Here's a secret I wouldn't share with most people: I think about plowing my front yard and planting a patch of wheat. Instead of mowing once a week, I'd thresh once a year. Instead of working the weather into small talk, I'd discuss it with urgency. I'd be a street side farmer and with the fruits of my labor I'd make this:
- 1 cup wheat berries
- 2 quarts of water
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup halved grape tomatoes
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced
- 6 slices of bacon, chopped
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
***Feel free to vary the ingredients. Keep the wheat berries as your base recipe. I saw recipes with dried cherries, feta cheese, nuts, lemon juice and oil. Relax and use whatever you have on hand.
- In a large saucepan combine wheat berries, water, and salt. Bring to a boil. Lower temperature, so it simmers. Place lid on pan and allow to simmer for 45-60 minutes. The berries should be tender and slightly chewy.
- Drain and rinse berries under cold water. Then place berries in a large bowl.
- Mix tomatoes, onions, and bacon into the wheat berries.
- In a small bowl, whisk oil and balsamic vinegar together. Drizzle and mix into salad.
- Enjoy warm or cold.
I enjoyed leftover wheat berry salad for breakfast this morning, and it possessed the power to resist the temptation of donuts at this morning's teacher in-service. This is the power of whole grains. You need to harness and unleash this power.
pass the scythe,