Crockpot Beef and Barley Stew

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Compliments of my friend, Donna F.

1 lb beef stew meat, cut into ½ inch pieces
1 tbs olive oil
2 cups sliced carrots
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced celery
3 cloves of garlic (whole)
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
1 cup water
3 cups beef broth
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon dried thyme
¾ teaspoon dried parsley
¼ teaspoon pepper
2/3 cup uncooked medium pearl barley
1 tbs balsamic vinegar

Coat meat w/ flour.

Put oil in the bottom of the crockpot. Add veggies, garlic, seasoning and barley. Mix to coat w/ oil.
Add tomatoes, broth and meat.
Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours.
Stir in balsamic vinegar just before serving.

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