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.
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.
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!
I mixed this on low heat until the barley had absorbed some of the creme fraiche.
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?
Hope you had a great Monday!