Bean & Barley Soup, by Mike

2 qts water and veggie “Better than Bouillon” (read the jar for amount)
1 small package, Frozon Baby Lima Beans
0.5 cups pearl barley
1 white onion, chopped and sauteed
2 carrots, chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 TBL crushed garlic
1 tsp thyme
salt and pepper

1. Put the veggie broth & lima beans in a large pot and bring to a boil.
2. While waiting for that to boil chop carrot and celery, chop and saute the onion
3. Once that comes to a boil, add all remaining ingredients, except salt and pepper (which you should add, to taste, at the end), and bring back up to a boil, and then immediately turn down to simmer.
4. Cover and simmer for 1.5 – 2 hours, or until beans and barley are tender and broth is creamy.