It's officially fall here in New England, which means that the foliage is off the chain, and all I want to do is eat soup, sip tea and gaze longingly out a window while reading a Gothic novel.
|I took this when I was out for a run the other day--gorgeous!|
Naturally, the window of my office overlooks a parking lot and the back of a sushi restaurant, so I haven't been indulging this longing--but I will! I'll just find another window. What I have been doing, however, is coming up with new ways to eat barley, as I often do, and I've hit upon a winner--big time.
I made up a batch of barley in the crock pot the other day (1c pearl barley, 2c water, heat on high for ~3 hours), and I needed something to do with it. Enter: Frozen vegetables. BF and I eat a lot of those pre-made frozen vegetable bags because
- He can't cook and refuses to learn (he's a scientist, says he has to keep his mind uncluttered so he can focus on science).
- I work 50 hours a week plus commuting and want to spend my limited downtime squeezing my cat and/or watching Friday Night Lights instead of chopping vegetables.
- These bags allow you to get a variety of vegetables without having to buy like seven different kinds and then stress yourself out trying to figure out what to do with them.
What I did, was take the cooked barley and mixed it with Steamfresh Asian Vegetable Blend:
Add a wee bit of olive oil, a dash of salt and a few small squirts of sriracha sauce and you have a delicious lunch and dinner that I've been eating for the last two days and will be having again just as soon as I'm hungry.
It cost about $2 for a big bag of barley, so I guess I used about $.20 worth, and the bag of veg was $2. This makes about three servings at $.75 each. So awesome.