Pesto Barley Salad

This was the first weekend in months that did not include a run. I hoped this day wouldn’t come, but I think my running days are over for this pregnancy. The last few runs I went on were really uncomfortable, and my back ended up absolutely killing me. I [...]

Barley and Asparagus Salad

I am spoiled. So spoiled. I pay a high price to live where I do, but with the ocean a few minutes away, a city full of amazing food, and fresh local produce pretty much year-round, I feel pretty lucky to call California home. At least, until a big [...]

Spinach and Barley Salad

Spinach has pretty much always been a staple in my refrigerator, but ever since I started blending it into my morning smoothie, I’ve been going through about 5 large bunches a week. I am usually so careful about making sure I have some left for breakfast that I kind [...]

Eggplant and Cashew Barley

Last night I came to the slightly painful realization that my photos have gotten incredibly boring. Food + white dish + white background over and over. And over. So today I went to the craft store (where I feel completely out of place because I’m not crafty in the [...]

Brussels Sprouts and Mushroom Risotto

Although a reader recently pointed out that pearl barley is not a whole grain (I’m glad I know that now, but it was definitely a disappointment), it’s still healthier than Arborio rice, and is now my go-to for risottos. We’re well into Brussels sprout season here, which might be [...]

Barley Risotto with Spinach and Walnuts

Over the last two months, I’ve gone from thinking barley was just in weird soups at mediocre restaurants to being more than a little obsessed with it. I recently had a craving for risotto, and when I saw that Heidi Swanson had made some with barley in Super Natural [...]

Kale and Barley Gratin

I generally think there are two kinds of people in the world: those who embrace vegetables in their natural form, and those who are less fond and prefer them hidden so they don’t realize what they’re eating. This amazing gratin is a perfectly happy medium that will suit both [...]

Barley and Roasted Root Vegetables

If you’re ever hesitant about trying a new vegetable, roast it with tons of butter and it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll fall madly in love. At least, that was my experience with parsnips. I had never tried one until about two years ago, when Mike brought some home from [...]

Barley with White Beans and Broccoli

This was inspired by a recipe in one of my all-time favorite cookbooks, Super Natural Cooking. I modified it it based on what I had on hand, and the fact that asparagus cost about four times as much as broccoli (and the broccoli didn’t come all the way from [...]

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