What’s better than having a hot bowl of homemade soup during a cold winter day? Wow! That’s truly just comforting, warm and divine to the palate. Almost every culture throughout the world has used a variety of broth or soup for its nutritional significance, versatility and overall deliciousness. One such ancient and traditional broth is the barley broth.
Here I am giving a slight twist this broth by adding some beets and chicken to make it more nutritious and healthy to eat. Broth is a liquid food preparation, typically made of water flavored with meats, vegetables and cereal grains that are simmered in water and cooked until they are done and soft.
Broth is used as a basis for other edible liquids such as soup, gravy or sauce. It can also be eaten on its own or with garnish. If you are dieting then this could be one of the ideal foods that keep you full and satisfying. Broth can also be made with rice, pearly barley or oats.
Beet and barley broth with chicken is a fantastic and nutritious soup to prepare at least for a couple of times in a week. A mix of few chicken breast pieces, spring onions, carrots, beetroots, tomatoes, celery and some barley cooked together with few spices and fresh herbs will make a super delicious and appetizing soup or broth.
If you haven’t eaten or cooked with barley, then just go ahead and try out this super delicious broth. Don’t be tempted to increase the amount of barley as soaked barley increases in quantity which will surely surprise you. Barley has a delightfully nutty flavor that combines perfectly with chicken.
Barley Whole grain barley is a healthy hi-fiber, high-protein whole grain that boosts numerous health benefits. When cooked, barley has a chewy texture and nutty flavor, similar to brown rice. Although soup is the most popular way to eat barley, you can use it like any other grain such as couscous or rice. When it comes to good nutrition, barley is the super winer.
Since centuries this humble whole grain is be used but not exactly it the right way. This grain is packed with fiber, contains important vitamins and minerals and most importantly is cholesterol free. Barley is an excellent food choice for those concerned about type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes because the grain contains essential vitamins and minerals and is an excellent source of dietary fiber, particularly beta-glucan soluble fiber.
Barley is an inexpensive traditional whole grain food and a potent source of B vitamins, folic acid, selenium, and Vitamin E, has a low glycemic index, its fiber helps reduce cholesterol and it makes us feel pleasantly full without loading on the calories. The cooked barley has a pasta-like consistency that really satisfies, and this soothing soup always makes me feel better.
Beets Beetroot is a lovely deep red in color and also known as table beet, garden beet, red beet or simply beet. The beet is a cool weather biennial cultivated as annual. Beets are grown from seeds sown in early spring and are ready to harvest 60 to 80 days after planting. Beets are not harmed by frost, but hot weather can toughen the roots.
Thus, in regions with hotter summers, they are planted in early fall for winter and spring harvest. Consequently, fresh beets are available all year. Usually the beetroot are eaten either boiled as a cooked vegetable or cold as a salad after cooking or also eaten by just adding oil and vinegar, or raw and shredded, either alone or combined with any salad vegetable. Beetroot can be steamed or cooked in boiling water.
Cooking time can be from 20 to 50 minutes depending on the size of the beetroot. Test the beetroot with a skewer: when it's soft, remove it from the heat and cool it under running water - this will make the skin easier to remove for serving.
You can serve cooked beetroot namely Grated beetroot curry or serve as a hot vegetable accompaniment to a meal (Beetroot chutney); or you could also make a healthy raw beetroot salad or beetroot halwa. Beetroot's main benefits are that it contains no fat, very few calories and is a great source of fibre. Beetroot has for many years been used as a treatment for cancer in Europe.
Specific anti-carcinogens are bound to the red coloring matter which supposedly helps fight against cancer and beetroot also increases the uptake of oxygen by as much as 400 percent. Additional studies are taking place to add support to these claims. Beetroot can be eaten raw. You just need to peel it and it's ready to use.
Beetroot can add a refreshing touch to a salad, a sandwich (try it with cheese!) or as an accompaniment to other veggies. Making your own tasty, healthy and super delicious broth will surely be refreshing, fresh, comforting and not expensive. This excellent broth will ensure to offer you with all the nutritional benefits you require to stay fit and healthy
How to prepare Beet and Barley Broth with Chicken:
If you have never tried making barley, then do try this dish out and enjoy its exceptional aroma and savor to treat your taste buds. This broth is a delight especially during the rainy and winter seasons. It’s truly a comfort food, refreshing, full and flavours and aromatic.
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