Barley is a great and filling alternative to rice and as a complete whole grain, it provides a wealth of nutrients and serves as a versatile grain for many recipes, from breakfast barley porridge to delicious risotto.
Barley is high in fiber as well as protein and cooks up as quickly as a pot of rice (especially if it is hulled or pearl). Since barley is a soluble fiber, it is good for weight loss (it’s filling), digestion and, according to the FDA, can reduce the risk of cholesterol and coronary heart disease.
A chewier grain than rice, it takes on a slightly nutty tone that can hold up to strong Indian curries, Mexican spices like chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, or even a spicy mustard.
Enjoy these delicious barley recipes tried by the Teeter staff:
Barley risotto with roasted brussels sprouts and champagne honey mustard (this one especially got rave reviews and recipe requests!)