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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Try this instead of potatoes
Looking for a hearty, healthy side dish that's more nutritious and less fattening than potatoes, pasta or rice? Try barley -- it's a whole grain that's quick cooking and easy to pair with other ingredients to accompany fish, poultry or meat. If you add a little protein, such as beans or chicken, it's a meal in itself.
Recipe: Barley and Black Bean Salad Serves 4 as a side dish or 2 as a main course over mixed greens
Ingredients: 1 cup barley, cooked according to package directions 1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced, sauteed in a nonstick pan in a little oil until browned 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed 1 large or 2 small zucchini, diced 1 cup corn kernels 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, cut into fourths 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro or basil 2 T lime juice 1-2 T olive oil Dash of cayenne pepper Salt and black pepper, to taste (if needed)
Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently. Adjust seasonings, as needed.
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