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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Parsley and Pea Barley

This was so light and fresh tasting.  I made it ahead of time, refridgerated it and ate it chilled.  A healthy and flavorful side dish!

Serves 4-6


2 Tbsp olive oil
2 leeks, white and light green parts only
1 Cup frozen peas, thawed
2 Tsp grated lemon zest
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 Cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped 
1 Garlic clove, minced
3 Cups cooked pearl barley


Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.  Add leeks (washed and cut into 1/2" thick half-moons).  Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally until tender, 7-8 minutes.  Add peas, lemon zest and garlic.  Cook about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add parsley.  Fold mixture into the barley, add lemon juice and toss. 

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