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Barley Pilaf with Mushrooms, Red Peppers & Spinach

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From EatingWell:  November/December 1995, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

Flecks of sweet red pepper and spinach add festive flair to the classic mushroom and barley combo. You can use either convenient quick-cooking barley or pearl barley, but note that the amount of liquid and the cooking times will vary.

12 servings, about 2/3 cup each | Active Time: 30 minutes- 1 hour | Total Time: 30 minutes- 1 hour

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add barley, garlic and thyme and cook, stirring, for 30 to 60 seconds. Pour in broth (3 cups if using quick-cooking barley, 4 cups if using pearl barley) and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer over low heat until the barley is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, 10 to 12 minutes for quick-cooking barley or about 45 minutes for pearl barley.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a nonstick skillet over high heat. Add mushrooms and bell pepper, season with salt and pepper and sauté until just tender, about 3 minutes. Add spinach leaves and stir just until they have wilted, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add the sautéed vegetables to the cooked barley and stir gently to mix. Season with vinegar, salt and pepper.

Nutrition

Per serving : 121 Calories; 2 g Fat; 0 g Sat; 1 g Mono; 1 mg Cholesterol; 23 g Carbohydrates; 5 g Protein; 4 g Fiber; 95 mg Sodium; 265 mg Potassium

1 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat

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