Barley and Pine Nut Casserole

A casserole side dish for the veggie lovers! Slow cooked barley, vegetables and pine-nuts offer a delicious treat.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 6 hr 15 min
  • Servings 6

1
cup uncooked hulled or pearl barley
1 1/2
cups vegetable juice
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
2
medium stalks celery, sliced (1 cup)
1
medium bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1
can (14 oz) vegetable or chicken broth
4
medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)
1/4
cup pine nuts, toasted

  • 1 In 3- to 4-quart slow cooker, mix all ingredients except green onions and nuts.
  • 2 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 6 to 8 hours.
  • 3 Stir in green onions and nuts.

Expert Tips

Though pearled barley is a common form of barley, the bran has been removed, so it's not a whole grain. Hulled barley is whole grain, but may be harder to find--look for it in a food coop or buy it on-line.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
190
(
Calories from Fat
35),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
4%
(Saturated Fat
1/2g,
1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
660mg
660%;
Total Carbohydrate
34g
34%
(Dietary Fiber
7g
7%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%;
Vitamin C
35%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.