Ah bliss! A week after declaring cool weather it’s going to 80 today. So tonight is a chance to use the grill. Maybe one of the last. I’ve mentioned before my DH doesn’t like fish or seafood. I’m not normally into cooking two meals but for tonight I will grill two different proteins. The effort to do so is minimal. DH will have a steak and I will have salmon or whatever looks good at the fish counter today. I’ll put the steak on a few minutes earlier and just have to watch my timing.
Last week the slower cooker was a huge success. I’m using it twice this week. First I have parent night at school on Tuesday and that will be a life saver. I’m making a beef barley soup and as an easy side frozen rolls or bread that can be baked in the oven. I’m also going to use it for a pork chop dish that has apple cider in it. So even though it’s warm today. The rest of the week I have fall food on my mind.
Monday- Grilled Steak and Fish, Fries, and Green Beans
Tuesday- Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup with bread
Wednesday- Orange Chicken, Rice, and Peas
Thursday- Homemade Soup (no school!)
Friday- Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pork Chops over Egg Noodles, Veggies and Dip
Sunday- Leftovers or Brinner
Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup
1lb Stew Meat cut into small cubes
1 onion diced
2 handfuls of baby carrots chopped
2 ribs of celery chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic smashed
1 bay leaf
1 cup of pearled barley
6 cups of liquid (beef or chicken stock, water, some beer)
1 beef stock concentrate or bouillon
salt and pepper
Place everything in the stoneware of your slow cooker. Stir. Set the timer to 8 hours on low.
other items you can add to this soup, mushrooms, potatoes, parsnips, hard squash like acorn, worcestershire sauce.
Update:This was so yummy, even better leftover, I served it with sourdough rolls. For the liquid I did 5 cups of chicken broth and one cup of beer. The beer flavor was a bit sharp so next time I’ll use only 1/2 a cup.