Monday, January 23, 2012

Taste & Create: Vegan Grains and Greens

Healthy, tasty Grains and Greens!
Yay for alliteration!

This post has been a long time comin'... and despite that I made the dish aaages ago (last year, I do believe...) I just haven't gotten around to blogging it. And now, here I am, once again, pushing the deadline for Taste & Create... that wonderful, monthly challenge where I'm paired with another blogger, this month Ruby of That's So Vegan!, and encouraged to try out a recipe I've never used before...

Now, as you may have guessed from her blog's name, Ruby is vegan... which poses an interesting challenge for me as I am not. Should I go through her blog and attempt to un-veganise a carefully vegan-ised recipe? Or ought I step out of my comfort zone and try something new?

I chose to step out! And here we have, Vegan Grains and Greens, which Ruby had made previously in desperation because her college didn't appetisingly appeal to her dietary requirements.

Ruby uses a "Trader Joes" mix to get her grains... I, living as I do in New Zealand, didn't have that option - so I went for bulghar wheat instead... Make this dish as you will!

Other alterations include: using seeded big tomatoes in place of Ruby's cherries. Although, I dare say that one could stretch to tinned tomatoes outside of season and this dish would work just as well, if a little sloppily...

Also, Ruby's is a Chickpea, Tomato and Zucchini Stir-Fry - I threw asparagus in as well, along with some parsley and mint on top to up the green factor.

Random fact about me: when I was little I would eat "zucchini" but not "courgettes"... the theory being that my Grandparents would serve me "zucchini" and you have to eat whatever your grandparents serve you... eating Parent-food though? That's optional...

I served this alongside baked fish and a red pepper sauce, made by whizzing up 4 roasted red peppers from a jar with 1/4 cup of orange juice... if I were to serve the Grains and Greens as a meal rather than a vegetable/starch side, for me, it would have to be served with this, or some other sauce. Because I'm fussy like that. Yes.

Otherwise this is a tasty, healthful dish - a strong case in the argument that "vegan food doesn't mean boring food"!

Vegan Grains and Greens

1 cup of cooked grains of your choosing (this usually means 1/2 cup of uncooked grains....)
1 can chickpeas, drianed
Some greens, say, 2 cups worth? Chopped. Steamed.
Some tomatoes... either 450g ish of cherries, or full-sized seeded and chopped, or a can of drain and chopped "whole tomatoes"
2 cloves, garlic
olive oil, for frying
salt/pepper to taste
mint/parsley to serve

Heat oil and garlic in pan util fragrant. Fry off chickpeas and tomatoes.

Throw in cooked grains and steamed greens - stir until heated through. Season

Serve with chopped herbs. Yum!


  1. I love these ideas they are great. As a mother I am always looking for healthy snacks for my son, especially for his school lunchbox.

  2. Thanks for trying out this recipe! The alterations you made sound yummy, I may add asparagus and parsley next time too. It was fun swapping recipes with you!