Winter Buddha Bowl by Amelia Freer

winter wonders

winter wonders

Winter is a restorative time, a chance to slow down and for our bodies to take stock. Eating a diet rich in a wide variety of nutrients is especially important to help support our immune system. Again, look to nature for cues as to the foods that support our bodies optimally at this time of year: winter squashes and pumpkins, dark leafy greens like kale, chicory, fruit high in Vit C, to name a few. Our bodies crave foods that will warm us from the inside, so make good use of warming herbs and spices. This colourful Buddha Bowl celebrates winter beautifully. You’ll find a host of other dishes below.

winter inspiration

Chicken & Squash Tray Bake by Amelia Freer
Chicken & Vegetable Tray Bake

This is a hearty autumn and winter dish that makes the most of the abundant root vegetables that are available at this time…

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…

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…

Fish and spinach curry with cauliflower ‘rice’ and pistachios
Fish and spinach curry with cauliflower ‘rice’ and pistachios

I love the vibrant contrasting colours and nutrients this curry provides. The cauliflower provides an excellent base, adding…

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…

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…

Beetroot & Squash Salad with a Hazelnut Dressing
Beetroot & Squash Salad and Hazelnut Dressing

I love the vibrant colours in this hearty autumn salad, which packs a hefty nutritional punch too. The dressing tops it off…

Baked Trout on a Bed of Vegetables
Baked Trout on a Bed of Vegetables

If you can get your hands on some fresh trout, it is one of the most delicious, delicate fishes to enjoy. And, as an oily…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Smoked Salmon & Buckwheat Toast Canapé
Smoked Salmon & Buckwheat Toast Canapé

These are very popular appetisers and look fabulous with their contrasting colours. This is a bit of a Christmas morning…

Root Vegetable Crisps with Herb Salt
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.…

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…

Zingy Turkey Pâté
Zingy Turkey Pâté

Making pots of healthy pâté to dip crudités into, to spoon generously onto little gem lettuce boats, or to top hearty…

Homemade Sauerkraut
Homemade Sauerkraut

To make sauerkraut, cabbage is fermented by bacteria to give it a delicious sour taste. Sauerkraut contains fibre, vitamins…

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…

Warming Chicken & Pumpkin Soup by Amelia Freer
Warming Chicken & Pumpkin Soup

This is a treasured recipe – I’ve been making it for many years and it still remains a favourite. Chicken soup has been used…

Kale & Bean Soup with Pistachio & Lemon Pisto by Amelia Freer
Kale & Bean Soup with Pistachio & Lemon Pistou

This is a clean and simple kale soup that holds its own alone but comes alive with a tangy fresh pistachio and lemon pistou…

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…

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…

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…

Wild Rice Purple Salad
Wild Rice Purple Salad

This is a stunning winter grain salad with nutty wild rice. If the bitter radicchio or chicory are hard to find, red cabbage…

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…

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…

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…

Spicy Meatballs with Tomato Sauce and Spiralised Squash: perfect comfort food by Amelia Freer
Spicy Meatballs in Sauce on ‘Squashetti’

These spiced meatballs are a great dish for sharing. I’ve used squash here to make a sort of ‘spaghetti’, but good old…

Turkey, Carrot & Parsnip Quiche by Amelia Freer
Turkey, Carrot & Parsnip Quiche

The oat and potato crust that I’ve used for this festive quiche may be unusual, but its flavour and texture lend a brilliant…

Slow Cooked Mexican Beef by Amelia Freer
Slow Cooked Mexican Beef

The slow cooker is the busy person’s best friend during the colder winter months. It only takes me a few minutes to get this…

Asian Chicken Pot Noodle
Asian Chicken Pot Noodle

This is a fun way to make a healthier version of the pot noodle. It’s a quick, portable lunch - so long as you can get…

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…

Spiced ‘Z’atar’ Lamb & Cauliflower Bowl by Amelia Freer
Spiced ‘Z’atar’ Lamb & Cauliflower Bowl

This is my take on a traditional Middle Eastern dish, usually served on hummus - but cauliflower blended with tahini makes…

Prawn, Sesame & Ginger ‘Gyoza’ in Cabbage Wrapper
Prawn, Sesame & Ginger ‘Gyoza’ in Cabbage Wrapper

I love Japanese steamed gyoza, and discovered that cabbage leaves make the perfect easy wrappers.

Turkey & Pumpkin Chilli by Amelia Freer
Turkey & Pumpkin Chilli

This is an autumn favourite of mine and something I make year after year. Kids love it, too, and it’s full to the brim with…

Festive Quinoa Nut Roast with Cranberries by Amelia Freer
Festive Quinoa Nut Roast with Cranberries

I had never made a nut roast before but, ‘oh my’, I am delighted with this one! I don’t often eat quinoa, but it works…

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…

Individual Fish Pies (FODMAP) by Amelia Freer
Individual Fish Pies

This recipe was created for those following a low FODMAP programme. There is nothing wrong with the real deal but sometimes…

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…