I have written a number of items on simple little techniques to create nutritious meals with minimal effort.
Here is another one. I like to cook up a pot of whole grains, such as brown rice, barley, farro, etc. Although it takes over 30 minutes to cook up, it produces a major element in a half dozen meals.
For my latest experiment, I cooked up 2/3 cup of raw medium grain brown rice and 2/3 cup of barley together in organic chicken broth that I get from Costco by the quart.
Tasty barley-brown rice combo …
As you can see from the photo it cooks up into a lovely moist and tasty batch.
Later this week I will be making soup with cut up chicken from the rotisserie chicken I bought at Costco. Obviously, this latest combo of whole grains fits perfectly with that.
There are also nice cold salads you can put together based on this mixture of whole grains.
Here is the nutritional breakdown for each:
Barley: Serving Size 1 cup, Calories 193, Carbohydrates 44 grams, no Cholesterol, Fat 1 gram, Sodium 4.7 mg, Fiber 6 grams and Protein 3.6 grams
Medium grain Brown Rice: Serving Size 1 cup, Calories 218, carbohydrates 46 grams, no cholesterol, Fat 1.6 grams, Sodium 2.0 mg, Fiber 4.5 grams, and Protein 4.5 grams
Please do feel free to write in suggestions of meals you made with this.
A quick final note. I just had a side dish of this barley-brown rice pilaf for dinner and the combination had a lovely taste and texture.