One-Pot Veggie, Bean, and Barley Recipe (V)

There’s something so comforting about a veggie, bean, and barley meal during the fall time. The mix of warm foods, beans, and a hearty grain like barley, makes this an amazing and delicious comfort meal. Not to mention you can make in one pot and takes under one hour to make.

vegan one pot veggie bean and barley recipe in a plate

Main Ingredients Needed for Veggie, Bean, and Barley Recipe

You will need some cooked barley, navy beans (or any bean of choice), vegan veggie ground meat (I use Yves veggie ground – optional to add this in, but it’s a great vegan protein boost!) and a mixture of all your favourite veggies! I love using a mix of fresh and frozen. I used frozen peas and carrots as well as some frozen spinach nuggets (you can use fresh!) and some fresh kale. This recipe would also be delicious with some edamame, bell peppers, or any other veggie you love! This barley recipe is really so customizable with any bean or vegetable you love, and it’s all made in one pot!

vegan one pot veggie bean and barley recipe in a plate

If you’re like me and have always found trouble figuring out what to do with barley, I hope you try out this recipe and enjoy it! Simple, easy, and delicious meals that are packed with nutrients don’t have to be complicated, and that’s why I am sharing this with you all! This barley recipe can stay in the fridge for up to one week and makes a very large quantity. It’s great to make as a meal prep recipe so you can reheat it and eat it all week long.

vegan one pot veggie bean and barley recipe in a plate

vegan one pot veggie bean and barley recipe by Riri's Recipes

One-Pot Veggie, Bean, and Barley Recipe (Vegan)

Riri’s Recipes
This vegan, one-pot, veggie, bean, and barley recipe is the coziest recipe to make when you're looking for some hearty comfort food. Add in some veggies, a can of your favourite beans, and some barley to make a delicious, warm meal.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 6 people


  • 6 frozen spinach nuggets (or about 3 cups fresh spinach)
  • 3 cups fresh kale
  • 2 cups frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 small zucchini, grated (optional)
  • 1 pack vegan ground meat (optional but great protein boost)
  • 1 can navy beans (about 2 cups if you cook them yourself)
  • 2 cups barley, cooked *
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp olive oil (to drizzle in the pan)


  • Fill a medium-sized pot with water, and cook about 1/2-1 cup of barley as directed on package. Once cooked, set aside.
  • Drizzle 3 tbsp olive oil in a large pan and turn heat on medium-high.
  • Add in frozen spinach and frozen peas and carrots and let cook for about 5 minutes or until they are almost completely thawed out.
  • Next, add in all the fresh veggies (kale and zucchini) and your can of beans. Add a little bit of water if veggies begin to stick/to prevent them from sticking to the pan. Stir frequently and let cook for another 15-20 minutes.
  • Add in all of your spices, then add in the veggie ground meat. Use a wooden spatula to break up the veggie ground into very small pieces. Keep stirring and adding water if necessary to prevent sticking, another 10 minutes.
  • Once veggies and beans are almost completely cooked, add in 2 cups of cooked barley. Stir to combine all ingredients together and ensure no spices are missing (add in more salt, pepper, etc if necessary).
  • Once cooked, remove from heat, place in a serving bowl, and enjoy!


*Cooking the barley: 1 cup of dry barley yields approximately 3 1/2 cups cooked. You can make this amount and save the 1 1/2 cups for another recipe, or make 1/2 cup dry barley to get a smaller amount once cooked.
Storing information: You can store this veggie, bean, and barley recipe in a glass air-tight container in the fridge for up to one week.
Keyword healthy barley recipes, vegan barley recipe, what to do with barley

Author: Riri's Recipes

Hi and welcome to Riri's Recipes! This blog is here to be your guide to healthy, nutritious, and simple recipes! My goal is to share my love of food with the rest of you, and hopefully inspire others to be as passionate about food like I am. This blog will contain healthier versions of classic desserts and meals, as well as my own personal creations. Food is FUEL, and it is so important to feed our bodies what they need in order to perform at their best. Eating mindfully and intuitively will help us keep our bodies and mind at peace, making us healthier and happier living beings. That being said, happy eating!

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