Another Barley medley

Well, barley got me hooked. That's why I created a new, very simple barley medley. It's prepared in less than 30minutes and packed with proteins, fibers and good fats. Even though barley is not gluten free, this meal is free of any animal products and boosts your carbonfood-print. The added lemon juice further helps the nutrient (especially the iron) absorption and gives a refreshing note.

All in all, this recipe is just a slight adaption of my Sweet n' Sour Barley but yet another great meal to prep for the week. Of course, if you like to get a gluten free version, just replace the barley with buckwheat and Ta Da!

For gluten free version, replace barley with buckwheat or brown rice.

For gluten free version, replace barley with buckwheat or brown rice.

INGREDIENTS (1 Serving)

  • 60g raw barley (soaked over night for easier digestion)
  • 100g frozen green peas
  • 60g Edamame beans (frozen, no skin)
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1 lime, juice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

INSTRUCTION:

  1. Cook barley with three times water (appr. 30 minutes)
  2. In the mean time, bring some water to boil and poor over frozen Edamame and let soak until soft
  3. Heat frozen green peas in a sauce pan, add some water if necessary.
  4. Peal avocado and cut into chunks
  5. Mix everything together, add lime juice, salt and pepper (other seasoning could be paprika powder, turmeric, basil, oregano etc)

Sweet n' Sour Barley with Avocado

While spending some time in Zurich last week I had to try one of the delicious lunches from Lunchclub.ch. (if you don't know them and you work in ZH, go have a look at their homepage) It was a combination of barley with hazelnuts, cranberries and avocado. As I was flying on that day, I took the lunch with me to the airplane and even up in the sky the lunch was just amazing. So back home in Singapore I had to come up with something similar. The result is a fresh summer salad to keep you cool during hot weather.

INGREDIENTS (1 portion)

  • 60g raw lentils
  • 30g raw barley
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1/2 Lemon, juice
  • 1 medium capsicum
  • Handful blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Soak lentils and barley overnight. Rinse them and cook in 3 times water until soft. Add water if necessary
  2. Cut capsicum and avocado in little cubes and mix with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice
  3. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and add salt & pepper

This recipe is also perfect if you are invited to a BBQ party and you want to bring a healthy and refreshing side dish. Replace capsicum with any vegetable you like.

I'm not using only barley as the addition of lentils adds some extra iron and protein to the dish.