Time to get back to the grind now that the nice long weekend is over. I have a fun new recipe for you all today — introducing: Spiced Raisin and Pine Nut Barley Salad!
As always with my recipes, this is super easy to make — make a big batch on Sunday and enjoy it for lunches or dinners throughout the week!
I love the combination of the chewy barley, crunchy toasted pine nuts and green pepper, and plump raisins. YUM! It has a nice curry-ish flavor, too.
Spiced Raisin and Pine Nut Barley Salad
Makes 4 to 6 servings
This spiced barley salad is nutritious, delicious, and simple to make. Packed with fiber and protein, enjoy it alone, as a side dish, or on top of salad. Don’t forget the hot sauce and a dollop of nonfat plain Greek yogurt! Not a fan of barley? This recipe will work well with brown rice or couscous, too. You can also use dried cranberries instead of raisins!
- 1 cup dry barley (or brown rice, or couscous)
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 1 (15.5 oz) can navy beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup raisins (or dried cranberries)
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
- 1/4 tsp. each of: cumin, ginger, cinnamon, curry powder, black pepper
- Hot sauce to taste!
1) In a medium sized pot, add barley (or brown rice/couscous), vegetable broth, and water.
2) Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover, and let cook about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until all liquid has been absorbed and the barley is fluffy.
3) Add all other ingredients into a large sautÃ© or stir fry pan. Stir ingredients together over medium high heat for about 3 minutes, then add in the cooked barley.
4) Stir until evenly mixed. Serve warm and enjoy! Top with hot sauce and nonfat plain Greek yogurt, if desired.
I’m off to tackle the day — I have Medical Nutrition Therapy class this morning and then I’m spending the afternoon shadowing one of the dietitians at UNC Hospital with some classmates. Should be interesting — basically a preview of what our clinical internship next summer will be like! I’m kind of scared for clinicals, not gonna lie. There’s so much to learn and consider when feeding patients in hospitals. Gah. Terrified I’m going to make a mistake and hurt someone!
Time to pack a quick lunch and then head out into the rain. Have a good one, friends!