Happy Friday Eve! 😉
I hope everyone is having a nice Thursday so far. It’s been a busy, rainy morning for me but I just HAD to share with you a -NEW- product that I tried the last couple of nights for dinner! If I can let you in on one thing about me, is that I do not cook. I actually very much dislike it and I always joke that I am a terrible housewife in training. BUT my Mama picked up something at the grocery store in the beginning of the week that looked simply…well simple. And it was!
Good ‘ol Betty Crocker has a new line called “Suddenly Salad” I believe she also has Pasta (salads) but the ones I am talking about are all Grain based. Suddenly Grain Salad. Mom picked them up at our local Price Chopper where it retailed for around $2.69 each. I have also read that you can get them at WalMart for around $1.89. They have three flavors;
> Harvest Grains– brown, wild, and red rice, quinoa, with cranberries and almonds, and a sweet blush vinaigrette.
>Tuscan Grains–brown rice, quinoa, wheat berries, red peppers, with almond pieces, and a tomato parmesan herb dressing.
>Southwest Grains–brown rice, quinoa, with black beans, corn, red peppers, and a chipotle vinaigrette. (This is the one I am featuring in this post)
Before I get into how it is prepared, I wanted to note that they are pretty low in calories per serving. I am not the healthiest nut to be honest (I’m sure this goes hand in hand with actually cooking meals) but I thought I’d share with those of you who are looking for the facts. You can prepare this dish on its own, as a side, or like I have, on a salad.
What you need: (aside from the boxed ingredients)
-Your choice of dressing
I decided I wanted to add chicken to this dish for a little bit more protein and just to make a larger salad in general. I used already cooked Tyson diced chicken breast, warmed it up on the stove, and then cut it up to smaller pieces (as I like my salad “chopped”)
From there, simply follow the box instructions and fill up a pot half way with water and bring it to boil. When the water is boiling drop in the packaged rice/grains/beans/corn mix –keeping it IN the bag. Set the timer for 17 minutes, turning the bag over once halfway through.
Next you want to prepare the dressing. Again, following the box instructions, you will need a small bowl, 2 tablespoons of vegetable OR olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of cold water. Mix everything together and set aside.
While the grains are still cooking, you can prepare your greens. For my salad I simply used lettuce and dressing. The reason I chose to put more dressing on the salad than what was already given is because it would have been too dry for my liking. This choice is up to you and you can use any variation of dressing you’d like. I chose to use a Light Caesar, and then put my diced chicken right on top.
When your grains have finished cooking, you want to drain the water and place the bag in a strainer as well. DO NOT REMOVE CONTENTS YET. (Just warning you because I almost did) Let the cold water run over the grains for 1-2 min until cool. Then let all of the water drain from the bag of grains.
Almost there! Pour the bag of grains into the bowl with the chipotle dressing and mix all together.
Scoop some of the grains onto your salad and voila! I’m serious, it’s really that easy, and it tastes SO good. (I ate mine with a piece of garlic bread on the side as well)
YUM! I give this two thumbs up for sure! I have also tried the Tuscan grains which are just as delicious, just different flavors. And you better believe the Harvest grains are sitting in my cabinet just waiting for me 😉 I hope you try them out and if you do let me know what you think and how you’ve prepared them! Until next time! xxo