I found this recipe recently on Veggie Num.Num's site. There has been nothing from that site that I haven't made and loved. This stew was no exception.
This stew is thick, hearty, and loaded with flavor. Try this for your 'Meatless Monday' some night soon!
Pearl Barley Vegetable Stew with Almonds
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon curry paste (or dry curry powder)
1/2 cup rinsed brown lentils (optional)
4 medium russet potatoes, diced
3- 4 medium carrots, peeled and diced
1 zucchini, diced
several large handfuls of roughly chopped lettuce*
several large handfuls of baby spinach*, roughly chopped
1 cup medium or large pearl barley
3/4 to 1 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
3 to 4 cups vegetable stock
Heat the oil over medium high heat in a large stock pot and cook the onions for about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and curry paste and cook for about 45 seconds. Add about 1 tablespoon of vegetable stock and continue cooking for another minute.
Add the potatoes, and carrots and toss with the onion mixture for about a minute.
Add the barley, lentils, almonds and enough stock to cover the vegetables by about an inch. Bring to a boil and simmer, partially covered, for about 40 minutes. Continue cooking and stirring occasionally. If the stew seems to dry, add a little bit more stock. Continue cooking , until the barley is soft, the lentils are tender, the stew is thick, and the potatoes are fork tender.
Add the diced zucchini and continue cooking for about 5 minutes.
Finally, add the lettuce and/or spinach (I used both) just before serving.
I like a very thick stew, if you want yours a little thinner, add more broth or a little water.
Season with salt and pepper to taste and top with additional almonds.
*Any lettuce will work for this stew. Iceberg is great, but I went for a more nutrient packed dark green leaf lettuce. The baby spinach went perfectly with this stew as well. Since it wilts down significantly, add as much as you'd like.
Serve with bread for dipping.
(Adapted from Veggie Num.Num)
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