Moving on to today's post, I have a yummy savory/sweet recipe for you that uses whole grains! I am having to get pretty creative with my recipe making this week, because Bo and I are headed out of town on a cruise this Sunday (I am getting SO excited!!!). As many of you know, Bo and I never got a honeymoon. So, with our move to Jacksonville coming up, and with the unexpected awaiting us in our new home (and Lola!), we figured we better take a trip while we can. Until then, we are trying to use up the food that we have...it's already starting to be a challenge, but I have to say that I was pretty impressed with last night's creation.
If you tend to get stuck in the rice/quinoa rut, give this barley recipe a try! Slightly sweetened with apple, raisins, and coconut, and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, this recipe is the perfect side-dish to roasted vegetables!
Apple Coconut Barley
3/4 dry barley
1 apple, diced
1/4 C raisins
3 T shredded coconut
2 T coconut oil, divided
1 1/2 C water
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
1 stevia packet
1/2 tsp coconut extract
- Place the barley, water, 1 T coconut oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, stevia, and coconut extract in a medium to large pot.
- Boil the mixture, and then simmer for 20 minutes (or until 90% of the water has been absorbed).
- Meanwhile, heat 1 T coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the apple and saute for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the raisins and shredded coconut to the apple mixture, and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Once 90% of the water has been absorbed from the barley, mix in the apple mixture.
- Continue cooking for 1-2 minutes until heated throughout.
- Serve immediately.
As you can see, I served the Apple Coconut Barley alongside roasted broccoli (and ground turkey for Bo). We both left the dinner table feeling full, but not stuffed, and agreed that this recipe is a good one to keep in our grain rotation.
Up next - an oatmeal recipe that leaves you feeling satisfied for hours!
Question of the Day:
Other than rice, what other whole grains to you enjoy eating?
Ally and Bo