Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Crockpot Beef Barley

Crockpot Beef Barley

So all the time I hear in my challenge groups, Rachel I need quick and easy.  Here it is, buy a little more in bulk, prep and freeze.  Soup does not come any easier than this recipe.  So tonight this is what is on the menu schools are cancelled all around us due to being in the negative numbers and hubby is working outside.  So this will be a great way to warm him up when he gets home tonight.

-3 cups of quick barley
-1 cup of cut celery
-3 cups of carrots
-1 cup of diced onion
-1 cup of corn(if you do not want so many starchy carbs replace the corn with sliced mushrooms)
-3 tablespoons fresh garlic
-3 tablespoons of parsley
-salt and pepper for flavor
-Low sodium beef base (each bag place enough for 6 cups of broth.
-2 lbs. of lean cubes of sirloin
-1 12oz can of low sodium tomatoes diced

Crockpot Beef Barley

So basically I took the above ingredients and split up between the 3 bags so they are equal.  Next I placed them in the freezer.

So I would not freeze for more than 3 months to keep it as fresh as I like it.  It's as easy as pulling out the frozen bag cutting down the side placing the frozen food in the crockpot and adding 6 cups of water.  I place my crockpot on low everyone has a different crockpot setting as for how hot it gets.  The only thing about this recipe is, it really only needs to be in the crockpot for about 5.5 hours before it's ready.  So for the working mom you may need to keep this for an easy weekend meal or make and heat the next night.

Keep it clean and keep it simple!!  This is just another way to plan and prep ahead as you never know what life is going to be day to day.

Crockpot Beef Barley


  1. so, 3 freezer bags equals one meal, right?

  2. In our household one bag equals a meal depending on the size of your family. Each bag will have four servings, it's just when your putting them in the bags making sure they are equal.

  3. so you would only add 2 cups of water instead of 6 if you are only making one bag/