Whole grain side dishes don’t have to be bland or boring. With Mesa de Vida healthy cooking sauces it is simple to bump up the flavor – and nutrition – of your whole grain sides. Whether you’re cooking rice, quinoa, millet, farro, or even couscous, adding Mesa de Vida healthy cooking sauces to your cooking liquid will make main-dish worthy grains everyone will love.
For more inspiration for Spanish rice, red beans and rice or jambalaya check out Mesa de Vida 101 to see how simple delicious grains can be. Oh, don’t miss out on our Arroz con Pollo and Paella recipes for more grain goodness!
Serve this delicious dish as a vegetarian or vegan main entree (our sauces are 100% vegan) with a side of sauteed or roasted vegetables (how about making a vegetable tagine), or as a bed for some simmered chickpeas and butternut squash, or a saucy meat simmered/sauteed/slow cooked with the rest of the sauce left in your jar of Mesa de Vida healthy cooking sauce.
Moroccan Double Grain Pilaf Recipe
1-2 tsp healthy oil/fat of your choice
2 Tb pumpkin seeds and/or sliced almonds
1/2 cup brown rice, rinsed and drained well
2 Tb Mesa de Vida North African Harissa Inspired Cooking Sauce
2 cups low-sodium broth
Salt to taste
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained well
1/4 cup dried apricots, diced
Heat a sauce pan over medium high heat, when hot add oil, swirl to coat. Add the pumpkin seeds and/or almonds, cook until golden brown. This will happen very fast, stir often and remove the seeds/almonds immediately.
Add the brown rice to the oil left in the pan, stir to coat. Add your Mesa de Vida North African Inspired Cooking Sauce, broth and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, cover and lower the heat to a low simmer. Cook for 25 minutes.
Stir in the quinoa and diced dried apricots. Cover and simmer for 20 more minutes.
Remove from the heat and keep covered, rest for 5-10 minutes.
Fluff your double grain pilaf with a fork and stir in the toasted pumpkin seeds and/or almonds.