RECIPE: Beef Barley Vegetable Soup

And Lunch for Everyday of the Week

So planning every breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks can become exhausting. One thing that saved my bacon was SOUP SATURDAY!

Chili in the front, Beef Barley Vegetable Soup in the Back

Chili in the front, Beef Barley Vegetable Soup in the Back

Every week, or every other, I make a batch (or two) of soup, store them in glass pyrex bowls (the 2 cup bowls are perfect for single servings and the 8 cup is perfect for my family), pop them in the deep freeze and pull them out as I need them.  This has become quite the tradition in my house.  I keep three to four varieties of soup in my freezer so I do not feel like I am eating the same thing EVERY day (and to make sure I am balancing my nutritional intake)!  Some days, I make Chicken Salad, make something specific, or eat leftovers from my dinner BUT I do not have to stress about making something for lunch (or even think about it.)   This habit was definitely a lifesaver when I was working… I always had lunch… ready to go!   Here is another great recipe to freeze!  Toscana Zuppa….

RECIPE: Beef Barley Vegetable Soup
Gestational Diabetes friendly, freezer worthy soup for lunches all month
Serves: 20 cups
  • 1 ½ lbs Ground Beef , browned
  • 1 Medium Onion, diced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 4 Large Carrots, sliced
  • 4 Celery Stalks, sliced
  • 2 quarts Whole Tomatoes
  • 2 T Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 c Pearl Barley, raw
  • 2 qt Beef Stock
  • 3 large Bay Leaves
  • 1 T Oregano
  • 1 T Parsley
  • 1 ½ tsp Thyme
  • 2 c Green Beans, Frozen
  • 3 c Cabbage, shredded
  • 1 ½ c Corn, Frozen
  • ½ c Green Peas, Frozen
  1. Brown Hamburger, Drain. Add Onion and sautéed until translucent. Add garlic, and celery, sauté a couple more minutes and then add carrots, tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, barley, water, beef stock, bay leaves, oregano, thyme, and Parsley. Bring to a slow boil and simmer until carrots are tender, add Green Beans and Cabbage. Simmer until cabbage and green beans are tender and then add corn and peas. Simmer until corn and peas are heated through. Salt and Pepper to taste.
Please remember that the nutrition values are estimated off the brands and ingredients I have used and may differ to your ingredients
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 145 Fat: 2 Carbohydrates: 24 Fiber: 4 Protein: 11.6

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