Mushrooms, Kale and Barley with Fresh Herbs, Maple and Pastrami

Mains / Mains / Sport

Mushrooms, kale and barley
2 portions


  • 200g kale
  • 200g pearl barley
  • 200g chestnut mushrooms (quartered)
  • 100g pastrami (sliced into thin strips)
  • 2tsp butter
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 tbsp pure Canadian maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich taste)


  1. Wash the barley and then cook in water for 45 minutes
  2. Cook the kale in boiling water for 30 seconds, then immerse in a bowl of cold water
  3. Pan fry the mushrooms in butter and thyme until tender
  4. Add pastrami, drained kale and barley to a pan then add the maple syrup. Season with salt, pepper and sprigs of fresh thyme
  5. Fry together for 8 minutes and serve

This pearl barley recipe is great for sharing with your workout buddy before a demanding strength workout or cardio session. The ingredients included in this healthy stir fry – kale, mushrooms and pastrami – are all packed with energy and they come together in wonderful style to form the most amazing pearl barley salad. If you’re tight on time, we recommend cooking the barley before you exercise so that it will be ready to add to the recipe after your workout.

The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers are not in any way responsible for the identification or presence of allergens in recipes or for the classification of any recipe as vegetarian or vegan.

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The colour and flavour of maple syrup changes in subtle ways during the seasonal harvest

At the start of the sugaring season, the syrup is generally clear, with a light, sweet taste. It becomes darker with a caramelised flavour as the season progresses throughout the spring.

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