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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Super Green Soup

Green Soup & Cashew Cream

Recipe taken from my book Cook. Nourish. Glow. This simple soup really is a celebration of all things green. Courgettes, kale and leeks also work well, along with any other greens from the fridge that need using up. The cashew cream pays a lovely trick on your taste buds. You’ll Need (serves 2) 1tbsp olive oil 1Continue reading

Rhubarb & Mackerel Salad

Rhubarb & Mackerel Salad

Recipe taken from my book Cook. Nourish. Glow. (2016) from the Happy Tummy chapter.  Mackerel is one of my favourite fish – rich in healthy fats. This is an excellent fish to introduce into your diet if you haven’t already done so. Many people think of sweet crumble when they think of rhubarb, but here its acidityContinue reading

Spicy Thai Chicken Broth

Spicy Thai Chicken Broth

This recipe accompanies my article Detox: Fact or fiction? which features in my What’s the Evidence? series. You’ll Need (Serves 3-4) 1ltr chicken stock 2 stalks of lemon grass 4 kafir lime leaves 15g ginger, peeled and thinly sliced 1 birds eye chili, sliced 1-2 tbsp fish sauce Juice of 1 or 2 limes 2 poached chicken breasts,Continue reading

Wild Rice Purple Salad

Wild Rice Purple Salad

This recipe celebrates naturally gluten-free grains. This is a stunning winter grain salad using everything purple and pink with nutty wild rice. If the bitter radicchio or chicory are hard to find, red cabbage works very well here too. Give the rice a thorough rinse before soaking. Eating a rainbow of colours from your food isContinue 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

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

Apple, Fennel & Turmeric Salad

Crisp Apple & Fennel Salad with Turmeric Dressing

I never subscribe to the notion that salads are just for summer, and as the seasons change I always find a way to make a perfect plate out of natures offerings. This salad is the perfect combination of crunchy, creamy, & nutty topped with this earthy and vibrant turmeric dressing. It’s a real autumnal celebrationContinue reading

Potato Salad

Summery Potato Salad

Serves 2 Fresh herbs bring dishes alive and I use them in abundance at every opportunity. I’ve added a good mix here – chives, dill and basil. 500g new potatoes 2 spring onions, sliced 10g chives, chopped 10g dill, chopped 10g basil leaves, chopped For The Dressing 3 tbsp coconut yoghurt (I use Coyo) 1 tbspContinue reading

Courgetti with feta

Yellow Courgette, Herb & Feta Salad

Serves 2 This is a wonderful, super-quick dish (but no less impressive or tasty) – it bursts with summer flavour and goodness. 2 tsp coconut oil 2 yellow courgettes, spiralized 3 spring onions, white and green parts, chopped 1 green or red finger chilli, diced handful of cherry tomatoes, halved ½ avocado, small diced 15g basilContinue reading

Broad Bean Dip

Broad Bean Dip

Teasing the delicate green bean from it’s tougher grey skin is a great job for small fingers if you have idle children to spare. If you don’t fancy skinning all 500g of beans, try adding some peas to make up the weight, they also work very well in this refreshing summery dip. You’ll Need (serves 3) 500g poddedContinue reading

Homemade Sauerkraut

You’ll Need 1 medium organic cabbage, try pointed, white, savoy or red (about 500g) 4 tsp sea salt You will also need: 1 large Kilner jar – sterilized in the dishwasher or very hot water. 1 smaller jam jar (or drinking glass) that fits inside the neck of the bigger jar, sterilized as above AContinue 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

Kale and Bean Stew

Kale & Bean Soup with Pistachio & Lemon Pisto

This recipe featured in my #EatInSeason series for February: Kale (click here for other delicious kale recipes). This is a clean and simple kale soup that holds its own alone but comes alive with a tangy fresh pistachio and lemon pistou stirred in. You’ll Need (Serves 6) 1 tbsp coconut oil 1 large onion, dicedContinue reading

Kale, Pumpkin, Chickpea

Spiced Chickpea, Kale & Squash (or Pumpkin) Salad

This recipe featured in my #EatInSeason series for February: Kale (click here for other delicious kale recipes). This is a hearty salad, packed with flavour and goodness – it takes a little time to prepare but is a meal in itself. The crunchy parsnip fries on top make it a bit special, but if you’reContinue reading

Crunchy Vegetabel Tabbouleh

Crunchy Vegetable ‘Tabbouleh’ with Coconut Cream & Herb Dressing

I’m not sure how this recipe came about. I think it was a mix of leftovers in my fridge, but somehow it just works. The creaminess of the coconut cream with the crunch of the vegetables and the sharpness of the pesto is really unusual, and a perfect starter to a dinner party. Ingredients For the dressing: 1Continue reading

Chickpea & Aubergine Salad

Chickpea & Aubergine Salad

This salad celebrates the chickpea which is an excellent source of fibre, protein and iron, and perfect for keeping us going on busy days. However,  go easy on pulses – they are still starchy carbohydrates despite their protein content. So bear this in mind if weight loss is your goal. Ingredients (Serves 4 as a side dish, 2 as a main)Continue reading

Turmeric Socca

Turmeric Socca with Cucumber, Pepper & Tahini Salad

Turmeric Socca with Cucumber, Pepper & Tahini Salad Serves 4 // Prep 30 mins // Total time 45 mins   Get ahead You can make the socca up to 2 days ahead, cool and store in an airtight container (but they are best eaten warm). Make the salad a few hours ahead; dress just before serving. YouContinue reading

Asian Crayfish Lettuce Cups

Asian Crayfish Lettuce Cups

Asian crayfish lettuce cups Serves 4 generously // Prep 40 mins // Total time 40 mins Get ahead Make up to the end of step 2 a few hours ahead; chill the salad. You will need 4 medium carrots, peeled 1 under-ripe mango, peeled 1 under-ripe papaya, peeled 200g beansprouts 1 x 31g pack coriander, stalks only,Continue reading

Broad Beans

Avocado, Broad Bean & Radish Seed on Toast

Eat in Season – celebrating July’s seasonal veg. This is super quick to put together but it is brilliantly filling, colourful and yummy! mashed avocado, peas, broad beans, fresh mint, spring onions & sprinkled with radish seed sprouts Serve on toasted bread (I used toasted Millet bread by Biona which I spread with olive oil), optional: add flakesContinue reading

Salad Dressings

Fancy a Splash of Healthy Dressing Up?

Store-bought vinaigrettes are usually loaded with sugar and preservatives and are an expensive choice. Making your own vinaigrette can be very simple and a far healthier option – I make up enough for a week and store in a jam jar or glass bottle. I also have a small jar that I can take withContinue reading

Quintessential Summer Salad

Quintessential Summer Salad

This is the most refreshing salad – perfect for a hot summer’s day. Ingredients: 50g spinach 50g watercress 60g asparagus tips, lightly steamed for 2 minutes then left to cool 1 avocado, thinly sliced 4 radishes, finely sliced 1 tsp each, chopped – dill, mint, basil and parsley 1 preserved lemon, rinsed and finely choppedContinue reading

Summery Lemony Chicken Salad

Summery Lemon & Herb Warm Chicken Salad

It’s lovely and quick – perfect for a light lunch or evening meal, but still tasty, nutritious and filling.  If you aren’t trying to loose weight, then add in some boiled baby potatoes which have just come into season but really it’s enough just as it is. Don’t overcook the vegetables, they are still meant toContinue reading

Superfood Soup

Green Soup

This is one of my favourite ‘go-to’ soups: it bursts with nutrients, is super healthy and surprisingly tasty. I suggest cooking up a good batch so that you have a few extra portions to pop into the freezer (I’m sure, like me, that you have days when there isn’t a great deal of fresh produce to hand; IContinue reading