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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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),…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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 & 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…

Homemade Chocolates

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…