An Earthy Meal of Many Roots

Being spring I would usually side with salads, fruits and light hydrating meals however, this is no ordinary spring, we seem to be stuck in Winter for the time being and so with that being the environment I am compelled to adapt, so in comes a nice earthy meal to keep us warm, grounded and revitalised.

Were making a two course meal here so the method will come after I have provided the ingredients for the two courses:

Parsnip Soup with Pearl Barley, Cashew Nuts and slight hint of Spice.


300g – Parsnips (roughly 2)

50g – Cashew Nuts

1 cup – Pearl Barley

Soup Sauce:

3 – Cloves of Garlic

1 – tsp of Paprika

1 – tbsp of Coconut Oil

1 – pinch turmeric

3 – pinches of sea salt

2 – tbsp Garam Masala

Side Salad:IMG_0185

1/2 head of Brocolli

1 – Carrott

1 – Beetroot

1/4 – Kholarabi

Salad Dressing:

Glug of Olive Oil

2 – tbsp Apple Cyder Vinegaar

pinch of Sea Salt

Inspiral Furitaki Superfood Sprinkle


Bring a large pan of water to the boil then let it simmer and add the barley return to the boil and then leave to simmer for up to 55 minutes.

Whilst the barley is cooking we can prep the rest of the food. In your salad bowl pour in the salad dressing ingredients, then chop and add the broccoli. Grate the the rest of IMG_0184the vegetables and add to the salad bowl and mix all the ingredients together.

Prep the parsnips by peeling, washing and then dicing, weigh the cashew nuts and keep these ingredients to the side until the barley has been cooking for roughly 30 minutes then add these ingredients to the pan for the final 20 – 25 minutes depending on how soft (cooked) you like them however, if you overcook them you do loose a lot of the nutrition.

IMG_0186Time to make the soup sauce, we begin by chopping the garlic very finely, you can use a frying pan but I am not a fan of the chemicals they line the frying pans with so I simply use a stainless steel pan. Either way line the pan with water and place over a high heat add the coconut oil, once the oil has melted add the garlic followed by the spices, keep on a high heat for roughly 45 second and then add to the Soup.

The fun part clean up. Ok not so fun but whilst you still have 10 minutes or so of cooking time you can get through most of the cleaning up.

Ready to serve and enjoy


be creative add and take away ingredients as you like.

Matt Allen

The Yoga Health Coach


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