Barley: a recipe roundup

A nutritional powerhouse that’s delicious and versatile!

I always keep barley in my pantry – it’s an inexpensive, flexible ingredient that stores well for a long period of time. Did you know that Canada is the sixth largest producer of barley in the world, with almost 9 million tonnes grown here annually? Rich in many nutrients, barley offers lots of  health benefits: it improves digestion, facilitates weight loss and lowers cholesterol levels. It can even contribute to a healthier heart! On top of all that, barley has a delicious, almost nutty flavour that is the perfect backdrop to sauces and dressings as well as a terrific soup or stew add-in. Here are some of my favourite ways to enjoy barley (click on the titles to jump to the recipes).

Barley Salad with Pesto and Vegetables

Beef, Mushroom and Barley Stew

Barley Primavera

Barley Risotto with Butternut Squash and Portobello Mushrooms

Barley Salad with Apricots and Citrus Vinaigrette

Lentil-Barley Stew

About Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I play with words and with food. I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. I'm also an enthusiastic explorer of faraway lands and cuisines.
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