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Confetti Barley Pilaf

Confetti Barley Pilaf

"This pilaf is both colorful and tasty,' says Kris Erickson from Everett, Washington. 'The slightly chewy texture of the barley, the tender vegetables and lively spices make it special enough for company. I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen--especially with grains and veggies.'"
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1 h 5 m servings
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  1. In a large nonstick skillet, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add barley; saute for 3-5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add the mushrooms, carrot, cabbage, red pepper, basil and oregano. Cook and stir until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 40-45 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and barley is tender.


  • Nutritional Analysis: One serving (2/3 cup) equals 169 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 507 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 5 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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An easy and filling dish. I like to add a can of beans, any type.

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Made this exactly according to the recipe. We liked it OK but felt like it was missing a little something flavor-wise.

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An easy and filling dish. I like to add a can of beans, any type.

This was good. I added toasted chopped almonds, raisins, and a few chopped fresh herbs, and stirred them in towards the end of the cook time with the peppers (I like mine a bit crunchier.) Hea...

I finally got around to making this recipe this weekend and despite my initial reservations about combining cabbage and mushrooms together (I don't know why but, in my mind, this seems a bit of ...

Love this recipe ... the only thing I do different is I double the recipe and I put half the recipe in a slow cooker and put a row of either chicken / pork in the middle and top with the remaind...

I left out the cabbage, mushrooms & basil. I added more liquid & a bit of cayenne pepper and wow did that kick it up - excellent! I'll play with it some more, I love it. I didn't even know I ...

This dish was excellent and best of all very simple. I used coleslaw mix to simplify things and it worked great. The family really enjoyed this.

I substituted diced tomatoes for the carrots & zucchini and the juice for some of the chicken broth. It was delicious! Savory and low calorie!

While this was reasonably good, I felt like it was missing something. It wasn't until it was too late to do anything about it that I realized a little wine with the broth would probably be the ...

This was very good! I used half Bhutanese red rice for half the barley. That was a very good combination! Used red cabbage too, more garlic, salt & pepper, and veggie broth to make it completely...

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