I can never make enough of this dish. I love mealtime when there is no complaining. This stew accomplishes a blissful happy mealtime. Everytime.
We use Bison but this would work equally well with beef stew meat.
If you want it to go further, you could add filtered water and change this from a stew to a soup.
BARLEY BISON STEW
-1 pound stew meat (bison or beef)
-1 Tbsp coconut oil
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp pepper
-1 tsp garlic powder
-1 Tbsp thyme
-2 cloves garlic, chopped or minced
-2 onions, chopped
-4 stalks celery, chopped
-4-6 carrots, chopped
-1 cup barley (rinsed)
-3-5 cups filtered water, or beef broth if you have it.
-sprinkle half of the seasonings all over the meat.
-brown the meat in a hot skillet with the coconut oil
-add garlic, onions, celery and carrots, cook until almost soft
-add barley and water and seasonings, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer.
-keep stirring every once in a while. This should simmer for at least an hour.
-you may need to add more seasonings, to your own taste:)
*you can add everything to the crock pot in the morning and let it cook all day on low.
*some people prefer a less "starchy" consistency, this can be accomplished by boiling the barley separately. A lot of times I do this so those who are avoiding grains can have the stew without the grains and the others can add them if they like.