breakfast & brunch

Many of my clients recoil at the thought of vegetables or something savoury for breakfast. We so often defer to cereal or toast but, truth be told, our appetite for these is notably due to a triumph of marketing in the US. If we instead take our cue from non-western cultures, we open our palate to variety, a valuable nutrient rich meal to set ourselves up for the day, and a chance to take full advantage of seasonal foods which really do pack an extra nutritional punch – see Summer FrittataGreen Shakshuka, Celeriac Rösti, Vegetable Fritters. Here are some recipes to help inspire you.

breakfast & brunch

Sweet Dutch Baby Pancakes

Dutch Baby Pancakes are something between a pancake and a Yorkshire pudding.

Spinach and Beetroot Wraps

These beautifully colourful wraps make a welcome savoury alternative to sweet pancakes at breakfast, or as a delicious…

Overnight Almond Oats with Poached Pears

This is a great recipe to have ready for a busy morning as most of the preparation is done the night before.

Chocolate Orange Porridge

This might seem like an indulgent breakfast but trust me, it is still packed full with nutrients.

Tropical Mango Porridge

Frozen mango is a bit of a favourite of mine so you’ll always find a bag in my freezer as I love being able to add a taste…

Raspberry and Lemon Porridge

Oats are complex carbohydrates that help to keep us full until lunchtime and because they are really versatile, they are a…

Porridge 5 Ways

A good breakfast to look forward to doesn’t half make tumbling out of bed on a crisp, cold morning a lot easier.

Herby Green Omelette

This is a super-fast breakfast, filled with fresh herby greens.

Coconut Quinoa Porridge

This is one of my favourite porridge recipes, using quinoa to replace the oats for a complete protein boost.

Egg Breakfast Salad

New ways of enjoying eggs are always welcome at breakfast – I hope you like this salad version as much as I do.

Cherry Bakewell Porridge

I always add some protein and a portion of fruit to my oats so this pairing of nutrient packed cherries and almonds seemed…

Apple Crumble Oats

Overnight oats are very easy and quick to make in advance, so they are great for an early start or when travelling.

Apple and Cinnamon Porridge

A comforting bowl of porridge is always a welcoming start to the day.

Amelia’s Favourite Breakfast

This is my favourite option, and one that I must have at least 5 days a week. It’s nutritious, filling and sets me up for…

Sweet Potato Toasts with Scrambled Tofu

Yes, sweet potato toast really does work! Naturally gluten-free and delicious toast with minimal effort.

Cherry Compote

This is a really versatile fruit compote that is particularly useful at breakfast time. I enjoy a spoonful stirred into my…

Blackberry and Lemon Chia Pudding

Both blackberries and chia seeds are full of beneficial vitamins and antioxidants as well as providing us with a source of…

Breakfast pizza

Pizza – for breakfast!?’ Yes! And it’s not all that strange when you consider the ingredients

Fruity breakfast crumble bars

These are great for grab-and-go breakfasts. They’re also a winner with kids and make a good after-school snack.

Busy Day Smoothie

This is my go-to smoothie for days I know I’m going to be busy, but still want something nourishing. It uses ingredients I…

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…

Smörgåsbord Platter

This festive Smörgåsbord Platter has to be the most exquisite way to serve a crowd a feast of colour, flavour and goodness,…

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…

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…

Avocado and Broad Beans on Toast

This is quick to put together and brilliantly filling and colourful. Broad beans contain plant-based protein, fibre, and…

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…

Turmeric & Pineapple Smoothie, Amelia Freer
Turmeric & Pineapple Smoothie

I like to keep my smoothies simple with a focus on the provision of important nutrients at the core. The key to a great…

Green Breakfast Smoothie by Amelia Freer
Summertime Smoothie

The vegetables in this nutritious smoothie provide so many nutrients and fibre to support so many functions in our body and…

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…

Creamy Coconut Strawberry Chia Breakfast Porridge
Creamy Coconut Strawberry Chia Breakfast Porridge

Chia seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals, a complete source of protein with all the essential amino…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Grilled Sardines & Tomatoes with Crunchy Herb Dressing
Grilled Sardines & Tomatoes with Crunchy Herb Dressing

Sardines are a fantastically cost-effective source of the beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA & DHA, as well as containing a…

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…

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…

Egg on Toast, Broad Beans with Herbs & Feta
Egg on Toast, Broad Beans with Herbs & Feta

Broad beans are from the legume family, so are a great source of vitamins and minerals, plus they pack a good protein punch.…

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…

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 Rhubarb & Orange Fool
Rhubarb & Orange Fool

The trouble with rhubarb is, of course, owing to its tartness, it requires a lot of sweetening and traditional recipes use…

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…