The Low GI Grain
Nutty in flavor, springy and slightly chewy in texture, barley is an ancient grain that's new again. Get a load of its nutritional content and glycemic index ranking (the lowest!), and you'll want to have some on hand at all times. Different barley preparations can have a delicious place at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and, surprise, even dessert (just swap out half of a recipe's regular flour for the same amount of barley flour).
Fig and Pear Bars Whole Wheat Vegetable Pizza Golden Rice-Stuffed Pork Chops Whiskey Ginger Marinated Chicken Berry Good Dip Caesar Hot Artichoke Dip Spinach and Ham Lasagna Turkey Chowder Tofu Teriyaki Herbed Feta Cheese Spread
When last we left this saga, my doctor had me staying out from work for an additional week, but with the head swelling down, I was bound to be back on the bicycle as soon as possible (you know what they say about getting back on the horse that threw you...). I had planned to take my sister on a short (under a mile) ride — both for the company and to get us both on the bicycle. She turned chicken and I ended up going the "flat" route to the greengrocer — a little...