Perfect Meal for a Snowy Day

So it has been a couple days since my last post.  We have had a lot going on here, that’s for sure and to top it off I haven’t been feeling the greatest.  So I’m sorry that I’m a little late with this post!

That being said, I think winter has finally decided to show up in northeast Ohio.

This was the classic January scene heading into McGilvrey, although it was a bit odd to still be able to see the road.  I’m sure after last night and today’s snow that won’t be the case any longer.

With the weather being so so cold, I decided it was time to break out the Vegetable Barley Soup.  This is a FANTASTIC meal if it is cold outside, want to get your veggies in, and you are looking for ways to stretch that dollar.  Any soup is great, really, but this just happens to be one of our favorites because it is super quick to make and really filling!

So here are the ingredients!

I had Jeffery do most of the cutting and things so I could document all/most steps in the process.  Albeit, I am fairly new to this photo-journal thing so I did forget a few pictures!  The first step is to open up all of the canned veggies and dump the contents right into the pot.  Then open up your carrots and throw some of those little guys in there too!

We used two cans of diced tomatoes, two cans of green beans, one can of corn, and about half of a bag of matchstick carrots.  We have made this several times in the past and use a variety of vegetables (yellow beans, spinach, okra, etc.).  You can really use anything you like, but this just happened to be what we had on hand this week.

Next open your beans and rinse those bad boys off in the sink!

While those are rinsing, be sure to have your trusty sous-chef dice up the celery and potatoes.

We used a total of four stalks of celery and four potatoes for this pot, but like I said this can be varied to suit your own personal taste!

Don’t forget to wash those potatoes off before cutting them!

After your celery and potatoes are chopped be sure to get out your onion (the last part of the trinity :)) and dice it up as well.  We forgot to do this and added it last minute!  Now throw it all into the pot!

Mmmmm mmmm it sure is looking good!  Such a wonderful variety of colors and smells…Time to add in the broth, you can’t cook a soup with no juice in it!

Once you get all of your broth in give it a good stir.  We used three containers of vegetable broth so the pot would last us a while.  In fact, three days later we still have at least one if not two more meals worth of soup.

Put this big ol’ pot/cauldron on the stove add some salt, pepper, and old bay then bring it to a boil.  Once it’s boiling throw in some barley.  Usually we put in about 1/2 of a box and it takes about 10-minutes to cook.  You can really add any type of grain/pasta you would like quinoa would probably be a good one to add or even just noodles.  Really the sky’s the limit, so experiment!

For my last picture…the final product 🙂 a big bowl of soup and a glass of milk!

So tell me, what are some of your favorite winter dishes?

Stay warm,

Shley

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