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Sweet & Sour Barley-Bean Stew


From EatingWell:  March/April 1997

Honey adds a touch of sweetness to this vegetarian barley soup. Make it a meal: Crisp, sesame-seeded Lavash crackers and a cucumber salad with yogurt would complete this savory vegetarian dinner.

4 servings, 1 1/2 cups each | Active Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour



  1. Cook barley in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until just tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  2. Meanwhile, place eggplant in a large colander and sprinkle with salt. Let stand for 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water and squeeze firmly to remove excess moisture.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until beginning to color, about 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in prepared eggplant, tomatoes, 2 tablespoons basil, lemon juice and honey. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until the eggplant is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in reserved barley and beans and heat for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and stir in remaining 2 tablespoons chopped basil. Serve hot, garnished with whole basil leaves.


Per serving : 323 Calories; 4 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 2 g Mono; 0 mg Cholesterol; 72 g Carbohydrates; 11 g Protein; 17 g Fiber; 614 mg Sodium; 1037 mg Potassium

3 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 2 1/2 starch, 2 vegetable, 1 lean meat

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