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Barley with Collard Greens and White Beans

I admit I didn’t have high expectations for this dish. It just didn’t sound all that tasty to me and I’d never had barley before. I was very pleasantly surprised! Not only did it make a ton of food (yay for leftovers!), but it had a rich, hearty taste and lots of texture. It was also nice knowing that barley and collard greens are so healthy. I will definitely make this again!

This recipe is from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, by Julieanna Hever.

 

Barley with Collard Greens and White Beans
 
Barley with Collard Greens and White Beans
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Ingredients
  • 1 large bunch of collard greens, stems removed, rinsed and chopped (to save time, you can get the pre-washed and pre-chopped greens in a bag)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp whole-grain flour
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (15 oz) can white beans, rinse and drained (I used Great Northern)
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 4.5 cups cooked barley (I cooked it in advance of suppertime because it can take 30-45 minutes)
Instructions
  1. Blanch greens in 4 cups of water for 1-2 minutes, until cooked down and starting to darken in color. Drain.
  2. Saute' onion and garlic for 5 minutes or until onion is translucent.
  3. Whisk together flour and vegetable broth in a bowl and add to onion mixture. Bring to a boil, and add beans and black pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring, for 1 minute.
  4. Add blanched greens and cooked barley, and simmer, stirring frequently, until nearly all liquid is absorbed. Serve warm.

2 Responses to “Barley with Collard Greens and White Beans”

  1. katiamarie says:

    This looks yummy and healthy – I’m always trying to find recipes with greens.

  2. Yes, it’s quite tasty, and amazingly–both my baby and my toddler liked it! Same goes for the lentil and rice casserole here http://motivated-mama.blogspot.com/2011/10/baked-lentils-and-rice-casserole.html
    Anything that the baby, toddler, hubby AND me all like is thumbs up! :)

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