I make dishes like this all the time, but I hardly ever write about them because sometimes I think they are too simple to even post… But my sister in-law was over last night for dinner when I made this and she convinced me to post it ūüôā ¬†It’s simple, but it really packs a flavor punch! ¬†This dish also only takes about 15- 20 minutes to make so it’s an easy side dish or toss in a few more of your favorite veggies and make it a main dish. ¬†I used one of my favorite items from Trader Joe’s: the harvest grain blend. ¬†You can find it by the rices and pastas. ¬†It’s just a good hearty blend of pasta and grains and is easy to work with. ¬†Def feel free to sub out if you don’t have a TJ’s near by!

Harvest Grains Pilaf

1 lb. Trader Joe’s harvest grain blend (but you are welcome to use any plain grain or pasta you like)

2 1/2 cups plus a few tbsps. vegetable broth

2 tbsp. Earth Balance (vegan butter or real), separated

1 medium onion, diced

2 portobello mushrooms, diced into bite size pieces

4 cloves of garlic, chopped

3 cups of spinach, sliced

salt to taste

In a pot, boil 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth and add in the grains and 1 tbsp. of Earth Balance.  Bring back to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.  Cook 10 minutes until liquid is absorbed.

While that’s cooking….

In a large frying pan, on medium heat, melt 1 tbsp Earth Balance with about 2 tbsp of olive oil and stir in the onions and mushrooms with a pinch of salt. ¬†After about 1 minute add in the garlic. ¬†Saute until the onions and mushrooms are soft. ¬†Add in the grain mixture and the spinach. ¬†Toss until mixed well and the spinach starts to wilt. ¬†Add in a few tablespoons of vegetable broth if it’s too dry.

Serve warm and enjoy!

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