As I've mentioned before, we are endeavoring to eat more “real food” around here and one of the biggest pitfalls I've noticed is when trying to incorporate more whole grains into our diet. Do you have much experience with whole grains? If you do then you probably know what I'm about to say – these things take a LONG time to cook! Which can be mighty inconvenient when you've been rushing around all day and you're trying to put dinner on the table in roughly 30 minutes… So, imagine my delighted surprise when I came upon a package of Red Quinoa, Green Lentils, Barley and Brown Rice at my local Harris Teeter grocery store (and no, this isn't a sponsored post) that boast a cooking time of a mere 15 minutes!
I immediately scooped up a package and then promptly forgot about it for a couple of days. But while tidying up the pantry the other day, I came across it again and decided to give it a whirl. I was already planning to grill a couple of steaks and thought a nice pilaf type of dish would be a tasty and simple side to go with this. So I prepared the rice blend as directed, boiling them in water for about 15 minutes, while I meanwhile sauteed some chopped onions, garlic, and green beans in some olive oil in a separate skillet. Once the rice was finished I drained it and added it to the saute pan to combine it all. Add a little salt, pepper and a couple of handfuls of pumpkin seeds (they add a great crunch!) and you have a fresh and tasty side dish in a flash!
Quinoa, Barley, Lentil Pilaf Recipe
- 1 cup Quinoa/Lentils/Barley/Brown Rice blend or other grains of your choice
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 cups of green beans
- 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
- salt & pepper to taste
- drizzle with more olive oil to serve
- Cook grains according to package directions. (Mine had to boil in water for 15 minutes.)
- Meanwhile, saute onions and garlic in one (or so) Tablespoon of Olive Oil. Once onions are softened, add green beans.
- When grains are finished, drain them and add them to the onion/green bean pan to combine.
- Season with salt & pepper to taste.
- Mix in some pumpkin seeds and drizzle with a bit of olive oil and serve.
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