As if anything is inexpensive these days, this is a cheaper/easier version of Red Beans 'n Rice. The kids prefer it too, so bonus!
Extra virgin olive oil (enough to sautee below vegys)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, 1 bell pepper, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
6 C chicken or beef broth
15 oz can tomatoe sauce
1 C raw barley (you can use rice as well)
2 15 oz cans kidney beans
1/2 pkg (lg pkg from Costco, etc) Lil' Smokies
Sautee vegys in the olive oil until they brown a bit. Add rest of ingredients except parsley, mix well, cover and simmer for about an hour, until the barley or rice is done. Barley tends to take longer. Add parsley and serve.