I wanted a quick and healthy dinner for us tonight, and I noticed I had some barley in the pantry.
Ah, barley. The forgotten grain. I really do enjoy it, but I never remember to cook it.
So this stew is perfect for it!
It's pretty simple. You could add all sorts of other things to it. I think it would be delightful with mushrooms. It's vegetarian as written - I think even vegan. You could add some spices in if you like. I bet curry powder would be delightful.
For some reason, with this little cold I have, plain was appealing when I was making it.
I served it with some honey wheat rolls from this recipe - very delicious. The Boy, of course, only ate the bread. Typical. *sigh* He's 5. What can I say? He did try it. That's a start.
I put some sweet Thai chili sauce in mine, and that was nice.
Barley and Lentil Crockpot Stew
6 c water
1/2 c pearl barley, uncooked
1/2 c lentils, uncooked
1 onion, chopped
1 c carrots, chopped
2 cloves garlic
4 tsp Better than Boullion Vegetable soup base (or, use vegetable broth instead of water)
Combine all ingredients in a 3 1/2 quart crockpot. Let cook all day (6-9 hours) on low, or until the barley and lentils are cooked through and tender. Serve with rolls, like these honey wheat rolls.