Lentil and Pearl Barley Root Vegetable Casserole (v)

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Every year I get a bit depressed about the end of Summer and the beginning of Autumn. But then I remember warming stews and casseroles and honking geese and I feel a bit less dejected. This casserole is a variation on one I make a lot, but for the first time I cooked it in the oven in the hope that the pearl barley and lentils wouldn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. They didn’t! I served with mashed potatoes and steamed spring greens.

For six portions you need

Casserole

  • 1 leek, sliced into 0.5″ slices
  • 2 onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, sliced
  • 2 carrots, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 small swede cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1.25l vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup pearly barley, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 1/2 cauliflower cut into bite sized florets
  • salt and pepper to taste

Dumplings

  • 100g self raising flour
  • 50g vegetable suet
  • dried herbs
  • salt and pepper
  • cold water to mix to a dough
  1. Place all the chopped veg apart from the cauli into an oven proof casserole pan with the oil and saute, covered, for about 8 mins until the veg are starting to soften.
  2. Add the stock, lentils and pearl barley. Mix well and bring to the boil.
  3. Cover with a lid and place in a 160 degree oven for 30 mins.
  4. Make the dumplings by adding enough cold water to the mix to form a soft dough. Shape into 8 dumplings.
  5. After 30 mins, remove the pan from the oven and add the cauliflower and dumplings to the casserole. Mix the cauli in well to ensure it cooks, and place the dumplings on top of the casserole. Cover with the lid and return to the oven for a further 25 mins.
  6. Season to taste and serve with veg of your choice and pickled red cabbage if you’re feeling particularly northern!

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Cashew and Vegetable Stir Fry with Miso Sauce (v)

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We’ve been on holiday for a week and eaten out every night. Whilst that was lovely, my body was craving something not deep fried and actual vegetables now we are home. I have an open jar of miso paste in the fridge that needed using up so this stir fry was created. Savoury, filling and nutritious it certainly hit the spot.

For three portions you need

Vegetables

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Small handful cashews
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • Handful broccoli cut into small florets
  • Handful cauliflower cut into small florets
  • 1 leek, trimmed and sliced into 0.5cm slices
  • A little water
  • Rice/quinoa to serve with the stir fry

Sauce

  • 3 tsp miso paste
  • 3 tbsp soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • A little water
  1. Heat the oil in a wok and toast the cashews, ensuring they don’t burn.
  2. Add the carrots, broccoli, cauli and a splash of water. Cover with a lid to help them steam. Cook for 2-3 mins.
  3. Meanwhile cook the rice/quinoa and make the sauce by combining all the sauce ingredients in a jar, stirring well to mix in the miso paste.
  4. Add the leeks and miso sauce. Keep covered and cook for a further 5 mins or so until the vegetables are done to your liking (I like mine quite al dente).
  5. Serve and feel super smug.

Thai Sweet Potato Soup (v)

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I like soup. We eat a lot of soup. The teen will still eat things as soup he wouldn’t eat as separate components, and this soup is a good example of that. He won’t eat Thai red curry or coconut milk. But he will eat this, go figure…

For 6 portions you need

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1″ piece of ginger, roughly chopped
  • 3 tsp red curry paste (make sure it has no fish sauce in it if you’re veggie/vegan)
  • 750g peeled and diced sweet potatoes
  • If you want to increase the heat, then add a couple of extra thai chillies, roughly chopped
  • 750ml veg stock
  • 400ml can coconut milk
  • Juice of two limes
  • Small bunch of fresh coriander
  1. Begin by frying the onion in the oil for about 5 mins till softened.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger and curry paste. Stir for 2-3 mins.
  3. Add the potatoes and cover in the spice paste for 1-2 mins.
  4. Add the coconut milk, stock, chillies and bring to the boil. Reduce to a gentle simmer and cook for about 10 mins until the potatoes are soft.
  5. Add the coriander and the blitz the soup using a stick blender until smooth.
  6. Stir through the lime juice and adjust the seasoning to taste. Serve.