Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Barley Paella - Low Glycemic, Vegan - Good for a large party or small gathering

                       recipe image

 By Rob Leighton 

A vegan barley paella is festive - great for a large party or small gathering. Try this on New Year's eve.

1 cup well rinsed pearled barley
2 cups water
1 cup onion, diced
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 cup peas, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup roasted pepper, cut into 1/2" wide strips
1 cup artichoke hearts, quartered, canned or frozen
1 T capers
1 cup white wine
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 cup black beans, cooked and rinsed (optional)
1/2  cup fresh chopped parsley
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Rinse the barley in strainer until the water runs clear. Set aside to drain.

Heat an ovenproof pan over medium heat. Add the rinsed barley and chopped onion to the pan and toast for five minutes, stirring regularly and making sure that barley does not burn or stick to bottom of pan. Add the turmeric and 2 cups of water to the hot barley. Stir until the yellow color of the turmeric is dispersed. Cover, lower heat, and cook for 25 minutes.
Blend the smoked paprika, olive oil, capers, peas and optional black beans into the pan with the barley. Stir in the white wine and gently mix. Layer the roasted red peppers and artichoke quarters on top of the barley. Cover and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for another 5 minutes. Garnish with the chopped parsley.

Nutritional Statement per serving: Calories 215: Protein (g) 10; Carbohydrates (g) 37; Total Fiber (g) 10; Soluble Fiber (g) 3; Sugars (g) 3;  Fat (g); 6; Saturated Fat (g)1; Monounsaturated Fat (g) 4; Polyunsaturated Fat (g)1; Trans Fatty Acid (g) 0; Cholesterol (mg) 0; Calcium (mg) 40; Magnesium (mg) 55; Potassium (mg) 285; Sodium (mg) 170..
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  1. UnknownJanuary 1, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Hi Deanna, I love this recipe, I'm gluten free so I would have to substituting.

    1. January 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Hello Merryanne
      yes this was so good, we made it for new years.

  • Deborah DavisFebruary 26, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Hi Deanna,
    I adore your hearty, flavorful Barley Paella recipe. It is just the kind of satisfying and filling comfort food I love to make and eat. Turmeric is another of my favorite seasonings to add. I can't wait to explore your other recipes. Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delectable recipe at the Plant-based Potluck Party! I sincerely appreciate it!

  • UnknownMarch 1, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    I love that you have a video for making this recipe. And what a great idea of using barley instead of whit rice. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes.

  • UnknownMarch 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Thank you so much for stopping by Saturday Dishes and linking up.
    Diane Roark
    recipesforourdailybread com


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