Recipes Autumn

autumn dishes

Autumn is the most bountiful season of all and, after the ease of summer, I relish getting back into the kitchen to cook up heartier, richer dishes.
As we respond to the challenges of moving into colder months, it is vital to ensure that we are fuelling our bodies with the full gamut of colourful produce. Autumn and winter can be harsh on our bodies, but for many the challenges are also felt mentally as we battle darker skies – good nutrition plays a notable role here, too (see my article on SAD).
Autumnal food dazzles with richly coloured foods, so do join me in celebrating the season with some of the seasonal gems below. This Chicken, Kale & Bean Stew ticks so many boxes. Or if you are vegan, try my Warming Chickpea & Pumpkin Curry as it’s a terrific bowl of all things autumnal.

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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…

Chickpea & Aubergine Salad

Chickpea & Aubergine Salad

Chickpeas are a starchy carbohydrate, but they also contain protein. They are a brilliant substitute for meat, as…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Amelia Freer's Spicy roasted tomato and lentil soup

Spicy Roasted Tomato & Lentil Soup

Hands down, this is one of my favourite soups and I’ve been making it for years, as many of my clients will attest to as it…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Warming Quinoa Porridge. Amelia Freer

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…

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…

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…

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…

One-Tray Winter Roasted Salad

One-Tray Roasted Winter Salad

Roasted salads are a total game-changer for me. However sceptical you may be – just give it a go. The textures soften and…

lazy dahl

I call it ‘lazy’ because I’ll sometimes use frozen chopped onions, garlic, ginger and chilli, and skip the toasting of the…

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…

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…

Store-cupboard Pasta

This recipe is a really handy one to have up your sleeve for moments when you’re ravenous and need a quick meal on the…

Roasted Pumpkin Houmous

If pumpkin is out of season, this recipe will work just as well with butternut squash.

Golden Tahini Dressing

This is a beautifully creamy, quick and versatile sauce that I drizzle over simple salads, fish, chicken, roasted vegetables…

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…

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…

Homemade Sauerkraut

Homemade Sauerkraut

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

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.…

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…

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…

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…

Amelia Freer's Chocolate and Raspberry Pots

Chocolate Raspberry Pots

Usually pudding in my house is a simple portion of fresh, seasonal fruit. However, sometimes the occasion calls for an extra…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Autumn Salad with Artichokes and Beetroot

Autumn Salad

This multi-coloured and vibrant, warm roasted salad is a real celebration of autumn, my favourite month. The recipe is very…

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…

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…

Pickled Red Onion

This recipe for tangy red onions adds colourful pep to simple salads, sandwiches, wraps and more.

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…