Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Green Barley Pilaf

Looking for a great grains side dish to go with just about anything?Try this delicious barley pilaf from Mark Bittman's book, The Food Matters Cookbook.

Green Barley Pilaf

2 T olive oil
1 onion chopped
1 T minced garlic
1 cup pearled (quick cooking) barley
3 cups vegetable broth or reduced sodium chicken broth
salt and pepper
1 box baby spinach

1.  SauteĆ© onion and garlic in olive oil until softened--5 minutes
2.  Add the barley and cook stirring about a one minute. Add the the liquid and some salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
3.  Turn the heat to low, cover and cook about 25 minutes. Stir in spinach, replace the lid and let rest at least ten minutes or up to 20 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Taste and adjust seasonings. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil if you like.

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