Okay don't judge. Little man is a little particular read super annoying when it comes to eating protein. Sooo lately he has been on an oatmeal kick and I thought hmmmmm. I convinced him it was hamburger oatmeal and he ate every bite!
My mom and dad and the Captain loved this meal. I did not care for it and have discovered I am not a big mushroom fan and I am thinking I do not love barley. If you like mushrooms and barely this is the dish for you!
It is a little high maintenance so this is not a throw it in the crock and leave it all day when you are at work dish. Should be a weekend special when you are home to make sure the barley is not over cooked.
2/3 cups uncooked barley...do not use the quick cooking type.
2.5 cups veggie broth
1 package (6 ounces) sliced mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon marjoram (I did not have this so Mr. Google told me Italian Spices would do the trick and it did)
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup minced green onion
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup half and half
Put barley, broth, mushrooms and marjoram in the crock. cook on low 4-5 hours. Watch the barley...you do not want mush.
cook ground beef and drain fat. Add celery and onion and pepper and cook and stir for three minutes. Transfer to crock. Mix in half and half cover and cook on high 10-15 minutes until beef is hot and veggies are tender. Garnish with parsley.