Sometimes cooking completely from scratch just isn't possible. You're tired, you're hangry (hungry + angry) & you want something tasty & wholesome SOON! QUICKLY! before you just scoff crisps & cheese & then feel horrible for the rest of the evening.
That's where these quite genius pre-cooked packs of wholesome grains & bits come in. I've also used pre-packs of mixed legumes/ grain combos recently, all also delicious. (Obviously, if you are a super organised type person, you might have pre-cooked, home made grains & legumes already stashed in your freezer.- for the rest of us however...)
This time I made this with spinach & mustard greens (I'm obsessed with these at the moment- so delicious!) picked from our garden, but I dare-say this would work equally well with any kind of fairly substantial green leafy veg- kale for example.
This dish is really quick to make- there is only a light bit of chopping and stirring ...You do need to let all the juices cook into the grains a bit- they absorb all the flavours & make this dish more delicious and more-ish to eat. All in all you should be able to get this on the table in 20 mins. And not a crisp in sight.
- 1 pack of grains/rice/quinoa
- 3 garlic cloves- chopped finely
- 8-10 cherry tomatoes
- glug of olive oil
- sprig thyme
- ½ a fresh chilli if you like a kick
- 1 tsp marigold stock powder
- good pinch mild chilli powder
- ½ tsp oregano
- bunch of spinach/mustard greens - remove the hard inner stalks & chop into rough ribbons
- glug of white wine or mirin
- salt & pepper to taste
- Juice of half a lemon
- Pop the tomatoes (no need to chop) garlic & chilli along with the olive oil into a large saucepan or wok that you have a lid for & let soften
- Add the herbs & spices & stir a bit. The tomatoes should be starting to break down.
- Add in the glug of wine & marigold stock
- Add the greens & stir a bit until they start to wilt
- Add in the grain packet & stir it all about a bit, breaking up the tomatoes with the back of the wooden spoon so you release their juices
- Clamp on the lid & let everything get to know each other a bit, about 5 mins. The grains need to absorb some of the liquid- this makes them tastier!
- Add in the lemon juice- & taste.
- If the grains are still a bit chewy & bland, put the lid back on & let cook a little more.
- Add salt & pepper to taste & serve hot!
The Greens & Grain Bowl.
The empty grain packet... Waitrose do a good own-brand version too...