I cannot recommend batch-cooking highly enough. It expands upon the ‘Cook Once, Eat Twice’ rule – with planning, you can cook up multiple meals that can be kept for the week ahead or popped into the freezer. The benefits extend beyond just money and time; vitally, it ensures that a wholesome, nutritions plate of food is achievable within minutes.

soup for the soul

Soup for the Soul

My plant-based version of the classic chicken and lemon soup. Here, chickpeas provide the protein and give a deliciously  thick and creamy texture.…

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…

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…

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 extra nutrients and…

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.…

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…

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…

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. Children, especially, will enjoy…

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 oatcakes is a big thing in my…

Homemade Sauerkraut

Homemade Sauerkraut

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

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 for many years to help…

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 stirred in. 

Amelia Freer's Spicy Thai Chicken Broth

Spicy Thai Chicken Broth

This broth provides an exquisite array of colour with a deliciously spicy kick, alongside a hefty dose of essential nutrients.

Lettuce Boats & Picnic Pots by Amelia Freer

Lettuce Boats & Picnic Pots

These are delightful little pots for picnics and lunch boxes: potted crab, crayfish tails, and light smoked mackerel ‘pâté’ and lovely crisp lettuce…

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…

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…

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…

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 courgetti, or indeed pasta,…

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 twist.

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 yummy veggies of all…

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.

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 I want something lighter…

Warming Chickpea & Pumpkin Curry by Amelia Freer

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…

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 come into season in Autumn…

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…

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 essential for a happy…

Easy Beef Curry by Amelia Freer

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 need rice with this, as…

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 for days, and the…

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 for the slow cooker! It…

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 few easy cheats: baking…

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.

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.

This nutrient dense vegetable broth is a beautiful way to start the day,

Green ‘Wake me up’ Broth

This broth can be enjoyed it at any time of day for a natural energy burst. Asparagus contains vitamins, minerals and fibre to help support our…

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 but I am sure it would…

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 much, I now make it all…

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…

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,…

Amelia Freer's Gluten Free Crunchy Granola

Crunchy Nut & Seed Granola

If you like to start your day with a little bit of crunch then this is the breakfast for you. It's not only tasty but there is a lot of goodness on…

Wonderful summery raspberry and lemon muffins, gluten and dairy free

Raspberry & Lemon Muffins

I really love the hint of lemon in these muffins which makes them feel quite refreshing. Raspberries are in season from June through until September…

Spiced Apple Sauce

Having any stewed fruit to hand is a useful way to jazz up yoghurt, bircher muesli or granola at breakfast but it can also lend itself well to…

Amelia Freer's Apple & Plum Crumble with Vanilla Custard, Gluten & Diary Free

Apple & Plum Crumble, Vanilla Custard

The humble crumble is a joy to have bubbling away in the oven and to put on the table to share with family and friends. I will admit to also enjoying…

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…

Amelia Freer's Recipes: Pepper Gazpacho


Peppers, of course, are also a true ‘rainbow’ vegetable coming in the full, dazzling gamut of colours from white through to purple. Whatever their…

Amelia Freer's Green Soup & Cashew Cream

Green Soup & Cashew Cream

This simple soup is a celebration of all things green. Green leafy vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals and fibre which can help to…

Amelia Freer's Green Curry Turkey Soup

Green Turkey Curry Soup

This is the ideal post-Christmas dish, using up lots of leftovers, and a great warming soup for serving after long, bracing walks. Turkey stock (or…

Amelia Freer's Cucumber and herb chilled gazpacho summer soup

Cucumber & Herb Gazpacho

This is a velvety, iced, super refreshing gazpacho soup containing lots of antioxidants, vitamins and goodness from the amazing variety of…

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Store-cupboard Pasta