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Enjoy a Guilt Free Thanksgiving

Entrées, General Health, Healthy Eating

When the temperature starts to drop and you can smell fall in the air, it’s time for warm substantial fare. This simple, nutritious and delicious recipe comes from CHLI’s Paulette Lambert, R.D, CDE. Hearty, healthy barley, white meat of turkey, onions, apples, and cranberries along with spices and seasonings all come together beautifully. After only a few minutes of prep time in the morning, you will have a Thanksgiving feast without all the work!

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast With Barley


  • 1 1/2 cups pearled barley, shakes in cold water for 2-24 hours then drained
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 unpeeled apples, cored and chopped
  • 3 cups organic, reduced-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon seal salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 21/2 – 3 pounds boneless turkey breast, unthawed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


1. Place soaked barley, onion, cranberries, pecans, apples, broth, thyme, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning in slow cooker. Mix well.

2. Place turkey breast on top of barley mixture. Cover slow cooker and cook on low for 8-9 hours until turkey is thoroughly cooked and barley is tender.

3. Remove turkey from slow cooker. Remove skin and slice. Spoon barley on platter, top with sliced turkey and sprinkle with parsle

Serve 8

For more delicious and nutritious recipes, The Wellness Kitchen cookbook, authored by Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE, is available for purchase. California Health & Longevity Institute also offers several culinary experiences and nutrition consultations for those looking to have a healthy holiday.

For those of us looking to leave the cooking behind, join us at Coin & Candor, our award-winning brasserie, for a Thanksgiving Feast. The four-course menu will feature all of the holiday classics with modern twist