Thyme-Scented Barley “Risotto”

Serves 4.

Thyme Scented Barley “Risotto”

Barley, a highly nutritious and versatile grain, often gets overlooked in favour of more trendy grains such as quinoa. You can enjoy its delicious nutty flavour and the host of nutritional benefits it confers in this healthy take on traditional rice risotto.

Choose pearl barley

This risotto calls for pearl barley, as this version of the grain absorbs more liquid than pot barley (or whole barley) and also releases starches into the liquid, which helps to thicken the risotto and make it creamy. While pearl barley is a somewhat refined form of the grain, it is still an excellent source of heart-healthy fibre and hard-to-get trace minerals such as selenium and manganese.

Each serving contains: 334 calories; 13 g protein; 11 g total fat (3 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 42 g total carbohydrates (7 g sugars, 6 g fibre); 442 mg sodium

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