“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Barley-Stuffed Peppers

October 30, 2017 at 5:34 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Barley-Stuffed Peppers. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has a huge selection of recipes that will please all tastes and cuisines. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html


Barley-Stuffed Peppers
These stuffed peppers use barley filling instead of Mom’s old-fashioned hamburger stuffing—and they’re just as comforting.

Recipe Ingredients:

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 chile peppers (optional)

Cooking Directions:

1 – 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. Drain thoroughly.
2 – Cut sweet peppers in half lengthwise; remove seeds and membranes. If desired, precook pepper halves in boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
3 – In a medium mixing bowl stir together the egg, 1/2 cup of the cheese, the tomato, zucchini, bread crumbs, basil, rosemary, onion salt, and bottled hot pepper sauce. Stir in cooked barley mixture. Place peppers, cut side up, in a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Spoon barley mixture into the pepper halves.
4 – Bake stuffed peppers, covered, in a 350°F (175°C) oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until filling is heated through. Sprinkle remaining cheese over the peppers. Return to oven; bake 2 minutes more. Carefully transfer peppers to a serving platter. If desired, garnish with fresh rosemary and dried red chile peppers.
Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information 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%.


Soup Special of the Day……..Turkey Mushroom and Barley Soup

August 20, 2017 at 5:31 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is – Turkey Mushroom and Barley Soup. Made with JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Turkey Breast Cutlets along with Barley, Mushrooms, Garlic and Fresh Thyme. Homemade soup made easy! You can find this recipe at the Jennie – O Turkey website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy! https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey Mushroom and Barley Soup
This hearty, flavorful soup features lean turkey cutlets, mushrooms, garlic and fresh thyme in a savory broth. It’s under 300 calories.


½ ounce dried mushrooms, preferably porcini
1 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon butter
1 (8-ounce) package sliced mushrooms
½ cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (13¾-ounce) cans reduced-sodium beef broth
½ cup quick-cooking pearl barley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 (17.6-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Turkey Breast Cutlets
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¼ teaspoon salt, if desired


1) Soak dried mushrooms in 1 cup boiling water 20 minutes or until softened. Meanwhile, melt butter in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add sliced mushrooms, onion and garlic; cook 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain soaked mushrooms, reserving liquid. Coarsely chop mushrooms. Add mushrooms, beef broth, barley, thyme and mushroom soaking liquid to saucepan; bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 to 18 minutes or until barley is tender.
2) Cook cutlets as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165ºF as measured by a meat thermometer. Cut into ½ strips and sprinkle with ground pepper and salt, if desired. Stir into soup; simmer 10 minutes.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

Calories 200
Protein 24g
Carbohydrates 17g
Fiber 4g
Sugars 1g
Fat 3.5g
Cholesterol 40mg
Sodium 300mg
Saturated Fat 1.5g

Soup Special of the Day!…….Turkey Ham and Barley Cream Soup

August 13, 2017 at 5:27 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is Turkey Ham and Barley Cream Soup. Made with JENNIE-O® Turkey Ham along with Green Onions, Barley, Peas, and Parmesan Cheese. You can find this recipe at the Jennie – O Turkey website along with all their other delicious and healthy recipes. Soups on so enjoy and Make the SWITCH! https://www.jennieo.com/


Turkey Ham and Barley Cream Soup

There is nothing better than a good homemade soup – especially one that takes under 30 minutes to make. This colorful, hearty recipe will have them craving seconds in seconds. It’s a perfect lunch or weeknight dinner.


¼ cup butter or margarine
¼ cup finely chopped green onion
1 cup quick-cooking barley
5½ cups water
5½ teaspoons chicken flavored instant bouillon
1 cup slivered JENNIE-O® Turkey Ham
¼ teaspoon poultry seasoning
¼ teaspoon white pepper
1 cup light cream
1 cup frozen tiny peas, thawed
4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
nutmeg, if desired


1) In saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and cook 3 to 5 minutes or until tender. Add barley and cook, stirring until it turns a light golden color.
2) Stir in water, bouillon, turkey ham, poultry seasoning and white pepper. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes or until barley is tender.
3) Stir in cream and peas. Heat thoroughly. Top servings with cheese and sprinkle of nutmeg, if desired.

Saturated Fat14g


Turkey Ham

Our Turkey Ham is the ideal choice for flavor and versatility. Try it as a tasty addition to breakfast egg bakes or ham and cheese strata; prepare lunchtime favorites when slicing it for sandwiches or dicing it for salads.

Find this product in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.

Serving Size56 g
Calories From Fat30
Total Fat4.0 g
Saturated Fat1.0 g
Trans Fat.0 g
Cholesterol30 mg
Sodium510 mg
Total Carbohydrates2 g
Dietary Fiber0 g
Sugars1 g
Protein8 g
Vitamin A0%
Vitamin C0%

Ingredients: Turkey Thigh Meat with a Portion of Ground Turkey Thigh Trim Added, Water, Contains 2% or less Modified Food Starch, Potassium Lactate, Dextrose, Salt, Carrageenan, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Diacetate, Sodium Erythorbate, Natural Smoke Flavoring, Sodium Nitrite.

Our products are labeled in compliance with government regulations. It is always necessary to read the labels on the products to determine if the food product meets your required needs regardless of how the product is represented on this site.

Wild Rice and Cranberry Pilaf

October 30, 2016 at 5:10 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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With the upcoming Holidays in the not so distant future I thought I would pass along a perfect side dish for your Holiday Meal from the Jennie – O website, Wild Rice and Cranberry Pilaf. Wild Rice, Barley, and Cranberries provides the great flavor! At the Jennie – O website (http://www.jennieo.com/) not only can you find delicious and healthy Turkey Recipes but you can also find Recipes for Side Dishes, Salads, and Desserts. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH!

Wild Rice and Cranberry Pilaf

Wild rice and barley pair with cranberries and orange zest in this flavorful side dish.wild-rice-and-cranberry-pilaf


¾ cup wild rice
3 cups chicken broth
½ cup pearl barley (not quick cooking)
½ cup dried cranberries
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
salt and pepper, if desired


1) Heat oven 350°F. In large saucepan, combine wild rice and broth. Bring to boiling, reduce heat. Cover. Simmer 15 minutes. Stir in barley and dried cranberries.
2) Spoon in 1½-quart casserole. Cover. Bake 1 hour or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, stirring once. Fluff with fork. Stir in orange peel and salt and pepper, if desired.

Saturated Fat0g

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

July 15, 2015 at 5:35 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 2 Comments
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Here’s a handy hint…..
Cook a batch of whole grains such as brown rice or barley and freeze in individual portions using a muffin pan. Once frozen, the discs can be stored in a zip-top bag.

Grain of the Week – Barley

January 30, 2014 at 11:59 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Grain is one of the most important staples of food world wide. So starting today I’ll feature one of the grains starting with Barley.




Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.), a member of the grass family, is a major cereal grain. It was one of the first cultivated grains and is

Drawing of Barley

Drawing of Barley

now grown widely. Barley grain is a staple in Tibetan cuisine and was eaten widely by peasants in Medieval Europe. Barley’s has also been used as animal fodder, as a source of fermentable material for beer and certain distilled beverages, and as a component of various health foods. It is used in soups and stews, and in barley bread of various cultures. Barley grains are commonly made into malt in a traditional and ancient method of preparation.
In a 2007 ranking of cereal crops in the world, barley was fourth both in terms of quantity produced (136 million tons) and in area of cultivation (566,000 km²).




The Old English word for ‘barley’ was bære, which traces back to Proto-Indo-European and is cognate to the Latin word farina “flour”. The direct ancestor of modern English “barley” in Old English was the derived adjective bærlic, meaning “of barley”. The first citation of the form bærlic in the Oxford English Dictionary dates to around 966 AD, in the compound word bærlic-croft. The underived word bære survives in the north of Scotland as bere, and refers to a specific strain of six-row barley grown there. The word barn, which originally meant “barley-house”, is also rooted in these words.





Barley is a member of the grass family. It is a self-pollinating, diploid species with 14 chromosomes. The wild ancestor of domesticated barley, Hordeum vulgare subsp. spontaneum, is abundant in grasslands and woodlands throughout the Fertile Crescent area of Western Asia and northeast Africa, and is abundant in disturbed habitats, roadsides and orchards. Outside this region, the wild barley is less common and is usually found in disturbed habitats.[6] However, in a study of genome-wide diversity markers, Tibet was found to be an additional center of domestication of cultivated barley.
Wild barley has a brittle spike; upon maturity, the spikelets separate, facilitating seed dispersal. Domesticated barley has nonshattering spikes, making it much easier to harvest the mature ears. The nonshattering condition is caused by a mutation in one of two tightly linked genes known as Bt1 and Bt2; many cultivars possess both mutations. The nonshattering condition is recessive, so varieties of barley that exhibit this condition are homozygous for the mutant allele.

Two-row and six-row barley
Spikelets are arranged in triplets which alternate along the rachis. In wild barley (and other Old World species of Hordeum), only the central spikelet is fertile, while the other two are reduced. This condition is retained in certain cultivars known as two-row barleys. A pair of mutations (one dominant, the other recessive) result in fertile lateral spikelets to produce six-row barleys. Recent genetic studies have revealed a mutation in one gene, vrs1, is responsible for the transition from two-row to six-row barley.
Two-row barley has a lower protein content than six-row barley, thus more fermentable sugar content. High protein barley is best suited for animal feed. Malting barley is usually lower protein (‘low grain nitrogen’, usually produced without a late fertilizer application) which shows more uniform germination, needs shorter steeping, and has less protein in the extract that can make beer cloudy. Two-row barley is traditionally used in English ale-style beers. Six-row barley is common in some American lager style beers, especially when adjuncts such as corn and rice are used, whereas two-row malted summer barley is preferred for traditional German beers.
Hulless barley
Hulless or “naked” barley (Hordeum vulgare L. var. nudum Hook. f.) is a form of domesticated barley with an easier-to-remove hull. Naked barley is an ancient food crop, but a new industry has developed around uses of selected hulless barley to increase the digestible energy of the grain, especially for swine and poultry. Hulless barley has been investigated for several potential new applications as whole grain, and for its value-added products. These include bran and flour for multiple food applications.


Two-row and six-row barley

Two-row and six-row barley


Barley was one of the first domesticated grains in the Fertile Crescent, an area of relatively abundant water in Western Asia and near the Nile river of northeast Africa. The grain appeared in the same time as einkorn and emmer wheat. Wild barley (H. vulgare ssp. spontaneum) ranges from North Africa and Crete in the west, to Tibet in the east.[6] The earliest evidence of wild barley in an archaeological context comes from the Epipaleolithic at Ohalo II at the southern end of the Sea of Galilee. The remains were dated to about 8500 BC.[6] The earliest domesticated barley occurs at Aceramic Neolithic sites, in the Near East such as the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B layers of Tell Abu Hureyra, in Syria. By 4200 BC domesticated barley occurs as far as in Eastern Finland. Barley has been grown in the Korean Peninsula since the Early Mumun Pottery Period (circa 1500–850 BC) along with other crops such as millet, wheat, and legumes.
In the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond argues that the availability of barley, along with other domesticable crops and animals, in southwestern Eurasia significantly contributed to the broad historical patterns that human history has followed over approximately the last 13,000 years; i.e., why Eurasian civilizations, as a whole, have survived and conquered others.
Barley beer was probably one of the first alcoholic drinks developed by Neolithic humans. Barley later on was used as currency. Alongside emmer wheat, barley was a staple cereal of ancient Egypt, where it was used to make bread and beer. The general name for barley is jt (hypothetically pronounced “eat”); šma (hypothetically pronounced “SHE-ma”) refers to Upper Egyptian barley and is a symbol of Upper Egypt. The Sumerian term is akiti. According to Deuteronomy 8:8, barley is one of the “Seven Species” of crops that characterize the fertility of the Promised Land of Canaan, and it has a prominent role in the Israelite sacrifices described in the Pentateuch (see e.g. Numbers 5:15). A religious importance extended into the Middle Ages in Europe, and saw barley’s use in justice, via alphitomancy and the corsned.



In ancient Greece, the ritual significance of barley possibly dates back to the earliest stages of the Eleusinian Mysteries. The preparatory kykeon or mixed drink of the initiates, prepared from barley and herbs, referred in the Homeric hymn to Demeter, whose name some scholars believe meant “Barley-mother”. The practice was to dry the barley groats and roast them before preparing the porridge, according to Pliny the Elder’s Natural History (xviii.72). This produces malt that soon ferments and becomes slightly alcoholic.
Pliny also noted barley was a special food of gladiators known as hordearii, “barley-eaters”. However, by Roman times, he added that wheat had replaced barley as a staple.
Tibetan barley has been a staple food in Tibetan cuisine since the fifth century AD. This grain, along with a cool climate that permitted storage, produced a civilization that was able to raise great armies. It is made into a flour product called tsampa that is still a staple in Tibet. The flour is roasted and mixed with butter and butter tea to form a stiff dough that is eaten in small balls.
In medieval Europe, bread made from barley and rye was peasant food, while wheat products were consumed by the upper classes. Potatoes largely replaced barley in Eastern Europe in the 19th century.


Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Strips w/ Rice A Roni Whole Grain Blends…..

October 17, 2013 at 5:22 PM | Posted in carrots, chicken, Perdue Chicken Products, rice | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Strips w/ Rice A Roni Whole Grain Blends Chicken and Herb Classico and Boiled Mini Carrots


 Breaaded Chicken Strips Rice A Roni 004


A bit nippy out this morning and really the whole day. It was around 36 degrees this morning when I went out to get the morning paper. It really didn’t get to warm all day, around 58 degrees with a cool breeze. Tis the Season! For dinner tonight I prepared Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Strips w/ Rice A Roni Whole Grain Blends Chicken and Herb Classico and Boiled Mini Carrots.



For the Chicken Strips I used Perdue Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Breast Strips. I used these a while back and I always have a package in the freezer ready to use! Love these, good seasoning, breading, and their nice size strips breaded in whole grain. Easy to prepare; just bake them for 12 minutes at 425 degrees , flipping them over after 6 minutes and their done.



To go with the Chicken I boiled some Mini Carrots and, for the first time, I prepared some Rice A Roni Whole Grain Blends Chicken and Herb Classico. Another keeper product! Just bring some water to a boil, simmer everything, and let stand and it’s done! Excellent Rice Dish, very good tasting and really seasoned well. Great side dish for any Chicken Dishes. Later tonight for dessert I had some Baked Whole Grain Tostios Scoops with some of the Kroger Brand Peach and Mango Salsa I purchased for a dish for last night’s dinner.



Rice A Roni Whole Grain Blends Chicken and Herb Classico
Rice A Roni Whole Grain Blends Chicken and Herb Classico

Chicken & Herb Classico
Our Rice-A-Roni® Whole Grain Blends Chicken & Herb Classico combines whole grain brown rice, pearled barley and pearled wheat with natural flavors to create a comforting side dish. This delicious dish is the perfect complement to your favorite chicken recipes.




What You’ll Need
1 1/4 cups of water
1 tablespoons of olive oil

What You’ll Do:
1) In a medium saucepan, combine water, olive oil, rice and Special Seasonings. Bring to a boil.
2) Cover; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 24 to 26 minutes or until most of water is absorbed.
3) Cover; remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir well before serving.

Nutrition – As Prepared
Serving Size: Size 2.0 oz (56 g/about 1/3 cup dry
Servings Per Container: about 2 (dry)

Amount Per Serving% Daily Value

Calories 260
Calories from Fat 70
Total Fat 8g13%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 760mg32%
Total Carbohydrate 41g14%
Dietary Fiber 4g17%
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g





PERDUE® Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Breast Strips

Perdue Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Breast Strips

Ingredients: Boneless skinless chicken breast with rib meat, chicken broth. Contains 2% or less of salt, yeast extract, brown sugar, natural flavors.

Breaded with: White whole wheat flour, wheat flour, water, salt. Contains 2% or less of natural flavors, dextrose, dried yeast, natural paprika extract, potassium chloride, yeast extract, maltodextrin, dried garlic, natural paprika and annatto extracts, yellow corn flour.

Serving Size 3oz (85g)
Servings Per Container About 8
Amount Per Serving (* % of Daily Value)
Calories 160
Calories from Fat 50
Total Fat 6g (9%)
Saturated Fat 1.5g (8%)
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 35mg (12%)
Sodium 490mg (20%)
Total Carbohydrate 13g (4%)
Dietary Fiber 1g (4%)
Sugars 1g
Protein 14g (25%)



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