Day 7: Pearled Barley Veggie Soup

Barley Veggie Soup Do you mind if we skip over day 5 & 6?
There was so much going on I didn't have time to post.
Lots of hikes, yoga in my heated workout studio, welcoming Greg home from an out of town trip, and getting Sweet-Pea ready for surgery early Monday morning. She's being spayed and I just can't stop snuggling my little girl.
Here we are on Day 7 and I've got the most scrumptious, hearty, healthy soup to share. Barley Veggie Soup Greg and I just love this soup. It's jammed packed with nutrients and perfect for a cold, winter night. Here's what is needed to make Pearled Barley Veggie Soup: Photobucket Pearled Barley Veggie Soup~ 
Adapted from Winter Vegetable Soup
Makes a huge pot!
3 tablespoons olive oil 
1/2 cup white wine 
1 large onion, thinly sliced 
3 leeks, white & tender green parts, thinly sliced 
3 garlic cloves, minced 
3 carrots, sliced 
1 1/2 cups celery, chopped 
1 heaping cup pearled barley 
1 cup frozen or fresh corn 
8-10 cups vegetable or chicken stock 
4 cups water 
6 thyme sprigs or 1-2 teaspoons dried thyme 
1 bay leaf 1 1/2 pounds celery root, peeled & cut into 1/2 inch cubes 
1 pound {or a little more} parsnips, peeled & cut into 1/2 inch half moons 
coarse kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper 
1 pound baby spinach, kale or swiss chard 
pinch of fresh nutmeg Photobucket Spinach is a star ingredient in this soup!
Heat the olive oil & white wine in a large pot.
Photobucket Add the onion to the hot oil & white wine. Photobucket Photobucket Add the leeks, garlic, carrots and celery. Photobucket Cook veggies until tender, about 5 minutes.
Add the vegetable or chicken stock. Photobucket Add the pearled barley. Photobucket Add water and thyme.
Photobucket Add the corn and bay leaf. Photobucket Bring the water to a boil. Photobucket Photobucket Add the celery root and parsnips.
Season with salt and pepper.
Simmer over medium heat until the barley and veggies are tender, about 30-40 minutes. Photobucket Add a pinch of nutmeg. Photobucket Photobucket Add the spinach. Photobucket Gently stir the spinach into the soup. Photobucket Photobucket So healthy! Photobucket
Simmer just until greens are wilted, about 5-10 minutes.
Slice up some seedy, whole grain Dave's Peace Bomb Mini-Baguette.PhotobucketPhotobucket
Pearled Barley Veggie Soup!
Make it!
This is what I call WHOLE-HEALTHY EatingPhotobucket Enjoy!
Happy HEALTHY Week to you!
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  1. That looks soooo yummy!! Thanks for recipe!

  2. I love this recipe much protein and good solid tasty vegetables...yum!
    It's what's for dinner tonight! Thanks! Hugs to the little one...hope she takes it easy after her surgery. Of course you needed time to prepare yourself and snuggle with her. Blessings, Cheryl Ann

  3. YUMMY! Looking forward to trying it :) Hope your little Miss is okay. I'm sure all of your snuggles helped you both.

    Take care, and thank you for all of your heathy New Year information. I'm with you!! I want to be healthier this year too!

  4. looks delicious! I could eat soup year round!