Barley and Lentil Minestrone


1 onion, diced
150g pearl barley, rinsed
100g dried green lentils, rinsed
4 cups/1L veggie stock
2 cups/500ml water
1 tsp iodized salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
100g green beans, trimmed and chopped
100g cauliflower florets
400g pumpkin, peeled, trimmed and diced
2 carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, diced
100g baby spinach
Extra salt and pepper to taste


Place all ingredients into a large stockpot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 to 1½ hours.  Check and adjust seasoning.