It's the day after a big holiday. Maybe you have leftovers and maybe you don't. If you don't, or you just want a taste of something different and you're committed to participating in Meatless Monday, baked barley with shiitake mushrooms and caramelized onions is a great dish to serve!
Bring on the barley!
The sweet taste of the caramelized onion combines nicely with the earthy flavors of the mushrooms in this recipe. Plus it's one of those put-it-together-and-forget-it type of dishes. This is basically a casserole dish -- perfect for when you're (still) busy entertaining holiday guests!
Barley is big when it comes to healthy foods. It's high in fiber, low in fat and cholesterol and high in vitamins and minerals. Consider this: About a half-cup of cooked pearl barley contains three grams of dietary fiber, whereas the same amount of long-grain brown rice contains about 1.75 grams dietary fiber.
Fiber is only found in plants, and among its many benefits, helps you feel fuller, which can reduce your chances of overeating and help you to maintain a healthy weight. Studies have shown that barley can help lower a person's "bad" cholesterol and can contribute to better heart health.
When it comes to healthy eating, health professionals agree that a diet rich in whole grains like barley, fruit and vegetables, is a good idea. So bring on the barley -- it tastes great and is good for you!
Baked barley with shiitake mushrooms and caramelized onions recipe
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
Post-holiday meals can be easy! Try this barley, onion, and mushroom recipe to keep you and your holiday guests full and on the right track to healthy eating!
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