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Quick Meals with Ready-to-Go Grains

By Molly Siegler, April 9, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Molly Siegler

I have a tendency to cook as though I run a boarding house for college athletes. Huge pots of brown rice, an extra pan (or two) of quinoa, enough oatmeal for a classroom. I do this so I have ready-to-go grains on hand for quick lunch salads, easy baked dinners and the simplest breakfast reheats. Engine 2’s four new frozen grain blends promise to give refrigerator shelves and stockpots everywhere a break with already cooked (and spiced!) blends that heat up in a flash. Whew!

Here’s how we like to use them.

Engine 2 Morning BlendMorning Blend

Chewy wheat berries, farro and black barley are packaged with golden raisins for an instant and satisfying morning meal.

  • Let this mix blow your usual oatmeal routine out of the water with this recipe for Creamy Spiced Pear Morning Blend.
  • Stir in unsweetened applesauce, toasted pumpkin seeds and warm almondmilk for a porridge fit for royalty.
  • Layer the cooled grains with Greek yogurt, honey and fresh fruit for an ultra-simple,yet fancy breakfast parfait.

Engine 2 Wild Rice BlendWild Rice Blend

Notoriously long-cooking wild rice teams up with black barley, brown rice, scallions and celery for a ready-to-eat pilaf.

  • Top with a hunk of baked tofu or salmon for a no-brainer weeknight dinner.
  • Add creamy avocado and crunchy pumpkin and sunflower seeds to play up the grains’ texture in this recipe for Arugula with Wild Rice Blend, Avocado and Toasted Seeds.
  • Mix with briny feta cheese, diced cucumbers, black olives and red onion for a Greek-inspired side.

Engine 2 Fiesta BlendFiesta Blend

Brown rice, sweet corn, black beans, red bell and poblano peppers goose up weeknight burritos and more in this crowd-pleasing blend.

  • Add cooked chickpeas and pinto beans to the mix for a fast three-bean rice salad.
  • We love this blend rolled in a tortilla with extra spices, fire-roasted tomatoes, a handful of fresh cilantro and diced avocado. Try these Engine 2 Fiesta Burritos.
  • Toss the grain blend with sugar snap peas, shredded cabbage and a squeeze of lime juice for a simple side dish.

Engine 2 Ancient GrainsAncient Grains

Quinoa, farro, black barley, brown rice and lentils combine for a gorgeous, protein-laden meal-maker.

  • Use the grains as a meat stand-in for chewy, satisfying Ancient Grain Wheat Balls that are right at home in your favorite marinara sauce.
  • Add shredded kale, toasted walnuts and this quick Dijon Vinaigrette for a simple, protein-packed lunch salad.
  • Stuff heated grains in a baked sweet potato and top with fresh herbs for an easy pocket meal.

Are you as excited as we are to stock the freezer? How will you use these meal-saving blends?

Category: Healthy Eating, Grocery

 

7 Comments

Comments

JOEL.E.WILLIAMS says ...
I SOON HOPE TO COME UP WITH SOME QUALITY RECIPES THA I'LL BE ABLE TO EXECUTE IN THE KITCHEN, AND THE SELECTIONS ON THIS PAGE LOOK PRETTY DARN GOOD. I HAVE OTHER IDEAS TOO THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH COOKING THE FOOD.
04/29/2013 8:29:54 AM CDT
Joane says ...
I find it strange that WFM would be telling people to use dairy along with Engine 2 products. Engine 2 is strictly no dairy! Anyone who knows anything about the book would know that. It's a shame that Whole Foods does not have a basic understanding of their product brands. Dairy is not plant-strong. I hope Rip had nothing to do with this!
05/02/2013 3:37:16 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JOANE - The suggestions listed above were additions that could be added to the E2 line of products for recipe ideas. We have a wide customer base with various diets so these were mere suggestions for those that might not follow the E2 diet in particular, but are curious about the products. You can always sub an almond or coconut yogurt versus the Greek yogurt mentioned above!
05/07/2013 12:23:50 PM CDT
Ryan C. says ...
Are these products in stores yet? I keep looking at my local stores in San Antonio, but to no avail. I'd love to try them.
08/09/2013 7:07:21 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@RYAN - Were you able to ask your store directly? Our buying happens at the store/regional level so they will be able to better tell you an ETA for these E2 items!
08/12/2013 12:35:15 PM CDT
bev says ...
i want to purchase fully prepared meals for thanksgiving dinner. what do you offer?
10/22/2013 10:52:25 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BEV - Our holiday menus will be available in store and online during the first couple weeks of November. Contact your local store closer to those dates and they will be happy to let you know what they have to offer.
10/25/2013 4:30:53 PM CDT