Mushroom barley pilaf, mushrooms sauteed in butter or olive oil alone are enough to get the mushroom lover excited.  Saute them with onions and peppers and combine them with some barley, now you have a special dish.  The creamy rich barley absorbs those mushroom flavors, add the texture of the peppers and onions gives some subtle contrast.  All in all this is a nutritious, tasty dish that is filling as well, enjoy mushroom barley pilaf

Barley and Nutrition

Barley and nutrition should be a big part in the discussions of today. People are looking for ways to be more healthful. Barley nutrition talk is a great because it doesn't have the stereotypical conversations associated with foods that are healthy. It is filling and flavorful, it is rich and texturally pleasing.

Barley as a whole grain is loaded with nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Barley is considered a soluble fiber which contains beta-glucan. Once released this gives you a fuller feel. It does this because of the way it coats or lines the stomach with a film. This film also reduces or slows the digestive process.

As with other grains barley is fiber which is either soluble or insoluble and most of what barley possesses is insoluble. This type doesn't dissolve in water. Because of this it adds bulk to your intestinal matter, and speeds the movement of your intestines. Fiber acts as a scrub brush for your intestines and barley is no exception.

Some of the nutritional benefits of eating barley are also: it aids in reducing cholesterol levels through the lowering of "LDL cholesterol" and the raising of "HDL - good cholesterol", reducing high blood pressure; many of these benefits and attributes , which also helps reducing the risks of heart disease, and diabetes through the improvement of insulin production.

Barley is a great grain, with many nutritional benefits. It is also very versatile being able to be used in most applications that rice can be used. Soup, Pilaf, and salads are a few of the recipes that can be created and enjoyed from the use of Barley.

Barley water is another way to get the benefits of the nutritious grain.  If you cook the barley in water separate from the soup or dish you are cooking it in, you will drain the barley and reserve the water that you cook it in.  You could add citrus, orange, lemon or lime along with mint, rosemary, or cilantro to the water which will season your barley and the water.  Cool, adjust with honey if you desire sweetness and serve over ice or add a traditional iced tea for a refreshing switch.

Mushrooms for Protein

Mushrooms for protein are a great food.  However, protein in mushrooms isn’t nearly as prevalent.  There is about 1 gram of protein in a half cup of mushrooms. This is a small amount in comparison to ½ cup of any meat. 

  • Ground beef      22 g 85% lean
  • Chicken               38 g
  • Lamb                  21 g
  • Pork                    23 g
  • Sausage              9 g
  • Barley                 3.5 g p ½ cup cooked pearl barley

What the mushroom lacks in protein it makes up in rich flavor, nutrients and a filling satisfaction.  The combination of rich mushroom flavor, combined with creamy barley loaded with nutrients combines for an extremely nourishing dish that is very satisfying.

The fact that mushrooms lack a moderate volume of protein to mass shouldn’t, in anyway, be a deterrent for enjoying the flavorful satisfying nutrient filled dish.  If you feel better, don’t tell people It is nutritious, the great flavor can stand up for itself.

Pilaf, Mushroom, Barley

Mushroom barley pilaf is a delicious nutritious dish.  It is a pilaf, which is the American name of a style of rice that is cooked throughout the world.  The correlation here is barley, similar in shape and starch to rice. However rice is the more classically associated starch with pilaf.  Pilaf, Mushroom Barley, made up of sauteed vegetables, mushrooms and spices combined with barley is a variation to the classic rice pilaf.   Mushroom barley pilaf is a great dish!!

A pilaf is often a rice dish, however can be other like starches, cooked in a stock with the addition of either sauteed vegetables, and or spices.  You select your rice and then stock, the accompanying ingredients.  If you were making an African rice you may have tomatoes and peanuts, while Spanish may have peppers and saffron. While your Italian rice may have pine nuts, and fine small vermicelli pasta.

The combinations are endless, just as the cultures and various tastes of regions and areas of the world.  The concept, pilaf, is really more the idea and appreciation for rice and alike starches like barley.  These can make great dishes that can become complete meals like paella, which contains a combination of meat, seafood and poultry and complimentary spices like saffron.  Jambalaya, which has both Creole and Cajun variations both distinct, contains sausage and seafood, along with the accompanying spices.

Long rice is often cooked in just the amount of stock or liquid that is necessary in preparing the dish.  Usually, it is a ratio of 1.75-part water to 1-part rice.  Example 1 cup of long grain rice to 1.75 cups stock (of any kind).  For brown rice it should be 1 to 2 ratios.  If you desire a softer texture increase to 1 to 2 on long grain white rice and 1 to 2.5 on brown rice. 

The Best Mushroom Barley Pilaf Recipe

The best mushroom barley pilaf recipe is right here.  There is no need to look any further.  This combination of mushrooms, sautéed with onions and peppers, enhanced with some subtle seasonings and barley give you an incredibly satisfying dish.  Extremely flavorful as long as you enjoy the intake of mushrooms, enjoy the richness of barley and satisfaction of great taste.

 Pearl barley is the most prevalent barley available, however if you have the choice choose hulled barley to use.  It is less processed than pearl barley, a little harder to find, similar to brown rice vs white rice in nutritional variations.

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Mushroom Barley Pilaf

Mushroom Barley is a great, nutritious satisfying yet tasty dish of barley and vegetables combined yielding a great side dish or vegetarian option
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
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Servings: 8
Calories: 76kcal


  • 1/2 cup Peppers, red and green small dice
  • 1/4 cup Onion small dice
  • 1 cup Mushroom diced
  • 2/3 cup Barley raw
  • 1 T Olive oil


  • Cook barley according to the instructions on the package, drain barley
  • add oil to saute pan, turn the heat on high, add onion, then add pepper, then mushroom
  • Saute vegetables until tender, add barley, mix together until heated 
  • adjust seasonings
Nutrition Facts
Mushroom Barley Pilaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 76 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 131mg4%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 8.1mg10%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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