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Hello! Hello! Hello!  How is everyone doing? Well after a very standard Monday I hope today is more exciting.  Despite my average and boring Monday my eats kept me going through out the day and made it that little bit more interesting.

Yesterday for breakfast I decided to raid my Yeo Valley haul and made a yoghurt bowl made from some fat free vanilla yoghurt, Apple and Berry Compote and topped it with some Dorset Tasty Fruit and Fibre Cereal.

I’ve just been having a look at the Yeo Valley recipe and there is so much on there.  I have already spotted a few recipes that I want to try, so watch this space!My mid morning snack consisted of some raw broccoli with some of my Pesto for dipping.

Lunch was a huge salad monster which included the Pearl Barley and Green Lentil Pilaf that cooked up on Sunday on top of some green batavia lettuce from my veg box.

This pilaf is so tasty, especially with the zesty dressing that I stirred through.  I adapted a that I saw on the Food Network channel on a show hosted by nutritionist Ellie Kreiger and thought I just had to give it a go!

Pearl Barley and Green Lentil Pilaf

  • 1 1/2 cups of pearl barley
  • 11/2 cups of green lentils
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 yellow pepper diced
  • 1 cup of baby spinach
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp of canola oil
  • 2 tbsp of chives
  • 2 tbsp of coriander
  • vegetable or chicken stock
  • seasonings

First boil the lentils and pearl barley in the stock until cooked, drain and set aside.  In another pan sautee the red onion until it is soft and add the diced peppers and cook until tender.  Mix the vegetables in a bowl together with the lentils and pearl barley and add the spinach, which will wilt from the heat of the cooked grains and vegetables.

To make the dressing, zest and juice one lemon and add the canola oil.  Mix well and stir in the chopped herbs.  Pour over the dressing whilst the grains are still warm and stir through.  Ensure that everything is coated it the dressing.To be honest I think any grain or herb would work in this dish, brown rice, quinoa, millet, because it’s so versatile.  You could play around with different dressings and herbs  too.

My afternoon snackage came in the form of a Oatmeal, Raisin and Walnut Clif Bar.  I didn’t actually end up eating the fruit in the picture as the Clif bar was seriously filling.

When I got home I did my usual toning workout with some added abs work and since I was still full from my snack in the afternoon I settled for the remainder of the New England Butternut Squash soup for dinner with an Amisa Spelt Cracker bread.  This was followed by a yummy snack plate with some raw chocolate covered golgi berries and sliced apples sprinkled with cinnamon and maca powder with some peanut butter for dipping.

I did have another apple and a pear afterwards too.

I really love the pearl barley in the pilaf I had for lunch.  Its so much lighter than rice and had a lovely nutty texture, definitely one of my favourite whole grains.  Thank goodness that I have some leftovers for later in the week. 😀

What are your favourite whole grain? What is your favourite dish to use them in?