I found a bag of Harvest Grains blend at Trader Joe’s last weekend and have been excited to try it out. Funny thing– the couscous and orzo are made from whole wheat flour, which makes the red quinoa and baby garbanzos the only whole grains in the blend. But still, this was fantastic! The spinach and red pepper orzo and yellow baby garbanzo beans added great color, and the garbanzos retained a crunchier texture than the couscous and orzo.
I prepared a slightly-upgraded version compared to the instructions on the bag, and was incredibly surprised when N loved it. He actually went back for seconds! We served this with parmesan-baked fish (fresh walleye and bluegill) and baking powder biscuits with SF rhubarb strawberry syrup. Mmmmm. :)
Harvest Grains side
1/2 bag of Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains blend
1 1/2 c. chicken or veggie stock
1/4 c. water
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 clove garlic
1 T. olive oil
1 T. lemon juice
fresh parmesan to garnish
Combine the stock, pepper, paprika, and cayenne in a medium sauce pot and bring to a boil. Press the garlic, and add the garlic and olive oil to the pot along with the half bag of Harvest Grains blend. Bring back up to a boil; reduce heat and keep at a simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 10 minutes, most of the liquid should have evaporated or been absorbed by the grains. Stir in the lemon juice and allow to continue to simmer for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, and serve hot with freshly grated parmesan on top.