For me this time of the year is all about comfort food – it has to be warm and filling, but that doesn’t mean that winter food has to be plain and stodgy. This recipe is a good example of something that is easy to prepare and will provide a great meal that will keep the cold out and fill you up at the same time. It’s also great for using up any root vegetables that you may have left over, so can be different every time!
500g baby potatoes, halved
1 large aubergine, diced
2 red peppers, sliced
1 large courgette, diced
2 small fresh beetroot, peeled and diced
1 large carrot, sliced
1 x 400g tin good quality chopped tomatoes
1 x 400g tin of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
5 tbs olive oil
5 cloves of garlic, peeled
2 tbs Ras-el-Hanout
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste
Large handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
1. Preheat the oven to 220C.
2. Place all of the vegetables (not the chickpeas yet!) on a large baking tray. Drizzle the oil over, sprinkle with the spices, season then mix well to coat.
3. Place in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring well halfway through.
4. Add the tomatoes and chickpeas, stir well again, and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes.
5. Serve immediately, with rice, couscous or flatbreads, garnished generously with the chopped coriander.