Barley is a high-quality, whole-grain carbohydrate. It contains a good amount of soluble fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and stabilize blood-sugar levels, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and keeping mood stable. Barley is also a good source of vitamin B6, a B vitamin that may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Barley is not a gluten-free grain, so if you have celiac diseasebe sure to read labels and avoid it. Note to IBS sufferers: Barley is rich in fiber, which may cause gastrointestinal upset if you have diarrhea-predominant IBS.
This is a food we used to eat a lot in Britain at one time. I always have it in my pantry to add to soups too.
This is a recipe I have had for years and used to make a lot. Not sure why I haven't done so in a long time.
1 C pearl barley
1/2 C butter
1 lge onion chopped
1/2 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
3 cups beef broth
1 cup water
1 cup unblanched sliced almonds
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper, or to taste.
Combine all ingredients in a 3 quart casserole. Cover, Cook on high for 45-55 minutes, until barley is just tender. Check for moisture during last 15 minutes of cooking if necessary, add 1/2 cup hot water. Allow to stand, covered, 15 minutes. Taste for seasoning and serve.
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