A few weeks ago, I answered a random survey from Village Harvest to possibly engage in a consumer panel. I was excited to learn that I was selected, and I received some of their products last week!
We all know how healthy whole grains are. It’s a staple of a healthy vegan diet! Farro, brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, etc. are all important sources of complex carbs, fiber, and minerals, and they even add some protein. Plus, they are tasty and filling.
All of the varieties of products from Village Harvest shipped to me feature brown rice as the main grain. Brown rice is high in fiber, is low on the glycemic index, supplies vital micronutrients, and contains some plant based protein. I am guilty of avoiding brown rice because it takes FOREVER to cook, and I don’t often have 45 minutes to prepare it for dinner.
These rice and grain pouches are super convenient, organic, and delicious! It only takes 90 seconds to heat in the microwave, but you can also prepare them in a skillet if desired. I’ve tried the Thai green curry (spicy) and lemon rice as a side dish. Both were really good with a nutty texture and complex flavors.
Then I saw a random photo online that made me want to use one of the other varieties in a different way. Thinking about what I already had on hand, I sautéed some chopped baby bella mushrooms, diced onions, and chopped walnuts in a bit of olive oil. A Zyliss chopper makes quick work of the mushrooms and walnuts!
I added a pouch of the Basmati rice and lentils, a can of white beans, some chopped cherry tomatoes, and some spinach. I added a healthy dash of balsamic vinegar, a bit of Dijon mustard, and salt/pepper to taste. The grains went from a side dish to a part of the main show! You’ve got the meatiness of the mushrooms, the crunch of the walnuts, and the chewiness of the brown rice. You have the brightness from the acidity of the tomatoes and a touch of sweet from the cooked onions. It was delicious!
The next day, I added some of the cold leftovers to mixed greens and chopped veggies with some homemade ranch dressing for a delicious salad.
If you are interested in adding more brown rice to your diet but are intimidated by the long cook time, give these products a try! If you are local to the Richmond area, these are available at Publix, but the Village Harvest website features a store locator so you can find their products near you.
How do you incorporate whole grains into your diet? I’d love to hear about it! As always, I hope you all are safe and healthy.