Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr
Oregano and paprika enhance the flavors of this wholesome recipe.
- 2 cups water
- 2 vegetable bouillon cubes (or you may use chicken or beef bouillon cubes)
- 1⁄2 cup pearl barley
- 1⁄2 cup regular brown rice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
- 1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 (10 ounce) packagefrozen lima beans
- 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
- 1 stalk celery, sliced
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3⁄4 cup provolone cheese or 3⁄4 cup monterey jack cheese (3 oz.)
- In a medium saucepan bring water and bouillon cubes to boiling, stirring till dissolved.
- Stir in barley, rice, oregano and pepper.
- Bring to boiling; reduce heat.
- Cover and simmer for 45 mins.
- or until grains are tender.
- Meanwhile, in another medium saucepan, cook beans, covered, in 1/2 cup boiling water for 5 mins.
- Add carrot, celery, and onion.
- Cook, covered, 5 mins.
- more or till vegs.
- are tender.
- Spoon barley mixture and vegs.
- into a 2 qt.
- Bake, covered, in a 350* oven for 15 mins.
- Sprinkle with cheese and paprika.
- Bake, uncovered, 3 to 5 minutes more or till cheese melts and mixture is heated through.
- Makes 6 to 8 servings.
This turned out to be surprisingly good. My first venture into "healthy eating" via Recipezaar. My supermarket didn't have frozen lima beans and I didn't want to use the canned ones so I substituted 1 cup of canned black beans. The cheese called for added a nice creaminess to the overall texture. With the black beans and cheese I would think you could add chili powder or cumin and take this one South of the border!
This was very good and will become a main stay side dish for my family. I substituted 10oz. of frozen peas for the lima beans and added approx 1/4 cup sliced red and green bell pepper for the carrot; only because that is what I had on hand. I made the entire recipe and had very little left over. Thanks!
Another great recipe Sharon. Really well received at my dinner table. I made three small changes though I don't think it affected the outcome. 1. I used homemade vegetable broth (better control of sodium content), 2. I prepared dried fava beans to use, 3. I used jackcheese as that is what I had on hand. Prior to putting into the casserole dish I needed to add some sea salt, probably because the grains took up the little salt there was in the dish. This is one winner thaat will be repeated!