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

Spicy Roasted Tomato & Lentil Soup

Autumn Spicy Roasted Tomato & Lentil Soup

This is hands down one of my favourite soups and I’ve been making it for years, as many of my clients will attest to as it has become a firm favourite for them, too. The tomatoes are roasted with carrots for over an hour and lend a depth of flavour – a subtle sweetness –Continue reading

Autumn Soup

Autumn Survival Carrot & Turmeric Soup

Any of you with snivels and aches since the strong hold of Autumn has set in? I get quite passionate about this soup. I remember when I first made it, I felt excited by just how powerful the ingredients are and delighted by how tasty it is. And the beauty is that there’s so littleContinue reading

Spring Garden Salad

Spring Garden Salad with Watercress & Hazelnut Pesto

  This is a super way to celebrate spring and the fresh green bounty of salad vegetables that the season brings. This sort of dish lends itself beautifully to sharing, don’t you agree? Friends can help themselves and dip into the peppery watercress pesto as they choose. It’s a dish I make throughout spring and summer; asContinue reading

Wake Me Up Broth by Amelia Freer

Green ‘Wake Me Up’ Broth

Many of my clients recoil at the thought of vegetables at breakfast but this nutrient dense vegetable broth is a beautiful way to start the day, although that’s not to say that you cannot enjoy it at any time for a natural energy burst. Chicken stock, or bone broth, is a hydrating way to get aContinue reading

White Fish, Tomato & Fennel Tray Bake by Amelia Freer

White Fish, Tomato, Fennel & Herb Bake

This dish is from my #EatInSeason: Summer Inspiration. This is one of my favourite easy fish dishes for the summer-time; the freshness of the herbs and perfectly ripe juicy tomatoes, results in a wonderful tasty liquor. You can use any sustainable white fish: I’ve used pollack, but try brill, monkfish or sea bream. It’s one of those wonderfulContinue reading

Asparagus & Crab Tarts

Asparagus & Crab Tarts

A grain or gluten free life doesn’t have to mean no pastry. These delicious asparagus tarts require a little effort to make but they are a luxurious lunch or starter with a simple salad. Pastry (makes 6 tarts) 250g almond flour 1/2 tsp fine salt 125g coconut oil, hard not melted 1 egg 5-6 tbspContinue reading

Asparagus Gaspacho

Asparagus Gaspacho

I love to have a big bowl of chilled gazpacho in my fridge through the warmer months. The core ingredients change as the season progresses as gazpacho is not just reserved for tomatoes – right now it’s all about asparagus. This one is a perfect go-to meal on the run but equally refreshing and zingy to serveContinue reading

Chicken Drumsticks

Crispy Chicken Drumsticks with Fragrant Coleslaw

Recipe taken from my book Cook. Nourish. Glow. (2016) page 304-305, Everyday Food chapter. This is another recipe I created for for anyone with a  penchant for fried chicken. It’s wonderfully crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside and full of flavour: exactly what you want from fried chicken. Ingredients (Serves 4) 8 chicken drumsticks coconut oil lemon wedges,Continue reading

Grilled Asparagus with fish

Grilled Asparagus with Fish

You’ll Need (per person) 1 medium sea bass or sea bream 250-280g half a bunch of chunky British asparagus good olive oil 1 lemon salt and pepper Step-By-Step 1. Pre heat your grill to hot, around 220 and place an oven rack on the highest shelf. Grease a baking try or line with tin foil.Continue reading

Amelia Freer's Gazpapho Soup

My Gazpacho

I was recently approached to help support an EU-funded campaign to promote peppers in the UK by itspeppertime.co.uk. I am rarely without peppers, given how brilliantly versatile and nutritious they are, so how could I refuse an opportunity to further champion them? Eaten raw, sautéed, slowly roasted, or even whizzed up, they work pitch perfect withContinue reading

Watercress Spring Tart

Watercress, Pea & Asparagus Herb Spring Tart

The wheat alternative crispy crust on this dairy and gluten-free tart provides the perfect ‘vessel’ for piling in wonderful seasonal, green produce. It literally sings spring. Ingredients Serves 6 For the Crust 100g gluten free oats 60g almond flour or ground almonds 60g brown rice flour ½ tsp salt flakes 1 egg yolk 3 tbsp meltedContinue reading

Herby Green Bread by Amelia Freer

Herby Green Bread

This delicious green bread is more cakey than bready in texture, because it’s gluten-free. It’s really nice toasted for breakfast with a poached egg, but as it will fall apart quite easily (because of the lack of gluten), it won’t toast very well in a toaster. Instead, put it on a baking sheet under theContinue 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

Moussaka, Amelia Freer

Lamb Moussaka

Taken from ‘Winter Inspiration‘: 6 seasonal dishes that I hope will inspire you to celebrate some of this season’s delights. Cooked in households and tavernas all over Greece, this is pure comfort heart-warming family food. My simple version with extra vegetables has a few easy cheats: baking the aubergines instead of frying makes it healthierContinue 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

Butternut ‘Squashetti’ with Sage & Pine Nuts, Amelia Freer

Butternut ‘Squashetti’ with Sage & Pine Nuts

The classic Italian flavour pairing of butternut squash, sage and pine nuts works so well here, without the need for pasta to bring it all together. The squash becomes your ‘pasta’! This makes a super lunch or light supper. You’ll Need (serves 2) extra-virgin olive oil 1 clove garlic, finely chopped large handful fresh sage leaves 1Continue reading

Chicken & Tarragon Casserole, Amelia Freer

Chicken & Tarragon Casserole

This makes me think of my mum – she really rocks a casserole. It’s something I used to be afraid to make, but thank goodness for the slow cooker! It really is a win-win solution. For me, this is pure joy in a bowl, at any time of the year. You’ll Need (serves 4) 1Continue reading

Pumpkin Dahl Soup

Pumpkin Dhal Soup

This recipe is taken from Healthy Comfort Dishes. There is nothing more delicious or comforting to me than a big, fragrant bowl of dhal on a wintery day. This one, made with seasonal pumpkin, gently spiced with some health-boosting turmeric, is topped with delicious caramelized onion slices, and it is a particular favourite of mine. I hopeContinue 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

Amaranth Granola

Crunchy Amaranth Granola

This recipe celebrates naturally gluten-free grains. Amaranth, used by the ancient Aztecs, is a complete protein source boasting eight essential amino acids and a host of other nutrients. It is naturally gluten free – it’s a seed, not a grain. I make a simple porridge with soaked amaranth, cinnamon, a few blueberries and a drizzle ofContinue reading

Apple Crumble

Apple & Plum Crumble with Vanilla Custard

The humble crumble is the perfect way to use autumn fruits, here I’ve used plums here but this works equally well with pears, berries, or which ever fruit you have plenty of. I’ve also made vanilla custard with almond milk, but you could also whip coconut cream with vanilla paste if you are short of time. Serves 6-8 ForContinue 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

Grilled Sardines and Tomatoes, Amelia Freer

Grilled Sardines & Tomatoes with Crunchy Herb Dressing

Sardines are a fantastically rich source of the omega-3 essential fatty acids, EPA & DHA, as well as a wealth of other nutrients, including vitamin D, which is essential to optimum health. The omega-3 fats are essential for healthy skin, but most Western diets are unfortunately deficient, so making sure that you eat plenty ofContinue reading

Oysters 3-Ways

Oysters 3-Ways

This dish is from #EatInSeason: Autumn Inspiration. Oysters are a nutritional powerhouse of minerals, vitamins and other compounds:  one of the best sources of zinc, as well as providing protein, vitamin D, iron, copper, manganese and selenium and are being rich in anti-oxidants, omega-3 and fatty acids. Eating oysters can boost over-all body function and healthContinue 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

Fragrant Golden Monkfish Curry & Cauliflower Rice 

Fragrant Golden Monkfish Curry & Cauliflower Rice 

This dish is from #EatInSeason: Autumn Inspiration. This is one of my favourite Indian curries to make, and a great dish for a cosy autumn night in. If monkfish is not available, use any sustainable firm white fish, such as haddock, bream, pollock or hake. It looks complicated and labour intensive, but it is actually a ‘throw it all inContinue reading

Chicken & Bean Stew

Chicken, Kale & Bean Stew 

This dish is from #EatInSeason: Autumn Inspiration. This is the kind of hearty autumnal stew that brings me lovingly into the colder seasons – this one pot meal can feed my house for days and the flavours only seem to improve a day or two after its made (if it were ever to last that long!). If you have homemade chicken stock thisContinue 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

Gluten Free Pizzas

Gluten Free Pizzas

This dish is from #EatInSeason: Autumn Inspiration. Getting a good gluten free pizza base is the holy grail for some of us and I think this one is up there, both crispy and flavoursome. It’s a forgiving dough that can be made a day or so ahead of time and left to mature in the fridge, theContinue reading

Summer Garden Salad

Garden Summer Salad

I love to serve beautiful salads, especially in the summer months when we are blessed with an abundance of resplendent seasonal produce. This wonderful summery salad perfectly demonstrates how a spiralizer can be used to really jazz up salads and other dishes – look how delightfully pretty it is! It is also a fantastic way to pack in anContinue reading

Summer Vegetable Frittata

Summer Vegetable Frittata

Prep time: 5 mins // Cook time: 8 mins // Serves 4-6 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 the oven. It works for any meal of the day and IContinue reading

Heritage Tomato Salad by Amelia Freer

Heritage Tomato Salad

Be sure to use the ripest and freshest tomatoes that you can find for optimum flavour and texture. If buying from a supermarket, chose ‘on the vine’ and leave them to really ripen in a bowl for a couple of days. Tomatoes increase our natural melanin production – essential for protecting our skin in the summer months. With addedContinue reading

Lettuce Boats with Picnic Pots

Lettuce Boats & Picnic Pots

This is an easy way to pack a luxurious picnic treat. Lovely little tubs of potted crab and crayfish tails and light smoked mackerel ‘pate’. You will need three regular jam jars to take this on a picnic, or make in small bowls if serving at home. Let your friends make their own lettuce boats.Continue reading

Champagne "pimms' by Amelia Freer

Summer Champagne ‘Pimms’

This is from #EatInSeason: Summer Inspiration. Best served beautifully chilled, of course, this is a light, eloquent summer cocktail to serve to friends. If you prefer a non-alcoholic version, try sparkling apple or elderflower pressé, both work beautifully. You’l need (makes 6 glasses) Champagne (or Prosecco, if you prefer) ½ cucumber (smaller the better here – if youContinue reading

Zucchini, Feta, Hazelnut Salad by Amelia Freer

Ribbon Zucchini Salad with Rocket, Feta & Hazelnuts

This dish is from my #EatInSeason: Summer Inspiration. This is an exquisite summer salad. It is refreshing and moreish – bursting with seasonal freshness and contrasting textures. You’ll Need (serves 4) 3 courgettes pinch of salt zest of 1 lemon 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 100g feta, crumbled 100g Rocket 60g toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped a handful of basilContinue reading

Sharing Steak with Smoky Slaw - Amelia Freer

Sharing Steak with Chimichurri & Smoky Slaw

This dish is from my #EatInSeason: Summer Inspiration. Surely, no summer is complete without a BBQ to celebrate a barmy summer’s day or evening? This sharing steak, with chimichurri salsa and smoky hot slaw, is a winning combo. If you aren’t familiar with Chimichurri, it is a staple of Argentinean cuisine, most often served with steak, but it also works wellContinue reading

Broad Beans, Feta, Herbs, Egg - Amelia Freer

Egg on Toast, Broad Beans with Herbs & Feta

This dish is from my #EatInSeason: Summer Inspiration. This dish is a true celebration of summer. Super fresh, fragrant and surprisingly filling, it makes an ideal breakfast or brunch. Broad beans are from the legume family, so are a great source of vitamins and minerals, plus they pack a good protein punch. Just one cup of broad beans will giveContinue reading

Cucumber and herb gazpacho by Amelia Freer

Cucumber & Herb Gazpacho

This dish is from my #EatInSeason: Summer Inspiration. This is a velvety, iced, super refreshing gazpacho soup packed with antioxidants and goodness. It’s perfect to make ahead – just keep it chilled in the fridge and make sure to give it a good stir before serving. You’ll Need (serves 6) 1 large cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped 100g baby spinach 3Continue reading

Avocodo Papaya Salsa by Amelia Freer

Avocado Papaya Salsa

This zingy, zesty salsa is delicious with chicken or white fish, but is just as lovely on its own – it tastes so fresh and summery – plus it’s packed full of essential vitamins and antioxidants. You’ll Need (serves 4) 1 ripe papaya (or mango) 1 firm avocado 1/2 a small red onion 1 red chilli,Continue reading

Lemon & Coconut Mouse by Amelia Freer

Lemon Coconut Mouse

If you like something a little sweet but appreciate that the processed fat-free yogurts in the supermarket do you no good at all, then try this alternative dessert. Light, fruity and all natural – it’s a mousse to soothe the senses. Perfect for summer entertaining, too. You’ll Need (serves 3-4) 400g tin of coconut milk 3Continue reading

Poached Chicken, Crunchy Vegetables, Herb Dressing by Amelia Freer

Poached Chicken, Crunchy Vegetables & Herb Dressing

I used to be put off by poaching chicken as I feared it was more complicated than my simple fried version. But it’s actually much easier, because while the chicken poaches you can prepare the rest of the food. These days I often poach 3 or 4 chicken breasts at a time, then keep themContinue reading

Super Simple Chicken & Sweet Potato Chips

Simple Chicken & Sweet Potato Chips

This is a quick, easy, adaptable and, to me, the epitome of comfort food – it’s great for adults and kids alike, so makes a perfect family meal. It’s a completely no-fail recipe that certainly isn’t my own invention but is absolutely a staple in my home. You’ll Need (serves 2) 1 chicken breast, cut intoContinue reading

Lentil, Hazelnut and Ginger Salad by Amelia Freer

Lentil, Beetroot & Hazelnut Salad with Ginger Dressing

Nourish you body with this welcoming salad complete with a warming ginger dressing. Lentils provide a fabulous source of protein and the beetroot adds that splash of colour I love so much. You’ll Need (serves 2-3) 250g puy lentils, rinsed 625ml filtered water (see tip) 3 cooked (unpickled) beetroot, cut into small cubes 2 spring onions,Continue reading