snap, crackle, pop

Hello blog world!

I woke up today feeling even more congested than the day before. I hate having colds and I am a total baby about it. But in the spirit of positivity I am choosing to view this as a good thing. It has to get worse before it gets better, right? I managed to be a little bit more productive today than I’ve been for the past few days which is a good thing because one of my classes starts tomorrow. I really hope this cold goes down. I don’t want to be that girl in the first row with the tissues.

Another reason I had a pep in my step today? It was the first day of my new training plan (which can be viewed here –> also linked on my races page). Day 1 called for yoga. Rather than snotting all over Yoga Co I decided to do at home yoga on Exercise TV.

I am terrible at stretching so it felt good to stretch for a change. I definitely need to do more yoga cross training. That was my hips going “snap” “crackle” and “pop”. I did “zen in your den” and it was great.

Last night I had something pretty great too: risotto style barley with citrus and spinach from Super Natural Foods. I’ve never had barley before and I was excited to give it a try.

I started by sauteing two cloves of garlic, one shallot and 1/4 of a medium yellow onion in EVO and seasoned with salt and pepper. Cook for about 4 mins, until soft.

Then I added 1 cup pearled barley to the onions and garlic and stirred until coated.

Then I added a 1/2 cup of white wine and cooked until the wine was absorbed.

Then I added a 1 cup of water at a time, mixing each cup until it was absorbed. The water should simmer. The barley will start to puff up.

Make sure you continuously stir. This might take a while but it is so worth it. By the end the water doesn’t need to be completely absorbed at the end, just mostly absorbed.

While you are stirring zest a lemon, zest an orange, and peel and cut an orange. I used my favorite kitchen tool: a peeler that makes “twists” for cocktails!

When the barley has absorbed three cups of water total I turned the heat down and added 1/4 cup of creme fraiche (my good old friend!), the oranges and zest, and a 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese.


I mixed this  on low heat until the barley had absorbed some of the creme fraiche.

Then I added and handful of spinach and stirred until mixed and wilted.

I got some awesome spinach from the farmers market last week and I’m loving adding it to everything.

Top with a bit more parm and serve!

I loved having a dinner with a little citrus! It brightened up my dinner and tasted light and summery- just what I needed on a rainy night. The barley was very filling and yummy when cooked with wine and parm. The recipe makes two servings so I enjoyed it again tonight with a side of roasted veggies. This is going to be in my regular dinner rotation form now on and I need to find more uses for barley.

Have you cooked with barley before?

And for dessert?

Hot chocolate + cayenne because a little heat never hurt anyone.

Hope you had a great Monday!

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10 thoughts on “snap, crackle, pop

  1. I’ve cooked barley before, but it didn’t look nearly as good as this! Good for you for working out when you’re sick… I stay curled up under some blankets in my pajamas and refuse to move 🙂

  2. I really like barley. I cook it more or less the same, minus the craime fraiche. I have experimented with dried fruit (apricots, craisins, raisins) and nuts but never with fresh fruit like oranges. It sounds interesting! I hope you feel better soon!

  3. never tried hot chocolate with cayenne before – sounds interesting! I love yoga – find it hard to do it at home with the same intensity as if I were at a studio, but it’s nice to have the option to roll out a mat and practice at home!

  4. Aww. I hope you feel better soon! Colds suck!
    Have you always been a runner? Do you have any tips for running newbies such as myself?
    Thanks.

    • Hey Alyssa! I started running 1 year ago mostly just to get more active and to help me lose weight. My advice is just keep going. For the first three months I only ran 2 miles at a time, then I felt like pushing myself and I started signing up for races. For me, I found that having a race on the calender gave my running more purpose. I ran a 5k, two 10k’s and then a half marathon. Also, tell people about your running. I found a bunch of running buddies, not only from the blog community and now we sign up for races together and run together on occasion. If you don’t have any running friends, meetup.com is a great resource. Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions and let me know how your running is going 🙂

  5. Sorry to hear you are feeling sick! But nicely done on still getting in some yoga time.

    I sniffled all through yoga this morning and didn’t feel as bad about it as I had worried because luckily the volume of the music hid my gross cold noises.

    Yummy looking dinner! I have never cooked with barley, but have always wanted to.

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