Beef and barley soup

What comes to mind when you think about barley? Beer, baby food, and soup are all great examples. Barley is often added to food like soup because it is a great source of additional fibre (1/2 cup of cooked pearled barley contains 2.0 grams of fibre). In a healthy diet, kids 1-8 years old require 19 grams of fibre per day, and kids 4-8 years old need 25 grams per day – so whatever you can do to get some fibre in your diet helps you to have a healthy balanced diet.

Ingredients:

1 cup carrots (chopped)

1 cup onions (chopped)

1 cup celery (chopped)

2 tbsp butter

2 cups stewing beef (finely chopped)

6 cups water

6 cups beef broth

1 can of diced tomatoes

1/2 cup dry pearl barley

2 tsp salt

1 tsp ground black pepper

Directions:

In a large pot, cook onions, celery and carrots with the butter. Once the onions and celery are tender, about 6-8 minutes, stir in the beef.

Cook, stirring often, until the beef is cooked. This should take another 6-8 minutes.

Add the water, beef broth and diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil and stir in the remaining ingredients.

Let the soup cook at a low rolling boil for 30-45 minutes. The barley should be fully cooked and the beef should be tender.

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