Mexican Grain Bowl with Barley, Salsa Macha & Lime Mayo
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Mexican Grain Bowl

with Barley, Salsa Macha & Lime Mayo

35 MIN
2 Servings
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    In this flavorful dish, Mexican-spiced chicken is served atop a hearty bed of barley tossed with a duo of tomatoes and sweet peppers, then finished with a drizzle of lime mayo and salsa macha—a beloved Mexican condiment that combines dried chile peppers, nuts, seeds, and olive oil for deliciously bold, spicy flavor.

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      590 Cals (est.)
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    Mexican Grain Bowl with Barley, Salsa Macha & Lime Mayo
    Title
    • 2 Pasture-Raised Eggs
    • ½ cup Pearled Barley
    • 4 oz Sweet Peppers
    • 4 oz Grape Tomatoes
    • 3 Tbsps Roasted Peanuts
    • 1 tsp Black & White Sesame Seeds
    • 2 tsps Chipotle Chile Paste
    • 1 Lime
    • 1 Tbsp Mexican Spice Blend (Ancho Chile Powder, Smoked Paprika, Garlic Powder, Ground Cumin & Dried Mexican Oregano)
    • 4 tsps Honey
    • 2 Scallions
    • 2 Tbsps Mayonnaise
    Cook the barley
    1 Cook the barley

    Remove the honey from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the barley and cook, uncovered, 28 to 30 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

    Prepare the ingredients
    2 Prepare the ingredients

    Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the stems of the peppers; remove the cores. Halve lengthwise, then medium dice. Cut the white bottoms of the scallions into 1-inch pieces; thinly slice the hollow green tops. Halve the tomatoes.

    Cook the vegetables
    3 Cook the vegetables

    In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced peppers; season with salt, pepper, and half the spice blend (you will have extra). Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the prepared white bottoms of the scallions and halved tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Transfer to a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

    Cook the eggs
    4 Cook the eggs

    In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Crack the eggs into the pan, keeping them separate. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until the whites are set and the yolks are cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Transfer to a plate; cover with foil to keep warm.

    Make the salsa macha & lime mayo
    5 Make the salsa macha & lime mayo

    Meanwhile, finely chop the peanuts. Quarter the lime. In a bowl, combine the chopped peanuts, sesame seeds, honey (kneading the packet before opening), the juice of 2 lime wedges, a drizzle of olive oil, and as much of the chile paste as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. In a separate bowl, combine the mayonnaise and the juice of the remaining lime wedges; season with salt and pepper.

    Finish the barley & serve your dish
    6 Finish the barley & serve your dish

    To the pot of cooked barley, add the cooked vegetables and a drizzle of olive oil; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the cooked eggs over the finished barley. Top the eggs with the salsa macha and lime mayo. Garnish with the sliced green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

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    Cook the barley
    1 Cook the barley

    Remove the honey from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the barley and cook, uncovered, 28 to 30 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

    2 Prepare the ingredients

    Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the stems of the peppers; remove the cores. Halve lengthwise, then medium dice. Cut the white bottoms of the scallions into 1-inch pieces; thinly slice the hollow green tops. Halve the tomatoes.

    Prepare the ingredients
    Cook the vegetables
    3 Cook the vegetables

    In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced peppers; season with salt, pepper, and half the spice blend (you will have extra). Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the prepared white bottoms of the scallions and halved tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Transfer to a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

    4 Cook the eggs

    In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Crack the eggs into the pan, keeping them separate. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until the whites are set and the yolks are cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Transfer to a plate; cover with foil to keep warm.

    Cook the eggs
    Make the salsa macha & lime mayo
    5 Make the salsa macha & lime mayo

    Meanwhile, finely chop the peanuts. Quarter the lime. In a bowl, combine the chopped peanuts, sesame seeds, honey (kneading the packet before opening), the juice of 2 lime wedges, a drizzle of olive oil, and as much of the chile paste as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. In a separate bowl, combine the mayonnaise and the juice of the remaining lime wedges; season with salt and pepper.

    6 Finish the barley & serve your dish

    To the pot of cooked barley, add the cooked vegetables and a drizzle of olive oil; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the cooked eggs over the finished barley. Top the eggs with the salsa macha and lime mayo. Garnish with the sliced green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

    Finish the barley & serve your dish
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