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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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Amelia Freer's Jerusalem Artichoke, Sage & Hazelnut Soup - Autumn Soup

Jerusalem Artichoke & Hazelnut Soup

The rich, sweet and nutty joys of Jerusalem artichoke partner wonderfully with chestnut and celeriac for this puree – it’s…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Vegetable Pakoras

Vegetable Pakoras

These vegetable pakoras are my lighter take on the Indian favourite. They are delicious and so easy, although I confess a…

Crispy Chicken Drumsticks with Fragrant Coleslaw

Crispy Chicken Drumsticks with Fragrant Coleslaw

I created this recipe for anyone with a penchant for fried chicken. It’s wonderfully crunchy on the outside, juicy on the…

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…

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…

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…

Chickpea & Aubergine Salad

Chickpea & Aubergine Salad

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

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…

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…

Amelia Freer's Healing Carrot, Turmeric and Coriander Soup

Carrot & Turmeric Soup

get quite passionate about this soup. I remember when I first made it, I felt excited by just how powerful the ingredients…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Amelia Freeer's Buckwheat Breakfast Pancakes with Stewed Blackberries

Buckwheat Pancakes

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

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…

Homemade Chocolates

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

Warm Roasted Salad with a Walnut & Red Wine Vinegar Dressing

Warm roasted salads like this one are an absolute staple in my autumn and winter kitchen.

Harissa Roasted Whole Side of Salmon with Olive Oil Aioli

If you’re after a bit of a show-stopper dish to serve as the centrepiece of your festive table, then this is the most…

Blackberry, Lemon & Almond Cake

This is a show-stopping cake. Perfect to mark an autumnal celebration or for an indulgent afternoon tea.

Slow Roasted Chicken with Garlic, Orange & Cyder Vinegar

I am not sure there is a more comforting dish than a slow-roasted chicken. It is so evocative coming in from chilly walks to…

Salsa Verde & Butternut Squash Soup

I think a really herby salsa verde is perhaps one of the most elevating condiments we can make, turning the simplest soup,…

Sticky Soy Roasted Chicken Drumsticks

This simple recipe has become a weekly regular in my house. My daughter loves it and so do we so it reduces my time in the…

The Crispiest Turmeric & Paprika Roasted Potatoes

Everyone needs a recipe for a good roastie and this is my much-loved offering. I have to say that I think the secret to…

Roasted Red Pepper & Lentil Soup

A delicious, warming soup packed full of nutritious vegetables

Slow-Roasted Turkey

It’s very handy to have a good roast turkey recipe for those special occasions that call for a celebratory meal. I have been…

Cavolo Nero with Rosemary and Shallots

This dish is quick and easy but elevates the humble cavolo nero (or chard, spinach or kale if you’d prefer) into a bit of a…

Warm Festive Salad with an Orange Vinaigrette

The festive season can mean a lot of heavy meals. Delicious as they might be, I think we all have days or occasions when we…

Balsamic Braised Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts & Pomegranate

I know that Brussels sprouts might not be everyone’s favourite vegetable, but they are such a traditional part of many…

Roasted Parsnips and Carrots with Cumin and Green Tahini Dressing

This is a simple dish to serve as the main event (perhaps adding a little feta, green salad and some good, crusty bread) or…

Spiced Roasted Nuts

These are a lovely and quick snack to serve with a glass of ice-cold fizz. A roaring fire and great company go well with…

Quick Gluten-Free Christmas Cake

I love the traditions of Christmas and an indulgently fruit-laden Christmas cake is such an evocative smell and sight on a…

Veggie Nuggets

These nutritious nuggets don’t last very long at all in my house. Willow adores dipping them into a yogurt dip or homemade…

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…

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…

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 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.…

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…

Creamy Cod with Fennel and Leak by Amelia Freer

Creamy Lemon Cod with Fennel & Leeks

This creamy, hearty dish feels nourishing for body and soul. With sides of roasted baby potatoes and sautéed kale, this…

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…

Oysters 3-Ways by Amelia Freer

Oysters 3-Ways

Oysters come into season from September onwards and are not only nutritious but are also good for the environment. Oyster…

Asian Crayfish Lettuce Cups

Crayfish Lettuce Cups with Asian Dressing

We are very lucky in the UK as an island to have easy access to fresh shell fish which is not only delicious but is also…