Feed a fever, starve a cold?

Or is it feed a cold, starve a fever?  What if you have both a fever and a cold?  Either way, whenever I am sick, I always want a cup of hot tea and a bowl of steaming hot soup.  I have been feeling a little under the weather the last few days but think I am finally on the downhill side of this ugly virus.  Thanks to the recent addition of a Keurig Brewer, my tea supply has been fairly constant.

However, my energy level has not been up for cooking.  Luckily, I remembered that I had made a huge pot of one of my favorite soups over the holiday and had frozen some of it.   YEAH!!!


This soup is full of vegetables, barley and beef.  I prefer mine thick and more stew -like and usually add extra vegetables and barley.  Sometimes I leave out the beef, but it is always GREAT!   Especially when your sick and all you have to do it heat it up.

Try it sometime and let me know what you think.

Vegetable Beef Barley Soup

1 clove garlic, minced

1 cup carrots, diced

1 cup celery, diced

1 small onion, chopped

2 15 oz cans beef broth

1 15 oz can tomato sauce

1 potato, peeled and cut into bite size pieces

1 cup uncooked barley

1 cup lean ground sirloin, browned and crumbled

1 14.5 oz can green beans

1 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

In a pot sprayed with cooking spray, sauté the garlic, carrots, celery and onion until soft.  Add beef broth and tomato sauce, then bring to a boil.  Add remaining ingredients and simmer until potatoes and barley are soft.  Makes about 6 cups.


  1. […] 5.  I also spent several hours in the kitchen yesterday cooking ahead a few of my favorite comfort foods and freezing them for after surgery.  I made vegetable barley soup that I shared in this post. […]

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