Rice and Barley Pilaf with Mixed Vegetables

I enjoy serving rice to my family. Here is a yummy recipe that tastes great with sweet potatoes and Lemon-Pepper Salmon or Chicken Cordon Blue.

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup onion, diced
1/3 cup green pepper, diced
1/3 cup mushrooms, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 cup uncooked rice
2 1/2 cups beef broth
1/4 cup medium pearl barley
1 tablespoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables

In a large saucepan, heat butter and olive oil until melted. Add onion, green pepper, mushrooms, and garlic. Cook and stir until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add rice and cook another 3 minutes. Add broth, barley, parsley, salt, and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil; simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add frozen vegetables and stir to combine. Cook another 10 minutes until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Makes 6-8 servings.
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