Beef Barley Stew (or will it be soup?) ~ Come & Get It!

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I got my daily recipe email today and of course it was chock full of Soup & Stew Supper recipes. My coworker was looking over my shoulder and we both are like "I'm SOOO hungry"!

I just finished putting a Beef Barley Stew in the crockpot for tomorrow afternoon (I work evenings). I always make up a main dish and cook it in the crockpot overnight so I can have it either to take to work or eat before I leave for work. The only thing I didn't add to this recipe was the mushrooms & barley. I have some but I'm afraid they'll get really soggy if I cook them overnight. Hopefully I'll wake up around 10'ish and can throw in about a cup of chopped up fresh ones.

At the beginning ~ Yum!
I have a smaller crockpot so if the amounts look off to you I usually cut back on the meat and use the usual amount of veggies. I had a really hard time choosing between these two recipes: Beef Stew and Beef & Barley Soup. The decider was which I had the most ingredients for (and could fudge easily). Also, you'll see the recipe is much different from the one on the link above - I use a lot of organic, convenience type canned goods (like tomatoes) for ease and I can keep them on hand for when I feel well enough & have the energy to cook.

Come to think about it ~ I wonder if I have barley? hmm...

Beef Barley Stew
1 1/2 Beef Stew Meat (I use extra lean, trimmed)
1/3 c flour
2 T olive oil
Dredge the meat in the flour, pepper to taste and 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme and dried parsley.

Warm up the skillet, add 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil and then add the meat. Brown the meat for up to 5 minutes, turning occasionally.

1 onion, chopped (I use prechopped frozen ones)
2 potatoes, chopped into 3/4-1" pieces
1/2 bag of baby carrots, chop larger ones in 1/2 (about 1 cup chopped carrots)

Mix the veggies and meat in your crock pot. Add 1 can chicken broth (fat free or regular), 1 can chopped/diced tomatoes (I use the seasoned - basil, garlic and oregano). Mix all together.

Add an hour or two before done:
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup medium All-natural pearled barley (Quaker Oats)

Put crock pot on high for about 5-6 hours or low for 10-12 hours.

I'll be serving this with the banana bread that I made last night when I got home from work. Here's the recipe from one of my other blogs.

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  1. Stopping by from the Alexa Hop. I'm a follower!

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  2. Hi, I am your newest follower from the Alexa Hop :)

    This looks great, I shared it!

  3. Your stew/soup looks yummy! I'm always looking for good recipes. Thanks for sharing. New follower from the Alexa Mania hop.

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  4. Hi Tina, stopping by to thank you for coming to our blog hop this past weekend. Watch for a new one this weekend as well at Live Laugh Love To Shop Have a great Halloween, Karren


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