Heirlooms are so-called because the seeds have been handed down over generations, and they are open-pollinated, meaning they produce seeds that resemble the parent plant, not always the case with commercial hybrids, which are bred for durability rather than taste. There are 100-plus kinds of heirloom tomatoes growing on vines these days, and most have names and flavors -- Sun Golds, Green Zebras, Black Krims -- as unique as their looks.
Barley takes longer than oatmeal to cook, so make a big batch on Sunday for quick reheating during the week. The hearty nature of this barley dish, which channels the flavors of a Turkish breakfast, makes it an equally filling option for any meal of the day.
You can make this refreshing meal without even turning on the oven or stove top. Float pre-cooked shrimp on a bowl of gazpacho made heartier with earthy beets. Look for vacuum-packed cooked beets in the produce section of supermarkets.