All in all, this stew took me 20 minutes to prepare before I left for work (this was pre-new refrigerator and I had NO room for my crock overnight in there!) As always, it will probably take you less time because you don't have to stop to take pictures! ;) In the end, we came home to a wonderfully flavorful and healthy dinner!
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1 small onion, minced
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 cup frozen green beans
1.5-1.75 lb. Beef Stew Meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup pearl barley
2 pkgs. Hearty Beef Stew Crock-Pot Seasoning Mix
6-7 cups Water
Directions: (You will need a 5 Quart or larger Slow Cooker for this)
In the bottom of your crock, place the onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms and green beans.
Place the stew meat on top of that.
Add the barley on top of that.
Lastly, dump in the 2 seasoning packets and the water. Add enough water to just cover all the contents.
Cook on LOW for 8-10 hours or on HIGH for 4-5 hours.