Nutritious meatless dish warms you up on winter nights

FIT Staff
Feb 11, 2014

This is a “quick-prep, set-it-and-forget” dinner recipe.

Served with some bread and a salad, it is a good way to warm up on a cold night and great for leftovers for the week.

Packed with protein and fiber this is a nutritious meatless dish as it stands, but you could add some sausage, cooked chicken or beef to it if you wish.

Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup 

Yield: 6 servings, about 1 1/3 cups each

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 large stalk celery, diced
1 large carrot, diced
3 cups water
4 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup pearl barley
1/3 cup dried black beans
1/3 cup dried Great Northern beans
1/3 cup dried kidney beans
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon salt

Directions
Combine all ingredients in slow cooker cover and cook for four hours on high or 7 to 8 hours on low or until beans are tender.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

Calories: 205

Fat:  3g

Protein: 11g

Carbohydrates: 35 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Fiber:  10 g

Sodium:  605 mg

Potassium: 601 mg