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It’s that time of year. The kids are in school full swing. Mornings require defrosting the car windows. And my seasonal depression kicks in full time. All of that makes for less time to deal with things that are important. Like reading and feeding my family. I may have a solution to both.
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Meal planning has saved me and my family, and what little I have remaining of my sanity. My FreezeEasy has been life saving and life changing. I have a small army of people in my house for dinner. There could be three people eating or ten. And I never know until we start eating. With My FreezeEasy, I pick out five meals every Thursday night. The recipes give you a combined grocery list so no adding up how many pounds and ounces you need. Sunday, we go grocery shopping. When we get back home, I get to work. Each recipe comes with preparation and assembly instructions. In less than two hours, I have five dinners sitting in my freezer waiting for the week. I take one out the evening before to let it thaw. I put the cooking directions on the bag or tray so even my kids know what to cook with it. They have keto, gluten free, and vegetarian options. My FreezeEasy has helped take one less thing off my mind. Which gives me more time to read. So, bonus nachos. You can check out My FreezeEasy and see if it’s right for you and your family.
Crocktober may be over but I’m still going balls to the walls with my crockpot. Listen. Here’s the thing. Mondays in my house are nuts. My mother in law watches her great grandkids until five. I don’t get home until five thirty. No one wants to cook, make a mess you still have to clean up, and eat at like seven. It’s nuts. So, what’s a train wreck to do?
That’s why I’m giving you a new family favorite recipe. This recipe is from My FreezeEasy. You can either prepare it according to the recipe here (no crockpot) or put everything but the barley in a freezer bag. When you’re ready to eat it, take out the bag to let it thaw. Then empty the bag into a crockpot and cook low and slow for eight hours. Twenty minutes before you eat, add the barley. I forgot to mention this. We can’t stand mushrooms. It’s a thing. So, you know what we did? We left them out. And it’s still awesome.
Seriously, it’s that easy.
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes
Recipe is written to make a single meal.
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 lb(s) stew beef
- 2 small red onion(s)
- 16 oz. sliced white mushrooms
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 4 Tbsp red cooking wine
- 8 cup(s) beef broth
- Salt and pepper
- 1 cup(s) pearled barley
- Garnish: chopped parsley
- Side: salad
- Side: loaf bread
- 1 gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
- Chop the red onion.
- Brown the sides of the beef cubes in a large saucepan with the olive oil, then mix in the chopped red onion, sliced white mushrooms and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic powder and then pour in the red cooking wine and beef broth. Bring to bubbling over medium high heat.
- Stir in the pearled barley and let cook at a rolling boil for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Prepare the salad.
- Warm the loaf bread.
- Serve Beef & Barley Soup with salad and bread.
How good does that sound? Well I’ll tell you, it tastes even better. My husband isn’t a soup guy and he had two bowls. Even the T-Rex ate it and he doesn’t eat anything that isn’t spaghetti, pizza, or chicken nuggets and fries. That’s a win for this train wreck.
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