Spicy Barley and Rice Recipe

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Spicy Barley and Rice

Chopped chipotle peppers bring a spicy touch to this healthy barley, rice, and spinach recipe. Toasted pecans add a crunchy texture.

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2/3 cup regular (pearled) barley
  • 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup brown rice
  • 1 Tbsp. small fresh thyme sprigs or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. finely chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 2 cups torn fresh spinach
  • 1/3 cup pecans or walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • In saucepan cook onion in hot oil over medium heat for 5 minutes or until tender; stirring occasionally. Add barley; cook and stir 3 minutes or until barley starts to brown.
  • Carefully add broth, water, brown rice, dried thyme (if using), and chipotle pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 45 minutes or until barley and rice are tender and most of liquid is absorbed.
  • Stir in fresh thyme (if using). Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in spinach and pecans just before serving. Makes 6 (2/3 cup) servings.
Nutrition Facts
  • Calories 168, Total Fat 7 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 4 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 173 mg, Carbohydrate 24 g, Total Sugar 1 g, Fiber 5 g, Protein 5 g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 8%, Calcium 3%, Iron 8%.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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