Traditionally made with rice, this classic Southern dish gets great toothsome texture here from quick-cooking barley instead. Serve with a green salad.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2010

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40 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and celery. Cook until the vegetables soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add broth, barley, thyme, lemon juice, crushed red pepper and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until the barley is done, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in black-eyed peas. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve hot.

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Nutrition Facts

316 calories; protein 12.4g 25% DV; carbohydrates 57.1g 18% DV; exchange other carbs 4; dietary fiber 11g 44% DV; sugars 3.3g; fat 5.3g 8% DV; saturated fat 0.8g 4% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 801.2IU 16% DV; vitamin c 34.7mg 58% DV; folate 96.3mcg 24% DV; calcium 55.2mg 6% DV; iron 1.9mg 11% DV; magnesium 51.4mg 18% DV; potassium 528.7mg 15% DV; sodium 755.7mg 30% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 15% DV.

Reviews (13)

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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2018
Excellent and easy to fix. To save time I made the barley plus ingredients following the night before. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/18/2013
Quick Easy Healthy I loved this! I love barley and didn't know what to use it in other than soup so I'm glad I found this. I subbed in chickpeas for the beans and then added fresh tomatoes in at the end and it was great. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/30/2013
Delicious Really good quick & easy - lots of flavor. I used bulgar wheat instead and subsituted yellow squash for red pepper and tasted yummy! Pros: quick easy Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/27/2012
Fantastic! I was soooo pleasantly surprised with this recipe! Last time I had Black-eyed Peas in another recipe I wasn't particularly impressed (of course it could have been the ham cubes too they were too dry but I digress). I thought I would give this recipe a shot anyway and I'm glad I did! My in-laws loved it and so did my 9 yr old nephew.:) Now to get my husband to taste it when he gets off of work... I will DEFINITELY make this recipe again it was so easy! Pros: healthy hearty easy quick meatless Cons: none Read More
Rating: 3 stars
11/27/2011
I used brown rice instead of barley so the broth needed was per the brown rice instructions. I doubled the amount of thyme lemon juice and red pepper flakes and used only one can of rinsed black beans. Another keeper. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Was easy to make but didn't have a lot of flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I really liked this recipe. Good flavor and very filling. I'll definitely make this again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Quick and easy - I didn't have quite enough barley so I topped it off with white rice which worked great (I was afraid brown rice would need much longer to cook). Definitely a keeper! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Quick and Easy Yum! I made this for New Years Day and it was a big hit with my family. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Easy to Prepare This dish is extremely easy to prepare and quite filling. I served it with an additional side of vegetables. I am on a vegan fast for Lent and this fit the bill. I did find that the dish did not have a lot of flavor so I sprinkled some Mrs. Dash on at the table. This did the trick. Pros: Quick and Easy Cons: Not Very Flavorable Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
SO DELICIOUS! My boyfriend and I are not vegans so I added shrimp and chicken on top. It was delicious! I also could not find quick cooking barley...believe it or not. So I used pearl couscous.Came out perfect...definitely will make again. Pros: You have most ingredients on hand Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious We are moving away from the traditional American diet so knew that we would need to add more seasonings. A bit of creole seasoning did the trick. Others may not need the extra seasoning. Very delicious and easy. I think we'll try it with shrimp next time! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Barley Hoppin' John I was pleasantly surprised with this recipe! I thought that it wouldn't have enough flavor but the seasonings were perfect. The lemon juice is a must-have. I couldn't find quick-cooking barley so I used regular and added a little bit more broth and cooked it for longer and it turned out great. My toddler licked his plate and had 3 servings and my husband had 2 servings and said he really liked it. Will definitely make it again! Read More