This is a meal in itself. Heart healthy soup loaded with beans, greens and healthy veggies and seasonings!

2-3 garlic cloves, diced
2" piece of fresh ginger, diced
1 cp celery, sliced
1 medium onion, diced
16 oz. mushrooms, sliced
1 (28 oz.) can whole tomatoes
1 (28 oz.) can pureed tomatoes
28 oz. vegetable broth or water
2 lbs. Italian frozen vegetables
1 (8 oz.) bag fresh or frozen kale or collard greens (You can also add fresh kale tha has been chopped and steamed)
1 (14 oz.) can garbanzo beans
1 (14 oz.) can kidney beans
1cp cooked barley
1 T fennel seeds, ground
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
ground pepper to taste

Saute the onions, celery, ginger and garlic in a little water for a few minutes, till all are soft. Add the mushrooms for another 2 minutes. then add all the remaining ingredients, EXCEPT the cooked barley. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes. Add the cooked barley and simmer for another 10 minutes. If soup appears too 'tomato-ee', add a cup of water or veggie broth.

If you're in a hurry, you can skp the saute part, and just put all the ingredients in the pot, bring to a boil and simmer. This makes a large amount of soup. You can freeze in containers and have lunch at the ready any time you're hankering for a nice bowl of hearty soup.

Also, other grains can be used instead of barley - quinoa or brown rice.