Thursday, December 25, 2008

Barley with Shiitakes and Spinach

This dish comes together quickly. Double a portion for a vegan entree, and let any meat-eaters at the holiday table have it as a side.

Heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/4 tsp. dried rosemary (crush it between your fingers first for smaller pieces), and 2 small minced garlic cloves. Saute 3 minutes. Add 4 cups sliced shiitake mushroom caps, and saute 6 minutes.

Stir in 6 tablespoons of uncooked barley (buy the quick-cooking kind; if you buy regular pearl barley it will be too tough because of the short cooking time), along with 5 ounces of vegetable broth and 3 tablespoons water. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat and simmer for ten minutes.

Grate a tablespoon and a half of vegan cheese to replace Parmesan - I like the vegan mozzarella block from Galaxy Foods, here. Stir in the 'cheese' along with 4 cups torn fresh spinach and 1/8 tsp. black pepper. Cook for about 3 minutes, until the spinach wilts, stirring frequently.

One cup of the mixture is 180 calories, but as I mentioned, double the portion for a main dish. You can also easily double this entire recipe to feed a large crowd.

Merry Christmas to all.

onion $0.49
shiitake mushrooms $6.59
spinach $2.50
'Parmesan' $3.39

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The Vegan Pantry

  • Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy
  • Vegan milk - Silk
  • Vegan Feta - Sunergia
  • Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods
  • Vegan Eggs - Ener-G
  • Vegan Butter - Earth Balance