Holy Spoons

The gift of hospitality sometimes comes with food.

Mixed Grains medley

The cupboard was bare! We came back from vacation and I was not in the mood to deal with holiday grocery crowds. Last night we ordered in Chinese food. There wasn’t a lot of excitement over pizza tonight. So I went freezer spelunking, pantry diving, and investigated the bottom of the veggie drawer and came up with tonight’s menu.

Moral of the story: there is always SOMETHING to eat in this house, really.


  • 1 box “Whole Grain Blend” by Near East
  • 1 box taboule mix by Near East
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • Water, per package directions


  • Make “Whole Grain Blend” on stovetop per package directions. About half way through cooking time, add shredded carrots, stir and let simmer for rest of cooking time.
  • Make Taboule according to package directions. Leave on counter to cool, while the other mixture cooks.
  • Combine two mixes in a bowl. Stir well.
  • Add in spice packets, tomato, cukes, onions and garlic to mixture. Squeeze fresh lime or lemon over top.
  • Stir well, cover and put in fridge.

Served with naan from the freezer and “pastry bites” from Trader Joe’s.


About Deb

Wife, mom, sister, pastor, bereavement counselor, friend and Buckeye. I Yam what I Yam. Frequently imperfect, completely loved by the Divine, and grateful.

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This entry was posted on December 1, 2018 by in A Deb Invention, main dish, vegan and tagged , , .
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