Friday, January 30, 2009

Wheat Berries w/Roasted Goodness

Too many recipes that catch my interest, I haven't used wheat berries since that salad awhile back. Wait no more, I bring you this fantastic creation...


Wheat Berries w/Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Pears & Tofu
Inspired by this recipe
Serves 2-3



1/2c wheat berries
1lb brussels sprouts, trimmed, halved, and sliced
1 Bosc pear, diced
1lb extra firm tofu, drained then cut into 1/2" cubes
2T EVOO
1T honey
1T agave nectar
juice 2/3 lemon
zest of 1/3 lemon
~1t fresh grated ginger
s/p to taste
goat cheese, if desired


Preheat oven to 400deg. Toss sprouts, pears, tofu, EVOO, honey, agave, lemon juice and zest, and ginger. Season w/ salt and pepper and spread out on cookie sheet. This would've cooked quicker on two sheets, but I just used one... Oh, and it also would've been a good idea to line this with foil beforehand. oops. Roast until veggies have become browned at the edges, stirring every ~10min or so. Mine went a little long, but still tasty.

While veggies are roasting, cook wheat berries in large pot of salted boiling water. I forgot to look at the clock, but it probably takes ~20-30min. They're still slightly chewy when they're done, but they plump up and you'll probably see a few that will have cracked open. Drain these and set aside.

Combine wheat berries and roasted veggies. Drizzle with a little extra evoo if you'd like, or top with some goat cheese (I opted for the latter).

41 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Lovin' all that roasted goodness!! :-D

Krista said...

I love wheat berries and this sounds like a fabulous way to use them! Thanks!

Heather said...

hah! roasted goodness is my favorite flavoring for wheat berries ;)

Erica said...

What an awesome combo! I love the "sauce" ingredients too. I hope you enjoyed every bite!

Meg said...

It looks so yummy! I have never tried wheat berries.

Reeni♥ said...

I don't even know what a wheat berry is. I feel out of the loop. But this sounds interesting, kind of sweet and sour, which I love!

biz319 said...

I didn't think I liked wheatberries until I put them in a casserole - they added a chewy texture that I liked!

Kevin said...

This sounds like a really nice salad. I have been wanting to use wheatberries more.

Sagan said...

Not a big fan of brussel sprouts BUT I haven't ever had wheat berries nor tofu, really- so I'm very intrigued by this! Plus roasted seems to make everything taste much better.

Esi said...

I haven't used wheat berries yet, but this sounds really good.

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

roasted veggies and wheat berries, both are my favorites! love this combo!

Dawn said...

I love this combo too. You kicked it up with some goat cheese...good thinking!

HangryPants said...

I love wheat berries. I think they're my favorite grain. Great creation!

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Wheat berrie are everywhere these days. I've got to get on that!

Love the addition of the pear to the roasting pan...then goat cheese on top?!? Um, yum!

alexandra's kitchen said...

oh my gosh, so many delicious ingredients ... pear, tofu, brussels sprouts. amazing! and wheat berries are so healthy. i don't cook with them enough.

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

That is a seriously interesting flavor combination!

ashley (sweetandnatural) said...

This is awesome! Goat cheese, brussels sprouts, honey - so yummy!

Sharon said...

Oh my goodness, that looks amazing!

Jen (Running with Food) said...

This sounds fantastic! I love wheat berries with just about anything. Great post title! :)

The Boston Foodie said...

Great blog, Shannon. Nice to meet you today at the event.

Erin of Care to Eat said...

That looks beautiful and just sweet enough - would balsamic totally mess it up or what?

ttfn300 said...

Reeni- wheat berry just refers to the whole kernel of wheat (bran, germ, endosperm)

Sagan- I'm not a huge fan of sprouts either, but everyone says they're best roasted :)

Erin- balsamic would totally work!!

5 Star Foodie said...

This dish looks fabulous! I never had wheat berries, but I will definitely look into trying soon.

Zesty Cook said...

I have been hearing a lot about these wheat berries! I must try and find them. Looks amazing.

zesty

Katy said...

I have a container of wheatberries, and wasn't sure what to do with them ... thanks for solving that problem! Never would have thought about the pears, but this looks great.

Tina said...

It was nice to meet you today at the blogger event! We should try to get together again!

strongandhealthy said...

Yum! Looks great!

Rachel said...

Ok, that sounds fabulous. I've only had one unsucessful experience w/ b. sprouts. I know they deserve a second chance!

Elina said...

I love roasted veggies with goat cheese! Good choice on the topping :)
It was really nice to meet you today!! We should get together again soon.

Ricki said...

That does look fantastic! I bet I could do this with oat groats, too. Mmmmm. . . !

Burp~! said...

wow, how heavenly. what kind of wheatberries do you use? I can only find the white ones over here!

ttfn300 said...

Burp- I think they were hard winter wheat berries... White wheat berries are the source of WW pastry flour, but I think you can use those the same way!

Maria said...

I love roasted dishes! Looks tasty!

Elra said...

Delicious and healthy.
Cheers,
Elra

healthy ashley said...

I've never thought of wheatberries with veggies!

Juliet said...

That looks fantastic! I really need to try some wheat berries. :)

Donna-FFW said...

I love things roasted. Such healthiness in one dish. Gotta love it! Pretty dish too, probably packs a bunch of flavor!!

Bridget said...

It was so fun to meet you on Saturday...even though we didn't really get to chat due to the long table haha. I hope we can all figure out another meet up soon!

Jess said...

Sounds really interesting. I'm guessing its kind of a sweet sauce?

Annie said...

I love roasted brussel sprouts. And what a different combination with the pear and tofu. Sounds delicious!

kate said...

Whoo Hoo! I added you to my Brilliant Bloggers on my blog! Hope you don't mind :).
Thanks for visiting.
and...goat cheese does = heaven
i agree.

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