Think barley is just for soup? While it is awesome in soup, today’s barley can be used for every meal. We encourage you to try it in your breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes...and even dessert! We suspect you’ll fall in love with this flexible and nutrition-packed ancient grain.

Snappy Grains quick-cooking barley cooks up in just 10 minutes, thanks to our unique process! It has a neutral taste and will absorb any spice or flavor that it is cooked in. This ancient grain is a great alternative to rice, potatoes and pasta, plus adds a greater health profile to your meals.

Quick and easy barley recipes ready in minutes...

Classic Beef Barley Soup

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Snappy Grains Beef Barley Soup

  • 8 oz sirloin steak, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 4 tsps extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large stalk celery, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • ¾ cup Snappy Grains
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1-2 tsp red-wine vinegar

Directions:

1. Sprinkle steak with ¼ teaspoon pepper. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the steak and cook, stirring often, until browned on all sides, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

2. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil, onion and celery to the pot and cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Add carrot and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more. Add tomato paste and thyme and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are coated with the tomato paste and are beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes.

3. Add Snappy Grains, broth, water, salt and the remaining ¼ teaspoon of pepper, bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer; cook until the barley is tender, about 15 minutes. Return the beef and any accumulated juice to the pot and heat through, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vinegar to taste.

* Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Serves: 4

A word about storing Snappy Grains quick-cooking barley...

Like most barley, our products have a long shelf life. To always enjoy Snappy Grains barley products at their peak, keep them away from the enemies of whole grains: air, moisture, heat and light. Once opened, squeeze the air out of the re-sealable product pouch before storing your Snappy Grains barley. For optimum quality, store our barley in the refrigerator for up to 6 months, or in the freezer up to 1 year.