We gotta talk barley.
Why is it so underrated? I mean, is quinoa underrated? No- in fact, it could be considered “overrated” given how much it’s talked about (I do love the grain, however). Barley never seemed to get talked about, and it’s about time that changed.
First off, barley is extremely high in fiber, vitamin B1, and more words that honestly, I have no idea what they mean or do. Anyways, moving on. Barley tastes freaking amazing. It’s like lentils in the sense that it has a “tougher” taste (does that make sense???), but it’s “tough” in the best way possible. The fiber fills you up, and it also provides carbs needed to get through the day!
Barley was the first grain I tried in years, mostly because I hate rice and refused to try anything in the “grain” category- crazy right?! I think we all know this recipe was a long time coming given my love of buddha bowls, and combined with barley, it was made to be.
You can categorize this under the 16 other buddah bowls you probably have saved up in a “recipes” tab. I don’t blame you- they’re everywhere! I tried to make this one different by using the barley and black bean combination, because like I said, barley is way too underrated. Also, buddha bowls are great. They’re like using maca powder in your smoothie- you feel like a healthy god whenever you say “yeah, I had a buddha bowl for lunch.” Make yourself feel like a healthy god and whip up this bowl NOW. Thank me later 😉
- 1 pound brussel sprouts, quartered
- 4 large carrots, cut into small pieces
- 2 cups cauliflower, diced
- 2 beets, sliced and quartered
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vineager
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 2 cups barley, cooked*
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 1 cup black beans
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 4 tbsp hummus of choice
- 1.) Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees F.
- 2.) In a bowl, toss your cut vegetables with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, and salt. Coat evenly to ensure everything cooks well.
- 3.) Spread out on a baking pan lined with aluminum foil, spreading out evenly.
- 4.) Once the oven is ready, stick it in there for 30 minutes, stirring around ½ way through.
- 5.) Once done, remove from the oven and enjoy!
- 1.) Cook your barley normally.
- 2.) Assemble your other ingredients (beans, avocado, hummus, etc) in the bowl.
- 3.) Once the barley is done, add in with the vegetables and other ingredients. Drizzle each bowl with tahini and enjoy!
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