My back is feeling a bit better for the moment so I’d better type out this tasty hardcore hobbit recipe before it catches up with me. I got my hands on one of those tiny crockpots the other day, not the little dipper but just one size up from that. I figured it would be great for doing little breakfast things and warm dips in. In the game breakfast barley is made with barley, apple, water, and fine seasonings. It sounds so tasty and like a nice fun alternative to everyday oatmeal. I often have barley as a savory item so it was definitely fun to see how it was sweet. It works! It reminds me of a dessert congee of sorts. The best part about it was that I started the crock before I went to bed and when I woke up in the morning a nice warm bowl of tasty was waiting for me. Skipping making breakfast that morning? Epic win!
- 1 cup pearled barley
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (the finest seasonings of all hehe)
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup dried apples and apricots, chopped (I think any variation of dried fruit in this would be yummy)
- 1/3 cup honey
- Combine ingredients in a small crockpot. Cook for 8-10 hours.
Serves four. Each serving contains 339 calories, .7 grams of fat, and 10.2 grams of fiber. Check out that fiber!! Don’t try to do this in a large crockpot unless you are doubling or tripling the recipe. My first experiment was in a large and well…it burnt. Not fun. It needs a small one. Definitely worth a trip to walmart for a little 10$ thingy. I don’t often brave that place. I’m looking forward to the warm dips I’m going to make in that thing in the future.
This makes for a nice and easy, yet filling lunch. Lots of fruit and veggie serving potential in this one! We had this for lunch yesterday and even my husband proclaimed it filling. Considering how teenager like his eating has been the past couple of days, that is a huge compliment! He’d better not be pregnant or something. hehe.
This salad is probably closer to the original version by Oscar Tschirky in 1893…being that it doesn’t have grapes. That certainly shouldn’t stop you from adding them if thats your bag. I’m just anti grape for awhile after someone told me a story about folks finding black widow spiders in grapes…then showed me news reports to prove it. I have an issue with spiders…when they are poisonous that issue rises by a factor incalculable by man. Haven’t been able to look at a grape without shuddering since. A side note..in lotro you have to kill really realistic looking spiders, they even crumple up the right way when they die. This too gives me crawlies. Took me forever to complete that spider killing deed I tell you.
I’m a wuss.
Just eat your tasty salad you big meanie.
- 1 apple cored and cut into chunks
- 1 pear cored and cut into chunks
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 2 tbl raisins
- 1 cup uncooked whole wheat rotini pasta
- 1/4 cup half the fat mayo
- 1 tbl lemon juice
- 1 tbl orange/mango juice (just plain orange works fine too)
- 2 tsp honey
- a pinch of sea salt
- 2 tbl toasted chopped walnuts (I’ve had this with raw walnuts too and it remains delicious!)
- Cook the pasta according to the directions for al dente texture. Rinse under cold water when done.
- Combine the mayo, juices, honey, and salt in the serving bowl.
- Add the fruit, veggies and pasta to the serving bowl. Stir carefully to combine and coat.
- Serve and top with a bit of the walnuts.
Serves 4. Each serving contains 260 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 3 grams of fiber. This recipe refrigerated nicely for packing to go to work or for having leftovers for a second lunch the next day. Awesome stuff! I like the fact that it was enough to fuel me through an afternoon of crazy errand running without problems. Kept going all the way through to dinner. Wahoo! Definitely a good one to have ingredients on hand for. I’m considering it for a good picnic lunch someday.