Jul 142011
 
I don’t know about you, but I loathe unloading the dishwasher.  It was so horrible that until recently would actually hand wash the dishes in the sink rather than unload the dishwasher.  Why the avoidance?  Because I had about 300 different plastic containers shoved in the “plastic container cabinet” with mismatched lids, brands and sizes.  It took about 30 minutes to try and figure out where the heck they fit and in the end I just shoved them all in and closed the door really fast in the hopes that when the door was reopened it wasn’t my hubby that opened it.  He is a teensy bit OCD when it comes to disorganization.  The you-know-what finally hit the fan when he opened the cabinet door to clean up after dinner and the mismatched plastic containers came out in a festive avalanche of colors and sizes.  He did not look very festive.
In the spirit of organization, I got rid of all the mismatched sets (for the second time) and bought glass containers in the hopes that any stray plastic one would make it back to it’s rightful owner and I wouldn’t be tempted to lazily stuff it in with my past menagerie.
As a bonus…I save 27 minutes putting the dishes away as there are quite a few less.
And as another bonus…they are cute.  Cute storage-ware is a must.
Now for the star of this post.  The salad.
I. Love. This. Salad.

When the barley with peanut butter pressed into it mingles in with the super sweet raisins and the crisp apples, it’s like a peanut butter and jelly party in my mouth.
Besides that, I’ve decided that barley is now my favorite grain.  This was a major decision, let me tell ya.  Rice was in the running and quinoa is technically a seed so that was out. Sorry quinoa. I know you were trying to fool everyone by calling yourself an “ancient grain”.  So barley it is.  I think it’s the hearty chewiness that makes it so satisfying.  Hopefully you all agree.
What is your favorite grain? Do you use plastic or glass storage containers?  What are your thoughts on cute storage-ware?  J
My lunch today

Peanut Butter, Barley, Apple, Raisin Salad
Vegan

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/3 cup cooked pearled barley
1 Tbsp peanut butter
2 Tbsp raisins
1 small apple, chopped
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1 tsp ground flax (or sub your 2 Tbsp Mila here!)
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Dash of coarse sea salt

Directions

1. Press the peanut butter into the barley until it is mixed well; mix evenly through the spinach.  Toss the remaining ingredients together.

Nutrition Facts

1 Serving
Amount Per Serving

Calories 305.6
Total Fat 9.6 g
Saturated Fat 1.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 211.0 mg
Potassium 645.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 48.6 g
Dietary Fiber 8.2 g
Sugars 12.1 g
Protein 7.0 g

Vitamin A 113.7 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 13.3 %
Vitamin C 39.2 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 8.1 %
Calcium 8.4 %
Copper 11.4 %
Folate 31.9 %
Iron 18.3 %
Magnesium 17.3 %
Manganese 38.2 %
Niacin 8.2 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.7 %
Phosphorus 8.0 %
Riboflavin 10.2 %
Selenium 7.3 %
Thiamin 8.8 %
Zinc 5.3 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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