Our Canadian summer can pass by in the blink of an eye, so who wants to be stuck in the kitchen on dish duty! With vacation time, changes in work and school schedules, it is nice to have simple, one-dish, no-fuss family meals during the summer. Let’s explore three convenient, family-friendly GoBarley recipes including a special dessert for Canada Day!

Quick and Easy Three Grain Pilaf

This five-ingredient recipe comes together in a flash. It doesn’t get much easier than this pilaf; just remember to plan enough time for the simmering. The wild rice, homegrown barley, and brown rice give you a simple, low glycemic index side that the entire family will love. Each serving has three grams of fibre and four grams of protein. Serve this delicious and nutritious pilaf with grilled pork chops or salmon.

Jane’s Meal Planning Tip
When I make this recipe I use a low sodium vegetable broth for a light, fresh taste.

Asparagus, Chicken and Mushroom Risotto

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a comforting recipe like risotto. As the seasons change, I like to incorporate local produce into recipes to reflect the time of year. This one-skillet risotto adds in the late spring vegetable—asparagus. This is a great way to introduce the sometimes bitter tasting veggie to your kids. Enjoy this simple, wholesome meal with only one skillet to clean at the end!

Jane’s Meal Planning Tip
Purchase pre-sliced mushrooms to save some prep time and remember to set aside 25 minutes so you’re close to the kitchen as the risotto simmers.

Barley Cream Puffs

Don’t let summer pass you by without a little sweet treat. Celebrate with these crispy on the outside and soft on the inside cream puffs. With only five ingredients including barley flour, this simple recipe takes just minutes to make. Once they are baked and cooled, they are ready to be finished with your favourite fillings. Why not make them red and white to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday? Top with gorgeous sliced strawberries, whipped 35% cream, and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. Yum, now we’re talking!

Jane’s Meal Planning Tip
Get the kids involved with adding the filling to the cream puffs. Any unfilled puffs can be stored in a sealed container for up to two days.

Barley Bottom Line
One pan, skillet or pot is all you need to prepare these appetizing, family-friendly GoBarley recipes this summer. Let us know how you add homegrown barley to your favourite summer recipes.

Wishing you and your family a Happy Canada Day!