An easy Italian dish, modified to use Mochi Barley
Many vegan dishes (like fruit salad and peanut butter and jelly) are already beloved, but the problem faced by many of us is in imagining less-traditional dishes that are interesting and not challenging. Here are some more creative options to try.
- Dried porcini mushrooms
- Shiitake mushrooms
- Mochi Barley Japanese Pearled barley
- White wine
- Olive oil
- Vegetable stock
- Cook a chopped onion in olive oil until soft, about 5 minutes.
- Add 1.5 cups pearled barley and cook, stirring until it’s glossy, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add a pinch of saffron, a splash of dry white wine and a handful of dried porcini mushrooms.
- Stir and let the liquid bubble away on medium heat.
- Add 4 cups hot vegetable stock, a cup at a time, stirring after each addition and waiting until the mixture is nearly dry before adding the next.
- Meanwhile, cook a handful of shiitake mushrooms in olive oil until lightly crisped; stir into the barley when it’s done and serve garnished with parsley.
NOTE: If you’re not using quick-cooking pearled barley, which takes 15 minutes to cook in boiling water vs 60 you could save some time in the kitchen by soaking your grains a day before. That makes working with traditional pearled barley SO much easier when considering that NOBODY has time to wait 60 minutes in the kitchen anymore.