Bean and Barley Soup

I have been informed that my baby has low iron levels. Not a huge deal, but definitely something I want to change now instead of waiting it out. So, I am working on incorporating more iron-rich foods into his diet. I created this soup/stew the other night to help him get white beans and spinach in a meal. We really liked it and plan to keep it around as a good cold night meal!



1 cup water

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup barley, rinsed

2 TBSP oil or butter

1 small onion, chopped

2 tsp minced garlic

2 MORE cups chicken broth

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can white beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup fresh spinach, chopped

Salt and pepper

1. Combine water, 2 cups chicken broth and barley in pot. Bring to boil, reduce heat and cover, simmering for about 45 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

2. Heat oil/butter on medium high in large soup pot and cook onion until translucent. Add garlic and cook for a few minutes more (don’t burn them!).

3. Add broth, tomatoes and beans. Bring to slight boil. Reduce heat to low, cover.

4. Add barley to soup mixture once barley is ready. Toss in spinach, salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes more on medium low heat.

Eat! We sprinkled parmesan cheese over it…..because we put cheese on everything.

Ethan loved it and ate so many beans!! White beans have the highest percentage of iron, when it comes to beans. And spinach is rich in iron as well. Since a one year old doesn’t really eat salad, it was hard to get spinach in his diet, without grinding it up in a smoothie. This soup worked out perfectly!



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