When asparagus is in season we are happy campers! I purchase mine from a local farmer and you can’t beat how fresh it is – from farm to table! Lemon Asparagus Chicken is so tasty, easy and quick to fix. It’s a great Fuel Pull meal but you can take to the next level by adding brown rice or quinoa for an energizing E meal.
First, the inspiration for this post came from the latest episode of the Trim Healthy Mama Podcasts. The authors of the Trim Healthy Mama Plan, Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison, have dubbed these podcasts “The Poddys”. They are are broadcasted every Wednesday at 6 am and are easily accessible through a smart phone or a computer. And, you don’t have to listen at 6 am; you can listen any time of the day! The latest poddy was entitled “Our Top 10 least expensive foods that will make you trim and healthy!”
I do have a love affair with barley. It’s so gentle on my blood sugar, absorbs surrounding flavors and it is inexpensive to use. It’s so easy to cook in your Instant Pot. I prefer either hulled barley or hull-less barley but they can be difficult to find and are often a bit more pricey. Pearl barley does lack some of the nutrition but it’s still healthy and it can be purchased in bulk food stores for roughly $1.15 -1.25 per pound which makes it truly budget friendly.
This is a lovely salad for late spring or early summer when the asparagus is in season. It pairs beautifully with boneless, skinless grilled chicken breast as your protein. Hulled barley is one of my favorite grains because it’s so gentle on my blood sugar. It’s versatile and can be used in soups, sides or salads. You can read more about this amazing ancient grain in my Tomato Barley Turkey Soup recipe.
We love chocolate and coffee at our house. This is another great recipe from my recipe box and cheesecake baking days from Millard’s at The Summit restaurant. Although my original recipe called for rum I wanted to bring this delicious cheesecake into a healthy version for Trim Healthy Mama followers.
Instead of dissolving the instant coffee into rum I used sour cream and it works beautifully. Well worth the few minutes that it takes for the two to meld together.