So by now you all know how much I just adore this guy, right?
(sorry, I can’t help myself, I LOVE his smile in this picture from last summer at the lake!)
Well, even though I adore him more than anyone else in the world, I do appreciate a good ‘me night’ now and then, too. Last night turned into being just that: a night all to my own, to do whatever I felt like doing, including cooking a meal that only I would eat!
I thought about it all week — hmmmm, what should I make that I’d normally not ‘get’ to make since a certain someone in this household can be rather picky?. 😉
…it didn’t take me all that long to figure out, to be honest. I knew I wanted something stir fry-ish (yes, that’s a word). And I knew I wanted to cook up some barley – a grain I only recently re-discovered and freakin’ LOVE. It all came together, though, when I saw an instagram pic from Tina with a genius idea — she used pineapple juice to cook up her quinoa recently. Um hi, I LOVE pineapple! So instead of pineapple juice in the barley, I decided to use fresh pineapple chunks in the stir fry itself.
…which is how this creation was born:
Shrimp and veggie stir fry over barley <–such an original title, I know
OMGGG. Freakin’ delish.
In the mix:
1/4 cup (raw) barley (that I cooked in water/chicken broth, LOVE how it puffs up once cooked!)
1 cup (or so) of trader joe’s frozen veggies (it had peppers, baby corn, broccoli and carrots)
1/4 cup (or so) of fresh snap peas
1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
4 oz cooked shrimp
lemon juice (optional, to taste)
chicken stock to saute
I basically cooked up the barley earlier in the day and once dinner time rolled around, I sauteed the veggies and shrimp in the chicken stock and then added the barley in to warm it up. Once it was almost done, I squeezed a bit of fresh lemon juice on top.
…and then I devoured it. Yummmmm.
Talk about the perfect ‘me’ dinner if I do say so myself 😉
(if you’re curious, this was about 425 calories in total)
It may have concluded with this fine pairing:
Field Stone rose (one of our favorite wine clubs!) and a Dove chocolate
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