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Meat and a Side, All in One
Here's a recipe bound for the regular rotation: It's simple to make but not boring, since it includes barley, an ingredient that feels fresh and new. Plus, the grains give the dish some nice heft, so all you need to do is throw together a last-minute salad to make a complete, filling meal. The recipe calls for boneless, skinless chicken-thigh meat and a good glug of white wine, along with leeks, which slowly melt into the dish as they cook and are a terrific contrast to the pleasantly chewy barley.

Get the recipe: Crock-Pot Chicken, Barley and Leeks