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Hungarian Lentils Risotto and Barley

Something different is always nice. To break from my mostly Italian influenced low fat recipes I give you this vegetarian delight. Ingredients 3/4 cup arborrio rice 1/2 pearl barley 1/2 lentils 3 cups vegetable broth (room temp or warmed) 1 cup water 1 medium red onion diced 1/3 cup frozen red and green peppers diced 1/3 cup frozen broccoli cauliflower mix 1/2 cup frozen spinach 2 tsps butter (smart balance or the like) 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder and basil to season Begin by heating a large skillet with the olive oil on medium high heat. When pan is hot add diced onions. Stir. Cook for 2 minutes then add butter and a few sprinkles of black pepper. Saute onion for 3 minutes and then add barley, lentils and arborrio. Toast grains and bean for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup broth. Stir. Cover and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add broccoli/cauliflower mix. 1 cup more of broth. Stir. Cover and let simmer 3 minutes more. Add pep