Quick Harvest Grains Skillet Meal

One of our favorite go to meals last minutes is a skillet meal I make using Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains Blend.  When I am near a Trader Joe’s store I usually by about 10 packages of this because they keep forever.  Note: when making this meal, it changes every time I make this because I always use what I have in the pantry or refrigerator.  If you don’t have a red pepper or a banana pepper, use a green pepper or an orange pepper.  If you only have black beans or dark red kidney beans, use those instead of the garbanzo beans.  Use any sort of combination of spices you prefer.  Many times I use a bag of mixed frozen vegetables.  I always use an onion a pepper and a can of beans then go from there.  The possibilities are endless. 


1 10 oz. bag frozen corn

1 16 oz. pkg. Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains Blend

1 32 oz. box unsalted vegetable stock

1 large red onion, diced

1 red pepper, diced

1 banana pepper, diced


1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, unsalted & not drained

1 8 oz. can unsalted tomato sauce

1 10 oz. can Ro-Tel tomatoes, unsalted

1 t. smoked paprika

1 t. dried oregano

1 t. cumin

1 t. Penzey’s Roasted Garlic

2 t. Penzey’s Salsa & Pico

½ t. red pepper flakes

Salt  & pepper to taste


Using a large skillet sauté the onion on high heat until it starts to caramelize.  Add the red pepper and banana pepper, frozen corn and sauté an additional few minutes with the onion. Reduce the heat to medium. Next add the remaining ingredients; Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains Blend, garbanzo beans, tomato sauce, Ro-Tel tomatoes, paprika, oregano, cumin, Penzey’s Roasted Garlic, Penzey’s Salsa & Pico, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and vegetable stock.  Stir well until everything is combined, increase heat to high then bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low and cover with slight venting.  Stir occasionally until most all of the liquid has absorbed then serve.