More of a method than a recipe, this makes a perfect companion for a loaf of crusty bread when the first days of autumn's chill comes knocking! Just toss the ingredients together before you leave for work and come back to a delicious meal! Vegetables can be mixed, matched, or substituted to include your favorites. Rice or small pasta can substitute for barley. Uses up leftover beef (or even pork) like a champ! Meant for a 2 quart crock-pot, but easily doubles for bigger pots!