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Crock Pot Stew Meat and Limas

This is a great comfort food recipe.  Serve it over noodles or rice to make a meal for your family.

2 lbs. beef stew meat
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 (12 ounce) pkgs. frozen lima beans
1 (14 ounce) can beef broth
1 cup water
1 package onion soup mix
1/2 cup quick-cooking barley, Optional
1 (14 ounce) can sliced mushrooms
Place stew meat (You can brown the stew meat first if you like or just place it in the crockpot without browning) and limas in crockpot.  Mix all other ingredients together in a mixing bowl and pour into crockpot.  Cook on low for 7 hours or high for 4 hrs. until meat is done.  Enjoy!
Note:  You could also make this on top of the stove in a skillet. Just brown the meat in a little oil first, add remaining ingredients and let simmer on low 30 to 40 minutes until meat is done and juices thicken to desired consistency.
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