Anti-Inflammatory Barley Pilaf

Continuing with my quest to control my migraines with an anti-inflammatory diet, I recently came up with another recipe I would like to share. It is full of all kinds of great anti-inflammatory foods like barley, carrots, mushrooms, spinach, and sunflower seeds.

I also chose to use turmeric and ginger as the seasonings for their powerful anti-inflammatory properties. I have been reading about their health benefits for years, but didn’t really know how to best incorporate them into my recipes. This time, I decided to go for it. I mean, how can I build a recipe box full of anti-inflammatory creations without turmeric and ginger, the two best spices for the job? The result was a very flavorful, filling recipe.

Anti-Inflammatory Barley Pilaf

The curcumin in the turmeric is what gives this dish both its beautiful yellow color and its anti-inflammatory properties.

Anti-Inflammatory Barley Pilaf

  • 1 c. uncooked barley
  • 1 c. mushrooms, chopped finely
  • 2 carrots, chopped finely
  • 1 c. spinach, chopped finely
  • 1/2 c. raw unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Celtic sea salt

Cook barley according to directions on package. Saute carrots and sunflower seeds in coconut oil for about 8 minutes over medium-low heat. Add mushrooms and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add cooked barley, spinach, turmeric, ginger, pepper, and salt. Stir until seasonings are well blended and serve immediately.

You could add a little extra flavor and moistness by cooking the barley in vegetable or chicken broth and adding a little broth to the pan. I chose not to use broth because my anti-inflammatory migraine relief diet is vegan (I do eat honey). Tomato is a headache trigger, so I must also avoid vegetable broth, too.


5 thoughts on “Anti-Inflammatory Barley Pilaf

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    1. Lisa Post author

      Hope it helps! I’ve heard people with arthritis who go on an anti-inflammatory diet (specifically no wheat or dairy) find almost total relief in 2-4 weeks. Bromelain is also a HUGE help for inflammation. It’s pineapple enzyme but does the same thing as ibuprofen. I’m planning on writing a few posts on these topics soon, so subscribe or check back to find out more!

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks, Peggy! I get Celtic sea salt from Vitacost. If you use the link on the sidebar, you will get $10 your first order. I think I saw it last time I was in Trader Joe’s, too. You can also use Himalayan sea salt which seems to be a little easier to find. They are both full of essential minerals and totally blow the “salt is bad for you” thing out of the water (of course, table salt is still bad for you.)

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