Beef Barley stew — we have a beef barley soup mix at the market. To the mix (and water specified) I added:

1 pound of carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
2 pints of Brussel Sprouts, cleaned and cut in half
1 green pepper, diced
1 cup of wine (no one liked)
1 round steak, cut into cubes, tossed in flour and browned
salt and pepper to taste
and 1 cup of water.

Put it all in your crock pot on low. Check it 4 or 5 hours later to be sure there is still enough moisture. Stir and add water if necessary. Continue to cook on low or move to warm, depending on how much longer it will be in the crock pot. 🙂