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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Vegetarian--Mushroom Barley Risotto

Mushroom Barley Risotto


I love risotto. It is time consuming so I tend to do it on a weekend night. I find it heavenly for a Sunday night supper. It is a comfort food. It is also one of those dishes that is very versatile. You can put just about anything in it from blanched vegetables to different types of cheeses.  What I also like about risotto is that it makes a great vegetarian dish. It can be the main dish for the nights you want a vegetarian meal. Recently I discovered you can also use different, healthier grains, to make a risotto.

There is a great recipe for Mushroom Barley Risotto. It is creamy and hearty. Mushrooms are "beefy" so they can add substance to a dish, filling you up. You can choose your favorite mushrooms and mix them up for flavor and variety. It is 321 calories for 1 1/4 cups.To make it a meal, I added an Asparagus Raspberry Medley for an additonal 67 calories. Such a healthy, hearty meal for a perfect 388 calories. A satisfying hit for the family and a definite repeat.