Slow Cooker Series: Vegetable Barley Soup

Hi guys! I want to take a second and thank everyone for entering the giveaway to win the eCookbook Bundle from New Leaf Wellness. The cookbooks in this bundle have become a huge help for busy weeknights and are my go-to when I don't need to whip up a recipe I created. I am so thankful to Kelly for giving me a complimentary bundle and I can definitely say, it is being well used. 

The final book in the bundle that is home to this week's featured meal is the 15-Minute Freezer Recipes. This cookbook contains meals that can each be prepped in 15-minutes or less. So if you use recipes only from this book for a whole week of meals, that's only an hour and fifteen minutes of dinner prep. With back to school happening and vacations becoming a thing of summer past, these are exactly what we all need to get back into a routine. The cookbook includes 3 breakfast recipes, 6 dinner recipes and a dessert recipe along with nutrition info, freezer labels, a grocery list and freezer meal prep tips. 

I chose to whip up the Vegetable Barley Soup (event in the heat of summer) because I wanted to show how vegetarian dishes can also be hearty and satisfying. This one in particular was incredible. I ate it for lunch days later and even had it cold. Serve it with crusty bread and you've got yourself a delicious, comforting dinner that took almost no time to prepare. 

VEGETABLE BARLEY SOUP from 15-Minute Freezer Meals
I must have a super slow cooker because everything cooks much faster for me than recipes say. This soup could have cooked on low for 10-12 hours on low which is what I was planning for but nope. It was ready 4 hours early. So my soup became more of a stew or creamy barley and vegetable mixture. I'm pretty sure everyone preferred it thicker so it was a win but it's always good to have a heads up in case your slow cookers are as super-powered as mine is. Here are the ingredients:

  • Yellow Onion
  • Carrots
  • Frozen Peas
  • Frozen Chopped Spinach
  • Cannellini Beans
  • Barley
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Chicken Broth

Before I forget, congratulations to Joan K. on winning the eCookbook Bundle! I have sent you an email to get you in touch with Kelly for your prize. I hope you've all enjoyed the slow cooker series featuring cookbooks and recipes from New Leaf Wellness! This is sadly our final post but I will have original recipes coming this fall. Make sure you check out the previous four before you leave!

Chicken Fajitas
Honey Bourbon Chicken
Sloppy Joes
Taco Chili with Cornbread Topping