Barley with Pork Chops

Did you conclude yet that pasta isn’t the healthiest choice? Ok, so what’s then a nice pasta replacement? I struggled with this question for a very long time. Then one day I stopped by the barley section in my grocery store…

While at first skeptical I decided to try them out. What I think you’ll like about them is that they have similar texture to pasta. Also barley has high fiber content and good amounts of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.

Now, you might (like I did) think that barley is some kind of “new” food. Funny enough, it turns out that barley actually is one of the oldest consumed grains on earth. Furthermore, it was one of the more regularly eaten grains during the medieval times and is still today a common dish in many European, African, and Middle Eastern nations.

 

Recipe

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1 1/2 barley
  • 1 cup baked sweet potatoes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Cook the barley first, for each cup of barley add 2 and 1/2 water
  2. Cut the sweet potatoes into cubes and bake them in the oven. Optional, add a tsp coconut oil when you bake them, it gives more crunch and taste
  3. In a medium pan sauté the garlic, spinach, barley and sweet potato
  4. Add the cumin and lemon juice and mix well
  5. Once you remove the barley mix from the pan, add a tsp of coconut oil and sauté the pork chops. Make sure its cooked through using the USDA’s recommended cooking temperature
  6. Once the pork chops are cooked through, wait for 10 min and cut into thin slices.
  7. Serve the barley mix on a plate and add the pork chops on the top
  8. Add some chopped parsley for garnish
  9. Serve and enjoy! 🙂

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