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Summer is here (at least it feels like it here in Georgia!) and I have started looking for recipes that involve very little actual cooking. Between trying to keep the house cool and running the kids back and forth to camps, it is nice to be able to just throw things together at the last minute. Healthy dishes that include whole grains aren’t always quick but if you make up the grains the night before, this pilaf recipe is incredibly easy to make in just a few minutes. Using Stonyfield yogurt for the dressing means you are adding very few additional calories, which is always nice during swimsuit season!
For the grains in this recipe, I used Bob’s Red Mill Grande Whole Grains Blend. It is a combination of hard red wheat, long grain brown rice, oats, whole rye, whole triticale, whole barley, white buckwheat, and sesame seeds. Use one cup of these dried grains to 2 1/2 cups of stock if you are using this pilaf recipe as a side dish. Since it is loaded with protein it would also make a great main dish, just double the recipe below. Make up the grains the night before (or even in your crockpot!) and refrigerate until you need to assemble the dish.
Southwestern Pilaf Recipe with Creamy Taco Dressing
- 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Grande Whole Grains
- 2 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup black beans
- 1/2 cup corn
- 1 avocado, peeled, pt removed and sliced
- FOR THE DRESSING
- 1/3 cup Stonyfield plain lowfat yogurt
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- juice of one lime
- 1 TBSP taco seasoning
- 1 TBSP fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- Cook grains in stock according to package directions. Let cool
- Add beans, tomatoes, and corn to cooked grains and mix
- Place pilaf mixture in a serving bowl and top with slices of avocado
- To make the dressing: Combine yogurt, olive oil, lime juice, taco seasoning and cilantro in small bowl and whisk until combined.
- Pour dressing over the pilaf and serve
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.