Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Barley Soup

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This soup, any way you make it, is just so delicious. Using a slow cooker method to create this Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Barley Soup means it will just taste that much better (if such a thing is possible). The ingredients and method are all in the name of this soup, and perhaps the key ingredient is barley. Barley packs a lot of nutrition. Barley packs friendly bacteria for your large intestine and so can help move feces through our digestive tracts more quickly. This is important for small, but difficult challenges (like hemorrhoids) but also for colon cancer. In addition, though, barley is chock full of plenty of nutrients. It is also a great addition to your food plan if lowering cholesterol is something you need to do. This grain has been well studied and shown to lower significantly lower over all cholesterol levels. Barley is also delicious to eat, and when cooked, is slightly chewy in texture and offers a pretty white contrast to this dark soup.

Of course, there is lots of other good stuff in a fresh and hot bowl of vegetable beef barley soup, including the rest of the veggies and the beef. Onions, carrots, celery and mushrooms are some of the veggies that you add to soup. Celery is a humble veggie that we often add to whatever we cook without thinking too much about it. But celery is chock full of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories. Eating some of this veggie every day is a great food plan. The other veggies, carrots and mushrooms are also loaded with good nutrition. Beef adds plenty of great protein, as well as good taste, texture and color to this lovely soup.

One of the nice things about soup is that proportions for a simple soup like this one are not too important. As you add the veggies, barley and other ingredients, look at the overall consistency and color of the soup and thin about its texture in your mouth. Then add a little here and a little there to make great soup for your family. Serve this with sandwiches, perhaps toasted cheese, or just great hunks of bread and butter to dunk in the soup. Enjoy this recipe soon, and keep it book marked for those cold and rainy weather days!

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