Latest Trader Joe’s Obsession: The Harvest Grains Blend

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Easy to make and ready in 10 minutes, this delish side dish o’ grains is SO good. I’ve been making it lately, instead of rice, whenever I make fish and veggies.


It’s a dried mix of pearl couscous, red and green orzo, garbanzo beans and red quinoa, so you get a nice blend of soft and firm textures. Directions on the bag, but basically, pour it into a pot of boiling water with a bit of butter, wait 10 minutes and devour.

There’s a bit of flavor (tastes a tad like barley), but it’s not the main course, you know? The flavor shouldn’t overpower a protein or something else served with it.

It’s also a great starting point for a side salad. I like to add chopped mango (which you can find in the frozen food aisle at TJ’s), slivered almonds, dried cranberries and a little olive oil.

If it looks yummy to you, it should be in the aisle with the pastas and rice at your TJ’s.


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  1. Divya says:

    Such an attractive dish! I love fish 🙂
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  2. That looks so tasty and super healthy.
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  3. Julee says:

    Looks so delicious! Any chance of the recipe for the asparagus?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Julee,

      The asparagus is super easy! I don’t really measure ingredients, I just kind of eyeball it…

      — Heat up a non-stick pan on the stove on medium high; throw in a handful of sliced almonds and stir them around until they get brown and toasty. Set aside.
      — Wash, trim and cut the asparagus (I usually do it an angle to increase the surface area).
      — Warm up about a tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat in a pan.
      — Add in asparagus and cook for about three minutes (I like mine on the crisp side).
      –Remove the pan from the heat, stir in your toasted almonds, then season with a little bit of garlic and onion powder, dried parsley and basil (or you can use fresh), salt, or whatever seasonings you like.

  4. Kathy says:

    wow, not only do you like cats and the same cosmetics I do, but you are a Trader Joe’s fan!! My favorite grocery store! Have you ever tried roasting asparagus? Spray on a bit of EVOO and sprinkle on Parmesan, then I pop in my toaster oven at about 400 until the parm is toasted and asparagus looks ready.

  5. Erin says:

    That looks pretty amaze-balls. I’d love to whip that up with some Persian cucumbers,tomatoes,olives,artichokes,lemon zest,and a basil vinaigrette.Maybe throw some cheese and chicken in too!
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  6. Fancie says:

    This looks heavenly!
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  7. Emily says:

    I love the Harvest Grain blend! It’s a staple at my house.

  8. Iris says:

    Mmm… that sounds delicious. I wish we had a Trader Joe’s in my city.

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