Barley is a common staple in human diet. Barley grows in over 100 countries and is one of the most popular cereal crops, surpassed only by wheat, corn and rice. Pairing it with apples packs a wallop of nutrients!
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 large Fuji apples, cored and finely chopped
1/2 cup uncooked barley
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup golden raisins
In large skillet with tight-fitting lid, melt margarine over medium heat. Add onion and barley; cook, stirring until golden. Add broth, raisins and thyme to barley mixture. Heat to boil; reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook 40 to 45 minutes or until barley is tender and liquid is absorbed.
Fold apples and parsley into barley mixture; cook 5 minutes and serve.
Yield: 4 servings
Calories: 241; Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Fiber: 6mg; Sodium: 87mg.
Calories from fat: 25 percent
Pilaf is a dish in which a grain, such as rice or cracked wheat, is generally first browned in oil, and then cooked in a seasoned broth. Depending on the local cuisine it may also contain a variety of meat and vegetables.
Because barley is a whole-grain food, consumption provides several health benefits. It is high is soluble fiber and can reduce blood cholesterol and blood glucose levels. Barley is also low in fat.
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