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Recipes from My Kitchen

Side dish (or “Dinner for One”)

I don’t always feel like making a large meal.  And this week, I planned about 4 meals out – I went to the store, I bought all the ingredients (using a lot of stuff I already had!)…and yet I haven’t made any of it.  That’s ok – the weekend is coming!!

I did make a little something lastnight after I hit the gym – a Barley Leek Salad.  When you get home that late you know you need to eat something, but a large meal is not appealing.  So, enter the quick and easy recipe!!  This is a *definite* great side dish, and a *not so bad* main dish.    But it certainly hit the spot lastnight (and made for pretty good leftovers!).

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Ingredients:
1 Leek – sliced and diced, washed
1-1/4 C quick-cooking Barley
3 Tbsp golden raisins
3/4 tsp kosher salt
chopped Basil
Chives
Lemon Juice
Oil, Salt, Pepper

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This recipe is from the Food Network Magazine.  I might not always like their recipes, but they’ve never given me a bad one.  This one is super easy.  Slice the Leek up (all of the white, a little of the green); wash thoroughly and drain in a colander to remove all of the dirt and grit.  Heat some oil in a pan and add the leek, sautee for a few minutes.  Add in the barley and the raising, the salt, and 2 Cups of water.  Bring to a boil, then simmer about 10-12 minutes until the water is drained.  Toss with some chopped Basil and Chives (I used green onions), add ~1 Tbsp lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.  Serve warm.  You will not be disappointed!IMG_20130919_202638_506

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