Oh so delicious on a cold day like today! This barley bake packs in tons of warm veggies with the heart healthy barley to make a comfy, satisfying dish on a day you just want to curl up under a blanket. The walnuts add some extra protein and the easy red pepper sauce (coulis) completes the meal. Try it tonight - you'll be surprised how easy and delicious this meal is!
Bonus: this recipe is super heart healthy. Nuts are packed with healthy fat a.k.a. unsaturated fat and barley is a great viscous fibre. The fibre actually helps bind to cholesterol in your gut and pull it out of your system. The sweet potato is a low GI food and the ratio of vegetables to grain products makes this meal a perfect match for those working to manage or prevent diabetes. Man I'm good! A dietitian that loves delicious food ... how can that be a bad thing?
Have a great weekend & enjoy!
1 cup barley
3 cups water or low-sodium/no sodium vegetable stock
2 (4 cups) sweet potato
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 cups green beans
1 1/2 cups walnuts
200 g feta cheese, crumbled
Red pepper coulis
4 roasted red peppers, homemade or jarred
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp dried cilantro
7. Serve with with red pepper coulis around the plate. A great side dish, potluck item or complete meal!