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Hubby says I'm torturing him...

February 26th, 2012 at 04:45 pm

I have been going through my cookbooks and found a recipe for the slow cooker. I am trying to use things up in the pantry before they are past their date, as well as use what I have in the freezer. At our recent meat shop run, they had beef stew meat on sale, so I bought some thinking I could always either make stew or use it to make another dish. Then I found this recipe:

Beef and Barley Vegetable Soup

1 pound stew meat -- trim all fat
1 medium onion, chopped
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2/3 cup of barley
2 cans of diced tomatoes (with garlic if possible -- if no garlic, mince a couple of cloves)
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
2 cups beef broth

Put all in a slow cooker and cook 8-9 hours on low. I have it ready for tomorrow and dh walked by and said that I was mean.

Mean? I asked.

Yep, he replied. He said every time I put something in the slow cooker when I'm away are work, I torture him because he has to smell it when he's home.

I suggested I could possibly not make things and he said that perhaps torture was too strong a word, but it does make him very hungry by the afternoon. I guess the man likes pain!

4 Responses to “Hubby says I'm torturing him...”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    Mmm, sounds good. I don't have any barley, but I have everything else on hand. Do you think it would work fine without it? Or would quinoa work? I have quinoa. Oh, did you put in the liquid from the tomatoes or not and what size can?

  2. rob62521 Says:

    I bet quinoa would work and the liquid from the diced tomatoes went in. I think they were 8 oz cans.

  3. PauletteGoddard Says:

    This I use for this week's "use it up" or "shop from the house" meal.

  4. marvholly Says:

    I do a version of this BUT I also add a ton of frozen mixed veg, carrot chunks and about a 1/2 lb of sliced button mushrooms.

    My Mom made it this way and I still do but no actual measuring for me so it is a bit different every time. Sometimes i substitute stewed tomatoes for canned and/or a bit of tomato paste for the tomato sauce.

    I also tend to cook it on the range top or in the oven.

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