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No-Fail Quick and Easy Dinner Formula

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above: triangle tea towel

above: triangle tea towel

Recently Drew and I realized that we have been going through bowls like crazy, and it dawned on us that lately every dinner we have eaten is some manifestation of a rice bowl.  If you are like us and are constantly asking "What should we eat?" at dinner time, only to end up scarfing down a bowl of popcorn, this is perfect for you!  Combine these three parts together in a bowl and voilà, dinner.   

Part I: Grain

Keep a variety of quick-cook whole grains in your pantry, or just make a big batch at the beginning of the week.  My favorites are brown rice, quinoa, and barley.  I always cook them using vegetable broth for flavor.  Tip: This article tells you how to cook any whole grain.

Part II: Vegetable

Pick any freaking vegetable you like and roast it!  Easy!  Chop it into bite sized pieces, drizzle on some olive oil, and add a little salt and pepper.  420°F for 25 minutes stirring half way should do it, less time for softer veggies.  My favorites for roasting are broccoli, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash.  Sometimes we will buy a bag of frozen vegetables instead and steam or stir fry them.

Part III: Add-On

These are additional items that you can add for crunch, flavor, whatever.  Our favorite recently has been to roast a can of chickpeas with the vegetables.  So good!  Just make sure they are completely dry before you put them in the oven, or they won't get crunchy.  Some other favorites are slivered almonds, Craisins, arugula, spinach, feta, avocado, and scrambled eggs.  Adds some herbs and spices for more flavor if you want.

This system is even easier if you live within walking distance to a grocery store.  Several nights a week we walk to Safeway after work and pick up a can of beans and a veggie to go with whatever grain we have a home.  When it comes to dinner we are lazy pretty much 100% of the time...

Examples

A few that we've tried and enjoyed...

  1. brown rice + broccoli + chickpeas
  2. brown rice + frozen stir fry + scrambled eggs + soy sauce
  3. brown rice + sweet potato + black beans + avocado
  4. quinoa + sweet potato + chickpeas + arugula + feta
  5. qunioa + corn + tomato + black beans + avocado
  6. barley + butternut squash + arugula
  7. barley + brussel sprouts + craisins
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