I’ve been on a really big brown-bag-lunch kick lately.
Mostly thanks to the fact that this summer seems to be hell bent on robbing me blind.
I have issues saying no to social events.
Anyway, I do really like bringing salads for lunch since they don’t tend to sink me into a deep food coma during the afternoon. I do not enjoy bringing boring salads for lunch, however.
So my salad prep method of choice lately has been:
step 1: Big pile of spinach (or other greens, if I have ’em).
step 2: Whatever leftovers are sitting in my fridge.
The leftovers that made up the most recent incarnation of this method came from this grain and veggie salad.
Roasted Veggie Mixed Grain Salad
3/4 uncooked Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains (or grain of choice, I recommend Israeli couscous)
water or chicken broth
1/4 large red onion, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
1/2 zucchini, cut into half moons
4 brussels sprouts
2 T light sour cream
1 t chili sauce (pick your favorite!)
1/4 t garlic powder
1/4 t cumin
1/4 t chili powder
2 oz diced Hatch chiles (or other green chile)
1. Cook grains according to package directions in either water or broth.
2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°. Dice onions and carrots, cut zucchini into half moons and brussels sprouts into quarters.
3. Place veggies on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray, lightly spray again and season with salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder and chili powder.
4. Roast veggies for about 15 minutes, tossing once, until lightly browned and tender.
5. Combine grains and veggies and add sour cream, chiles and chili sauce. Stir to combine and serve hot or cold.
I also added a jalapeno chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s to this batch (when I ate it for dinner) for a little extra something.
It might sound a little weird to think of this as a salad topping, but it was really good and very easy.
It also feels like you’re eating a big calorie bomb because it makes a pretty bulky meal, but it’s not! Thank you, veggies.
And we all know, with dinners like this happening this summer, I can always use new and interesting ways to sneak in some extra veggies.