There’s nothing ‘ancient’ about our recipes using ancient grains. We’re giving ancient grains a few refreshing new spin for the new year and including a few fabulous wine pairings for these lighter dishes!
Just getting acquainted with ancient grains? ‘Ancient Grains’ is basically the name given to the grouping of grains and so-called “pseudocereals” considered unchanged over thousands of years. Look for Spelt, Kamut, Millet, Barley, Freekeh, Bulgur, Sorghum and Farro on the label when looking for grains. Quinoa, Amaranth, Buckwheat and Chia are called pseudocereals because their seeds can be ground into flour.
Ancient grains are not only delicious, they’re also good for you! They’re packed with protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
Quinoa & Black Bean Cobb Salad
This creative cobb salad from Cordúa in Houston brings together iron-rich black beans and protein-packed quinoa for a refreshing new salad. We love it with chopped avocado and fresh-made pico de gallo — and a loving sprinkle of bacon! Pair this salad with La Ciboise Luberon, which you can find at H-E-B for about $10 a bottle. Get the recipe here.
Tender Beef Filet with Quinotto & Salsa Criolla
This perfect winter dish features mushroom “quinotto” — you read that right! It’s quinoa prepared like a traditional risotto. We love this recipe from our friends at Goya Foods, which features two types of mushrooms and a colorful Salsa Criolla. Watch Goya Foods Executive Chef Fernando Desa prepare it for you below.
Ready for a little vino? We love the Buried Cane Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington State and the Clone 7 Oak Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon — both under $30 from H-E-B. Learn more about them here.
Quick Cook 5 Grains & Swiss Chard Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette
Roll these ravishing grains all into one delicious dish from Central Market. Their Quick Cook 5 Grains features Italian farro, barley, brown rice, Kamut, and oats and cooks in just 10 minutes. Pair it with fresh Swiss chard and a bright grapefruit vinaigrette for a refreshing new spin that’s both healthy and quick to prepare. Get the recipe here.
Can we tempt you with this Tabbouleh? You’ll love this traditional Mediterranean dish with a tasty new twist: instead of using bulgur, this recipe from Fogo de Chão uses quinoa! Get the recipe for the Quinoa Tabbouleh here.
Roasted Vegetables & Quinoa Salad
We’re always excited when this bright and beautiful Roasted Vegetable & Quinoa Salad arrives at the table from our friends at Hungry’s in Houston. It’s made with a rockin’ roasted garlic vinaigrette, which goes great with any protein you decided to add! We love it with grilled Gulf shrimp. You’ll love this light salad with the Esprit de Saint-Sulpice Sauvignon Blanc, which is just under $15 a bottle at H-E-B.
Watch how Hungry’s makes the amazing Roasted Vegetable & Quinoa salad below.
California Kale & Kamut Chicken Salad
This killer California Kale & Kamut Chicken Salad is dressed in a delectable lemon-lime Caesar dressing. It’s super simple to put together and is great for lunches. You can make it with grilled chicken breast or a rotisserie chicken, but we could see it shaken up with some seafood!