Whether you're heading to a beach BBQ or a winter pot luck, bring this. It's a winner. Change up the vegetables depending on what's local and in season. Here, I was undiscriminating and grabbed every vegetable I could get my hands on in the farmer's market and it was fabulous for my impromptu family dinner party for 17. And then I ate it for breakfast the next day post yoga class. Truth.
Choose any grain. Choose any vegetable. Add any cheese, though a grated parmesan is universally perfect. 'Slike a choose your own adventure book.
Vegetables of your choice. Here: Zucchini, Mushrooms, Tiny (pearl) tomatoes, Onions, Baby spinach
3 Cloves garlic
4 ish Scallion Stalks
1 Bag of Bulgar (I used the Trader Joes tiny bag of Bulgar here but use orzo /couscous/any grain of your choice)
Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
Coarse chop small all of the veggies except for the spinach. Throw in roasting pan, generous drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast for approx 30 min at 425 degrees or until getting brown and carmelized.
Garlic: For each dish I make, I decide whether to use roasted/cooked garlic or minced raw. Keeping it raw gives a little heat and is particularly good for you. This time around I roasted it with the rest of the vegetables which makes the whole dish a bit sweeter rather than hot. Next time perhaps I'll switch it up and use raw, 'cuz I'm crazy like that.
Make bulgar (or Israeli couscous or quinoa or any other grain of choice) according to package directions. Don't overcook. Then it's mush.
When roasted veggies done, toss the grain in with the vegetables in the still warm roasting pan so that the grain absorbs all of the roasting juices from the pan. Then add the fresh baby spinach to wilt. Pour whole mixture into serving dish.
Add more olive oil, salt, pepper to taste. Or not. Sprinkle fresh sliced scallion and grated parmesan. Serve immediately or hours later. When served at room temp, the flavors have had the time to romance each other a bit more. Serve with Pat Benatar's Greatest Hits whispering in the background or Florence + The Machine blaring. Follow with s'mores & a fire pit.