Flavor as-is is very bland, but a solid start. The nutrition is there. I had to add a lot of italian seasoning, garlic powder, a touch of sage, a bay leaf, and some pepper for flavor, along with a half onion, diced, and 3 stalks of celery, diced. I also added in the juices from cooking the meat, which I flavored with pepper, italian seasoning, and garlic powder. I'm not impressed but my daughter asked for leftovers in her lunch, so I guess it turned out okay. Still, I had to stray from the original recipe quite a bit to achieve what flavor I got. **Also, per other reviewer's suggestions, I cooked the barley for the entire hour along with the other vegetables, and I had to add more broth during cooking.
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Flavor as-is is very bland, but a solid start. The nutrition is there. I had to add a lot of...