A variety of seasonal vegetables could be used in this recipe. Preparation time is 15 minutes. This recipe is from The WEBB Cooks, articles and recipes by Robyn Webb, courtesy of the American Diabetes Association.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat 1/4 cup of the broth in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add the garlic and onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add the carrots and saute for 5 minutes.

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  • Add the remaining broth and bring to a boil. Add the barley, lower the heat, cover, and simmer until the liquid is almost absorbed, about 50 minutes.

  • Add the zucchini, parsley, oil, and lemon juice. Simmer for 5 more minutes; season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

149.9 calories; protein 5.4g 11% DV; carbohydrates 29.9g 10% DV; fat 1.4g 2% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 270.9mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2003
Excellent side dish -- I even enjoyed the zuchini which is a rarity for me! A little extra lemon gives it a great zing and it was just as good as a leftover the next day! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/24/2009
Good idea as I enjoy barley but needs much more flavor. Read More
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36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2003
Excellent side dish -- I even enjoyed the zuchini which is a rarity for me! A little extra lemon gives it a great zing and it was just as good as a leftover the next day! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/15/2007
I too played with the recipe a bit but the basic idea is a great one: take a healthy inexpensive whole grain that on its own isn't the most flavorful thing out there and add a bunch of great flavor in the form of healthy veggies. I used onion garlic mushrooms carrots and canned tomatoes for the veggie mix. I also used only about 2.5 cups liquid to make the barley. For spice I used salt pepper onion powder garlic powder cayenne and some smoked paprika for both flavor and a very nice deep red color. I'll definately add this to my repetoire of whole grain entrees. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/04/2003
I was hesitant to try this because Barley can be so bland but I loved it. I followed the recipe although I added another half cup of carrots in lieu of the zucchini and instead of a dash of regular salt I used onion salt. It was delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2009
I've made this recipe twice now almost exactly as written. I use whatever vegetables I have on hand. Adding the lemon juice and olive oil at the end makes a huge difference and I love this dish. It has a creamy texture like risotto. Definetly worth making. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2011
This recipe was good but I didn't have zucchini so I used onion garlic carrots and broccoli. I also used 4 and a half cups of stock to make the barley and added pepper onion powder garlic powder Italian seasoning and ground coriander. I had some left over shredded chicken so I also tossed that in. The family loved it and we all gave this a 5. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2007
I've never enjoyed barley so much! The lemon juice really let this dish sing. I did not have fresh parsley so I used dried even that did not detract from the great combination of flavors. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/24/2009
Good idea as I enjoy barley but needs much more flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/31/2010
Tasty. I used green beans instead of zucchini. I also added some cheese at the end for some extra creaminess. I am sure it can be adapted hundreds of ways but a great place to start. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/16/2007
I give this dish a big "meh". It was a great way to use up my veggies -- I used yellow onion carrots chopped fresh tomatoes and fresh green beans -- but I found it pretty bland. I ate it and the leftovers but my husband wouldn't touch it so I won't make this again. Read More
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