Based on rice risotto, this dish is a flavorful, healthy, and filling entree. It is also more nutritious than Arborio risotto because it's a good source of fiber and whole grain and is full of vegetables. I invented it to satisfy my meat-loving family on my Meatless Monday and it was a great success!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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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 olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Add barley; cook and stir it is light brown and smells nutty, about 10 minutes.

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  • Stir 2 cups vegetable stock and bay leaf into the pot; bring to a boil. Simmer until most of the stock is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Add 1 cup stock and broccoli. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until most of the stock is absorbed, about 10 minutes.

  • Stir remaining 1 cup stock, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, water, salt, and pepper into the pot. Simmer until stock is mostly absorbed and broccoli is soft, about 5 minutes. Discard bay leaf.

Cook's Note:

Substitute chicken stock for the vegetable stock if desired.

Nutrition Facts

265 calories; protein 8.9g; carbohydrates 46g; fat 6.3g; sodium 373.7mg. Full Nutrition
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