• 2-1/2 pounds beef Stew Meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 package (.9 to 1.43 ounces) dry onion-mushroom soup mix
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup medium pearled barley
  • 4 cups loosely packed fresh baby spinach


  1. Combine beef, water, soup mix, thyme, salt and pepper in stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 60 minutes.
  2. Stir in barley; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; continue simmering, covered, 45 minutes to 1 hour or until beef is fork-tender and barley is tender. Stir in spinach; cover and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
INGREDIENTS: 1 pound Ground Beef (93% or leaner) 2 cups water 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained 1-1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables 4 cups reduced-sodium beef broth 1 cup uncooked large elbow macaroni 4 ounces smoked Beef Sausage, sliced COOKING: Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot.

Nutrition information per serving, 1/6 of recipe: 248 Calories; 81 Calories from fat; 9g Total Fat (3 g Saturated Fat; 3 g Monounsaturated Fat;) 76 mg Cholesterol; 294 mg Sodium; 13 g Total Carbohydrate; 3.5 g Dietary Fiber; 29 g Protein; 3.9 mg Iron; 4.2 mg Niacin; 0.3 mg Vitamin B6; 2.3 mcg Vitamin B12; 6 mg Zinc; 18.9 mcg Selenium; 100.9 mg Choline.

This recipe is an excellent source of Protein, Iron, Niacin, Vitamin B12, Zinc, Selenium, and Choline; and a good source of Dietary Fiber, and Vitamin B6.

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