Barley-Vegetable Pilaf

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Make a hearty pilaf with barley, a trio of vegetables and Parmesan cheese. Don't skip the lemon peel; citrus lends flavor and lets you cut back (or skip) adding salt to a recipe.

Prep/Cook Time: 25 Minutes, Servings: 4


  • 1 3/4 cups lower-sodium vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1/2 cup small broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup 1/2-inch pieces zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped red sweet pepper
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat broth to boiling. Stir in barley; return to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 8 minutes. Add broccoli, zucchini and sweet pepper. Return to boiling and cook, covered, for 3 minutes more or until barley and vegetables are tender. Remove from heat and stir in chives and lemon peel. If desired, sprinkle each serving with Parmesan.

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