Recipe - Sweet Barley Pilaf

Serves 6

This basic and affordable grain often gets passed up for its more exotic cousins. However, this dish reminds us that barley has a lovely taste AND terrific health benefits. Be sure to make extras for leftovers. Serve with Green Gusto Salad.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup barley
  • ¼ cup raisins, golden or black
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon each fresh rosemary and marjoram, minced or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth, low-sodium
  1. In large saucepan, heat olive oil and sauté onion until translucent. Add mushrooms, celery and almonds. Cook 3-5 minutes.
  2. Stir in barley, raisins and seasonings until barley is coated with other ingredients.
  3. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil for 2 minutes, reduce to simmer for 55 minutes.
Per serving: 254 calories, 10g protein, 35g carbohydrate, 10g fat, 1g sat , 6g mono, 0mg cholesterol, 8g fiber, 80mg sodium

THE SEASONED COOK: Substitute other grains for the barley. Keeps well and makes great leftovers.

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