And, just like that, it’s soup season. The beauty of soup? You can really make a soup out of anything you have on hand. It’s a great way to clean out your refrigerator or pantry and to get more veggies into your kids. And it can be made ahead of time or in your slow cooker which means less weekday stress over what’s for dinner! This recipe for Beef Barley Soup uses simple ingredients and an easy preparation. Slow cooker directions are included below as well!
Beef Barley Soup
What are some staples to keep in your pantry/freezer? Here are a few of the things that I always keep on hand to make meal prep and cooking so much easier:
-Low sodium Chicken broth, beef broth, and vegetable broth.
-Dried beans (Black Beans, Kidney Beans, White Beans, Chick Peas, etc)
-Organic Canned Beans (Choose No Salt Added when possible)
-Organic Low Sodium Diced Tomatoes
-Grains: brown or wild rice, lentils, or quinoa cook relatively quickly, require no pre soaking, and all make great additions to soup. I happen to love barley, so I always have that on hand as well!
Having some basic ingredients in your pantry and freezer will make your life easier!
This recipe for Beef Barley Soup includes instructions for both the stove top and the slow cooker! The ingredients remain the same ,except that you will exclude the flour since you will not be browning the meat
TIP: If you are looking to get a slow cooker, buy one that is programmable in the biggest size you can! Bigger is always better. You can always make less , but having the option to feed large crowds or to double recipes to freeze for a second dinner is everything! I love my All Clad 7 quart from Amazon
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