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!

Tofu-in’ and Stir Fryin’ It Up

January 24, 2009 at 12:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Stir fry seems to always sound appealing to me. It can be different every time you make it, using seasonal veggies or whatever is on hand. And then there’s the sauce! Yup. I would say stir fry is up there as one of the most versatile dinners.

With starting a new job and James and I both working full time now, I am working on creating meals that are fast to make and easy to clean up without sacrificing nutrition or taste.

Tonight’s stir fry included:

  • Kale
  • Mushrooms
  • Yellow squash
  • Zucchini
  • Onions
  • Garlic


  • Sesame oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Peanut Sauce


  • Extra Firm Tofu



First I sauteed all the veggies except the kale until they were soft and then I took them out of the pan and put them on a plate off to the side.

I poured a mixture of the sauces in a pan and placed the cut up tofu in it. I pretty much just eyeballed everything. Once they were in there, I topped em with a little more of the sauces. The soy sauce is definitely soaked up the easiest so keep the salty factor in mind.

Cook until water is evaporated (a few minutes) and then flip. Put the veggies back in the pan and top with kale. Cover with a lid so kale will wilt. Cook for another few minutes.


The finished product:



I liked the tofu in this dish a lot. I tried baking tofu a few weeks back and it did not turn out well at all. I had smothered it with BBQ sauce and followed the baking instructions others had and it turned out like cardboard! I was so disappointed since everyone always raves about how great baked tofu is. Maybe I just needed to cut them thicker?? Anyhow, the tofu in this dish was not cardboard-y at all. It was full of flavor and was browned just a bit on each side. Perfection!

Cooking the veggies first and then setting them to the side made it so I only had to use (and then clean) one pan. Adding them back to the pan after flipping the tofu allows them to warm back up.

James and I always split this Bavarian Hefeweizen beer from Trader Joes:


I usually like wheaty beers but this one had a strange aftertaste. We didn’t even finish it.

It took me a while to figure out what kind of beer I like but after a trip to The Flying Saucer with their extensive beer list, I found my love of all beers wheat (okay not ALL beers as demonstrated above but you get the idea).

I am planning on doing some baking this weekend so stay tuned!!

What is your favorite kind of beer?

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