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Friday, September 28, 2012

Crockpot Vegetable Barley Soup: Foodie Friday

crockpot vegetable barley soup
Crockpot Vegetable Barley Soup

My childhood food allergies have come back to haunt me. I started a rotation diet to try to calm my allergies. Rotating grains is part of the diet. This is a good thing to do, for anyone, to prevent food allergies... and it is just good for your health to eat a variety of foods.

With nights getting colder here in NY I have been making soup more often. Barley is a perfect grain for soup because like potatoes it thickens the broth. 
Barley is very high in dietary fiber and is an excellent source of iron... and it just plain tastes good too.


Crockpot Vegetable Barley Soup

by Diane Balch

Preparation time: 15 minutes           Serves: 6 - 8

Ingredients:

1 leek chopped
2 carrots chopped
1/2 teaspoon of thyme
1 bay leaf
1 cup of pearl barley
2 32 ounce containers of broth: vegetable, chicken, or beef
1 - 2 tablespoons of olive oil
1  15.5 ounce can of kidney beans
salt and pepper to taste
*optional: any other veggies that are wilting in your fridge (spinach is great)
               leftover meat (chopped up pieces of steak are really good)

Directions:

1) If you have time saut√© the vegetables in the olive oil until they wilt. If you don't have time just dump them into the slow cooker.

2) Put all ingredients into the crockpot except the kidney beans. Put it on high for 4 hours or low for 6 - 8 hours.

3) Just before serving add the kidney beans (This is so they will not turn to mush.)

4) Taste before serving to check salt and pepper. Leave the bay leaf in for fun. An Argentinian food blogger told me that it is a tradition in her family, whoever gets the bay leaf does the dishes! 



Foodie Friday Features: 

From: 21st Century Housewife

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Easy Apricot and Onion Chicken
Make sure you read the story that goes with this recipe. We have all been there and we have all evolved as cooks...a wonderfully simple and delicious recipe.


From: The Newlyweds

pumpkin coconut shrimp curry
Pumpkin Coconut Shrimp Curry
Nothing like a curry to warm you on a chilly autumn night. The addition of pumpkin in this recipe makes it extra seasonal.


From: Julie Vision in the Kitchen

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Apple Cupcakes with Honey Mascarpone Icing
The cupcake is delicately spiced topped with mascarpone icing...this is one unique seasonal treat.


From: A Spoonful of Thyme

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Pumpkin Buttermilk Cake w Brown Sugar Cognac Glaze
The cognac in both the cake and the glaze gives a sophisticated flavor to this traditional Autumn cake.



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42 comments:

  1. I am not ready for coldness yet, but it is almost October. Thanks for hosting. That bowl of soup looks delicious.

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    1. We are moving into Fall very gently in NY. A bowl of soup will definitely take the chill off.

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  2. Thanks so much for hosting Diane. I've linked an Indian spiced lentil & lamb stew that's perfect for autumn. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    Sam

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    1. Yes, I saw this recipe on your blog and was hoping you would share it. I love the seasoning in this stew. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Thank you so much for featuring my Apricot and Onion Chicken, Diane! I like your Crockpot Vegetable Barley Soup and I love the tradition about the bay leaf!! This week I have shared step by step instructions for making beautiful rose petal cookies. Thank you for hosting, and have a lovely weekend.

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    1. You got to my blog before I could tell you about the feature... well I love your dish and the story that goes with it. Thanks for being part of my blogsphere.

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  4. Thank you for hosting, Diane! I pinned your soup - I can't remember the last time I had barley - I think it's a pretty under-rated grain and maybe I should start using it more! I'm so sorry to hear about your food allergies flaring up again. Have a great weekend!

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    1. It really is an under used grain... truly terrrific in soup. The allergies are really a bummer when you write a lot about food, but I will be showing off some different grains now that I can't have wheat.

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  5. HI,
    I shared my recipe for Lasagna Courgette and an article about the arsenic found in rice, as well as how Kellogg is trying to smother the world in cereal grains.

    Check out my new online cooking class: go grain-free
    http://realfoodforager.com/new-online-cooking-class-go-grain-free/


    Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Thank you for your always informative articles. My kids have been very concerned about the arsenic in rice because we eat a lot of brown rice. I look forward to reading all your posts.

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  6. Thanks for hosting. Your soup sounds perfect for a cool fall day! Have a great weekend.

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  7. So simple and delicious! Thanks for hosting!

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  8. Thanks for hosting, and thanks for featuring my pumpkin curry recipe. Hope you having a great week.

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  9. Isn't the crock pot great! I've had mine out for about a week and have been into making soups! Your vegetable barley looks amazing! Great photo too.

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  10. That soup looks perfect for fall! And I'm always looking for recipes that you can just dump in the crock pot and you're good to go. :)

    This week I'm sharing a confession: I never follow my meal plans 100%! The goal is to encourage those who are in the same boat or are afraid to start meal planning. Even not perfectly followed, meal planning is so important for anyone trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Thanks for hosting!

    http://plusothergoodstuff.blogspot.com/2012/09/real-life-confession-meal-planning.html

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    1. I don't always follow mine either. But it is a plan not definite and it is always good to have a plan.

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  11. Diane - this soup is super
    I can eat soup everyday, even during summer (while the A/C is working)
    For me it's a whole meal
    Thanks for the party and have a fabulous weekend

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    1. Especially when I have had a lot of sweets or rich food I like to eat soup as a meal too... it balances me.

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  12. Thank you so much for featuring my apples & honey cupcakes!! What a great surprise while I'm taking a week out of the kitchen to celebrate my 30th birthday! I can't wait to see what awesome things you have featured here next week!

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    1. Congrats on surviving your 20's... 30's are much better. Happy Birthday.

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  13. Hi Diane,
    I see you have so many yummy goodies linked up! I really do enjoy reading your blog. It's one of my favorites. Thanks for giving me good stuff to read while I drink my tea :)

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    1. Well, dear I told you have the honor of the only blog besides my own that my husband follows. Your recipes are often dinner time discussion.

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  14. Hi Diane! Your Barley Soup looks wonderful! Have a great weekend!

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  15. Thanks for the great crockpot soup idea! Have a great weekend :)

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  16. The soup looks wonderful. I will use quinoa or sprouted rice blend in this recipe.

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  17. Hello Diane,
    Thanks for the invite to post to your party. Your soup looks wonderful!!

    Have a great weekend!
    Tami

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  18. I have never cooked with Barley. I just realized that while looking at your recipe. I just love a good soup in the fall.

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    1. Do you like brown rice? If you do it has a similar nuttiness to it.

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  19. Barley is one of those foods that I adore, yet rarely make. Your recipe's addition of kidney beans is nice. I have a really bad cold, so I wish someone else would whip up the soup for my dinner tonight. :)

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    1. If I lived near by I'd drop off a pot to you. I think I made this soup because so many people have colds right now from the change in the weather.

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  20. Thank you for dropping by and checking out the recipe I linked up!

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  21. Thanks for hosting (I shared my Pumpkin Gingersnaps) and for linking to Must Try Monday! Love having a good soup recipe and yours looks great!

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  22. I often wonder what I can put in the crock pot - now I just need to get over my fear of barley!

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  23. Thank you, Diane, for featuring my Pumpkin-Buttermilk Cake! I appreciate it. It was so very good...it will be appearing at our house again before Turkey Day!

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    1. You are welcome, your cake is so simple I plan on making it a few times this Fall.

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  24. This sounds wonderful! Crock meals are the best!

    I would love it if you would share this on my new blog hop Simple Meals Friday! I know my readers would too. Thanks!

    http://mexicanwildflower.blogspot.mx/2012/10/simple-meals-friday-2.html

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  25. This soup looks great. I've kind of let barley slip out of the rotation and I do love it. Thanks for the nudge and the recipe!

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  26. Hi Diane,
    We are having our first really cool weather of the fall and this will be a great soup to have in the soup pot. Enjoy your weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  27. i'm so ready for this soup. it's been chilly here and i could definitely use a little barley soup love :)

    thank you for sharing your post with us at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up! I hope we'll see you again this week with more amazing seasonal & real food posts. xo, kristy.

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  28. Diane,
    This soup looks delish! I love soup; especially in the fall and winter. I can't wait to try the recipe. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.
    Michelle

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  29. Hi Diana,
    Great soup recipe. I love that you can make it in the crockpot. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/10/almond-sugar-body-scrub-and-wednesdays.html
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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