Curry Barley with Cranberries, Raisins and Pecans
1 tbsp olive oil
¾ cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp)
1½ tsp curry powder
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp allspice
¼ tsp salt
⅛ tsp pepper
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup dried pearl barley
⅓ cup cranberries
⅓ cup raisins
⅓ cup pecans, coarsely chopped
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and saute until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and saute for an additional 2 minutes.
Stir curry, turmeric, allspice, salt, pepper and chicken broth. Bring to a boil.
Add barley, cranberries and raisins. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 40 minutes or until barley is tender and all water is absorbed.
Remove from heat and allow barley to stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Stir in pecans and serve immediately.
6 servings, 200 calories per serving
Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to one week or frozen for up to 3 months.
Cinnamon Brown Sugar Oatmeal with Raisins
½ cup milk
½ tsp vanilla
1 tbsp raisins
¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 tbsp brown sugar
⅛ tsp cinnamon
Measure milk, vanilla and raisins into a small saucepan and bring to boil over high heat.
Stir in oats, brown sugar and cinnamon and bring back to boil. Turn heat down to medium and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Cover the pan and let oatmeal stand for 3 minutes. Serve immediately.
1 serving, 250 calories per serving
1 cup red cabbage, shredded (about ⅛ head)
1 cup broccoli florets, cut into small stalks
½ cup raisin
¼ cup matchstick carrots
½ cup coleslaw dressing
Toss all ingredients in a small bowl. Serve immediately.
2 servings, 257 calories per serving
Hack: This dish pairs perfectly with Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork!
Hack: Cabbage, broccoli and carrot mixture can be made ahead and stored in a tightly sealed bag or container for up to 5 days. Add raisins and dressing when ready to serve.
Hack: Check the produce department of your local grocery store for pre-cut broccoli florets to avoid having to buy an entire head. You may also be able to find them in the salad bar.
Hack: Ask the produce clerk to cut a head of cabbage into wedges so you’ll only have to buy what you need. They’ll wrap the leftover pieces and put it back on the shelf for sale. Use any leftover cabbage to make this roasted red cabbage and shrimp recipe or Oven Braised Pork Roast with Red Cabbage and Leek!
Hack: Matchstick carrots can be found in the packaged section of the produce department. Freeze any leftover carrots for use in cooking.