Side Dishes and Sauces - Yummo "risotto"!!

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03-01-2009, 06:08 PM
I found this on the WW website (online member) and made it today...just thought I'd post how awesome it is in case anyone's looking for a great low point side dish (only 3 points per serving!)!! The recipe says it yields a cup per serving and 6 servings but it only uses a cup of barley. My guess it's a half cup ('cuz I got 3 cups from mine) per serving but still...with a veg and a main it would be plenty!! Or it was so yummy I would be willing to take 6 points for a whole cup!!


2 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion(s), minced
1 cup(s) uncooked barley, use quick-cooking pearl variety
3 cup(s) fat-free chicken broth, or vegetable broth
1/2 pound(s) asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
1/4 cup(s) chives, fresh, sliced
1 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/8 tsp table salt, or to taste
1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Warm oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until onion is tender, about 6 minutes. Stir in barley and cook, stirring, about 1 minute more.

Add broth, cover and simmer over low heat for 8 minutes; stir in asparagus and simmer 2 minutes more. Remove from heat, stir in chives and vinegar; season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve. Yields about 1 cup per serving.