Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Day 474- Nutrition Bite


Charred corn, black bean and Toasted barley salad

The Goodies:
- 1/2 c. pearl or pot barley, uncooked
- 1.5 c. chicken or vegetable broth or water
- 1 tsp. canola oil
- 1 c. fresh, frozen or canned corn kernels
- 1 c. black beans
- 1/2 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 small tomato, diced
- 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
- 1/4 purple onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 to 1/2 c. chopped parsley or cilantro (optional)

Dressing:
- 1/3 c. canola oil
- 1/4 c. fresh lime juice
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. honey
- 1 garlic clove, minced

The Fun Part:
1. in a medium saucepan, toast the dry barley over medium-high heat for a few minutes, or until golden and toasty-smelling. pour the the stock or water, bring to a boil, turn the heat down, cover and cook for 40 minutes, until tender.  transfer to a bowl to cool completely.
2. in a heavy skillet, heat the 1 tsp of canola oil over medium-high heat.  saute the kernels of corn for 5 minutes, or until starting to turn golden. set aside to cool.
3. in a small bowl or jar, combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk or shape to combine.
4. in a large bowl, toss together the cooled barley, corn, beans, pepper, tomato, mango, onion and parsley (if using). drizzle with dressing and toss to coat.
5. serve immediately or refrigerate for up to a few hours before serving.

Sugar Preacher
I found this recipe in a ski magazine on my trip to Canada. A good recipe find is always a treat. As I was making this recipe, I realized that I didn't barley, but I did have wheat berries. You can also substitute quinoa, rice, and couscous for barley in this recipe. This dish has a mexican twist and very nutrient dense. 

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