Daily Archives: October 12, 2012

Food-tastic Friday ~ October 12, 2012

Good afternoon!  Time for another installment of Food-Tastic Friday. I would love to have all of you play along.  It’s a way to get ideas and recipes for what sometimes can be really monotonous:  Meal Planning.  We plan our menu every week and then grocery shop accordingly.  This helps us cut down on costs at the grocery store.

Here are the rules:

  1. Post your weekly menu
  2. Post one recipe that you will be making.  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy! (you can put a picture up too)
  3. Link up down in the comment section and put a link to my blog post so everyone can get their culinary creativity juices flowing!

Menu ~ Saturday October 13 ~Friday October 19

Saturday ~ Salsa Couscous Chicken

Sunday ~ Turkey Pot Pie

Monday ~ Roast Beef, Potatoes, Veggie

Tuesday ~ Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup and Fresh Bread

Wednesday ~ Ham and Mushroom Quiche, Salad

Thursday ~ Balsamic Flank Steak, Rice, Veggies

Friday ~ Lasagna & Caesar Salad

I love this time of year, hearty soups and stews are my favourite comfort foods.

We found this recipe at All Recipes for a crockpot Barley Soup.  I put the link to the recipe up in the menu, but here’s a copy:

Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup

  • 1 1/2 pounds of boneless lean beef cubed
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 cans beef broth
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 stalks celery chopped
  • 6 carrots chopped
  • 6 green onions chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 cup barley
  • 1 tsp dried thyme


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, saute the beef in the oil for 5 minutes, or until browned. Stir in the salt, pepper and garlic powder and place seasoned meat in a slow cooker. Add a little water to the skillet and stir to pick up the browned bits. Add to the slow cooker.
  2. Add the broth, water, celery, carrots, green onions, parsley and barley. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours, or until the vegetables and barley are tender. Add the thyme just before serving.

Sounds yummy, doesn’t it?  We’ll let you know!

So, what’s on your menu this week?