Though it may seem like all I ingest is food of the sugary variety, I can assure you that it isn’t the case. I fully subscribe to the notion of everything in moderation and do my best to apply it to every day life. The way I see it, you should eat that dang cookie and don’t you dare feel guilty about it, but perhaps just stop at one. So far in this lifetime, this notion has worked well for me.
On a typical day, I try my best to reach for healthier meals. No, you probably won’t see me choking down a spirulina and kale smoothie, but I am conscious about what I put in my body. One of my go-to winter dinners (especially after a long day at work) is soup. It’s one of those meals that consists of a bunch of ingredients thrown into a pot, is typically relatively healthy, and simply requires a little wait time as the stove works its magic. It’s my kind of recipe – that’s for sure. This spinach, tomato & barley soup is a combination of ingredients that Justin and I have “perfected” by grabbing inspiration from a multitude of soup recipes that we’ve tried and loved in the past. It has quickly become one of our very favourites, and we always ensure to have a batch or two frozen for those last-minute meals. (See below for our recipe!)
It should be noted that this recipe makes a ton of soup. As in, enough for lunch and dinner a handful of times with enough leftovers to freeze for later. Also? Feel free to add or omit ingredients as you see fit. That’s the beauty of this stuff!
Tomato, Spinach & Barley Soup Recipe
::What you’ll need::
.2 tbsp. olive oil
.1 large onion, chopped
.3 cloves of garlic, chopped
.4 of mild italian sausages, casings removed, roughly chopped
.a 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes, in oregano and garlic
.1-2 tbsp. oregano
.1 lb. of pearl barley
.8-10 cups chicken stock
.1 lb. fresh spinach
::What you’ll do::
.In a large pot, brown your onions and garlic until semi-transluscent
.Add the italian sausage and cook until browned
.Add the chicken stock, oregano & can of diced tomatoes (including juices) and bring to a boil
.Add the pearl barley and let simmer until soft (30 minutes or so)
.Add the fresh spinach
.Spoon into bowls and enjoy!