Three weeks into the new year and I’m already sick of salad. What does that say about me? Oh, probably that I’m so dedicated to my fitness goals and kicking ass at my post holiday workout that I’ve been eating salad, after salad, after salad. Kale this, dandelion green that, mustard leaf —
It says that 2 boxes of pre-washed greens got thrown out today because I couldn’t stand to see them mocking me every time I opened the fridge. Realization – woman cannot live on green things alone — and it’s time for a change.
So let’s explore grains. Wheatberries in this case.
According to their wiki: A wheatberry or wheat berry is the entire wheat kernel (except for the hull), composed of the bran, germ, and endosperm. Wheatberries have a tan to reddish brown color and are available as either a hard or soft processed grain. They are often added to salads or baked into bread to add a crunchy texture. If wheat berries are milled, whole-wheat flour is produced.
Mmm sounds good. So much better than foliage. It’s not a berry, not not a nut, not a rice-y type thing either, although it cooks up like one. It’s nutty, filling and full of good things like iron and fiber; and easy to prepare as well. Don’t let those cray recipes that recommended overnight soaking deter you. I’ve rinsed and boiled my wheatberries without it and they’ve turned out just fine. In my case, I usually make a pot and then divvy it out for lunches, sides, etc as I go along.
Add 2 cups wheatberries to 8 cups water. Bring to a boil and then simmer until tender, about 35-45 min depending. Drain and return to pot with a few tablespoons olive oil. I’d toss in a bit of salt as well.
For the salad: Serves 4 as a side, or 2 if you’re a pretty hungry girl and a boyfriend that’s just meh about things that are vegetarian.
3 cups cooked wheatberries
1 small apple – diced
1/4 cup golden rasins
1/4 cup cranberries – roughly chopped (mine were huge for some reason)
1 chopped green onion
2 Tb crumbled feta cheese
Juice from 1 orange
Drizzle of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix apple, raisins, cranberries, orange juice and green onion together. The citrus will keep your apple from turning brown, so don’t omit it. Add in wheatberries, fold in cheese and season to taste. Drizzle olive oil and allow the flavors to mingle for about 30 min. Eat. Smile. And tell your sig other that it’s still a salad even though it’s not leafy and green, although adding this to your regular rabbit food is good as well.