Since it’s Heart Month, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight a whole grain food product I absolutely love. A few months ago I found Kashi’s 7 Whole Grain Pilaf in the hot cereal aisle. It looked interesting so I bought it. And to my delight, it is an absolutely scrumptious grain that cooks a lot like brown rice. Warning, it does take 25 minutes so you may want to make it ahead of time. Because it is plain, I recommend consulting Kashi’s website for recipe ideas or get creative and spice it up on your own.
2 packets Kashi® 7 Whole Grain Pilaf
1 cup pine nuts (to reduce fat content, use ½ cup pine nuts)
2 cloves organic garlic, minced
6 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
1 teaspoon salt
2 bunches fresh basil, coarsely chopped
1 organic red bell pepper, diced
1 organic yellow bell pepper, diced
fresh ground black pepper to taste
1. Cook pilaf according to package instructions.
2. In a small skillet, dry toast the pine nuts over medium high heat, stirring continuously until they are golden brown and aromatic. Remove nuts from heat and set aside.
3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon zest, chili flakes, salt, basil, pepper and set aside.
4. In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked Kashi Pilaf, pine nuts, bell peppers and sauce mixture. Mix well and serve.