flavors.

 Water, Tomatoes, 100% Whole Grain Steel Cut Oats, Black Beans, Onions, Cheddar cheese (Pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes, annatto vegetable color), Pinto Beans, Light Kidney Beans, Roasted Corn, Red Bell Pepper, Green Bell Pepper, Less than 2 % of the following: Quinoa, Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (chipotle peppers, water, vinegar, sugar, salt, tomato paste, smoke essence, onion, garlic), Olive Oil, Ancho Chili Powder, Chili Powder (Chili peppers, paprika, garlic, oregano, cumin, salt, and less than 2% silicon dioxide to prevent caking), Onion Flakes, Salt, Spices, Granulated Garlic. CONTAINS: MILK.

 Now that you have the scouting reports, let us know which dish wins over your stomach! Having a flavor face-off? Tweet us your photos of the competition and be sure to crown the winner! 

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