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Springtime Barley

 Springtime Barley
While working as a sorority house mother, Sharon Helmick of Colfax, Washington occasionally filled in for the cook. “The girls really liked low-fat dishes like this attractive medley,” Sharon notes.
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1/2 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese


  • In a large skillet, saute onion and carrot in butter until
  • crisp-tender. Stir in the barley; cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir
  • in 1 cup broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir until
  • most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Add asparagus. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until barley is tender and
  • liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally and adding more broth as
  • needed. Stir in marjoram and pepper; sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 4
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup equals 226 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 396 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 9 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable,

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Nutritional Facts: 1/2 fat.