Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains

I love all sorts of grains.  This is possibly because I don’t eat meat so grains are the hearty, filling alternative.  I’ve also heard that being A+ means I’m better suited to digest carbohydrates (my co-worker (another Karen) told me once about the “Eat Right for Your Type” diet, and applying those theories my A+ blood type means my body is primed for the “forager and gatherer” foods — meaning grains).   Yet another hypothesis is that cooked grains are the hearty comfort foods, explaining my keen and untiring desire for oatmeal (at least 5 days a week for over 3 years), cornmeal as polenta, and then all things couscous. 

The Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains package was a good bet.  I first discovered this with my friend Jen at Trader Joe’s back in October when I was in Portland for D’s 30th birthday (not to be confused with the March Portland trip for J’s 30th birthday). 

This package of grains contains a good variety of couscous, orzo, quinoa, and dried garbanzos.  img_1930

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cooking instructions are very simple — boil broth and add grains, simmer for about 10-12 minutes.  This, seeming too easy, was calling for a little experimentation.  Because I love onions and garlics, I chopped up a small onion and a few cloves of garlic and sauteed them in the pot in some olive oil before adding the broth and the grains.  I also added about a cup of frozen green beans along with a can of garbanzo beans.  When it had finished cooking, I stirred in a cup of crumbled feta and a few handfuls of chopped walnuts.  YUM!  You have the soft comfort of the grains, the creaminess with the cheese, and just the right about of surprise crunch with the walnuts.  img_1927

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