This healthy dish is tasty and filling. There is a lot of chopping involved in preparation, so you may want to cook the barley and prepare some of the ingredients in advance. It is a complete meal, and the leftovers taste great reheated.

Monica Hoffman Hemenway
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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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  • Bring the barley and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the barley is tender and the liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes.

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  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; stir in the ground beef. Cook and stir until the beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease. Stir in the onion and garlic; cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the bell pepper, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Cook and stir until the bell pepper is crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.

  • Stir in the cooked barley, tomatoes, zucchini, and kidney beans. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the stove, sprinkle the cheese over the top, replace the cover, and let stand until the cheese melts, about 1 to 2 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

308 calories; 7.2 g total fat; 27 mg cholesterol; 493 mg sodium. 42.3 g carbohydrates; 19.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
07/29/2010
I left out the barley. Thought it was great. Read More
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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
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Rating: 4 stars
07/29/2010
I left out the barley. Thought it was great. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/29/2010
I left out the barley. Thought it was great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2011
I pretty much made this tonight without having seen this recipe. Being a casserole you can change things as you see fit. I used cumin instead of oregano/basil canned diced tomatoes canned tomato sauce no zucchini nor beans and folded in spinach at the very end. I was awesome! I also used some of it to stuff those mini bell peppers (see photos). They were delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/16/2010
I left out the kidney beans because we aren't bean people and I didn't have any but otherwise this was delicious. Warm and hearty and perfect for a cool evening. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2011
absolutely loved this! I didn't have kidney beans so I used canned lentils. Wasn't sure how it would be with the lentils but it was actually very good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2011
Awesome way to use a bunch of garden veggies! Substituted quinoa for barley and it really doesn't need the cheese in my opinion. Wonderful! Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2013
Great Supper!! Not too difficult and lots of healthy tasty flavors. I made it vegetarian by using veggie burger crumbles instead of beef. Super yummy!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/24/2015
Great recipe! We really enjoyed this and liked that the meat/veggie mixture was paired with barley. I added about four more cloves of crushed garlic and put a little shredded parmesan cheese/chives on the top instead of cheddar. Definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2013
This meal was very good! I would recommend adding a little salt to the water for the barley. I was tempted to add more zucchini than the recipe called for but I felt for the first time I should make the recipe exactly as directed. The amount of zucchini was just perfect so I'm glad I didn't add more. Like another reviewer said the cheese is good but you don't really need it. Beause I have a cholesterol problem I put a little cheese on part of my meal then left it off the rest of it. As good as it was I felt it was missing a little something but ketchup took care of that! I will make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/06/2014
This was a pretty yummy recipe. I used quinoa instead of barley and added more veggies than it called for. The instructions said to bring it to a boil however there was no liquid to boil once all the ingredients were put together so I added some water maybe a cup or so. I thought the flavors were pretty good my husband added a little taco sauce for extra flavor/spice and ate it with chips (he needs something crunchy with his food). I would make this again. Read More
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