I’m a fan of “Trader Joe’s Fan” (repetitive though that may be) on Facebook, and the following most awesome-sounding recipe was posted:
Harvest Grains with Spinach and Cherry
This filling side provides plenty of whole grains and antioxidants in a simple, versatile dish. The cherries add a bright zing of flavor and plump while cooking. Add grilled salmon, shrimp or chicken alongside for a quick entree. Serve cool in warmer months.
1 Lb bag Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains (Israeli-style couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans and red quinoa)
3 cups prepackaged fresh spinach leaves
1/2 cup Trader joes’ Dried Pitted Tart Montmorency Cherries
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
Bring 3.5 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Add grains, olive oil and garlic. Bring back to a boil. Stir in cherries, add spinach to the top of the pot to steam. Cover and simmer under low heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, mix evenly and serve immediately. Makes about 6 cups.
How great does that sound? I wouldn’t think you’d necessarily need a meat to go with it, either; I bet with some slivered almonds in there, you’d have enough protein for a good vegetarian meal.
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