This is one of those good ol' down home meals. Add a pan of cornbread and you've got it made! You can obviously make this spicier by adding more chili powder, cayenne, jalapenos or just pass the Tabasco. Please note that the time shown is an estimate only as there will be a variance of heat from one crockpot to the next.
Ono is Hawaiian for tasty. My friend, Sharon, always takes this to potlucks at work. She also brings copies of the recipe because people always ask for it. I'm generally not a barbecue fan, but I really enjoy this recipe. It is great on buns or over rice.
Tip for oatmeal: make it in the crock pot overnight! It comes out very creamy from the slow cooking, and I love being able to get up and have that hot steamy bowl right away without having to do anything at all. You do have to clean up the crock pot, but you can make a large quantity and refrigerate the leftovers to be heated in the microwave for the next several days. I use two cups of oatmeal at a time, which is enough for four breakfasts (for me, anyway; probably more for people who don't have huge bowls like I do).
Don't be fooled by the title of this soup. It has wonderful flavor and is so hearty that it can be used as the main course along with some homemade bread. It is delicious. I make it a lot in the winter months when we have a lot of snow--it warms you up. You may use rice in place of the barley, or a little of both.
The only prep work is a little chopping--the crock pot does the rest and in only a few hours. No broccoli or cheese (unless you want to add them, but it doesn't need it). I double the curry powder since we have strong palates.
This dish came from a long stare into the pantry trying to put together a meal when I didn't have enough sweet potatoes for all 6 of us and couldn't get to the store. But I had a bunch of little oranges the kids weren't eating. Sometimes necessity is delicious. ;) It's not as involved as the long ingredient list looks and I'm sure it would be easy to halve if you're not feeding a big family with hungry teens.