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Kale IllustrationI want to champion the Meat Free Mondays campaign. It encourages people to help slow climate change, conserve precious natural resources and improve their health by having at least one plant-based day each week. Here are some dishes to inspire you.

Lentil and Mushroom Ragu by Amelia Freer

Lentil & Mushroom Ragu

This is a lovely meat-free Monday meal or a comforting, warming dish for a cosy night in. It is quick to make with simple ingredients and results in a complete, nourishing…

Autumn Salad with Artichokes and Beetroot

Autumn Salad

This multi-coloured and vibrant, warm roasted salad is a real celebration of autumn, my favourite month. The recipe is very forgiving so you can use other ingredients…

Egg Muffins, Amelia Freer

Egg ‘Muffins’

They are fluffy and light and a lovely way to feed a busy breakfast bunch AND they are great hot, warm or cold.  Play around with the fillings, use leftovers and make sure…

Winter Buddha Bowl by Amelia Freer

Winter Buddha Bowl

Buddha bowls are a really simple way to prepare a meal that is balanced, vibrant, healthy and diverse with plenty of colourful seasonal vegetables, a portion of protein,…

Nut Roast Served 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.

Brussels Sprouts Cashew Cheese

Brussels Sprouts Cashew Cheese

I try to include recipes for everyone, whatever your dietary preferences, and this is a great take on a classic if you cannot tolerate dairy or gluten, or if you are vegan. I…

Dairy Free Sweet Potato Cottage Pie | Waitrose

Sweet Potato Cottage Pie | Waitrose

There can be little more reward that a comforting, warming dish on a winter's day. And you know I’m all about adding in extra nutrients and vegetables where I can.

Aubergine & Chickpea Curry | Waitrose Aubergine & Chickpea Curry

Aubergine & Chickpea Curry

This is a bowl of warming, wholesome, nutritious goodness; containing many essential vitamins and minerals, as well as protein and fibre. To watch the video, click here: via…

Amelia Freer's 12 Favourite Things on Toast

12 Favourite Things on Toast

Here are a few ideas of delicious and nutritious toppings for toast that can be enjoyed for a leisurely breakfast, speedy lunch or a light supper, too.

Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini & Miso Dipping Sauce

Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini & Miso Dipping Sauce

Cauliflower contains a variety of nutrients including fibre, and vitamin C - which helps support our immune system. It is also totally delicious when roasted and pairs well…

English Summer Garden Salad

Garden Summer Salad

A beautiful salad is the epitome of summer when we are blessed with an abundance of resplendent seasonal produce.

Summary Potato Salad

Summery Potato Salad

Cooking, then cooling potatoes increases the ‘resistant starch’ in them. This is a type of fibre that the beneficial bacteria in our intestines love. It is called ‘resistant’…

Crunchy Vegetable ‘Tabbouleh’ with Coconut Cream & Herb Dressing

Crunchy Vegetable ‘Tabbouleh’ with Coconut Cream & Herb Dressing

This is a lovely starter to serve at a dinner party but I also eat this alone. The creaminess of the coconut cream with the crunch of the vegetables and the sharpness of the…

Chickpea & Aubergine Salad

Chickpea & Aubergine Salad

Chickpeas are a starchy carbohydrate, but they also contain protein. They are a brilliant substitute for meat, as demonstrated here in this filling meal.

Spiced Chickpea, Kale & Squash (or Pumpkin) Salad

Spiced Chickpea, Kale & Squash (or Pumpkin) Salad

This is a hearty salad, packed with flavour and goodness - it takes a little time to prepare but is a meal in itself, and is certainly worth it.

Sprout Slaw

Fragrant Sprout Slaw

Sprouts are in season from September all the way through until February but so many of us only eat them at Christmas.

Crisp Apple & Fennel Salad with Turmeric Dressing

Crisp Apple & Fennel Winter Salad with Turmeric Dressing

Salads aren't just for summer! As the seasons change, I continue trying to find ways to include them in my diet. This salad is the perfect combination of crunchy, creamy &…

Jerusalem Artichoke, Chestnut & Celeriac Puree

Jerusalem Artichoke, Chestnut & Celeriac Puree

The rich, sweet and nutty joys of Jerusalem artichoke partner wonderfully with chestnut and celeriac for this puree – it’s an exquisitely festive marriage.

Warm Jerusalem Artichoke Salad

Warm Jerusalem Artichoke Salad

This warm salad is both filling and delicious. Jerusalem artichoke is a little like a potato but more nutty, earthy and velvety

Lentil, Beetroot & Hazelnut Salad with Ginger Dressing by Amelia Freer

Lentil, Beetroot & Hazelnut Salad with Ginger Dressing

Nourish your body with this hearty salad complete with a warming ginger dressing. Lentils provide protein, essential minerals and fibre which helps support our digestive…

Vegan Puy Lentil Stew by Amelia Freer

Puy Lentil Stew

This lentil stew is a winner – it ticks all the boxes for a simple, wholesome, nutritious, comforting supper. Use a good vegetable stock if you’re making this vegan.

Simple Ratatouille by Amelia Freer

Simple Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a great Sunday (or any other day!) ‘cook-up’ dish to prepare in advance for the week, as it always tastes better a day or two after it is made.

Vegan Squash, Mushroom and Swiss Chard Lasagne: Perfect plant based comfort food recipe by Amelia Freer

Squash, Mushroom & Swiss Chard ‘Lasagne’

I have always found both the preparation and eating of a bubbling tray of lasagne a comforting activity. There is something about all those different stages of preparation…

Vegetable Soufflé with Parsley, Sage & Rosemary by Amelia Freer

Vegetable Soufflé with Parsley, Sage & Rosemary

Don’t be put off by the name ‘soufflé’ as this is just my simplified version and much easier to make. These are great to serve at breakfast, or they work equally well with…

Indian Coconut Cabbage by Amelia Freer

Indian Coconut Cabbage

This is the perfect example of how using spices can really bring vegetables alive. It is delicious alongside some lean meat or fish.

Warming Chickpea & Pumpkin Curry by Amelia Freer

Warming Chickpea & Pumpkin Curry

This is such a comforting dish for wintery days. Chickpeas are a starchy carbohydrate, but they also contain protein. They are a brilliant substitute for meat, as…

Mushroom, thyme and walnut soup by Amelia Freer

Mushroom, Thyme & Walnut Soup

Soups always provide comfort year round but particularly in Autumn and Winter when we feel the cold. Mushrooms fortunately come into season in Autumn and are available…

Stuffed Peppers with Chilli

Stuffed Peppers with Chilli

This hearty chilli filling is a great recipe to have up your sleeve for those nights when you need a warming, healthy meal full of plant-based goodness.

Gluten-Free Pizza

Gluten-Free Pizza Topped with Veg

Pizza is so often seen as unhealthy, which is usually down to the toppings of shop bought and fast food varieties, but you can change this by getting creative at home with a…

Butternut ‘Squashetti’ with Sage & Pine Nuts

Butternut ‘Squashetti’ with Sage & Pine Nuts

This is a classic Italian flavour pairing of butternut squash, sage and pine nuts and it’s a dream. Squash contains many important nutrients, including vitamin C and…

Spring Garden Salad with Watercress & Hazelnut Pesto

Spring Garden Salad with Watercress & Hazelnut Pesto

This salad is a super celebrations of spring and the fresh green bounty of salad vegetables that the season brings. It lends itself beautifully to sharing, don’t you agree?……

Turmeric Socca with Cucumber, Pepper & Tahini Salad

Turmeric Socca with Cucumber, Pepper & Tahini Salad

Turmeric is a powerful herb considered to have antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory properties. Here it provides a wonderful yellow colour to…

Veggie balls with ‘courgetti’ and tomato and basil sauce

Veggie balls with ‘courgetti’ and tomato and basil sauce

This is a lighter take on the classic meat balls and pasta and is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Great for families.

Vegetable Pakoras

Vegetable Pakoras

These vegetable pakoras are my lighter take on the Indian favourite. They are delicious and so easy, although I confess a little bit messy to make! Worth the effort, though.…

Amelia Freer's Vegan & Dairy Free Kale & Almond Pesto

Kale & Almond Pesto

Pesto is something I always have in the fridge because it’s so simple to make and livens up so many meals, even as a mere dollop on the side.

Shakshuka using leftover vegetables

Shakshuka using leftover vegetables

The smoky heat of a shakshuka brings wonderful flavour to leftover vegetables. Here, I used chestnuts, crunchy red cabbage, peas and leeks, but this is so versatile, so I…

Summer Vegetabel Frittata, Amelia Freer

Summer Vegetable Frittata

I think every fridge should have some frittata slices in it. Possibly the easiest and swiftest meal to make, it stores well and is just as tasty cold as when straight out of…

Amelia Freer's Celeriac Rostis

Celeriac Rösti

During the winter months root vegetables are the stars of the show. Usually I mash celeriac or have it in soups but once I made these celeriac rösti, they have become a…

Pumpkin Dahl Soup

A big, comforting, fragrant bowl of dhal on a wintery day is always a treat. This one, made with seasonal pumpkin (autumn), gently spiced with some health-boosting turmeric,…

Amelia Freer's Jerusalem Artichoke, Sage & Hazelnut Soup - Autumn Soup

Jerusalem Artichoke & Hazelnut Soup

The rich, sweet and nutty joys of Jerusalem artichoke partner wonderfully with chestnut and celeriac for this puree – it’s an exquisitely festive marriage. This puree lends…