Tonight's dinner was:
•Barley Vegetable Risotto (recipe below....barley because I'm trying to cook some other grains besides just wheat, wheat, wheat)
•Sourdough bread with curried carrot spread
•Baby carrots and roasted garlic hummus
What did you have for dinner???
BARLEY AND VEGETABLE RISOTTO
adapted from "More Vegetables, Please!" cookbook
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 c pearl barley
2 c white wine
2+ c vegetable broth
1 c cubed sweet potato
1 c torn pieces kale
1 c chopped broccoli
2 med tomatoes, chopped
3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
Saute onions in oil over medium heat until tender. Add garlic and barley and cook, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes. Add the wine and cook until it's evaporated.
Steam the veggies and set aside.
Gradually add the broth (warm it first!) to the barley, stirring it regularly until it's cooked, about 50-60 minutes. Add additional broth if needed.
Stir in the cooked veggies, remove risotto from heat, and stir in tomatoes and cheese.
Serve sprinkled with additional parmesan cheese and/or toasted pine nuts.