Monday, October 7, 2013

Loaded Barley Pilaf

Want a quick and easy to prepare alternative to rice or pasta? Look no further.... Give this barley dish a try!

1 Cup Barley
3 Cups of Chicken Stock or water with powdered boullion 
2 Stalks of Celery
1/2 Cup Frozen Mixed Veggies
Frozen Chopped Onion (Use according to your preference, I used about 1/4 cup)
1 Tbsp of Minced Garlic
2 Tbsp of Butter
1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
 Fresh Parsley

Cook barley in heated chicken stock until tender, about 30-35 minutes. I don't like it soggy so I cook it with hopes of getting a nice little bite in the end. While barley is being cooked, melt butter in the olive oil in deep pan. Add onion and sweat until it is translucent. Add celery, garlic and mixed veggies and cook for about 3 minutes. Transfer the cooked barley to the vegetables season to taste and simmer for another 3 minutes. Garnish with parsley and enjoy. 

This is so good. I tend to love food with varying textures and this dish certainly did it for me. It goes really well with beef or chicken stew. Enjoy :)