I made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious. Warm, comforting, and healthy. Barley and lentils are full of fiber, which helps you to feel satisfied. This is also a very easy dish to put together.
1 onion, chopped
6 cups water
1-2 tbs. Better Than Bullion Vegetable Base
1 16 oz. package sliced fresh mushrooms (or more for extra deliciousness)
3/4 cup uncooked pearled barley
3/4 cup dried brown lentils
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. sage
3 bay leaves
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. pepper
Salt to taste
Saute onion in olive oil until translucent. This step is optional, but gives the stew a more complex, mellow flavor.
Throw all the ingredients in your crockpot and stir. Add olive oil to taste (I add several tablespoons of olive oil to every soup or stew I make, which gives it a wonderful flavor).
Cook for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high. It can also be made on the stovetop.
Add salt to taste if needed after cooking.