For Healthy Sides, Go With the (Whole) Grain
In the Bush household, side dishes were nonexistent (which might explain some of Zach’s weight loss). Allie introduced Ashley to three filling whole grains—quinoa, barley, and bulgur (pictured at right, from top)—and showed her how to dress them up with some throw-in-and-go ingredients.
Mix-Ins for Quinoa, Barley, and Bulgur
Cook ¾ cup of the desired grain according to the package directions, then fold in one of these easy combinations. (Each recipe serves 4.)
Raisins, Almonds, and Scallions
Fold in ¼ cup raisins, ½ cup chopped roasted almonds, and 2 chopped scallions. Season with ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper.
White Beans, Tomatoes, and Parmesan
Fold in 1 cup rinsed cannellini beans, 1 cup halved grape tomatoes, ½ cup grated Parmesan, and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley. Season with ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper.
Olives and Oregano
Fold in ½ cup quartered pitted kalamata olives and 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano. Season with ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper.