With the addition of vegetables, barley, and lots of fragrant seasonings, brown rice, normally accustomed to being a staple side, suddenly finds itself in the main dish spotlight. What makes this brown rice a hearty vegetarian meal are the layers of flavor and variety of textures. While fresh thyme and spicy chipotles in adobo may not be the most obvious of food pairings, when tossed with the barley and rice, the ingredients blend seamlessly. Lots of spinach provides a stimulating green color, and chunks of nuts add a necessary crunch. To get this exciting recipe that won't disappoint, please
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tsp. olive oil
2/3 cup regular (pearled) barley
1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1-3/4 cups water
1/4 cup brown rice
1 Tbsp. small fresh thyme sprigs or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme, crushed
1/2 to 1 tsp. finely chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
2 cups torn fresh spinach
1/3 cup pecans or walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
- In saucepan cook onion in hot oil over medium heat for 5 minutes or until tender; stirring occasionally. Add barley; cook and stir 3 minutes or until barley starts to brown.
- Carefully add broth, water, brown rice, dried thyme (if using), and chipotle pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 45 minutes or until barley and rice are tender and most of liquid is absorbed.
- Stir in fresh thyme (if using). Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in spinach and pecans just before serving.
- Grains , Main Dishes