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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Lunch - wheat grain, giant couscous and feta


This was a very easy salad to make - the most difficult part was finding the wheat grain! After trawling the supermarkets without success, I eventually found the wheat grain in a whole food shop. It's nutty texture works perfectly with the rest of the ingredients. Admittedly it does take at least 45 minutes to cook, so it's worth making a large quantity. Great for lunch boxes. Here's our tasty recipe:







Wheat grain, giant couscous and feta salad 
Ingredients
Wheat grain (15g dried per person)
Giant couscous (15g dried per person)
mixed vegetables for roasting such as
carrot, red onion, butternut squash, peppers, aubergine, sweet potato, courgette
Feta cheese
Salt/pepper
Olive oil
Your choice of flavourings (see below)
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The basis of this mixed salad is EQUAL quantities of cooked wheat grain and giant couscous - about 15g of each per portion required. 
Although this is a very easy salad to make - the difficult part was finding the wheat grain! After trawling the supermarkets without success, I found the wheat grain in a whole food shop. At £1 for 500g, it will go a long way. It contains valuable nutrients as it retains the bran layer (great fibre). The nutty flavour and texture blends well with the rest of the ingredients. Admittedly it does take at least 45 minutes to cook which is why I would suggest making enough for a few good lunches. Great for transporting to work!
Place your favourite vegetables onto a lightly oiled oven tray, spray with oil and cook in a hot oven until soft. This stage can be done beforehand (as I did when roasting some chicken). 
Take equal quantities of cooked wheat grain and giant couscous - about 15g of each per portion required. 
Mix all the ingredients together with a little olive oil, salt and pepper plus your favourite spice. If you like it spicy you could add some chilli. I added a little turmeric/cumin to mine as I used butternut squash. You may prefer sun dried tomatoes, or perhaps a squeeze of lemon and chopped thyme. 
WHY NOT EXPERIMENT - and add some fruit such as apricots or mango?
Keep in the refrigerator until required. 
TODAY I ate mine with crumbled feta cheese and some mixed salad leaves. You may prefer goat's cheese etc.
How did I make this more economical? I used just a small amount of the butternut squash. I bought one squash and used the bulk of it as a soup.
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