Happy Sunday All! This weekend was such a whirlwind, but, in a good way. We spent the weekend helping one of our friends do a house remodel to surprise his wife while she was out of town. How awesome is that?! I couldn’t exactly say anything in case she read BEFORE she got back home
I PLANNED FOR SUCCESS for our weekend by making sure we had a healthy breakfast & lunch with a cooler of snacks! It totally worked because I still have over half my WPA remaining! The Husband totally teased me about packing so many things but we ate them all since we worked til almost 11 PM on Saturday night!
TONIGHT’S POST is going to combine 3 things for you all:
1. PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS of my food because I ate a lot of the same things, I picked just a few photos of my FAVORITE things that I ate this weekend.
2. HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN HARVEST GRAIN MIX! Several of you have asked me how to make the mix since you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you ~ I created the recipe, tested it out and it is AWESOME!
3. MY WEEKLY MENU!
Here we go…….
#1 SATURDAY & SUNDAY FOOD HIGHLIGHTS ~ Insert additional fruit and raw veggies (I bought a veggie tray as snacks too!) If you want to know about any item, just ask in the comments below.
#2 HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN HARVEST GRAIN BLEND
As you all know, I absolutely LOVE this VEGAN 4 points+ Harvest Grain Salad. I wish I could send each of you a bag so you could make it and love it too!
Since I know you all cannot get this delicious Harvest Grain Mix at Trader Joe’s, I decided to do the next best thing.
I broke down the ingredient list and created a HOMEMADE HARVEST GRAIN BLEND that you could make yourself to have this delicious salad whether or not you are near a Trader Joe’s.
Israeli Couscous is the MAIN INGREDIENT in the blend and you can find it in the pasta section next the couscous as your local grocery store. I had some on hand from Trader Joe’s so I used what I had.
I was actually glad to see that the rosemary extract was included in the ingredient list. Definitely not necessary but it was one less thing to think about
If you can find tri-color Orzo Pasta, then, use it for color. After visiting 4 stores, I decided plain was good.
Red Quinoa, however, regular works fine if you cannot find red.
THE OPTIONAL INGREDIENT ~ Petite Orange or Yellow Lentils. You want the kind that are dried and can cook in roughly 10 minutes. I bought these out of the bulk bin at Whole Foods. I LOVE the crunch of the baby garbanzo’s in the Harvest Blend and this was the closest I could find. Honestly, you wouldn’t miss it, if you didn’t include these.
I measured everything out in two ways to make it easy for you to re-create the mix.
2 cups Israeli Couscous, approximately 8 oz
1/2 cup Orzo
1/4 cup Red Quinoa
1/3 cup Petite Orange Lentils
I combined everything above and put it on my food scale to see how close I was to getting to 16 oz.
Since I was .5 oz short, I topped it off with a little extra Orzo to get to 16 oz.
I think it LOOKS so close to the original! This recipe makes 1 entire bags worth of Harvest Grain Blend. Store it in an air tight container for up to 3 months or cook it right away like me.
The ONLY ingredient that I use that I get at Trader Joe’s that I have not found a “real” comparison is the 21 Seasoning Salute.
My only recommendation for this is that it doesn’t matter a “ton” in the recipe as it’s just a few shakes. I would say pick your favorite seasoning blend and add a few dashes or just omit it.
You would prepare My Harvest Grain Mix the same way you would make the Original Must Try Harvest Grain Salad.
Bring 1 3/4 cups Broth to a boil and add 1 1/4 cups of the Harvest Grain Mix. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
While the mix cooks, prep your toppings.
1/2 jar chopped marinated artichokes
1/2 jar chopped sun dried tomatoes, drained and rinsed (you can also used dried)
1/4 c white balsamic vinegar
Big Dashes of TJ’s 21 Spice Salute
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Remove from heat and add all the toppings.
Stir to combine and chill 1 hour. It’s delicious hot or cold. Makes 3 cups with the same stats (4 points+ per 1/2 cup)
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN HARVEST GRAIN SALAD WITH A HOMEMADE MIX
- 8 oz Israeli couscous
- 2/3 cup Orzo Pasta
- 1/4 cup Red Quinoa
- 1/3 cup Petite Orange or Yellow Lentils
- 1 1/3 cups Vegetable Broth
- 1/2 jar chopped marinated artichokes
- 1/2 jar chopped sun dried tomatoes, drained and rinsed (you can also used dried)
- 1/4 c white balsamic vinegar
- 2-3 Tbsps Chives
- Big Dashes of TJ’s 21 Spice Salute
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1. Combine Israeli Couscous through lentils in a medium bowl. Stir well, measure out 1 1/4 cups and store remainder for use at another time.
2. Bring chicken broth to a boil, add harvest mix, reduce heat, cover and simmer 8-10 minutes or until majority of the liquid is evaportated.
3. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients. Serve hot or chill for 1 hour and serve cold.
Makes 6 servings, 1/2 cup each, 4 points+ per serving
Nutritional information per serving, calculated using caloriecount.com
#3 MY WEEKLY MENU
* Grilled Fresh & Easy Healthy Sausages, Grilled Corn, Salad
* Bacon & Cheese Inside Out Turkey Burgers, Yucca Fries, Salad
* MM Sandwich, Adorned ~ Lightened Up with salad!
* Grilled Shrimp & Chickpea Salad
* CEiMB ~ Cinnamon Raisin Toast with Honey Walnut Spread!
* Lunches ~ Ruby Kale Salad with Citrus & Berries, Egg Salad Sandwiches
Last chance to enter to WIN A CASE OF REESE’S PB CUPS ~ Winner drawn tomorrow!
What is on your menu this week? Anything new, fun, or exciting?