Skinny Mushroom Barley Risotto

Skinny Mushroom Barley Risotto

Love risotto? Why not try this healthy, low-fat recipe for Skinny Mushroom & Barley Rissoto. It swaps traditional risotto rice for fiber-rich pearl barley.  This recipe is not only healthier, but it’s wonderfully delicious too!

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My sister suggested I look into grains that can replace the carbs I know and love.  In my research, I found out that although pearl barley has carbs, it’s is high in fiber which means your body breaks it down slower and you stay fuller longer.  Not only that, but it’s also higher in protein than rice.  According to the Harvard School of Public Health, Pearl Barley has more fiber than rice – with 6 grams of fiber in a cup, while both brown rice and wild rice have about 3 grams of fiber. White rice has the least amount of fiber with only 1 gram per cup. It may have the same amount of carbs, but it’s a good place to start with having the right kind of carbs.  So I decided to make something I love, using pearl barley instead of rice (and I LOVE risotto).

I made it almost exactly like I would make regular risotto and the outcome was really wonderful.  It has a deep, rich mushroom flavor, and the texture of the barely added a really nice change.  I also added almost no fat (using only low fat cooking spray in place of butter or oil).  I did use Parmesan cheese though, but only added a tablespoon to my portion.   I’ll tell you the best part – it made me feel really good doing something I knew was positive in helping me with my weight loss journey.  Try this dish and I promise you, you won’t feel like you are sacrificing a thing.  It is truly delicious.

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