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Heart-Healthy Barley Recipes

Ways to Add Barley to a Cholesterol-Lowering Diet


Updated July 22, 2011

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Curious about the relationship between barley and cholesterol? Barley is a nutritious cereal grain that is an excellent source of cholesterol-friendly beta glucan fiber.

Barley has a rich, nutty taste and chewy consistency. It is most often found in soups, pilafs and alcoholic beverages. But barley's uses don't end there. Barley can also be used to make filling breakfasts. Read on for suggestions on adding barley to your cholesterol-lowering diet plan.


These Orange Ricotta Pancakes with Barley Flour prove that barley isn't simply for soups. Try it as a heart-healthy twist in pancakes.

This sweet Barley Breakfast Delight includes heart-healthy walnuts.

Starters and Sides

Barley and Feta Stuffed Artichokes make for a fabulous starter when entertaining. They are also rich in potassium and fiber.

Barley Lentil Soup makes for a satisfying starter or meal unto itself. Or try Lowfat Mushroom Barley Soup

Barley pairs best with vegetables, as in this Vegetarian Bean and Barley Soup made with tomato, carrots, herbs and spices.


Make heart-healthy chili with this tasty Vegetarian Barley Chili recipe, featuring pearled barley.

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