Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 7, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Finish with Step 8 just before serving.
Tip: Toasting brings out the flavor in spices like the cumin. Toast seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. Grind with a spice mill or mortar and pestle.
Give grains a cooldown: To cool grains down quickly, spread them out on a foil-lined baking sheet. The surface area helps speed cooling, while the foil prevents any residual flavors on the pan from seeping in.
1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 lean meat, 2 fat