When the cold weather of winter starts to bite then what you really need is some good hearty food to warm you up from the inside. There are loads of great winter recipes around, but my personal favourites are stews. The recipe on this page is for a warming winter vegetable stew recipe, but if you are the type of person who likes to always have meat in your meals you can easily add a bit of prok or chicken to this recipe.

Things You Will Need

To Serve 2 people you will need:

4-5 large parsnips

3-4 yams

3-4 carrots

1 large or 2 small onions

Yellow split peas, or meat as prefered.


Salt and pepper

Vegetable Stock

Step 1

To start off with you need to make the base. To do this you should finely chop around half of the parsnips, and boil then along with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, a generous sprinkle of pepper, a little salt, and a vegetable stock cube (or some fresh stock if you have it). You should boil this for a couple of hours or so.

Then just add the rest of the ingredients and cook for another 20-30 minutes - simple!

There are three main components to the flavour of this stew dish - the parsnips, the cinnamon, and the yams. Everything else is basically there for bulk, texture and nutrition, so that means that you can play around with the other ingredients as much as you like and as long as you don't add anything with a very powerful flavour you should still end up with a delicious and warming winter stew.

Tips & Warnings

Some variations that I like include replacing the yellow split peas with chick peas, with pearl barley, or with meat - a white meat such as chicken or pork works best. If you like your wine then a small chug of good quality white wine can go quite nicely with it too.