Great – and TASTY- Recipes Using Ancient Harvest Products!

 While I can cook, I tend to fall into cooking ruts and I  really want to feature a lot more vegetables and less meat overall- particularly because the pandemic has played havoc with the cost of meat and chicken at the markets I use. One of the great ways to get around eating a lot of meat or poultry is to use more grains and vegetables. Ancient Harvest has an array of products that will fit perfectly into a side dish or main dish category. I went through some of their recipes and found some that I really want to test-drive.  I love Polenta, but I hate the cooking process because it requires a lot of supervision over a significant chunk of time.

Thanks to Ancient Harvest,  they have a  ” heat and eat” version of polenta in various flavors of polenta that means I can do Italian one day, and a more Spanish or Mexican dish the next.  The variety of foods you can serve when using Ancient Harvest is really interesting and I love that the recipes don’t require a lot of time too!
This post features some recipes that I think would be great for summer and would put a different spin on my love of french fries, tacos, kabobs and also “small bites” that can be a snack or be added into a meal!

POLENTA FRIES  Using Ancient Harvest Polenta!

Fry up these polenta fries in no time with this air fryer recipe by @realfoodwithgratitude.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package of Ancient Harvest Heat-and-Eat Polenta Basil and Garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon Olive Oil (or oil of choice)
  • Pinch of Sea Salt and Black Pepper

Directions

  1. Heat air fryer to 400 degrees
  2. Cut ends off of polenta tube
  3. Cut polenta into fries (cut in half then in quarters then cut again, depending on the thickness you want)
  4. Spray with choice of oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper
  5. Cook in the air fryer for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown

Vegan Quinoa Tacos

 

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Taco Tuesday is getting a plant-based makeover!
Try these vegan quinoa tacos by @veggieworldrecipes for a new way to enjoy quinoa.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Ancient Harvest Harmony Quinoa
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 2 large chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • splash of olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • avocado and parsley (or cilantro) to top
  • corn tortillas

Directions

  1. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil, followed by the chopped onion and minced garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Drain your can of beans and can of corn and add them to the pan.
  3. Add the vegetable broth, chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, quinoa, paprika, and cumin. Cover the pan and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until the liquid has pretty much evaporated.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste. Take off heat.
  5. Heat your tortillas on a clean pan for 10-15 seconds on each side.
    Then add your taco mix to the tortillas and top with chopped avocado and parsley or cilantro
    TIP: 
    (You can also microwave your tortillas till they are steaming – you just have to work fast before they cool off! )

 

Mojo Verde Polenta Bites

 

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Step outside the box with this fresh holiday appetizer by @lindseyeatsla!

Ancient Harvest Heat-and-Eat Polenta is cooked in rounds and plated up with prosciutto, burrata and a homemade green mojo verde that is begging to be served at your next holiday party.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5-7 slices of prosciutto
  • About 1/2 cup burrata (mozzarella works too), torn in segments
  • 3-4 roma tomatoes
  • 1 package of Ancient Harvest Heat-and-Eat Polenta (sliced into rounds)

For the Mojo Verde

  • 1 cup parsley
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 5-6 serrano chilies
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 juice of lime
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1/4  cup oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Make your Mojo Verde by placing parsley, cilantro, Serrano chiles, garlic, lime juice, vinegar and oil in a food processor. Pulse and mix until a chunky sauce forms.
  2. Slice your polenta in rounds and sear on a skillet with a drizzle of olive oil until it becomes a bright yellow/orange color, about 4-5 minutes on each side. While that’s searing, slice your tomatoes.
  3. To assemble, place your polenta cakes with a piece of sliced tomato, a segment of burrata and 1-2 pieces of prosciutto, drizzle your mojo verde sauce. Guests can pick their bite that includes all the components.

Servings: 5-7

Grilled Polenta Kabobs

 

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 Fire up the grill for this new take on veggie kabobs.

These Grilled Polenta Kabobs by @veggielexi are a cinch to make and adds a colorful and delicious texture to your backyard barbecue this summer thanks to Ancient Harvest Heat-and-Eat Polenta.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons of olive oil, plus more for brushing before grilling
  • 1 Package Ancient Harvest Heat-and-Eat Polenta, Traditional Italian
  • 2 red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1in squares
  • 2 green bell peppers, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1in squares
  • 1 package cremini mushrooms, stemmed and quartered
  • 1 red onion, outer layer removed and cut into 1in squares
  • 24 cherry tomatoes
  • 24 wooden skewers (may cut down to 8in)

Directions

  1. Slice the polenta into ½” thick rounds (about 8 slices total), then cut each round into 6 pieces.
  2. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat.  Once heated, add the olive oil.
  3. Add the polenta and saute on two sides for about 2 minutes per side.  You’re looking for a light golden crisp.  This helps the polenta hold its shape when you thread it on the kabob. Alternatively, you could marinate the polenta pieces in olive oil for 30 minutes, but the sauté method is more effective for helping the polenta hold its shape.
  4. Thread each kabob in the following order: Mushroom, Green Bell Pepper, Red Onion, Red Bell Pepper, Polenta, Cherry Tomato, Mushroom, Green Bell Pepper, Red Onion, Red Bell Pepper, Polenta.
  5. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  6. Brush each kabob with olive oil on both sides before grilling.
  7. Grill for 8 minutes, turning as needed, or until the vegetables are cooked through

TIP:
To make sure your veggies are cooked through, you might want to microwave them for about  1-2 minutes in the microwave in a lid on the container.  Start with  45 seconds and them add another 30 seconds till you see that the veggies are starting to soften just a bit. You don’t want them too soft or they will fall off the kabobs.   By using the microwave for a short period of time, you can add celery, carrot chunks, potatoes,  zucchini, or yellow squash.

Where to buy link:
To find the stores near you that carry Ancient Harvest products, please visit this link: https://ancientharvest.com/store-locator/

Stevie Wilson
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