OK, confession time. I have never bought barley before. I never even gave it a second look. I mean what do you do with it? Side dish? Stuffing? I'm sure it would work but the only way I've ever eaten it was in beef barley soup. Even then I wasn't that impressed. But I figured I'd give it a try. I'm tired of brown rice. It's time to mix it up a bit.
So when I saw this box of Quaker Quick Barley at the grocery store I thought I'd give it a try. I picked it up with some fresh cilantro, something I also rarely buy. I know fresh herbs are the way to go but I rarely buy them. I've have grown my own but not yet this season. I'm trying though!
Anyway, I decided on a side dish and I made something like my Super Quick Fried Rice. Surprisingly BOTH husband and child liked, no, LOVED the result. The husband said he liked it better then rice and the little guy didn't even know what it was. I believe his exact quote was, "YAY! I love that rice." I just let him go with his bad self and he ate dinner with no complaints. 🙂
I have to admit the cilantro made all the difference. The flavor was amazing in this!
Here's what I did.
- 1 cup (144) uncooked quick barley (I used this from Quaker )
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- ½ sweet onion chopped
- 2 carrots diced small
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- About an inch of ginger root
- 2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
- ½ cup fresh cilantro chopped
Cook the barley according to the package with 2 cups of water.
In a large skillet heat the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots and garlic. Cook until the onion starts to soften and get slightly transparent.
Add in the cooked barley. Add the soy sauce and grate the ginger root on top (I keep mine in the freezer and grate it frozen. It's a sinch. Click here to see a video where I talk about it)
Add in the cilantro. Stir to merge all the flavors and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
I served mine as a side dish but you could easily turn this into a meal by adding a protein and/or more veggies. Here's the nutritional info splitting it into 4 side dish servings.
|Servings||Amt per Serving|
|4||About ¾ of a cup|
|165||1g||5g||old: 3||new: 4|