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A healthier alternative to the more traditional arborio risotto rice, barley adds iron and fiber to this fresh take on risotto. One cup of the green peas found in this dish offers more protein than a large egg.

Source: Body+Soul, March 2009
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  • Peter Pumpkin
    18 APR, 2011
    I have made this with farro which has the "nuttiness" and firmness of barley and wheat berries. It is a type of spelt and is acceptable for those who have a wheat intolerance. It is also higher in protein and fiber than rice. In place of white wine, like to add a splash of dry vermouth for a nice herbal note and sometimes add cremini or shiitaki mushrooms.
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  • trinigb53
    18 MAR, 2011
    Can you post the amount of calories in this dish. Thank you
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  • NatLizAn
    4 APR, 2010
    Yum! I only had one leek, no wine, and no fresh mint but I used extra veg broth and dried mint and it turned out very flavorful! I had two helpings! The barley has a nice hardiness that you don't get with rice. Goes in the recipe collection under favorites!
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