Friday, August 3, 2012

Harvest Grains with veggies

This recipe is great because you can eat it hot, cold, or room temp. Make a big batch and layer for a quick lunch for work.

  • In a medium pot Bring 3.5 cups of low sodium organic free range chicken broth to a boil. (organic vegetable broth can be substituted)

I use organic free range chicken broth, not beacause it is organic but because it is free range. Commercial chicken broths come from chickens fed GMO garbage food, and are crammed so close together they can barley move.

  • once it comes to a boil add sea salt, 1 cup quinoa, and 1 cup Harvest Grains. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Most quinoa needs to be rinsed and drained in a fine mesh sieve. I buy a big bag at costco that comes pre rinsed. Harvest grains can be found at trader joe's, it is a blend of israeli couscous red and white quinoa, orzo, split garbanzo beans...

  • In a frying pan heat olive/ grapeseed/ sunflower oil, on medium low heat. Add your cleaned veggies, cut about the same size. Starting with the toughest ones first. Season with sea salt and lemon pepper.
I used Organic baby broccoli, asparagus, and garlic. The broccoli has thick stems, so I cook that for a few minutes, then I add the asparagus and chopped garlic.

  • Cook veggies until green and tender, approx 5-7 minutes

  • Your grains will appear fluffy and slightly moist when ready. If they are too watery cook for a few minutes longer, uncovered and stirring.

  • To plate: scoop grains into a dish or bowl, 
  • top with cooked veggies (don't leave out that garlic!! I used 5 cloves!)
  • Then take some mache (lambs lettuce) and place atop.
mache can be found at trader joe's, you can also use baby kale, baby swiss chard, baby dandelion greens, spinach, or omit the greens. I chose mache because for 3 oz it has 2 grams of protein, only 20 calories, 2 grams of fiber, 120% vitamin a, 50% vitamin c, 10% iron, and 8% calcium. That's a hell of a lot better than romaine lettuce. Mache is very mild and works great in tacos, sandwiches, salads, try using in place of lettuce when possible.
  • sprinkle with chia seeds 
Chia seeds can be found at a number of stores; health food stores or vitamin stores would be your best bet. 1 tablespoon of chia seeds is 6g of fiber, 2.9g omega 3, and 3g of protein. Add to muffins, breads, smoothies, salads, or really anything really.
  • dig in

wonderful leftover lunch>>>>>>>>>>
If you are going to include your greens in the jar, make sure everything is cooled before putting them in

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