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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.

Sarah Copeland
Recipe by Health April 2012

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Credit: Romulo Yanes

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prep:
10 mins
cook:
55 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Yield:
Makes 6 servings (serving size: 1 pepper plus 1/2 cup sauce)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

382 calories; fat 12.3g; saturated fat 3.8g; mono fat 6.1g; poly fat 1.4g; protein 15g; carbohydrates 58g; fiber 13g; cholesterol 14mg; iron 4mg; sodium 429mg; calcium 298mg.
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