Wednesday, February 27
Pesto and sun-dried tomato barley
Barley is a versatile grain that is very easy to cook. Its nutty flavor and chewy, pasta-like consistency make it a great side dish with meats and fish.
Barely is an excellent source of dietary fiber, particularly beta-glucan soluble fiber. Research shows that barley beta-glucan soluble fiber promotes healthy blood sugar by slowing glucose absorption. Barley contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. And like many other plant based foods, barley is naturally cholesterol-free and low in fat. A 1/2 cup serving of cooked pearl barley, contains less than 1/2 gram of fat and only 100 calories.
3 cups cooked barley (I like Trader Joe's quick cook barley)
3 tbs pesto (I used pesto cubes with the basil I grew this summer)
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (julienne or chopped) (not in oil)
salt and pepper to taste
makes 4 servings
Cook barley according to the directions on the package. Stir in pesto and sun-dried tomatoes. Salt and pepper to taste.
That is it, you done.