Veggie Barley Salad

Loaded with all kinds of super nutritious and wholesome ingredients, this sturdy Veggie Barley Salad is a veritable explosion of flavors and textures! Perfect for potlucks, picnics or no-fuss lunch at the office.

Loaded with all kinds of super nutritious and wholesome ingredients, this sturdy Veggie Barley Salad is a veritable explosion of flavors and textures! Perfect for potlucks, picnics or no-fuss lunch at the office.

Man, I love barley! Really I don’t understand why it is that it’s so unpopular, this grain. It has the coolest texture, so much flavor, and is so crazy uncomplicated, too! 

Unlike rice, barley is super easy to cook… you just can’t mess it up! And unlike rice, it’s equally delicious hot or cold, making it a perfect contender for cold salads. Why people still use cold rice in salads is beyond me. I mean, the thing gets totally unpalatable after it’s been in the fridge for a while. It becomes hard and dry and totally tasteless. But barley? Barley stays supple, crunchy and chewy and has the coolest of textures, even when cold. Not to mention the fact that it remains super tasty, too! 

Granted, it may take a little bit longer to cook than rice, but it’s so much worth the extra time. Plus, you can totally make a bigger batch and reheat it later, or use the leftovers to make all kinds of dishes, like this very salad, for instance. Me, I even like to throw some in my morning cereal; it gives it tons of texture, and much nutritional benefits, too! 

Why not go ahead and cook a batch now, and then whip up this super delicious and nutritious salad? 

If you’re not sold on it yet, give it a try. I’m sure that you too, will totally adopt it. 

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Buckwheat Apple Ring Cake

Cakes don’t get much healthier than this Buckwheat Apple Ring Cake. On top of being completely vegan, it also happens to be free of gluten and refined sugar. Of course, it’s also absolutely delicious!

Cakes don't get much healthier than this Buckwheat Apple Ring Cake. On top of being completely vegan, it also happens to be free of gluten and refined sugar. Of course, it's also absolutely delicious!

This Buckwheat Apple Ring Cake I originally created ages ago, in March of 2012 to be exact, after a friend had challenged me to “heatlthify” an apple cake recipe he’d found on the Internet.

I’d readily accepted his challenge and practically reinvented the thing… Not only did I manage to keep it vegan, like the original, but also made it gluten and refined sugar free. Indeed, the only ingredients in charge of bringing sweetness to this gorgeous ring cake are apples and raisins. Yet, it tastes plenty sweet to be enjoyed as dessert!

HA! I’m telling you, cakes don’t get much healthier than this one. Especially not cakes that taste this good! This one has a really dense yet surprisingly moist texture, and offers very pleasant and distinct notes of buckwheat, which remind me of my childhood’s breakfasts, when my dad used to make buckwheat pancakes for us. Paired with apples, it’s like a match made in heaven!

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Butternut Squash Apple Spice Muffins

Despite them being made with nothing but wholesome ingredients and containing no refined sugar whatsoever, these Butternut Squash Apple Spice Muffins taste so delicious, you’ll never believe how healthy they actually are!

Despite them being made with nothing but wholesome ingredients and containing no refined sugar whatsoever, these Butternut Squash Apple Spice Muffins taste so delicious, you'll never believe how healthy they actually are!

‘Tis the season, right? Pumpkin season, that is… everywhere you look is pumpkin this, pumpkin that! To be honest, I think I’m getting a little bit fed up with pumpkin…

Can butternut squash be the new pumpkin please? Is there a petition we could sign, or some kind of a vote that we could take to make it happen?

Personally, I think that butternut squash possesses just as much aptness but is so much more accessible! It’s easier to find, easier to handle, peel, dice and cook! 

Coalesced with apples, I think that butternut squash is the ultimate autumnal flavor! And I’m pretty sure that you will agree with me when you get to taste those phenomenal muffins! To me, they are perfect in every possible way. Not only are they made with good wholesome ingredients, they are also low in fat and free of refined sugar. Taste-wise, they are agreeably sweet and perfectly spiced, with a well balanced, dense and slightly chewy texture. 

All in all, I think they are the perfect little autumn treat, snack, or on the go breakfast… 


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