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

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…

Easy Beef Curry by Amelia Freer
Amelia’s Beef Curry

This is so easy to make and feels like a really delicious hearty meal – great for sharing with friends and family. You don’t…

Lamb Moussaka by Amelia Freer
Lamb Moussaka

Cooked in households and tavernas all over Greece, this is pure comfort heart-warming family food. My simple version has a…

Chicken, Kale & Bean Stew by Amelia Freer
Chicken, Kale & Bean Stew

This is the kind of hearty autumnal stew that brings me lovingly into the colder seasons – a one-pot meal can feed my house…

Chicken & Tarragon Casserole
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…

Simple Prawn, Coconut & Aubergine Curry
Simple Prawn, Coconut & Aubergine Curry

Many of us love a good curry and this is a winner - I think it may possibly be the most popular recipe I have created.…

Fragrant Golden Monkfish Curry & Cauliflower Rice
Fragrant Golden Monkfish Curry & Cauliflower Rice

This is one of my favourite Indian curries to make, and whilst it looks and tastes labour-intensive, is really is a ‘throw…

Simple Chicken & Sweet Potato Chips
Simple Chicken & Sweet Potato Chips

This is quick, easy, adaptable and, to me, the epitome of comfort food – it’s great for adults and kids alike, so makes a…

Turkey Meatball Tacos, by Amelia Freer (gluten Free)
Turkey Meatball Tacos

Turkey works wonderfully well in these meatballs, which lend themselves perfectly to sharing: lay all the parts out and…

Poached Fish with Spinach in a Chilli-Tomato Sauce
Poached Fish with Spinach in a Chilli-Tomato Sauce

I like this recipe because it’s an easy one-pan dish. Plus, you don’t need to be precise with the quantities– a handful of…

Wild Salmon Parcels with Asian-Style Salad
Wild Salmon Parcels with Asian-Style Salad

Making fish parcels is such a lovely, easy way to cook fish without the risk of it becoming dry. I aim to buy sustainably…

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…

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…

Spiced Prawns with Spinach & Coconut by Amelia Freer
Spiced Prawns with Spinach & Coconut

This is a really simple meal that you can rustle up in minutes – the perfect option for a busy weeknight. But despite its…

Mushroom, thyme and walnut soup by Amelia Freer
Mushroom & Thyme Soup

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

Kale & Mushroom Muffins
Kale & Mushroom Muffins

These are really simple to whizz up and make a great brunch to serve to friends and guests. Mushrooms provide fibre which is…

Crunchy Harissa Chickpea by Amelia Freer
Crunchy Harissa Chickpeas

In my pre-nutritionist days I was a crisp addict – they were a hard habit to break.  These baked chickpeas are a perfect…

Amelia Freer's Beetroot Smoothie
Beetroot & Ginger Smoothie

Beetroot and ginger are a very good combination and blended together in a smoothie provide quite a powerful and beneficial…

Smokey Devilled Mackerel by Amelia Freer
Smokey Devilled Mackerel

Fresh mackerel is delicious, and as an oily fish, contains a good helping of important Omega-3 fatty acids - which help our…

Amelia Freeer's Buckwheat Breakfast Pancakes with Stewed Blackberries
Buckwheat Breakfast Pancakes

Buckwheat contains both fibre and protein and is naturally gluten free. I love stewed blackberries in autumn but these…

Chocolate & Orange Chia Pudding, Amelia Freer - Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-Free
Chocolate Mousse

Despite being gluten-free & dairy-free, no one needs to know. This is a slightly healthier take on a classic but tastes just…

Warming Quinoa Porridge. Amelia Freer
Warming Quinoa Porridge

Quinoa is a seed, not a grain. It’s a wonderful seed for salads where you will most often find it but it also makes a great…

Gluten Free Herby Green Bread by Amelia Freer
Herby Green Bread

This green bread is more cakey than bready in texture due to the gluten free flour (I haven’t tried it with regular flour…

Amelia Freer's Spicy Green Shakshuka
Green Shakshuka

The ubiquitous brunch staple of red shakshuka gets a sensational spicy green make over here, with some of my favourite…

Carrot & Caraway Gluten-Free Bread
Carrot & Caraway Gluten-Free Bread

This is a sumptuous and festive loaf, perfect for Christmas platters and sharing with family and friends. But I love it so…

Naturally Gluten Free Coconut Pancakes, Amelia Freer
Coconut Pancakes

These are really good pancakes; they crisp nicely on the outside but are very fluffy and soft on the inside. I have used…

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,…

Brunch Vegetable Fritters
Brunch Vegetable Fritters

I absolutely love fritters and think they can work for any time of day but they do make the ideal quick, lazy…

Beetroot and parsnip fritters
Beetroot & Parsnip Fritters

Beetroot and Parsnips are abundant during the winter months and are two of my favourite root vegetables.  Naturally both are…

Amelia Freer's Grain Free Crunchy Amaranth Granola
Crunchy Amaranth Granola

Amaranth, used by the ancient Aztecs, is a complete protein source boasting all nine essential amino acids and a variety of…

Beetroot, Rosemary and Walnut Soda Bread
Beetroot, Rosemary and Walnut Soda Bread

This is a different way to use beetroot and I think it’s pretty lovely to see a pink loaf of bread. Beetroots offer vitamins…

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…

Amelia Freer's Quick & Easy Gluten + Diary Free Mince Pies
Quick & Easy Mince Pies

Christmas, as we know, offers an abundance of sweet and sugary foods that can wreck havoc with our blood sugar and health.…

Gluten Free Chewy Chocolate, Almond & Cranberry Brownies, Amelia Freer
Chewy Chocolate, Almond & Cranberry Brownies

I definitely advocate a little of something you love every so often and that doesn’t mean it has to be healthy. But these…

Hangover Sandwich, Amelia Freer
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…

Amelia Freer's Chocolate Mousse with Hazelnuts
Chocolate & Orange Chia Pudding

A chocolate pudding that contains omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals, is a complete source of protein with all the…

Chocolate Covered Fruit & Nuts
Chocolate Covered Fruit & Nuts

There is something quite childlike about dipping nuts and fruit segments into melted chocolate and I look forward to doing…

Amelia Freer's Baked Apples with Almond Cream - vegan, gluten & dairy free
Baked Apples with Almond Cream

Sometimes we ignore the most simple recipes when striving to impress or make an effort. But often these simple servings are…

Homemade Chocolates

Making chocolate is easier than you might think and I find it incredibly satisfying to do. There are many sweet little…