This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.
This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.
This is a low sodium recipe.
GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.
This recipe is NOT safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.
"In the age of acorns, before the times of Ceres, a single barley-corn had been of more value to mankind than all the diamonds of the mines of India."
-Henry Brooke, Writer
Not only is my mom really cool, but she can be relied on for some great meals. Not long ago she served a variation of this barley dish that I loved so much I couldn't help but tweak it a bit. There's not much different except that I added the pork tenderloin where she has generally served this as a side dish. It's a warm and hearty dish full of savory flavors and the barley is so good for you with a ton of fiber.
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Technically fiber is a carbohydrate, but it is not absorbed into the body like other carbs because humans don't have the enzymes to break them down. As a result, foods that are high in fiber are generally lower in calories.
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Servings = 4 | Serving size =about 2 cups
Cooking Time = 60 Minutes
This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3.
This recipe keeps well. Reheat gently.
|4 Tbsp||unsalted butter|
|1 medium||onion (diced)|
|1 large||carrot (peeled and diced)|
|1 lb||crimini mushrooms (sliced)|
|1/2 large||red bell pepper (diced)|
|1 Tbsp||fresh sage (minced)|
|fresh ground black pepper (to taste)|
|1 lb||pork tenderloin (cut into 1/2 inch cubes)|
|2 cups||low sodium chicken or vegetable broth|
Preheat the oven to 325°F.
Place the light spread in a large sauce pan or medium Dutch oven over medium heat.
When the spread is melted add the onion and carrot. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onion is slightly soft.
Add the mushrooms and cook, tossing frequently, until the mushrooms are lightly browned.
Add the red bell pepper, barley, salt, sage, pepper and pork. Stir and add the chicken stock and water.
Stir and cover the pot and then place in the oven. Check about every 14 minutes to make sure that there is enough liquid. Add water 1/4 cup at a time as needed. Total cooking time will be about 45 - 60 minutes, or until the barley is tender but not gummy.
Serving size = about 2 cups
Servings = 4
Amount Per Serving
|Calories 431||Calories from Fat 82|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 9g||14%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||13%|
|Monounsaturated Fat 3g|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrates 53g||18%|
|Dietary Fiber 11g||42%|
|Vitamin A 101%||Vitamin C 96%|
|Calcium 7%||Iron 19%|
|Vitamin K 14 mcg||Potassium 1400 mg|
|Magnesium 93 mg|