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Is pearl barley a type of wheat? And what other grains are good to substitute for wheat?

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IlanaK Sat 05-Sep-09 21:42:40

I am going wheat free from monday. I saw a good recipe for pearl barley and roasted veg salad. But I am actually not sure if it is a type of wheat or not? What other grains are good for making salads with - I lovel couscous salads, but I know that is wheat.

Any tips please as going shopping tomorow!

deleting Sat 05-Sep-09 21:51:13

you can get barley couscous fron sainsbury. pot barley (holland and barratt) is less processed than pearl barley and lower gi.

deleting Sat 05-Sep-09 21:52:12

also what about quinoa salad instead of couscous

Prunerz Sat 05-Sep-09 21:54:01

No barley is not wheat
Quinoa is lovely. I have yet to persuade my family, but I like it a lot. They get freaked out by the little curly tail.

IlanaK Sat 05-Sep-09 21:56:05

Excellent about the barley couscous! I will be at Waitrose tomorow and look for it.

What do you do with the quinoa?

moondog Sat 05-Sep-09 21:56:18

I make a lot of cornbread
Lentils (brown) good in a salad with vinaigrette and fetta and thinly sliced red onions.

Also consider beans-haricot, butter, soy ,aduki.

Why are you going wheat free?

IlanaK Sat 05-Sep-09 22:03:43

I love lentils so lentil salad would be good (though not with fetta as I am dairy free too).

I am going wheat free to combat sever IBS. Hope for a little weight loss along the way too.

deleting Sat 05-Sep-09 22:04:41

quinoa is sort of like cous cous in texture. you cook it for about 20 mins or so in water. it'll say on packet.

moondog Sat 05-Sep-09 22:11:41

Staffordshire oatcakes are great too (Tesco do them now). Like a pancake only a bit more filling. My kids live off them as do I.

IlanaK Sat 05-Sep-09 22:17:20

Excellent thank you.

What do you all do for lunches? I am so used to sandwhiches!

moondog Sat 05-Sep-09 22:21:28

I don't not eat wheat but my favourite lunch is brown rice and salmon and soy beans in a dressing made from rice vinegar, wasabi, soy and sesame oil.

IlanaK Sat 05-Sep-09 22:26:59

Thanks - sounds yummy. I think I need to eat more fish in general.

moondog Sat 05-Sep-09 22:28:39

You can't beat a tin of sardines in a baked potato, with a salad of tomato, cucumber, red oinio and chilli and coriander.

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