Friday, September 12, 2008

Healthy, Simple Eating Challenge

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As most of my regular readers know, my grandma lives in Mexico. She lives there on a very small budget. Her regular diet consists of barley mixed with some veggies that is reheated throughout the week with new additions as needed. She was reading a small article this weekend (while visiting us in the hills) and Mark Bittman does the same thing. He cooks up either brown rice or barley with veggies and then adds different beans throughout the week.

While trying to decide what I was going to have for lunch today, I decided to give it a try. I challenge all of you to try also. I plan to do this for my lunches today through Friday. Not only is this extremely healthy, but I'm also using mostly local ingredients.

Here is my base:
3 cups cooked barley
Onion, celery, carrot, yellow squash, and green beens sauteed in olive oil

Today I'm adding some 3 cheese spaghetti sauce (meatless) and have a peach and a fresh tomato for snack.

I'm hoping this healthy start will continue through the year, and maybe help us battle the cold and flu season which is already upon us. If you would like to try also please add a link to your menus with Mr. Linky.


jennifer said...

I just went to the store!! I didn't buy any of the veggies that I would put into my weeklong soup. If I can get back soon, I will come over and link up and do it. I need to do something!


TJ said...
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TJ said...

I'll have this up all week, so when you are ready, come join me. I'd love the company.

Art said...

In our effort to get healthy, we've been eating a lot more veggies and whole grains. Sometimes even barley. It's really good in home made soup. Anyway, hope it works.

ArmyMama said...

That's a good idea! As you know, I plan out my meals for dinner but maybe I'll start planning for lunch as well.
Hhhmm. Give me about a week or two and I'll start implementing it!!

Danielle said...

Wow, I'd love to try, too, but I am not shopping for a while, either.
We're doing a lot of smoothies, though.

Kelli said...

Excellent idea, TJ! I'm looking forward to hearing about your healthy meals!

Well Behaved Krissy said...

BARLEY???? on PURPOSE?!?! haha! I am starting a chub club though on Monday. If you wanna come and be with us I'd love that. The website address is