It got into the 20′s here last night even though it was 70 degrees just 3 days ago, so that’s gotten me craving root veggies. I bought some great looking rutabagas at the farmers market and they will be the perfect centerpiece in this barley risotto tomorrow night.
I’ve been in love with the humble turnip and rutabaga ever since my first winter CSA. The wonderful thing about them is that they are inexpensive, keep for a long period of time and how they mellow out with cooking. If you have some left over from the risotto try roasting them and serving them on salads and pizzas.
Using barley allows this risotto to cook all day. Do not substitute rice because it will cook in 1 1/2 to 2 hours and be a paste when you come home form work!
Root Veggie Barley Risotto
Please note: this recipe uses a 1 1/2 to 2 quart slow cooker!
for the morning ingredients:
- 2 cups (475 ml) water
- ½ cup (92 g) barley
- ½ cup (65 g) diced carrots
- ½ cup (75 g) diced turnips or rutabagas, peeled
- ½ cup (67 g) diced sweet potatoes or (70 g) winter squash
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried sage
for the evening ingredients:
- 1 cup (56 g) minced greens (such
- as turnips, collards, kale, etc.)
- ½ teaspoon lemon zest
- Salt and pepper, to taste
In the morning: Add all the morning ingredients to the slow cooker and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours.
30 minutes before serving: Add the greens and lemon zest. Right before serving, add salt and pepper to taste. Also add more oregano and/or sage if needed.
yield: about 3 cups (580 g)
per 1 cup serving: 158.8 calories; 0.8 g total fat; 0 g saturated fat; 4.4 g protein; 33.6 g carbohydrate; 7.1 g dietary fiber; 0 mg cholesterol
prep time: 15 minutes
cooking time: 7½ to 9½ hours.