Indulge in these fiber-packed Barley-Stuffed Poblanos for your dinner tonight. You'll get more than one-third of your daily fiber in a serving of these stuffed poblanos. Plus your metabolism will get a kick from the chili powder in the recipe.
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 large onion, diced
1 1/2 cups barley, soaked overnight and drained
1 bunch kale, thick stems removed, leaves chopped
1 1/8 teaspoons chili powder, divided
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
6 large poblano peppers
2 ounces reduced-fat white cheddar, grated (1/2 cup)
3 slices reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese, halved
1/2 cup crumbled pasteurized queso fresco
How to Make It
In a large saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft (5-7 minutes). Add barley and 3 3/4 cups water and cook until barley is tender (about 30 minutes). Stir kale and 1/8 teaspoon chili powder into barley until kale is wilted; mix in cheddar.
Meanwhile, in a heavy pot, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, remaining 1 teaspoon chili powder, and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens (about 30 minutes). Turn heat to low; cover.
Preheat broiler with rack in middle position. Slice off stems from peppers to make a wide hole for stuffing; reserve stems. Using a small knife, carefully remove membranes and seeds. Stuff peppers tightly with barley mixture; return stem ends to top of peppers. Place in a large, broiler-proof baking dish; broil until peppers are charred and soft (20 minutes), turning once halfway through. Add tomato sauce to pan around peppers; cover each pepper with 1/2 slice Monterey Jack. Broil until cheese melts (1-2 minutes). Transfer peppers to plates with sauce; top each with 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon queso fresco.
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