I love this basic recipe because I can substitute or add any veggie I have on hand. Sometimes I make it really thick like a stew, and other times I make it more like a soup and serve with rolls or bread sticks. Makes enough for me to share and is so cost effective. Good for you and affordable. Add a salad and fruit for dessert and you have a complete meal.
Prepare all of the ingredients, onion through barley and combine in the crock pot. Set crock pot on high for 4-6 hours. Add the beans, canned and fresh tomatoes, then mix well and allow to heat for 20 - 30 minutes on low before serving. I like to top it off with shredded cheese.