Trader Joe's Pantry: Harvest Grains Blend

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Israeli or pearl couscous tastes more like barley than traditional couscous, with a large, pearly grain that pops in the mouth. It's slightly chewy and utterly delicious.

This Harvest Grains Blend from Trader Joe's features Israeli couscous, along with red and green orzo, split dried garbanzo beans, and red quinoa. It's our new favorite at Trader Joe's, and here's why.

Most grain or rice blends are a bad idea; they look pretty in the bag but need different cooking times.

You're usually left with a decorative but unpleasant mishmash of overcooked and undercooked grains. Not so here; the textures are perfectly calibrated for the 10-minute cooking time. You have soft and chewy couscous, tender orzo, and garbanzo beans with a firmer texture that provides a nice contrast.

And of course the mix of whole grains, especially quinoa, is very good for you. Delicious, hearty, and a meal on its own. Highly recommended! We have a recipe for this coming along a little later today...

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.