Spice up you meals without making it more complex

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Looking for a quick easy recipes to whip up for the family? Bastow School chef Sophia Chatfield shows two that she loves and says the whole family will enjoy.

Beef and Barley


1 1/4 pounds boneless beef chuck
1 cup pearl barley
1/2 pound crimini mushrooms, quartered
4 stalks celery, quartered
6 medium carrots, quartered
2 medium leeks, sliced (white and light green parts only)
1 sprig thyme
4 cups beef broth
1 tablespoon worcestershire
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Combine the beef, barley, mushrooms, celery, carrots, leeks, thyme, beef broth, and worcestershire in a slow cooker. Add 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Uncover and skim off any excess fat. Thin the vegetable-barley mixture in the slow cooker with some water, if desired.

Steel Cut Oatmeal

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4 cups Water
1 cup Steel Cut Oats
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
Combine water, oats and salt in a slow cooker. Cover with lid and cook on low for 7-8 hours or overnight.
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