Nutritive and grown worldwide, barley and flax make popular additions to a healthy, balanced diet. Cooking with barley and flax allows you to experiment with a wide variety of flavors and textures, from easy breakfasts to healthy family meals. Several recipes incorporate both flax and barley seed, making it easy to add the healthy grains to your diet.
Healthy Breakfast Mix
A hot, filling, nutritious breakfast containing both barley and flax seed provides ample carbs and antioxidants to get through the day. Simply grind 1/2 cup of flax and barley seed in a coffee grinder or similar device until it forms a fine powder. Boil the ground flax and barley seed to a soft consistency. Add the mixture to a bowl of hot oatmeal for a boost of nutrients.
Ground barley and flax seeds offer binding capabilities that replace bread crumbs or crackers in a meatloaf recipe. Grind the seeds up in a food processor or coffee been grinder and add them directly to the meat mixture with egg, chopped onion and chopped garlic.
Soups and Sides
Flax and barley seeds puff up and soften when they are steamed like rice or added to soups, making them pleasing alternatives to rice dishes. Make a healthy, flavorful soup from 1 lb. of barley seeds, 1 lb. of chopped beef, 1 cup of mushrooms and 2 cups of assorted vegetables. Simmer the mixture in 1 gallon of water for five hours. Flax seeds and barley seeds mixed with zucchini, onion and mushroom makes a tasty and healthy meal when steamed until tender.