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Barley-Stuffed Peppers recipe

Barley-Stuffed Peppers.

These stuffed peppers use barley fillinginstead of Mom’s old-fashioned hamburger stuffing, but they’rejust as comforting.

Recipe: Barley-Stuffed Peppers

1 cup reduced-sodium vegetable broth
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
2/3 cup quick-cooking barley
2 large red, yellow, and/or green sweet peppers (about 1 pound)
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese (3 ounces)
1 large tomato, peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup shredded zucchini
1/3 cup soft bread crumbs
1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil,crushed
1 teaspoon snipped fresh rosemary or 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary,crushed
1/8 teaspoon onion salt
Several dashes bottled hot pepper sauce
Fresh rosemary (optional)
Dried red chili peppers (optional)

  • In a medium saucepan combine the broth,mushrooms, and barley. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer,covered, for 12 to 15 minutes or until barley is tender. Drainthoroughly.
  • Cut sweet peppers in half lengthwise;remove seeds and membranes. If desired, precook pepper halvesin boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
  • In a medium mixing bowl stir togetherthe egg, 1/2 cup of the cheese, the tomato, zucchini, bread crumbs,basil, rosemary, onion salt, and bottled hot pepper sauce. Stirin cooked barley mixture. Place peppers, cut side up, in a 2-quartrectangular baking dish. Spoon barley mixture into the pepperhalves.
  • Bake stuffed peppers, covered, in a 350°F(175°C) oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until filling is heatedthrough. Sprinkle remaining cheese over the peppers. Return tooven; bake 2 minutes more. Carefully transfer peppers to a servingplatter. If desired, garnish with fresh rosemary and dried redchili peppers.

    Makes 4 servings.

    Nutritional facts per serving (1/4 of recipe):calories: 195, total fat: 5g, saturated fat: 2g, cholesterol:62mg, sodium: 364mg, carbohydrate: 28g, fiber: 5g, protein: 12g,vitamin C: 213%, calcium: 17%, iron: 8%.

    Recipe provided by Better Homes and Gardens- a member of the Home and Family Network for the bestof cooking, gardening, decorating and more. © 2003 MeredithCorporation. All rights Reserved.

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