Tomato and Mint Barley

Makes 2 servings

1½ cups water

½ cup quick-cooking pearl barley

1 cup diced onion

1 cup diced tomato

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

Salt AND freshly ground black pepper

Bring water to a boil and stir in barley. When water returns to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer 10 minutes. Drain. Place onion in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high 1 minute. Remove from microwave and add tomatoes and olive oil to the onion. Mix well. Add cooked barley, mint and salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrients per serving: 284 calories (24 percent from fat), 7.6 grams fat (1.1 grams saturated, 5 grams monounsaturated), no cholesterol, 6.7 grams protein, 49.9 grams carbohydrate, 10.3 grams fiber, 12 milligrams sodium.

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