Christmas Dishes

As I’m so often asked for Christmas tips and advice, I wanted to share some of my go-to healthy, festive recipes with you this month as I wholeheartedly believe that it’s possible to enjoy the full offering of traditional Christmas foods but with a healthier, tastier twist. I shall be posting my favourite festive recipes here throughout the month, so do check back again.”

Nut Roast, Amelia Freer

Festive Nut Roast with a Rich Tomato Sauce 

This is a lovely wintery nut roast that is wonderful for a Sunday lunch alternative to the meat roast or just a delicious meal to share with friends. The great thing about it is that you can prepare it all in advance and just pop it in the oven one hour before serving. This is definitely my kind of cooking for a crowd. If thereContinue reading

Festive Mince Pies

Quick & Easy Gluten-free Mince Pies

Prep 30 mins, plus 30 mins to chill // Cook 20 mins I’m not a fan of baking or making desserts, cakes, treats or sweets (even if they have a healthier form of sugar in them) as they are still going to disrupt our blood sugar levels. The abundance of sweet foods on offer over Christmas can so easily dent our willpower andContinue reading

Smörgåsbord Platter

Taken from Healthy Christmas Leftovers This festive Smörgåsbord Platter has to be the most exquisite way to serve a crowd a feast of colour, flavour and goodness, plus it’s the perfect way to use up leftovers and short-lived fresh produce over the Christmas holiday. No matter how well I’ve planned or how good my intentions, there will always be surplus foodContinue reading

Shakshuka

Shakshuka

Recipe taken from Healthy Christmas Leftovers The smoky heat of a shakshuka works wonderfully with leftover vegetables thrown into the sauce. Here (given the festive time of year), I used leftover chestnuts, crunchy red cabbage, peas and leeks, but do experiment and use what you have to hand. If you are cooking for a crowd, youContinue reading

Salmon & Ginger Burgers, Amelia Freer

Asian Salmon Burgers

  Taken from ‘Winter Inspiration‘: 6 seasonal dishes that I hope will inspire you to celebrate some of this season’s delights. You’ll Need (Serves 4) 4 salmon fillets about 400g 5 spring onions, white and greens roughly chopped 1 thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and grated zest of 1 lime small bunch of coriander,Continue reading

Turkey Tacos, Amelia Freer

Turkey Meatball Tacos

Taken from ‘Winter Inspiration‘: 6 seasonal dishes that I hope will inspire you to celebrate some of this season’s delights. These meatballs lend themselves perfectly to sharing –  lay all the parts out and encourage people to make up their own tacos. I’ve served these with spicy harissa, but they also work well with hummus,Continue reading

Clementine, Honey & Olive Oil Cake, Amelia Freer

Clementine, Honey & Olive Oil Cake

Taken from ‘Winter Inspiration‘: 6 seasonal dishes that I hope will inspire you to celebrate some of this season’s delights. Dairy, gluten and grain free This deliciously fragrant cake is perfect for this time of year with its festive and wintery citrus flavour. It is more rich, moist and dense than a traditional English sponge,Continue reading

Chestnut and Chocolate Log, Amelia Freer

Chocolate Truffle Log

Taken from ‘Winter Inspiration‘: 6 seasonal dishes that I hope will inspire you to celebrate some of this season’s delights. This is a luxurious rich chocolatey treat with roasted nuts, dried fruits, and a deliciously complex milieu of flavours. It’s not something I’d indulge in too often, but at this festive time of year it’sContinue reading

Beetroot and Parsnip Fritters, Amelia Freer

Beetroot & Parsnip Fritters

Taken from ‘Winter Inspiration‘: 6 seasonal dishes that I hope will inspire you to celebrate some of this season’s delights. Beetroot is abundant at this time of year and one of my go-to root vegetables for many dishes; not only for its sweet, earthy flavour and its vivacious colour, but also because it’s a brilliantlyContinue reading

12 things on toast, Amelia Freer

My 12 Favourite ‘Things on Toast’

Here is a tasty selection of my 12 favourite ‘things on toast’: perfect for a tasty breakfast, speedy lunch or light supper, too. 12 #thingsontoast Smashed Minty Peas and Prosciutto Olive tapenade, Cherry tomatoes and Feta with Mixed Seeds Oven Roasted Pepper Strips, with Goats’ Cheese and Toasted Pine Nuts Poached Trout, Cucumber, Avocado, RadishContinue reading

Chicken & Pumpkin Soup

Warming Chicken & Pumpkin Soup

Now that the season is well and truly turning and the nights are drawing in, I’m yearning for comforting soups that really celebrate the abundance autumn has to offer. This is a treasured recipe – I’ve been making it for many years and it still remains a favourite at this time of year. We knowContinue reading

Buckwheat Pancakes

Buckwheat Pancakes

This dish is from #EatInSeason: Autumn Inspiration. Buckwheat is a good source of both fibre and protein and a great gluten free flour to make delicious nutty pancakes. I have gently stewed Autumnal blackberries to top mine for a good weekend breakfast or brunch, but try them with savoury toppings too, like an avocado salsa salad or someContinue reading

Green Shakshuka

Green Shakshuka

This dish is from #EatInSeason: Autumn Inspiration. The ubiquitous brunch staple of red shakshuka gets a sensational spicy green make over here, with some of my favourite flavours. I’ve used frozen spinach as it works really well but try blanched kale, or swiss chard, especially as autumn turns to winter.  Ingredients / Serves 4  1 tsp caraway seeds  1 tbsp cuminContinue reading

Amelia Freer's Beef Curry

Beef Curry

I love to make this curry in my slow cooker but it works just as well in a casserole. It’s easy to make and feels like a really delicious hearty meal – great for sharing with friends and family. You don’t need to have rice or bread with this as there are lots of vegetables, so it’s actually moreContinue reading

Passion Fruit Crumble

Passion Fruit ‘Crumble’

Recipe taken from my book Cook. Nourish. Glow. (2016) from the Entertaining chapter.  This is such a sweet little pudding. As you know, I’m not one for sweet treats but this is a little pop of yumminess – perfect for dinner parties, and it won’t leave your guests rolling around on the floor with indigestion. Ingredients 150g raspberries 1 teaspoonContinue reading

Slow Cooked Lamb

Slow Cooked Leg of Lamb with Creamy Cannellini Beans

If you are looking for inspiration for Easter, look no further as this is a winning lunch to share with family and friends. This is a super way to cook a leg of lamb as the meat will literally fall off the bones when you come to carve it. You’ll notice that I’ve added anchovies  – these will dissolveContinue reading

Coconut Pancakes

These are really good pancakes; they crisp nicely on the outside but are very fluffy and soft on the inside. I’ve added blueberries and coconut as they work so well together here, but do swap these for your own favourite combo. This recipe appears on page 220-1 of  Cook. Nourish. Glow. (spot the typo though –Continue reading

Turkey Green Curry Soup

Turkey Stock & Green Curry Turkey Soup

Taken from Healthy Christmas Leftovers There is something strangely precious about my turkey stock: I think because its flavour is so intense and delicious, I try to save it for ‘best’ (I usually make a big batch of stock in my slow cooker on Boxing Day and then freeze in portions to use at aContinue reading

Turkey Pate

Zingy Turkey Pâté

Recipe taken from Healthy Christmas Leftovers I love to make little pots of pâté to dip crunchy crudités into, or to spoon generously onto little gem lettuce boats. Here, Ieftover Christmas turkey lends itself to one of my favourite types of pâté; packed full of healthy fats and protein, this makes a super light lunch after the richnessContinue reading

Vegetable Fritters

Vegetable Fritters

Recipe taken from Healthy Christmas Leftovers I’m a huge fan of fritters: they are packed full of goodness and taste; make the ideal quick, lazy breakfast/brunch; and are the perfect choice for reincarnating leftover veg. I love to top them with poached eggs or a pile of smoked salmon teamed with a handful of baby leaf spinach or rocket. I’ve used sprouts, peas,Continue reading

Gluten Free Carrot & Caraway Bread

Carrot & Caraway Gluten-Free Bread

Recipe taken from Healthy Christmas Leftovers This is a sumptuous and festive loaf, perfect for Christmas platters and sharing with family and friends. It keeps really well if you want to make it ahead of time. Makes 1 Tin Loaf 100g gluten free brown bread flour 7g fast action yeast 200ml warm water 400g glutenContinue reading

Turkey Quiche

Turkey, Carrot & Parsnip Quiche

Recipe taken from Healthy Christmas Leftovers This alternative oat and potato crust which I’ve used for this festive quiche maybe unusual, but its flavour and texture lend a brilliant twist. I have used leftover carrots and parsnips here, but swap in other veg such as Brussel sprouts, leeks, or squash – whatever you have to hand to boost goodnessContinue reading

Festive Red Cabbage

Braised Red Cabbage with Apple & Pecan

Here is a long-time festive favourite of mine – honestly, I could eat it any day of the year – it’s super simple to cook and authentically festive and delicious. This would make a brilliant rainbow addition to your Christmas lunch or any other meal this December. And best of all, it can be preparedContinue reading

Choco Moulds

Homemade Chocolates

Grab yourself some sweet little moulds and create these super easy homemade chocolates. Or grease some spoons for a really creative way of serving to guests – see below. 125g cacao butter 50g cacao powder 50g coconut nectar Melt the cacao butter in a bowl over simmering water, remove from the heat and sieve inContinue reading

Hazelnut Chocolate Salted Caramels

Hazelnut Chocolate Salted Caramels

When the temptation to indulge on chocolate-y treats come thick and fast (it happens to us all!), here’s my delicious (not too naughty) hazelnut chocolate salted caramels. These are decadent and truly delectable. Makes 12 caramels Prep time: 15-20 minutes Soak time: 20 minutes Freeze time: 3 hours Ingredients: 14 small medjool dates, pitted 75ml coconutContinue reading

Smoked Salmon & Buckwheat Toast Canapé

This is what I’ll be eating on Christmas morning – I love to start Christmas day with smoked salmon (its something of a tradition for me), so I’ll be making this for all my family this year. This can also be a great appetiser during the festive season. Smoked Salmon is a source of proteinContinue reading

Choco Brownies

Chewy Chocolate, Almond & Cranberry Brownies

Ingredients: 140g raw almond butter or nut butter of choice 2 tbsp chia seeds 5 tbsp cold filtered water 1/2 tsp ground pink Himalayan salt 1/2 tsp gluten-free bicarbonate of soda 65g coconut palm sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla powder or extract 3 tbsp dried cranberries (optional) 125g organic dark chocolate (at least 70%), cut into small chunks Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 140ÅãC/275ÅãF/Gas mark 1. Line aContinue reading

Martini

Spiced Blood Orange Martini

Blood oranges come into season just in time for festive fun (blink and you may miss them as they are only briefly available in the UK). I love them and so always get excited to include them in my dishes. And in drinks, too, for their blush red colour – this means a Blood Orange Martini, of course! AnyContinue reading

Chocolate & Orange Chia Pudding

Prep time: 5 minutes // Standing time: 30 minutes // Serves 2 Chia is a magical little seed: a nutritional powerhouse; bursting with omega-3 fatty acids; vitamins, antioxidants, fibre, calcium and protein; and ticks all of the boxes for such a tiny, ancient seed! They are easily absorbed by the body and make an ideal protein source toContinue reading

Cashew Cheese Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts Cashew Cheese

You’ll Need (Serves 4 – 6 as a side dish) 450g brussels sprouts 180g cashew nuts soaked for 3 hours & drained 400ml water I garlic clove Juice of half a lemon Grating of nutmeg 1 tbsp nutritional yeast Step-by-Step Preheat oven to 200/180 fan. Blanch or steam the sprouts for 3 minutes, drain andContinue reading

Chocolate Mouse

Healthy Chocolate Mousse

If you are looking for a gluten-free, dairy-free pud to wow your guests, look no further. These are so quick to make and yet taste complex, luxurious and like a naughty treat. A perfect healthy take on a classic so you and your guests can enjoy a treat without any of the worries… You’ll Need: 100 mlContinue reading

Chocolate Covered Fruit & Nuts

Perfect for Christmas, plus a chance to get creative – dip wonderful seasonal and dried fruits and nuts into melted chocolate. Carefully lay them onto a sheet of parchment paper and pop into the fridge. You can of course make these with good quality commercially bought dark chocolate but it’s so much more rewarding and delicious to make your ownContinue reading

Jerusalem Artichoke, Sage & Hazelnut Soup

Jerusalem Artichoke, Sage & Hazelnut Soup

This recipe is taken from my #EatInSeason series for November. Silky smooth Jerusalem artichokes, toasted hazelnuts and sage make a heavenly winter soup. I would suggest reducing the quantity of Jerusalem artichokes and replacing with parsnip, or similar, if you are new to eating them (they are quite hard to digest but richly nutritious, see myContinue reading

Warm Jerusalem Artichoke Salad

Warm Jerusalem Artichoke Salad

This recipe is taken from my #EatInSeason series for November. I love to eat warm salads at this time of year. This one, using Jerusalem artichokes, is nicely filling and delicious; if you’ve never eaten Jerusalem artichoke before, it’s a little like a potato but nutty, earthy and velvety – but eat in moderation as they are notoriously hardContinue reading

Jerusalem Artichoke, Chestnut & Celeriac Puree

Jerusalem Artichoke, Chestnut & Celeriac Puree

This recipe is taken from my #EatInSeason series for November. The rich, sweet and nutty joys of Jerusalem artichoke partner wonderfully with chestnut and celeriac for this puree  – it’s a festive, wintery marriage. This puree also lends itself perfectly as a velvety base for meaty white fish like turbot, brill or cod, with steamed winter greens.Continue reading

Beetroot, Rosemary and Walnut Soda Bread (Gluten Free)

Beetroot, Rosemary and Walnut Soda Bread (Gluten-free)

This is a really unusual way to boost your beetroot intake, plus there is nothing more joyful to see than a pink loaf of bread. Serve with a tasty soup or toasted for breakfast under a poached egg, this is a wonderful addition to your week. Dry ingredients: 250g gluten-free white flour 250g gluten-free brown bread flour 1½Continue reading

Root Vegetable Crisps

Homemade Root Vegetable Crisps, Herb Salt

These homemade root vegetable crisps are easy to make and cost the fraction of the price of commercial alternatives which are so often drenched in sunflower oil or similar. They are perfect to serve when entertaining as a healthier, more nutritious and colourful alternative to shop bought crips or snacks. Children, especially, will enjoy their sweetness and bright colour.  Root Vegetable Crisps withContinue reading

Sprout Slaw

Sprout Slaw

You’ll Need (Serves 2) 200g sprouts, try to find purple ones, very thinly sliced Half a red pepper, cut into fine strips Half a bunch of radishes, thinly sliced 1 tbsp sesame seeds For the Dressing 1 tbsp sesame oil 1 tbsp coconut amino juice of half a lime Step-by-Step Toss the salad in aContinue reading

Baked Apples

Baked Apples with Almond Cream

Baked Apples // Serves 6 (with 2 left over for breakfast) You will need For the apples 8 apples 80g walnuts, soaked overnight. 50g raisins 1 ½ tsp cinnamon a good grating of nutmeg 1 tbsp honey For the almond cream 80 almonds, soaked overnight 150 ml coconut milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tbsp honeyContinue reading

Celeriac Rosti

Celeriac Rostis

My garden has become a bit of a ghost town over the last few weeks. We have been turning the soil and clearing the patches ready to start planting as we patiently await Spring! For now, I have mostly root vegetables left and still a healthy pack of winter squashes which I am slowly working myContinue reading

Harrisa Chickpea

Crunchy Harissa Chickpeas

In my pre-nutritionist days I was a crisp addict – they were a hard habit to break and still to this day despite my knowledge of their damage to my arteries, weight & skin, I battle to walk away from them if they are within reach! I love something crunchy.  A couple of years agoContinue reading

Turkey & Pumpkin Chilli (perfect comfort food)

This is a wonderful, autumnal dish – perfect comfort food for these darker, colder evening. I first tried a version of this dish on a trip to the US and it has become a firm favourite in my household ever since. It’s perfect for making in large batches and freezing into smaller portions to defrostContinue reading

The Hangover Sandwich

The Hangover Sandwich

It would be unrealistic not to enjoy the odd overindulgence. We’ve all suffered from the morning after effects of too much alcohol but instead of the usual English fry-up or pain au chocolate to ease the pain, why not be a little savvier with your choice of recovery food by avoiding the evil clutches of the sugar and carb spiral?Continue reading