Break out the crockpot

It’s Fall people !!

Time for soups, stews, chowders, choups (??) .. you get it !!
I love my crockpot in the fall and winter time. Actually I use it all year around, that’s how much I love my slow cooker. Mine was actually a gift from my parents when my hubby and I bought our first house so I am talking 7 years back, its still Golden ! I have a basic Hamilton Beach slow cooker.

I am a working mom and my time is VERY precious to me. Don’t get me wrong. I love spending time in the kitchen to make my family and friends a delicious and a healthy meal but sometimes, the best dishes are simple yet flavorful and don’t need a lot of time to make. This recipe below is soooo simple but so hearty.. Enjoy with some fresh baked bread or with crackers.

Beef n’ Barley soup

To serve 4-5

1 pound of ground chuck/ turkey (browned in a Tbs of OO)
2-3 tomatoes chopped in chunks
1 Red onion chopped
2 carrots peeled and chopped
1/2 cup of cooked black eyed peas
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 sprig of rosemary
3-4 fresh sage leaves
1/2 cup of uncooked barley

3-4 cups of broth (Chicken, vegetable, beef) or water
salt and pepper to taste

Put all the ingredients (Except the barley) in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 hrs. Add the barley and cook for another hour.

Stir and enjoy !!

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