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Beef & Barley Soup Starter Mix

 Contents of jar:
Ingredients: Barley, green lentils, wheat berries, minced dried onions, parsley flakes, celery flakes, bay leaves, thyme leaves, minced garlic, black pepper


 Makes 8 servings, 2 cups each
 Prep Time: 10 minutes
 Total Time: 2 hours
 Ease of Preparation: Easy

2 pounds boneless beef chuck, cut in 1/2-
    inch pieces or 2 pound 93% lean hamburger
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Contents of soup starter jar
5 cups each, low sodium beef broth and water

Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium heat and brown the meat. Pour off drippings.  Add the contents of soup starter jar, water and broth to Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours or until beef is fork tender.  Discard bay leaves.

 Nutritional Notes: per serving: calories 286; fat 6.4g (sat 1.7g, mono 3g, poly 0.7g); iron 3.5mg; cholesterol 62mg; calcium 55mg; carbohydrate 27g; sodium 140mg; protein 29g; fiber 5g

Option: Add any of your favorite chopped fresh vegetables, 30 minutes before soup is done.