Yellow Courgette, Herb & Feta Salad by Amelia Freer

summer dishes

summer dishes

Naturally, Summer is all about hydration and food plays a vital role in that. I love the eloquence of summer dishes – zesty salads, fragrant summer soups, piquantly spiced fish and meat (eaten al fresco if we are lucky). Life seems freer, somehow, and dishes follow suit as we can afford a little more spontaneity.
This Yellow Courgette, Herb & Feta Salad really is a 5 minute meal that bursts with summer flavour. Herbs lend such flavour and depth to dishes and enliven our senses, so take full advantage of summer herbs such as basil, coriander, parsley and mint (grow these in your garden or a window if you have can)  – try my Cucumber Herb Gazpacho.

summertime dishes

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 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…

Amelia Freer's Chilled Summer Asparagus Gazpacho
Asparagus Gaspacho

Chilled gazpacho of any kind is such a joy on a hot day. The core ingredients change as the season progresses as gazpacho is…

White Fish, Tomato, Fennel & Herb Bake by Amelia Freer
White Fish, Tomato, Fennel & Herb Bake

This is a very easy and satisfying fish dishes; the freshness of the herbs and juicy tomatoes results in a wonderfully tasty…

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 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…

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…

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…

This Vegan & Dairy Free Banana Nutty Nice Cream is a wonderful healthy alternative to ice-cream but just as satisfying
Nutty Banana Nice Cream

If you are not yet familiar with using bananas to make ‘ice-cream’, you are in for a real treat. Their texture once frozen…

Passion Fruit ‘Crumble’

This is such a sweet little pudding. I’m not one for rich puddings but this is a little pop of yumminess – perfect for…

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…

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…

Tuna on Sprialized Courgetti
Tuna on Sprialized Courgetti

This simple salad makes a tasty and nutritious lunch. This recipe works just as well with smoked mackerel, poached salmon or…

Grilled Seabass with Asparagus
Grilled Asparagus with Fish

This is such an elegant way to cook fish: fast and easy which lends a smoky taste of charcoal grills from Greek Islands…

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…

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…

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 Green Shakshuka
Green Shakshuka

The ubiquitous brunch staple of red shakshuka gets a sensational spicy green make over here, with some of my favourite…

Salmon Soba Noodle Salad by Amelia Freer
Salmon Soba Noodle Salad

This is a versatile and robust salad that you can make using any protein and vegetables that you have. Soba noodles are…

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…

Summer Salad
Quintessential Summer Salad

As wish all vegetables, this salad delivered a hearty dose of vitamins and minerals including some iron. It is harder for us…

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…

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…

Creamy Crab ‘Linguine’ by Amelia Freer
Creamy Crab ‘Linguine’

There should always be a time and a place for enjoying a real creamy crab linguine but this is my cheat's version for those…

Hake in a bag with zucchini ribbons
Simple Hake in a Bag with Zucchini Ribbons

Brilliantly fresh and full of colourful goodness, this is a no-fuss, super easy dish – best of all, there’s barely any…

Rhubarb & Custard Tart
Rhubarb & Custard Tart

Rhubarb and custard: it has to be one of the most nostalgic flavours of childhood, it certainly is for me. This tart gives a…

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…

Asian Salmon Burgers by Amelia Freer
Asian Salmon Burgers

These salmon burgers are zingy and tangy with Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, which help to maintain our health and…

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…

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…

Amelia Freer's Mackerel & Rhubarb Salad
Mackerel & Rhubarb Salad

Mackerel is one of my favourite fish – rich in healthy fats. This is an excellent fish to introduce into your diet if you…

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…

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…

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.…

Turmeric Socca with Cucumber, Pepper & Tahini Salad
Turmeric Socca with Cucumber, Pepper & Tahini Salad

Turmeric is a powerful herb considered to have antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory…

Gluten-Free Pizza
Gluten-Free Pizza Topped with Veg

Pizza is so often seen as unhealthy, which is usually down to the toppings of shop bought and fast food varieties, but you…

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…

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…

Poached Chicken, Crunchy Vegetables & Herb Dressing by Amelia Freer
Poached Chicken, Crunchy Vegetables & Herb Dressing

This dish celebrates delicious summer vegetables, all of which are in season together during July and August so this is an…

Sharing Steak with Chimichurri & Smoky Slaw
Sharing Steak with Chimichurri & Smoky Slaw

Surely no summer is complete without a BBQ to celebrate a barmy summer’s day or evening? This sharing steak, with…

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…

Gluten-Free Asparagus & Crab Cakes by Amelia Freer
Asparagus & Crab Tarts

A gluten-free diet doesn’t have to mean no pastry, although if you are not gluten free this can be made using normal…

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.

Crab Cakes with homemade mayo (gluten-free) by Amelia Freer
Crab Cakes

Crab, like most shellfish, contains protein and is also an important source of zinc. These crab cakes are my light,…

One Pot Veggie Pasta by Amelia Freer
One Pot Veggie Pasta

This one pot, lemony spaghetti is a lovely nod to warmer days ahead, while still offering comfort as we wait. It is, of…

Minute Steak with Roasted Fennel and Arugula and Caper Dressing
Minute Steak, Roasted Fennel with Rocket & Caper Dressing

A lot of people assume that being healthy means that red meat is off the menu. But I'm delighted to say that it's very much…

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…

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…

Chicken, Cauliflower & Pistachio Salad by Amelia Freer
Chicken, Cauliflower & Pistachio Salad

I sometimes roast chicken specifically to make this salad. It is that good. Every mouthful is exciting.