This is a quick and simple soup. You can easily substitute the ingredients for what you have on hand. I found that I really like soup made with a tomato juice base.
1 lb. hot Italian sausage (or mild, or ground beef)
1 46 ounce can of tomato juice
1 package of Knorr's Vegetable soup mix
2 C. water
1/2 package (about 10 or 12 oz. package) frozen White Quinoa and Barley
1 package (12 or 16 oz.) mixed frozen vegetables
1/2 package chopped frozen okra (if desired)
In frying pan cook sausage or ground beef. Drain off the excess fat. In a large saucepan mix tomato juice with water and dry soup mix. Add the meat and the frozen vegetables. Stir thoroughly. Let mixture come to a slow boil. Turn heat down to medium and left soup simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
Use as much of the frozen vegetables and quinoa as you like. I found that half the package of the quinoa mix (about 1 C.), half the okra and most of the mixed vegetables worked best. Some mixed vegetable packs have beans in them which work well. You could also mix in some canned beans. Be creative with the vegetables.
Serve with warm bread or corn bread. For my husband and I this makes about 6 servings. We eat it one day for leftovers then freeze the rest for another time.