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Barley Beef Soup January 25, 2011

Posted by frizzybaker in Dinner, Running.
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It was bright and chilly this weekend. AKA perfect running weather, especially on the trails…

It felt so good that my 8 mile run ended up being a 9 miler. Since it has been a while since I’ve run long, I’ve decided not to run a 1/2 marathon next month. Mentally, I don’t want to commit and at the moment other wonderful things yearn for my attention: work, my husband, and my social life! I think my body is pleased with this decision because hip injury is 99.9% healed!! YIPPEE!

So what is my new workout schedule? I’m running 3-5 miles 4-5 days/week and then a long-ish run once a week. On the days I opt not to run, I lift weights with the hubby or practice yoga. If my schedule allows, I jump in a Bosu Body Class or Spin Class – very fun! After being regimented in college, I find it refreshing to do whatever the heck I want!

Since it was chilly this weekend, I decided to make something warm…

Barley-Beef Soup

Ingredients:
12oz beef stew meat, cut into 1in cubes
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 -14oz cans beef broth (although I snuck in a veggie broth can tee hee)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 garlic cloves
1 bay leaf
1 cup frozen veggies
1-14.5oz can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1 medium potato, cubed
2/3 cup quick-cooking barley

Directions:
1. In a Dutch oven, brown meat in hot oil. Guess who I got to do that?!

2. Stir in broth, onion, celery, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, garlic, and bay leaf. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 1.5 hours.


3. Stir in frozen veggies, undrained tomatoes, potato, and barley. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 15 mins more or until meat and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf.

I hear that bay leaves are poisonous… aaaand I always forget to discard the it but so far neither my husband nor I have croaked. Does anyone know the truth about Bay leaves?

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1. Gigi - January 25, 2011

Love those bowls. There just the right size and depth.


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