This Summer Vegetable and Barley Casserole is obviously full of nutrients but it’s also a fantastic natural “cleanse” to your diet.
The Recipe Redux challenge this month was to create a recipe using seasonal produce. I love this challenge since it’s so versatile and I practically make a different main dish or side dish containing seasonal produce weekly. And after a weekend of eating out and not really watching too closely what I was eating, this was a perfect get-back-to-healthy-eating meal I needed.
Maybe you over indulged this weekend on delicious ice cream, or drank a few too many adult beverages. Well eating more foods like this summer vegetable and barley casserole can help you jump start your way back to eating healthy.
So did you notice the phrase “natural cleanse” that I used in the first line of this post? Well it’s definitely not a scientific phrase used in the nutrition or medical world. That’s my description of how I try to eat a normal, balanced diet. I have to admit I despise the word “cleanse” when it comes to cleaning out your intestinal tract. Did you know that your body is pretty good at cleaning itself, especially when you fuel it with healthy food and water? Dietary fiber for example is an excellent way to keep your intestines healthy by keeping your bowels regular, and also help you feel more full which in turn will help you reach or maintain a healthy weight.
A 3, 5 or 7 day “cleanse” will likely make you feel miserable during that time, drop a lot of water weight and then have you feeling upset that you gained the weight back that you lost during the cleanse. I will admit that I have never tried a “cleanse” and don’t plan on it, but with my scientific background I personally will stick with nutritionally-sound, common sense eating techniques.
Regardless of your views on cleansing, if you enjoy vegetables and want a healthy meal idea check out this casserole, it’s a winner in my house!
Here are a few other vegetable side dishes from Chocolate Slopes and don’t forget to check out some creative and delicious recipes from fellow Recipe Redux members below.
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