Winter Buddha Bowl by Amelia Freer

winter wonders

winter wonders

Winter is a restorative time, a chance to slow down and for our bodies to take stock. Eating a diet rich in a wide variety of nutrients is especially important to help support our immune system. Again, look to nature for cues as to the foods that support our bodies optimally at this time of year: winter squashes and pumpkins, dark leafy greens like kale, chicory, fruit high in Vit C, to name a few. Our bodies crave foods that will warm us from the inside, so make good use of warming herbs and spices. This colourful Buddha Bowl celebrates winter beautifully. You’ll find a host of other dishes below.

winter inspiration

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…

Roasted Red Pepper & Lentil Soup

A delicious, warming soup packed full of nutritious vegetables

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,…

Veggie Bake

This really is my idea of perfect comfort food for cold, dark days.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

lazy dahl

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Nut Roast Served with a Rich Tomato Sauce

This is a lovely wintery nut roast that is wonderful for a Sunday lunch alternative to the meat roast or just a delicious…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Smoked Salmon & Buckwheat Toast Canapé
Smoked Salmon & Buckwheat Toast Canapé

These are very popular appetisers and look fabulous with their contrasting colours. This is a bit of a Christmas morning…

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.…

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…

Zingy Turkey Pâté
Zingy Turkey Pâté

Making pots of healthy pâté to dip crudités into, to spoon generously onto little gem lettuce boats, or to top hearty…

Homemade Sauerkraut
Homemade Sauerkraut

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

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…

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…

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…

Sprout Slaw
Fragrant Sprout Slaw

Sprouts are in season from September all the way through until February but so many of us only eat them at Christmas.