Here is a cheap and easy favorite recipe......I'm about to make it for dinner!
1/2 lb. ground beef (I usually use about 1/4 a lb.)
1 med. onion chopped (I always just toss in minced dried onion)
1 lg. can beef broth and 1 small can beef broth
1 small tomato (I freeze this then remove the skin under hot water)
1/3 cup barley
1 tsp. thyme
1 TBS parsley
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 bag mixed vegetables
Brown meat and onion. Drain. Combine the rest of the ingredients and cook approx. one and a half hours on low.