Barley and “Meatballs”

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Quick-cooking barley is the key to success with this sturdy main course. Begin the meal with a light vegetable broth garnished with snipped chives, and serve lemon sorbet for dessert. This makes about 5 1-cup servings.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quick-cooking barley
  • 2 to 3 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 13.75-oz. can roasted red peppers
  • 9 oz. vegetarian “meatballs”
  • 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup snipped parsley for garnish

Preparation

  1. Cook barley according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cut peppers into long strips, and add to skillet with “meatballs” and mushrooms. Saut8E mixture for 5 minutes, and season with salt and pepper. Stir in cooked barley, and saut8E for 2 or 3 minutes more, adding 2 or 3 tablespoons water to prevent sticking if needed.
  3. To serve, remove from heat, and spoon mixture onto individual plates. Garnish each serving with parsley.


Wine Suggestions

A fruity, rich Merlot such as Virginia’s Jefferson Vineyards Merlot would be an excellent match for this “meat” and mushroom dish.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: SERVES 5
  • Calories: 290
  • Carbohydrate Content: 33 g
  • Fat Content: 11 g
  • Fiber Content: 7 g
  • Protein Content: 16 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 570 mg
  • Sugar Content: 4 g