This was a great way to use up the barley in my pantry, which I don't cook all that often. It's a humble, but tasty dish--has the mouth feel of an arborio rice risotto, but much earthier in flavor. I found the serving size filling--had it for lunch today--but now it's 2 hours later and I'm hungry. Probably should have eaten something with it. I added some frozen peas to amp up the veggies. Can't believe how a huge pile of greens can wilt down to almost nothing--blows me away every time. I see this as a great weekday dish, and I think it's a recipe that can be played with. I was wishing I had a red pepper, because I think that would add some more eye appeal and a compatible flavor. I also want to try it with beef broth, which is always a good partner to barley.
Pros: High fiber
Cons: Constant attending