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Here's a great example of how to cook a healthy dish in minutes--simply cook the bacon in the same pan as the barley to enrich the flavor, add some purchased cooked shrimp, a few aromatic vegetables, and you've got dinner (or a hearty potluck dish) in no time flat.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2005


Recipe Summary

40 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Cook bacon in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, until crispy, about 4 minutes. Drain on paper towel; discard fat.

  • Add water and salt to the pan and bring to a boil. Add barley and return to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, 10 to 12 minutes.

  • Combine shrimp and lime juice in a large bowl. Add the cooked barley; toss to coat. Let stand for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, to allow the barley to absorb some of the lime juice. Add tomatoes, onion, cilantro and the bacon; toss to coat. Add oil and pepper and toss again. Stir in avocado and serve.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare without avocado, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Stir in the avocado just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 3/4 cups
417 calories; protein 34.7g; carbohydrates 29.6g; dietary fiber 7.3g; sugars 3.5g; fat 19.1g; saturated fat 2.7g; cholesterol 234.7mg; vitamin a iu 1111.5IU; vitamin c 26.5mg; folate 59mcg; calcium 106.6mg; iron 3.1mg; magnesium 29.4mg; potassium 872.3mg; sodium 708mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

1 starch, 1 vegetable, 4 lean meat, 3 fat (mono)