I really enjoy soups and stews. I definitely try to take advantage of the few "Soup/Stew" kind of days since they don't happen nearly as often as they did in the midwest. Recently, I made a beef Barley Stew. It was super tasty, even in its simplicity.
Beef Barley Stew (Makes about 4 quarts)
1 T. oil
1 medium onion, chunked
1 lb. of your choice cut of beef (I use whatever is on sale)
2-3 carrots, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 c. uncooked pearl barley
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1/2 t. dried thyme
7 c. broth (beef or vegetable or a combination)
1/4 c. red wine
Heat the oil in a skillet. Cook beef, onion, carrots, and garlic until the meat is browned and the onion is translucent. Transfer to a crock pot.
Add barley, salt, pepper and thyme. Stir in broth. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 7 hours.
Leave out the barley for gluten free, Paleo version.
Serve with Homemade Poolish Bread.