Saturday, February 27, 2010

Barley Stir Fry

This was my first attempt at using barley in something other than stew. I really like the flavor of barley and the texture- much better than white rice. I've never really cared for white rice because it's so sticky, so this is a perfect substitute, it's like a mix between oats and rice. This is just a simple stir fry, chop your favorite veggies, stir fry and add a bit of soy sauce.  Yummy, healthy and so simple.

I liked the flavor & texture so much I saved a bit extra- added brown sugar, raisins, walnuts and a tiny bit of orange juice and it was fabulous (not sticky like oatmeal)- we couldn't wait until breakfast to eat it- the boys thought it was a great dessert and asked for more.

1 cup barley
2 cups water
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 chopped red pepper
1/2 chopped onion
favorite veggies: sugar snap peas, broccoli, carrots, celery, etc...
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
peanuts or sliced almonds

Boil 2 cups of water, add barley, reduce heat and simmer about 40 minutes until barley is tender. Chop all vegetables. Heat oil in skillet or wok and stir fry just until tender. Stir in soy sauce, nuts and cooked barley.
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