Monday, October 6

Why I Want to Work for Kashi

asian 7 grain shrimp salad

I want to work for Kashi. Take a look at their part of their mission statement:

Everyone has the right to healthy food... We love being able to give people all-natural, minimally processed foods that are free of highly refined sugars, artificial additives, and preservatives. Because when we eat well, we feel well....

What's not to like about that? Kashi makes good-for-you-food that actually tastes good. And if you've lived through the Snackwell's and rice cake (aka styrofoam circles) mania of the '90s, then you know that's no easy task.

asian 7 grain shrimp salad straight on

My current favorite Kashi product is 7 Whole Grain Pilaf, which is great any time of the day. Not only is it deliciously chewy, nutty, and satisfying, but it's super healthy too: 1 cup of this pilaf has twice the fiber and protein of brown rice. In this recipe for Shrimp, Pineapple, and 7 Whole Grain Pilaf Salad, succulent shrimp, sweet pineapple, creamy mango, and chewy Kashi are tossed in an addictive sweet and sour dressing. Topped with crunchy cashews and toasted sesame seeds, this salad has it all.

I'm not receiving any free products or money for this post. However, if any Kashi people are reading this, I wouldn't turn my nose up at a coupon for Heart to Heart cereal -- I'm currently all out. And if you're from the Kashi Human Resources department, I have a discernible palate, get along well with people, know all 19 whole grains, and own a pair of well-worn Birkenstocks. I'm available for part-time work.

asian 7 grain shrimp salad half mat

Shrimp, Pineapple, and 7 Whole Grain Pilaf Salad
Makes 2 main or 4 side servings.
Print recipe only here.

1 cup cooked Kashi 7 grain pilaf**
12 extra large or jumbo shrimp, cleaned and deveined
2 teaspoons sesame oil, divided
1 large celery stalk, julienned
1 large carrot, peeled and julienned
1/2 cup fresh pineapple, diced
2 tablespoons each Thai basil, mint, and cilantro
1 tablespoon cashews, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
4 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
1 Thai chile, finely chopped (with as many seeds as you'd like)

Following cooking instructions for the Kashi pilaf or grain of your choice.

Place the shrimp in a medium bowl with 1 teaspoon sesame oil, salt and pepper. Toss well to coat, and set aside for 5-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, place all other salad ingredients (except sesame seeds) in a bowl, and toss gently.

To make the dressing, whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat remaining 1 teaspoon sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook 5 to 6 minutes, turning to ensure that they brown evenly on both sides.

In a large bowl, combine cooked pilaf, vegetables, and shrimp. Pour dressing evenly over the salad and toss well to coat. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

**Kashi 7 Whole Grain Pilaf is available at most major supermarkets and specialty markets such as Whole Foods. Other chewy whole grains such as barley, brown rice, or wheatberries can be substituted.

You might also like:

Asian Noodle Salad with Tofu and Mango

String Beans and Tofu with Thai Peanut Butter Sauce

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Fresh Pineapple Chutney

Mediterranean Wheatberry Salad with Lentils and Chickpeas

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Brilynn said...

I like this! If they hire you, can you get me job there too?

Kristen said...

Hey, now, I was eating rice cakes (slathered with peanut butter) way back in the 80s. Does this mean I was a trend setter? ;)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a tasty and colorful dish! Very pretty, appealing and delicious!

Cheers and have a good day,


Cynthia said...

They should definitely hire you.

Kalyn Denny said...

Awesome photos. This looks great, and Kashi 7-Grain Pilaf just went on my shopping list! (If I was head of HR, I would definitely hire you!)

Sig said...

They have to at least give you some commission for this post! I am definitely going to get me some whole grain pilaf...

Brittany said...

They SHOULD hire you! I didn't know about the 7 grain pilaf mix. I've only had the cereal (which I love).
You could develop recipes for them to plaster on the back of the boxes. I'll definantly try this.

Anh said...

I wonder when the 7 grain pilaf will be available here in Oz? Your dish looks really deliciously pretty!

Anonymous said...

I'm totally sold! This looks so delicious I'm thinking I should pick up some 7 Grain Pilaf on the way home and make this tonight.

The Italian Dish said...

I totally agree!! I love Kashi products! This recipe looks fantastic. I bet the women in my book club would love this one.

Darius T. Williams said...

I totally get it. I love their products and this salad...WOW. You know I'm just in love with the pictures. I'm going to get one of those high powered cameras really soon - can't wait! Lovely recipe!


T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I would hire you in a second, especially if you made me this grain pilaf salad!

Anonymous said...

this looks delicious , Susan! I love shrimp. Great way to advertise your services too! :)

Anonymous said...

I would totally work for kashi too, even their commercials had me: "7 whole grains on a mission..." I didn't know about their pilaf but I do love their Go Lean Crunch cereal and their granola bars. I'll have to try this out!

Deborah said...

Where have I been? I thought all Kashi made was cereal, but I'll be looking for this!

Mishmash ! said...

they will atleast offer u brand ambassador 's job....:)) and lol on the coupons part :D thats a visually appealing dish...

Le Flâneur Novice said...

The web page of Kashi is not working now. They owe this to you Susan :)))

I love pineapple & chicken duo. Need to try this shrimp & pineapple combination, too, as my bf really loves sea food.

Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Oh geez, Susan, that comment about well-worn Birkenstocks was just too funny. I have a pair I wear for gardening. I have a friend who calls me "Granola" because I have the sandals, a Subaru, eat brown rice and recycle. I wear the moniker proudly. Do you think this recipe would translate well to either chicken or pork? I'm allergic to shellfish but it sounds heavenly.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

Amazing. I'm printing this out right now. I'm working on next week's menu today, and this is definitely going on it.

Back when I worked at KNSD (Oh! I'm sorry! NBC 7/39), we did a story at Kashi to talk about healthy breakfast food. I've been in love with them ever since. Wonderful people, great philosophy.

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

I love Kashi too. This is such a nice meal. I would like to work for them as a taster.

Anonymous said...

You know that Kellogg's owns Kashi, right?

Their products showed up at an event I attended where Kellogg's was a minor sponsor. It's where I developed my addiction to Kashi dark cherry and chocolate chip granola bars...

Having said that.. any kind of whole grain pilaf really appeals to me!


Cookie baker Lynn said...

This looks gorgeous! I'd take this over a rice cake any day!

Half Baked said...

Kashi's is great. I didn't know they had a pilaf though. I'll be on the look out for it so I can make this dish!

Terry at Blue Kitchen said...

Susan, you say Kashi's 7 Whole Grain Pilaf has more fiber and protein than brown rice. How does the taste compare? Better, I hope--to me, brown rice has all the flavor and textural appeal of, well, those well-worn Birkenstocks.

Kara said...

Kashi would be so lucky! And I agree with another comment that the "well-worn Birkenstocks" comment had me laughing pretty well. I too am a lover of Kashi (just finished some as a mid-afternoon snack!) but had no idea they had a whole grain pilaf! I will be on the look-out, now, though - and they have you to thank!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

rofl about the Birkenstocks comment. That salad has such great color on it--it sounds delicious and really flavorful. Fingers crossed for a Kashi-employed reader!

Elly said...

Ha! I actually just made a quick reference to Kashi today in my post and I have written before how I am a *tad* obsessed with their products. The 7 grain pilaf is definitely one of my favorites. This dish looks really delicious! I have also been eating my weight in the 7 grain crackers...

Nicole said...

This looks wonderful! Is their pilaf available at most regular markets?

Heather said...

that's quite the resume there, ms. food blogga! ;) this does look delicious. and i love kashi's commercials! they look like they have a lot of fun! i love, love, love pineapple in savory dishes!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Believe it or not, I haven't tried this Kashi product, though I'm so fond of many other Kashi foods. I'd hire you in a minute, and I hope the folks at Kashi snap you up!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I'd gladly give this a try! I've also wanted to work for Kashi ever since seeing their commercial with the young man in some far flung open air market stating that he is a picky eater and travels the world looking for foods to bring back to us. Hey, I'm not that picky of an eater, cut I'd gladly impersonate one to have his job!

Unknown said...

i admire things which are good for me...and still taste fantastic...most things that i love aren't good for me...and i wont be able to afford this eating habit much longer...

i need to have enough will power to switch...lots of it ^_^

Ivy said...

They should definitely hire you just to create beautiful recipes like this one.

Ivy said...

They should definitely hire you just to create beautiful recipes like this one.

Meeta K. Wolff said...

what do i do if I do not get kashi? I guess I'll have to come up with my own mix - because this really looks great, susan!

Shreya said...

so colourful and appealing! Awesome recipe, and healthy too:-)

Anonymous said...

This dish looks great. And the photos are out of this world. Could there possibly be a better advertisement for Kashi?

Annemarie said...

Snackwells and rice cakes: eating 'well' had never been so blah. Very nice recipe using something that's good for you and tasty to boot.

Salt N Turmeric said...

I wasnt sure if i shud leave a comment here since i obviously dont eat healthy. lol. But that sald sure do look good. Iv seen the kashi commercials but never thought of trying them. maybe i should.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Has Kashi called you yet?? They should, just look how you did their product proud!! Just look at that plate Kashi people!

Anonymous said...

Aha! I just wrote a post last week about getting a free Kashi cookie in the mail. I like Kashi too!

Andrea Meyers said...

I think Kashi would be crazy not to hire you! This looks really tasty.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

brilynn-Sure thing! ;)

kristen-Doesn't the pb kind of negate the point of eating rice cakes? ;)

rosa-Many thanks!

cynthia-You think? :)

kalyn-I enjoyed taking the pics too. Thanks!

sig-Maybe I should forward your comment to them!

brittany-Now, that's an idea!

anh-I'm not sure. But it's available online.

julie-I really hope you try it soon.

marie-Let me know if they do!

darius-Are you still looking for one?

tw-Gee, thanks. :)


hillary-Oh, I love Go Lean Crunch. It's sooo good.

deborah-Oh, they have so many great products.

shn-You liked the coupon part, huh? ;)

bal-Hah! That's too funny!

suzan-Oh, absolutely. I have made it with pork, and it's great. I'm so glad you like it!

kelly-Seriously. What's not to like about that company?

helene-That would be a great job!

anonymous-No, I didn't. Thanks!

lynn-Me too!

halfbaked-Hope you find it!

terryb-Yup. The taste is much better and complex because of the variety of grains.

kara-Yay! I'm so glad you'll be looking for it!

mike-Glad you liked it.

elly-Oh, I love their TLC crackers!

nicole-I have found it at Whole Foods and I believe Henry's has it too. I'm not sure about general markets though.

heather-I love, love, love pineapple in savory dishes too!

lydia-Me too! :)

louise-Yeah, I would too! Thanks for the comment.

rita-Kashi makes it easy!

ivy-Aw, that's sweet.

meeta-Yeah, you could mix your own grains.

shreya-Thank you!

potatochef-Wow! Thanks!

annemarie-Blah. You hit it on the head with that one. :)

saltnturmeric-You definitely should! Thanks for the comment too.

marie-Not yet. ;)

hilary-Free Kashi cookies? Where? Where? ;)

andrea-Gee, thanks!

Jaime said...

i love pineapple fried rice so i think i would like this. i had no idea that kashi made other things besides crackers and cereal bars...

Anonymous said...

I'm a huge Kashi fan too!! I especially love their cereals. This looks delish!

Anonymous said...

Mmmm...I love so many of their products. I remember that Kashi was a local company (SD) and then sold a few years ago. This post is making me wonder who owns the company now. Delicious recipe -- definitely good for us!

Kim said...

You know, I thought that Kashi 7 Grain Pilaf was pretty incredible all by itself, but your recipe has made it into a work of art!!

I notice that you are also making all these super healthy grains that I'm reading about lately.

Looking forward to following your blog!!!

Thank you!!