Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the #NewYearNewGrain18 campaign with Hodgson Mill as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I was compensated for my time.
When I think about healthy eating, colorful foods always come to mind. Naturally colorful, that is 😉 And with all the beautiful produce we are so lucky to have at our fingertips nowadays, eating the rainbow is not too hard to do!
It’s been a goal of mine this new year, as with most new years, to increase my veggie intake on a daily basis. I consider myself a pretty healthy eater on the regular, but after the indulgent holiday season, my body is always craving those extra nutrients and plant-focused meals. Whether that means putting an extra handful of spinach in my smoothie or whipping up a veggie-loaded egg scramble for lunch, I’ve been very conscious about adding lots of color to my plate.
BUT. One of my very favorite ways to add in all those veggies this new year has been with GRAIN BOWLS! Ohhh you guys, I just adore grain bowls. But I’m sure you already knew that 😉 Warm, nutty whole grains topped with an array of roasted or raw veggies, all drizzled with a creamy, dreamy sauce!
Now that is my kind of healthy eating!
Today, I’m teaming up with my friends at Hodgson Mill to bring you this Roasted Rainbow Grain Bowl with Creamy Herb Sauce! I’m using their brand new Ancient Grain Medleys, which are packed with KAMUT Khorasan wheat, Sorghum, and Teff, three grains I don’t use often in my kitchen.
Introducing “new” ancient grains, with unfamiliar flavors or textures, doesn’t have to be difficult – and it can also be delicious! Whole grains are specially produced to retain all parts of the grain. Often grains are refined to remove the nutritious bran and germ, which are packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Hodgson Mill side dishes are new, and can be found in-store in selected areas, but also can be purchased online at www.hodgsonmill.com or on Amazon.
Let’s get down to the recipe, shall we?!
I used a package of the Rosemary & Garlic Ancient Grain Medley as the base for my grain bowl, which makes enough for two large bowls, or 3-4 smaller ones. These medleys are already seasoned for you, but still maintain the quality whole grains we love so much! Total win!
Next, I roasted a medley of rainbow colored vegetables: red pepper, rainbow carrots (purple, orange, and yellow), and asparagus. Feel free to change up the veggies based on what you have on hand, or what your family prefers!
To take my grain bowls to the next level, I always add some sort of creamy element. This time around, I used a cashew-based creamy herb sauce. This addicting sauce is made simply with soaked cashews, fresh herbs, garlic, salt, pepper, and water. That’s it!! I promise you’ll be licking the down clean once you’ve made a batch of this stuff!