Marking the end of British Summer Time, the clocks go back in October, giving us an extra hour in bed. With the wintertime fast approaching, there is nothing better than a hot and delicious meal to keep us warm.

A good meal does not need to be complicated or very time consuming. A simple home-made casserole, like the one below, can be made with the simplest ingredients and packed with healthy vegetables. The below will serve 4 people and can be easily prepared in only 15 minutes!


  • 2 onions, cut into wedges
  • 3 carrots, cut into chunks
  • 3 celery sticks, cut into chunks
  • 400g of sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 litre of vegetable stock
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 leeks, thickly sliced
  • 150g of pearl barley
  • 2tsp of dried sage
  • 3tbsp of chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 180 ºC. In a casserole, mix in the onions, carrots, celery, and sweet potato, add the stock, and bring it to the boil.
  • Once it is boiling, add the garlic, leeks, barley, sage and the seasoning. Stir to mix it all together, cover the casserole and leave it to cook for about an hour, until the vegetables are soft.
  • Lastly, add the parsley and serve.

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