Garlic Barley and Squash Risotto

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 333.25 kcal


  • Stove


  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup onions diced
  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 1 yellow squash chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 cup pearled barley
  • 2 cups vegetable broth ***Click on our Homemade Vegetable Broth link
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp Earth Balance Butter
  • 1/8 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper to taste


  • In a large skillet with a lid, sauté onions, zucchini, and squash in the olive oil until soft. Stir in barley and heat for another minute or two. Stir frequently to lightly toast and prevent burning.
  • Add in 1 cup of the vegetable broth and bring to a slow simmer, cover, and allow to cook for about 3 minutes or until liquid is mostly absorbed.
  • Add the remaining vegetable broth and continue allowing the barley to cook approximately 25 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of water in intervals as needed to finish cooking the barley.
  • When barley has finished cooking , add 1/2 cup of water and the basil. Stir well until heated through.
  • Add in the nutritional yeast and butter. Season with salt and pepper.

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Nutrition with Essential Amino Acids

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Barley and Squash Risotto
Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
Calories 333.25 Calories from Fat 88
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.79g15%
Saturated Fat 2.04g13%
Sodium 156.7mg7%
Potassium 656.42mg19%
Carbohydrates 55.81g19%
Fiber 8.78g37%
Sugar 4.67g5%
Protein 9.35g19%
Vitamin A 322.42IU6%
Vitamin B1 3.55mg237%
Vitamin B2 3.8mg224%
Vitamin B3 20.21mg101%
Vitamin B5 0.22mg2%
Vitamin B6 4.36mg218%
Vitamin B12 16.9µg282%
Vitamin C 19.63mg24%
Vitamin E 0.69mg5%
Vitamin K 18.02µg17%
Calcium 55.29mg6%
Copper 0.07mg4%
Folate 30.53µg8%
Iron 3.81mg21%
Manganese 0.28mg14%
Magnesium 22.75mg6%
Phosphorus 52.93mg5%
Selenium 0.92µg1%
Zinc 0.4mg3%
Ess-Methionine 16.41mg
Ess-Tryptophan 11.56mg
Ess-Threonine 28.16mg
Ess-Phenylalanine 41.91mg
Ess-Arginine 49.4mg
Ess-Lysine 64.01mg
Ess-Leucine 69.83mg
Ess-Isoleucine 43.15mg
Ess-Histidine 25.06mg
Ess-Valine 53.87mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Some amino acids levels are estimated, some product manufacturers do not supply amino acid values. The value source

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