Vegetable Barley Soup

Vegetable Barley Soup

div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6XFqsL-YiCY/USUFg2hDuPI/AAAAAAAACVQ/UxsJ1Zkz7fA/s1600/moreblogfood2013+002.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6XFqsL-YiCY/USUFg2hDuPI/AAAAAAAACVQ/UxsJ1Zkz7fA/s400/moreblogfood2013+002.jpg" width="400" //a/divibr //iiThere's nothing like a steamy bowl of soup when the weather outside holds such a chill.  Just last week I was sitting in the yard soaking up some much needed sun.  This week..hello Winter!  So, I'm not ready to put away my soup pot, yet!/ibr /ibr //iiI haven't done much with barley in the past, but after researching its properties it could become a front runner in my kitchen.  Here's an excerpt from the Grain Council./ibr /ibr //iibr //ibr /ul style="background-color: white; color: #4a4220; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Trebuchet MS', Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif; font-size: small; margin-right: 40px; margin-top: 0.3em;"li style="background-position: 0% 0.5em; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.2em; padding-left: 8px; text-align: left;"div style="line-height: 1.4; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-right: 40px; margin-top: 0.5px;"Barley, like all whole grains, reduces blood pressure./div/lili style="background-position: 0% 0.5em; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.2em; padding-left: 8px; text-align: left;"div style="line-height: 1.4; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-right: 40px; margin-top: 0.5px;"Eating barley has been shown to lower LDL "bad" cholesterol and may help reduce the risk of heart disease./div/lili style="background-position: 0% 0.5em; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.2em; padding-left: 8px; text-align: left;"div style="line-height: 1.4; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-right: 40px; margin-top: 0.5px;"A flood of recent research indicates that barley's ability to control blood sugar may be exceptional, offering an important tool against rising rates of diabetes./div/lili style="background-position: 0% 0.5em; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.2em; padding-left: 8px; text-align: left;"div style="line-height: 1.4; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-right: 40px; margin-top: 0.5px;"Barley has more protein than corn, brown rice, millet, sorghum or rye, and is higher in fiber and lower in soluble (starch) carbohydrates than almost all other whole grains./div/lili style="background-position: 0% 0.5em; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.2em; padding-left: 8px; text-align: left;"div style="line-height: 1.4; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-right: 40px; margin-top: 0.5px;"Barley may help you feel full longer, and thereby help you control your weight./div/lili style="background-position: 0% 0.5em; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.2em; padding-left: 8px; text-align: left;"Barley – even pearl barley – may help reduce visceral fat and waist circumference./li/uldivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"br //span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"bVegetable Barley Soup/b/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"bbr //b/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"i1/2 cup chopped onion/i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"ibr //i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"i2 cloves garlic, chopped/i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"ibr //i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"i2 carrots, chopped/i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"ibr //i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"i2 celery ribs, chopped/i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"ibr //i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"i3 button mushrooms, chopped (optional)/i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"ibr //i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"i1/2 cup barley/i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"ibr //i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"i1-2 cups water/i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"ibr //i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"i4 cups chicken broth/i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"ibr //i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"i1 cup or more of leftover cooked chicken thighs, cut up/i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"ibr //i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"ihandful of chopped spinach/i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"ibr //i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"i2 Tbsp parsley/i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"ibr //i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"isalt and pepper to taste/i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"ibr //i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"iIn a soup pot saute the onions, garlic, carrots, celery and mushrooms  in a small amount (1 Tbsp) of oil, until soft.    Add the barley and stir around for about 2 minutes.  Add the water and chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Add the chicken, spinach and parsley, cover and reduce heat to a simmer.  Cook for about 40-45 minutes or until the barley is done.  Season with salt and pepper.  Serves 4-6 people./i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"ibr //i/span/span/divdivspan style="color: #4a4220; font-family: Lucida Grande, Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"span style="line-height: 15.59375px;"ibspan style="background-color: yellow;"Tidbit for the day:/span /b Barley is February's "grain of the month"...Who knew?/i/span/span/div

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