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Roasted Beet and Squash Goat Cheese Barley

This roasted beets and barley with squash and goat cheese is a light, healthy lunch or side. It’s a hearty and filling vegetarian dish.

Have you seen enough cookies this week? Because I’m about to turn into one. I’ve got about 50 bookmarked (and that was tough keeping it limited to that many) and have grabbed nothing but sweets between the *witching* hours of 2-4pm for the entire past week. ‘Tis the season.


Roasted Beet and Squash Goat Cheese Barley

It’s time for some vegetables.

Barley with Roasted Beets and Squash

Good news though! These veggies come roasted with tons of flavor and have goat cheese melting all over them. That’s not so bad, right?

Roasted Beets, Squash and Goat Cheese Barley

Cheese is almost as good as sugar and butter.

Roasted Beet and Squash Goat Cheese Barley

So put the flour down and detox with me for the day. Today we do vegetables (and all the Christmas shopping that I’ve been so awesomely putting off,) I can’t promise anything about tomorrow…


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Love the chewy texture of barley in this salad? Try this summer barley salad for the warmer months or make barley vegetable chili for a cozy meal.

Roasted Beet Squash and Goat Cheese Barley

This roasted beets and barley with squash and goat cheese is a light, healthy lunch or side. It’s a hearty and filling vegetarian dish.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 3 beets peeled and chopped
  • 1 acorn squash peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup barley
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 ounces goat cheese
  • salt & pepper


  • Bring barley and water to a boil in a small sauce pan, then reduce to a simmer for about 40 minutes, or until all the water is fully absorbed.
  • While barley is cooking, spread chopped vegetables on a lined & greased baking sheet. Toss with olive oil and season generously with salt & pepper.
  • Roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, turning once.
  • Combine barley and goat cheese in a large bowl. Fold in roasted vegetables, season again to taste and serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1SERVING | Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 208mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g

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Cuisine American
Course Side Dishes
Keyword roasted beet squash and goat cheese barley


Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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Monday 19th of December 2011

Mmm, this looks like the perfect healthy (and a little comfort food-y too!) go-to meal for a cool day. And goat cheese? I'll just about devour anything with goat cheese!

Thanks for sharing, sending this recipe to my printer!


Sunday 18th of December 2011

Yum! I used to hate beets but I'll pretty much eat anything with goat cheese.


Sunday 18th of December 2011

I always say I'm going to buy barley next time I'm at the store but I always forget! Seeing this recipe tho? With all my faves in it? I MUST TRY THIS asap!! Looks so yummy!!

chelcie @ chelcie's food files

Saturday 17th of December 2011

goat cheese and roasted veggies is one of my all time favorite combinations! YUM


Saturday 17th of December 2011

I live on beets! More recipes with them please. Growing up in Ukraine we used beet juice to apply "blush" to our faces :) They do color skin pretty good

Running to the Kitchen

Saturday 17th of December 2011

They definitely do! My hands were a nice shade of pink after making this :)