A wooden bowl filled with vibrant pink beet and barley risotto, garnished with chopped parsley and beet cubes, placed on a rustic woven mat.

Beet and Barley Risotto

This Beet and Barley Risotto is a powerhouse of nutrition, providing numerous health benefits. Beets are loaded with TMG (Trimethylglycine), which supports cardiovascular health by reducing homocysteine levels. They are also rich in fibre, vitamins (such as vitamin C and folate), and antioxidants, which help fight inflammation and improve overall health. Barley, on the other hand, is high in dietary fibre and essential minerals like magnesium and selenium, which aid in digestion and boost the immune system. Together, these ingredients create a dish that supports heart health, aids in digestion, and provides essential nutrients for overall well-being.

The origins of risotto trace back to Northern Italy, where rice dishes are a staple. Traditional risotto is made by slowly cooking rice in broth until it reaches a creamy consistency. This Beet and Barley Risotto is a modern twist on the classic Italian dish, incorporating nutrient-rich beets and barley instead of the traditional Arborio rice. The combination of beets and barley not only enhances the nutritional profile but also adds a unique and delightful flavour. The use of fresh dill and white wine infuses the dish with a contemporary touch, making it a perfect fusion of tradition and modernity.


Ingredients for 2 people:

  • 200g pearl barley
  • 750ml vegetable broth
  • 2 large beets
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 100ml white wine
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 25g Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, cooking until softened.
  2. Add the barley and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Pour in the white wine and cook until it has mostly evaporated.
  4. Gradually add the vegetable broth, one cup at a time, stirring until absorbed before adding more.
  5. Once the barley is tender and creamy, stir in the roasted beets, Parmesan cheese, and dill.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the cold butter until melted and well combined.
  7. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.


The Recipe Rich in TMG:

  • Barley: high in fibre, it aids digestion and helps maintain a healthy weight. It's also a good source of vitamins and minerals, promoting overall well-being.
  • Beets: rich in TMG (Trimethylglycine), essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, beets support heart health, improve digestion, and have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Olive Oil and Butter: provide healthy fats and add richness to the risotto.
  • Onion and Garlic: both have antibacterial properties and are rich in vitamins and minerals, supporting immune health.
  • Parmesan Cheese: adds a delicious flavour and provides protein and calcium, essential for bone health.
  • Dill: offers a fresh flavour and additional antioxidants.


Adding TMG to your diet can have remarkable health benefits, and this Beet and Barley Risotto makes it easy and delicious. The recipe combines nutrient-dense beets and barley to support heart health, improve digestion, and boost overall well-being. Enjoying this dish is a simple way to enhance your nutrition while indulging in rich, satisfying flavours. For an extra boost, consider supplementing with Simply Nootropics TMG. This combination ensures you get the most out of your TMG intake, supporting your health in multiple ways. Treat yourself to a healthy and tasty meal, and experience the benefits of TMG firsthand.

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