October 16, 2012

Anti-Recipe: Greens n' Grains

The above dish (and variations of it) has become one of my go-to recipes for dinner...it's easy, healthy and delicious. I wasn't so sure when I first tried making it, but now it's one of my faves (and the southern beau licks the bowl clean too). 

I call it Greens n' Grains because (like all my recipes) you can pretty much adapt it to your liking as long as you have some type of greens and some type of grains. 

First, cook a cup or so of grains according to the package directions. This can be quinoa, amaranth, couscous, or even rice. Set this to the side for later. 

Heat up a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet and saute a few shakes of crushed red pepper (if you like spicy things), minced garlic, chopped onions and some type of dried fruit (can be raisins, dried cranberries, dried pineapple, anything really.) 

When all of this is sauteed and the flavors are really mingled, add the grains back in and stir it all together. You can toss in some soy sauce or Worcestershire for a little kick. 

Now grab your greens! We love Swiss Chard (green or rainbow), kale, and spinach. Roughly chop your greens and put them in the skillet with the sauteed grains mixture. Let the greens wilt down just a bit and when they are the consistency you like, toss it all together and serve. 

I made this dish over the weekend and I'm planning to make it again this week. It's just that good (and easy!). If my recipe is a little bit too post-modern (aka crazy) for you, here's the original one that inspired me. It has actual measurements, you know, if you're into that sort of thing. 

Happy Tuesday & Happy Eating, whatever yummy dish you happen to be enjoying!