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Spinach and mushroom barley pilaf

A dynamic duo in any dish, spinach and mushrooms add a rustic texture and earthy flavours to any dish.
Recipe and photo provided by CanolaInfo.org
Spinach and mushroom barley pilaf served on a blue plate with a spoon on the side
4 servings  / 40 min

Prep 10 min / Cook 30 min

Ingredients
  • 1 cup (250 mL) water
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) quick-cooking barley
  • 1 1/2 tbsp (20 mL) canola oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) diced onion
  • 4 oz (125 g) sliced mushrooms
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups (500 mL) loosely packed baby spinach
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried oregano leaves, crumbled
Directions
  1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Stir in barley, reduce heat, cover tightly, and simmer 10 -12 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1/2 tbsp (7 mL) canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Tilt skillet to coat bottom evenly; add onions, and cook 6 minutes or until richly browned, stirring frequently. Add mushrooms and cook 4 minutes or until tender, using two utensils to toss. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from heat. Add spinach, oregano and undrained barley. Toss well to blend. Drizzle remaining 1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil evenly over all and toss gently until just coated.

Tip: Do not drain the barley. The small amount of liquid that remains will add moisture to the dish without affecting the flavours.

Nutritional info per serving (1 cup / 250 mL)
  • Calories 160
  • Protein 5 g
  • Total Fat 6 g
    Saturated Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Carbohydrates 22 g
    Fibre 5 g
    Sugars 2 g
    Added sugars 0 g
  • Sodium 25 mg
  • Potassium 138 mg