Bits of vegetables and herbs add specks of festive color to this hearty pilaf. To save time, toast the almonds while you chop the vegetables and parsley.
Oxmoor House JANUARY 2006
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, carrot, and onion; sauté 5 minutes or until onion is almost tender. Add barley; sauté 1 minute. Add salt, broth, bay leaf, and thyme sprig. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until barley is tender and liquid is absorbed. Discard bay leaf and thyme sprig. Remove from heat; stir in tomato and next 3 ingredients.
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