Barley and Me

January 30, 2009 at 1:07 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Sorry I couldn’t resist the title. Did anyone else see Marley and Me?? Boy did I cry during that!!! Maybe because my last golden, Polo, was EXACTLY like Marley..quite the terror. But I loved him.

I had planned on making swee potato rissoto for dinner but then I realized we were out of onions. Bummer. Another night!

Instead, I had some of the leftover black bean burger mixture (James cooked some of the leftover black bean burger mixture with some potatoes cut up in it). On the side, I had a mixture of kale, defrosted Asian veggies, with some hummus + soy sauce on top. I love hummus on top of cooked veggies! 



And then I cooked up some barley!


I got this in the bulk section of whole foods. It cooked up nice and fluffy.

I found this on the Whole Foods website:


Look at all those nutrients!

According the the website, barley can help protect against high cholesterol,  provide cardiovascular benefits AND protect against  Type 2 Diabetes!!!

A lot of that can be said for most whole grains but the high fiber in barley takes it a notch above the rest!

I thought this table was really interesting:

Food Fiber Content in Grams
Oatmeal, 1 cup 3.98
Whole Wheat Bread, 1 slice 2
Whole Wheat Spaghetti, 1 cup 6.3
Brown rice, 1 cup 3.5
Barley, 1 cup 13.6
Buckwheat, 1 cup 4.54
Rye 1/3 cup 8.22
Corn, 1 cup 4.6
Apple, 1 medium with skin 5.0
Banana, 1 medium 4.0
Blueberries, 1 cup 3.92
Orange, 1 large 4.42
Pear, 1 large 5.02
Prunes, 1/4 c. 3.02
Strawberries, 1 cup 3.82
Raspberries, 1 cup 8.36



Today I also had my first experience with a Clif bar. Each week when we go grocery shopping, I treat myself to one special bar from the bar section.


This week the Carrot Cake Clif Bar won. I had seen Clif bars all over the blogworld and decided to give them a shot. I have to say…I didn’t really like it! It was just too sweet for me. I felt like my teeth were starting to hurt from all the sugar! It was also a lot more caloric then I usually like to make my midmorning snack (240 cals) and it didn’t keep me full any longer then my normal granola bars do. Disappointing I must say.

These are the bars I have been having regular:


Eating this is pretty much a taste explosion in my mouth. Here’s the description:

Inspired by the downright yummy combination of flavors in one of our best-selling trail mixes, Trader Joe’s Organic Sweet, Savory & Tart Trail Mix Bars are a perfect blend of taste and convenience. Peanuts, cashews, cranberries, chocolate chips and almonds are blended with organic oats and crispy rice to create the ultimate grab and go bar. They’re sweet, savory and tart – crunchy and chewy. Talk about satisfying a whole lot of cravings at once!”

Nutritionals:  140 cals, Fat: 4.5 g, Sat. Fat 1g, Sodium 85 mg, Protein 2g, Dietary Fiber 1g

Okay not blow your mind nutritionals but it tastes good and makes a nice mid morning treat.

What is your favorite granola bar??

UPDATED: Just wanted to remind everyone about the BSI this week: DATES! Head on over to Sarah’s blog to find out more!

Black Bean Burgers and Microwave Chips

January 28, 2009 at 1:08 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments
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Boy was tonight’s dinner good!!

We’ve made these Homemade Black Bean Burgers a few times and they always turn out great. Instead of using bread crumbs we used Panko bread crumbs. I’ve also used rolled oats instead of the bread crumbs and that turned out good too. James also wanted me to note that he added a little bit of Worcestershire sauce to the mix. We baked them in the oven since, in the past,  when we’ve tried to make them on the stove they would stick and it was just a hassle. 

They took a little longer to bake since James made 2 instead of 4 like the recipe says (I had half of one and am putting the other half in a wrap for lunch tomorrow! Leftovers are such a good thing)

James also sauteed some onions and mushrooms to put on top


On the side we had the COOLEST THING!

Chips that we made in the microwave!!!

We got the recipe from the February EatingWell magazine (recipe found here).

James used Red potatoes to make them.


Sliced up in a bowl with Olive Oil and salt.


Spread out on a microwave safe plate.


Out of the microwave (they took longer in the microwave than the original recipe called for and apparently they crisp up as they cool)


On my plate. I would like a repeat performance please.


All together! This was so. so. delicious. I ate the burger opened face with ketchup and mustard on top.

We WILL be making this again. Next time I want to put vinegar on the potatoes before microwaving so we can have salt + vinegar chips (my fave!)

Work was good today. When I got home I did some yoga. I downloaded a few of the YogaDownload free podcasts over the weekend. Tonight I did David Farmar’s 20 minutes Sun Salutations. I really want to keep doing this! After sitting for so much of the day, it just feels great to move around a little. Afterward I felt calm and happy. I even danced around a little.

Poor Toby was sick all last night so we didn’t get much sleep. Thankfully he seems to be feeling better (he’s snuggled up on his bed as I type). Tonight will definitely be an early night. 


Back to our disk of West Wing we got from Netflix today!!

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