Everybody says they would like to eat more healthily, butsometimes it's hard to figure out where to start. Whole grains are a great choice, and barley is a good grain to start with. What's not to like?
Barley is an easy to prepare, inexpensive grain, which is high in
protein and especially high in soluble fiber, with even the quick
cooking variety contributing 9 grams of fiber towards lowering
cholesterol and preventing constipation.
Barley has a yummy flavor that lends itself to use in soups, as a
salad or, like here, in a side dish, which if you add some meat or
garbanzo beans, can become a main course. If you are short of time, don't hesitate to use quick barley. This last night, mostly because Ihad a third of a big can of whole Italian tomatoes with basil left over from a pot roast.
3/4 cup of quick cook or medium barley (depending on how much time you have - I use the slow stuff)
2 carrots, thinly sliced
2 sticks celery, thinly sliced
(one onion, finely chopped, if desired)
3/4 c beef stock or soup or boullion
3/4 c. canned tomatoes - any type you like
lemon, if desired
garlic, if desired
Olive oil or butter
Saut?e carrots, celery, (onion, garlic) briefly in small amount of
oil, if you are using the slow cook barley. Cook until soft if you are using the 10 minute barley. Add parsley and barley and lemon and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes, stock and spices and reduce heat for 45 minutes (for the slow kind) or 10 - 12 minutes for the quick barley.
Eat and be healthy!
(SRL - 05/2007)