Mushroom Barley Bowls are the perfect vegetarian meal if you love mushrooms and are craving a satisfying, hearty meal. Lately I have been trying to expand the whole grains that I consume on a regular basis. For a long time it's been a pretty regular rotation of brown rice and quinoa and we are starting to get bored over here. I have been experimenting with barley lately and couldn't be happier. The nutty taste and almost chewy texture make it a great option for so many dishes. Plus with about 10 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein per cooked cup, it's definitely a healthy choice.
So this week when I was trying to come up with a good meatless dish, this Mushroom and Barley dish turned out to be the perfect thing. Packed with earthy flavor from the mushrooms, thyme, and barley - it's full of flavor and completely satisfying. The lemon and parsley brighten up the flavors and if you aren't vegan, some cheese on top is definitely a good idea. We went with creamy goat cheese but almost anything would work. This also makes a yummy side dish and will serve between 8-12.
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