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Hello all! Here is a recipe my family makes every St. Lucy's Day (December 13). Our heritage is from the Sicilian region of Italy, and we love to keep up with certain traditions like this:) My Nana (Dad's mom) used to make it for my dad, and then he helped me figure it out the right flavors from his memories. Enjoy! Ingredients: 3/4 cup barley (dry) 3 1/2 cups water 2 (15oz) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2 tablespoons honey or agave 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats (dry) Extra 1 3/4 cups water To serve: ricotta/cottage cheese + cinnamon (for sweetness) OR roasted veggies (for savoriness) Directions: 1) Combine barley and first amount of water in a pot on the stove; bring to a boil and then tilt a lid on top and let cook for about an hour 2) Add chickpeas and honey (or agave); bring back to a boil under a closed lid. Once boiling, tilt lid and let it roll for about 30 minutes. 3) Add oats and last amount of water-cook until water is mostly gone Serves 6-8
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