Friday, December 11, 2009

Carrot-Mushroom Barley Stew

 I am taking my cue from George at A Nod Is As A Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse..... www.gmg706.blogspot.com . He reminded us that the holiday season is upon us, it's time we start making a few meals that are healthy. Here is my contribution to eating healthy this holiday season.
This Carrot Mushroom Barley Stew is an easy one dish meal that is light and very satisfying. During the holidays, this stew is a perfect for a weeknight meal or lunch.



Carrot Mushroom-Barley Stew
Serves 6
Recipe from Food Network


Ingredients:
2 cups carrot juice
10 ounces shitake mushrooms, stems removed and reserved, caps sliced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup instant barley
1 medium onion, chopped
1 stalk celery with leaves, finely diced
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 cups kale or mustard greens, stems removed and leaves torn
1 tablespoon grated ginger peel

Directions:
1. Bring the carrot juice, 3 cups water and the mushroom stems to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter in a pot over medium-high heat. Add the mushroom caps and barley and cook until the barley is barely toasted, about 5 minutes.
2. Add the onion, celery and rosemary to the pot and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the carrots and cook 2 more minutes.
3. Increase the heat to high and add half of the carrot juice mixture, leaving the mushroom steams in the pan. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is almost absorbed, about 6 minutes.
4. Add the remaining carrot juice mixture, the kale and ginger and cook, stirring, until the barley and vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, then ladle stew into bowls.

Enjoy!
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46 comments:

Simply Life said...

oh my gosh, that stew looks incredible!

love lives in the kitchen said...

wow, what a lovely dish!
have a sweet day!
justyna

Susan said...

I love the idea of using carrot juice. How interesting. Thanks

A Year on the Grill said...

A beautiful dish... and just in time. Congrats on being randomly chosen to be featured on the "Foodie Blogroll". Hope you get lots of new visitors today. This should convince new folks to come back!

Barbara said...

We love barley soup around here- and I have to say it is really difficult to get a decent photo because the colors are not what I call striking even though the soup is wholesome and delicious. It's probably because mine uses meat and it cooks for a long time.

I'll try your meatless one now. You did a great job with the photo- and the recipe! It makes my mouth water!

Anncoo said...

Very beautiful dish and this definitely healthy :)

Claudia said...

Beautiful, timely, healthy and delicious. I am making an effort to make sure at least the weekday meals are not laden with sugars and fat. But the weekend - anything goes!

Pam said...

I so LUV hearty meals like this....looks really good!

Bee Happy!

George Gaston said...

Velva.... Many thanks for the "nod". We all need to share good easy recipes like this "full of flavor" soup. It is nice to eat the sweets of the holiday, but eating hearty healthy soups like yours is so much better.

Love all your creative post & recipes, thanks...

Annalisa said...

Looks delicius!
I'll try one day!
Annalisa

Mimi said...

Okay, I don't usually start thinking healthy until January, but this looks to good to pass up.
Mimi

my boyfriend cooks for me said...

I love when food bloggers converge on a dish at the same time of year. My boyfriend and I made a stew earlier this week, and this is at least the 3rd stew I've seen on someone else's blog this week...looks great, and is obviously what the season calls for!

Lyndsey said...

Thanks, we can all use ideas for easy "Healthy" meals. It looks wonderful! Nice photo!

Devon said...

This is definitely the time for healthy eating breaks. I'm also trying to learn to like mushrooms, so I'll put this recipe on my list.

doggybloggy said...

its so cold in NYC today and this looks so perfect - I wish I had this NOW!

KennyT said...

I'll use some bread to clean this plate for you!

Allison said...

can't wait to make this on a cold day!!

Lori Lynn said...

It looks lovely! I'm a fan of barley.
The colors are so vibrant!
LL

3 hungry tummies said...

I'll be making this if we continue to have cold days :)

Sage said...

That looks so good and tasty;love barley; perfect for the cold freeze we are in.

My Little Space said...

Hi Velva, just got back from my vacation! Hopefully still be able to catch up with you. Great to be back again. You v=mixed veggie stew looks fantastic! I'm sure it taste great too. Have a wonderful weekend. Cheers.

Federica said...

Ciao! grazie della tua visita nel mio blog!

complimenti per questo piatto! gustoso e saporito!
ciao!

Pierce said...

Perfect for this weather we are having Velva. I am so tired of this rain!

Lindalou said...

Considering the temperature outside this would be a great meal. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love when new people stop by and comment. I'll be back.

Joanne said...

barley is one thing that I really need to cook with more. And YES for a little moderation before the excess that is the holiday season. It will make us enjoy it all the more!

Chris said...

Perfect for a cold day like today!

teresa said...

how cool! i would never think to make a soup with carrot juice. this looks so good!

Catherine said...

Looks delicious Velva!

Lea Ann said...

Well, it looks gorgeous! And very healthy and delicious. Can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for the post Velva.

Katy ~ said...

Yummmm... Velva, this looks so warm and comforting. I would be warm and happy eating this wonderful soup!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a healthy and comforting soup. It sounds wonderful as it's supposed to sleet here tonight. Would be perfect don't you think?
Sam

Angie's Recipes said...

A vegetable stew sounds very intriguing! What kind of carrot juice did you use? Here all the carrot juice are sweetened with honey.

Heavenly Housewife said...

What a beautiful soup, loads of lovely colours.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend.
*kisses* HH

Hungry Dog said...

This sounds delicious to me, and good idea to sneak something healthy in among all the cookies and booze! The idea of using carrot juice is very intriguing...thanks for the recipe!

TKW said...

Where WERE you this weekend when I had to cook for Veg-Heads? I needed this. Stuffing it away for next year...

The Absence of Alternatives said...

Healthy food? Blah. ;-)

Chow and Chatter said...

so healthy and yummy

Susan Fields said...

A perfect winter meal! I love mushrooms...mmm.

Ricardo said...

Wow this one is so perfect, I love vegetarian foods, they have to be just that little extra special, this one certainly is 150% ...well done thanks for sharing. Rico

Natashya Kitchen Puppies said...

Very tasty! Barley is so good for your blood sugar too.

buffalodick said...

Barley needs to be used more.. I made a turkey barley soup that was great..

Kevin said...

That stew does look nice and healthy and tasty!

Fresh Local and Best said...

This stew looks wonderfully flavored and hearty.

The Food Hunter said...

What a delicious and healthy stew!

5 Star Foodie said...

Great flavors here, a nutritious and healthy meal!

sangeeta said...

this is one great comforting stew , completely my type and i am loving such stews n soups these days....these ingredients are on my list now..

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