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Lentil Barley Stew Recipe

You can have your comfort food and nutrition, too, when you stir up Sandy Starks' scrumptious stew. "We love this dish!" she writes from Amherst, New York. "Filled with wholesome barley, it's hearty and satisfying and tastes even better the next day.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cups V8 juice
  • 2-1/2 cups chopped seeded plum tomatoes (about 8)
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, saute celery and onion in butter until tender. Add the V8 juice, tomatoes, water, lentils, barley and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  • 2. Add carrot; cook 10 minutes longer or until barley and lentils are tender. If desired, stir in additional water for a thinner stew. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup stew with 2 tablespoons cheese equals 231 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 631 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 13 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 medium-fat meat, 1 vegetable.