Blended Grains with Brussels Sprouts + Walnuts

This post comes from our contributor Jill of a Better Happier St. Sebastian!

Blended Grains with Brussels Sprouts + Walnuts

serves 2

1 cup quick cooking 4 grain blend (recipe below)

2 cups Brussels sprouts, halved & trimmed

1/2 cup leeks, cleaned and chopped

1 cup walnuts, chopped

1 cloves garlic, minced

3 tbs olive oil, divided

1/2 tbs balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup fresh basil

salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400°. In a large mixing bowl, toss Brussels sprouts and 1 clove garlic in 1 tbs olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper and roast on a rimmed baking sheet until Brussels sprouts are crispy and tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. When cooled, return Brussels sprouts to mixing bowl and toss with 1 tbs olive oil, and vinegar.

Meanwhile, in a medium sized pot, combine 1 cup grain blend with 2.5 cups water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook, covered and undisturbed for 15 minutes. At this point, check for doneness – the grains should be slightly firm and not mushy. If necessary, continue cooking for an additional 2-5 minutes. When grains are finished, drain into colander and return to pot. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

In a skillet over medium high heat, warm 1 tbs olive oil until shimmering. When oil is hot, add leeks, season with salt and pepper and sauté until leeks are cooked and semi-translucent, about 4 minutes. Immediately add cooked leeks to grain mixture and stir to combine.

In a small nonstick skillet over medium heat, toast walnuts stirring constantly until browned, about 3 minutes.

To assemble, divide grain blend between two bowls. Top with Brussels sprouts, toasted walnuts and fresh basil.

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Quick Cooking 4 Grain Blend

6 oz millet

6 oz freekeh

6 oz quinoa

6 oz toasted buckwheat

Combine grains in a large jar and shake to mix. Seal tightly and store.

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For more of Jill’s recipes visit her blog A Better Happier St. Sebastian.

More healthy recipes from the BLDG 25 Blog!

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So glad I saw this before running to the local co-op. Totally going to make this tonight for some lunches this week!

xo katie a. // http://bluepoppyblog.com

Yum! Beautiful meal.

Warm Regards,
Alexandra
http://www.littlewildheart.com

Yum, so good!

Hummm, yummy ! seems so good, I now know what I will eat for lunch ;)