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

Turkey Meatball Tacos, by Amelia Freer (gluten Free)
Turkey Meatball Tacos

Turkey works wonderfully well in these meatballs, which lend themselves perfectly to sharing: lay all the parts out and…

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…

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…

Smokey Devilled Mackerel by Amelia Freer
Smokey Devilled Mackerel

Fresh mackerel is delicious, and as an oily fish, contains a good helping of important Omega-3 fatty acids - which help our…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Amelia Freer's Quick & Easy Gluten + Diary Free Mince Pies
Gluten-Free Mince Pies

Christmas, as we know, offers an abundance of sweet and sugary foods that can wreck havoc with our blood sugar and health.…

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…

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…

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 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 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…

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…

Homemade Chocolates

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

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 Christmas Chocolate Truffle Log, gluten & diary free
Chocolate Truffle Log

This is a luxurious rich chocolatey treat with roasted nuts, dried fruits, and a deliciously complex milieu of flavours.…

Amelia Freer's Clementine & Olive Oil Christmas Cake - gluten & dairy free
Clementine, Honey & Olive Oil Cake

This deliciously fragrant cake is perfect for the Christmas period with its festive and wintery citrus flavour. It is more…

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…

Decadent Hazelnut Chocolate Salted Caramels
Hazelnut Chocolate Salted Caramels

This chocolate caramels are decadent and truly delectable and a couple of these will definitely delight your tastebuds.

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),…

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…

Amelia Freer's Green Curry Turkey Soup
Green Turkey Curry Soup

This is the ideal post-Christmas dish, using up lots of leftovers, and a great warming soup for serving after long, bracing…

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…

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…

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…

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.