This week I chose barley as my pick of the week. I came across a recipe that used it a few weeks ago but when I tried to find it at the grocery store I didn’t have much luck. During my next visit, I scoured the shelves and came upon some Quaker quick-cooking barley. Perfect for me!
Let me just say, barley was a smashing success in our house! First we enjoyed it in a Tex Mex Barley Bake which was delicious!
Next we enjoyed it mixed into our Loaded Potato toppings for a quick, healthy lunch!
And finally, I had some fun with dinner the other night and I made some blackberry chicken. All that means is that I had some leftover blackberry jam that I wanted to use up so I marinated my chicken breasts in it before baking them. It gave them a subtle blackberry flavor, but more importantly, it turned them bright purple! I served my purple chicken over some sauteed spinach and barley and with a side of bbq sauce! Gorgeous 🙂
Do you ever get creative with your food colors? *Side note: the hubby didn’t enjoy this meal as much as I did 🙂
Overall we really liked barley and I especially enjoyed how quickly it could be cooked. I’ll be using it again in the future for sure. I want to try it in soup and like using it as a substitute for rice!
Do you enjoy barley? What’s your favorite recipe?
In weekend news…
Strength Training Benefits– It’s never too late to start.
A Simple Map to the Land of Wholesome– Some great tips from the NY Times!
How to Prevent ‘Funny Tummy’– Some tips on adding more whole grains to your diet.
Are Statins an Excuse For Unhealthy Eating?– An article about whether people use cholesterol as an excuse to eat whatever they want?
PS. I was featured on the Chobani blog today in their article about pancakes!