Weight Watchers Friendly Crock Pot Cooking Day 76 – Slow Cooker Bean Barley Soup
Here’s an easy slow cooker bean barley soup, healthy and satisfying, that comes together in minutes and can simmer in the crock pot for hours. It’s perfect for this hectic time of year.
To save time in the morning, you could toss everything into the crock of your slow cooker the night before and refrigerate until morning. Then pop it into the slow cooker before setting off for the day.
Skinny on Slow Cooker Bean Barley Soup
To turn this into a vegetarian slow cooker bean barley soup, use vegetarian baked beans in tomato sauce and vegetable broth, instead of beef.
According to my calculations, each cup of this low-fat high-fiber thick and hearty slow cooker bean barley soup has 154 calories, 4* Weight Watchers Points Plus and 4* WW SmartPoints.
Though probably technically NOT, I would also consider this a Simply Filling food too, but I’m in maintenance mode.
- 1 can (14 to 15 ounces) baked beans in tomato sauce
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
- 1 large onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 6 cups beef or vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup pearl barley, rinsed
- pinch of ground nutmeg
Ideal slow cooker size: 4-Quart.
In your slow cooker, combine the beans, potatoes, celery, onion, carrots, broth, barley and nutmeg.
Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours, or on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours, until the vegetables are tender and soup is bubbling.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *4
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: *4
Source: Slightly adapted from 300 Slow Cooker Favorites by Donna-Marie Pye.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
If you like this slow cooker bean barley soup, you might also like:
- Weight Watchers Simply Filling Slow Cooker Bean Cabbage Soup
- Slow Cooker Baked Bean Soup
- Chicken Salsa White Bean Soup
Here’s what I used to make this easy and delicious, Weight Watchers friendly, slow cooker bean barley soup!
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