Simple Beef and Barley Crock Pot Soup for Two

We are having a real cold snap here in Michigan this past week.  It has been in the teens (Fahrenheit) outside.  COLD!    It was really time to have some comfort foot.

Since we are on a diet, it is hard to have comfort food and still fit into your calorie budget, but this seemed to work.   The trick is that you have to trim off all the fat from the chuck roast and go lightly on the barley.   Someone like me who doesn’t get very many calories can only have about a cup of it, so you must have a salad with it.  My husband gets to eat more than I do, so altogether this fed two of us with a little bit left over for his lunch.

Today I whipped up a batch of crock pot soup.  Prep time was about 15 minutes, mostly trimming fat and cutting vegetables.   5 hours later, I had myself a rich, tasty, warming soup fit for a freezing day. Continue reading

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