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Eggplant Tomato Barley

Use a favourite pasta sauce to make this hearty risotto-style dish. It’s not necessary to peel the eggplant.

2 cups (500 mL) cubed eggplant
1 cup (250 mL) chopped mushrooms
1 cup (250 mL) chopped green sweet peppers
½ cup (125 mL) chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 jar (approximately 625 mL (2½ cups) tomato pasta sauce
1½ cups (375 mL) water
1 cup (250 mL) pot or pearl barley
Grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish, if desired

In a large saucepan, combine eggplant, mushrooms, green peppers, onion, garlic, pasta sauce, water and barley. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until barley is tender and mixture is a creamy risotto-like texture, about 45 minutes. Garnish each serving with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Makes 4 servings (about 1½ cups (375 mL) each).

Nutritional Information (per serving):

Calories: 278
Protein: 9 g
Carbohydrate: 59 g
Fibre: 15 g
Sugars: 12 g
Fat: 2 g
Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 720 mg
Potassium: 394 mg