As the weather gets colder, the evenings get darker and autumn rolls in, we see a beautiful array of delicious seasonal ingredients come to life. From vibrant orange pumpkins, squashes, or sweet potatoes, to earthy mushrooms and hearty potatoes, the veggies in-season during autumn pack a punch of flavour, colour, and comfort. Here we highlight our favourite recipes that maximise these ingredients. You’ll find a delicious variety of curries, soups and stews for busy days, as well as some special dishes to celebrate the season with friends and family.
Cosy comfort food
There’s nothing better than a warm bowl of comfort food on a cold day. Autumn is the perfect time to put together a delicious curry, like our Zac Efron-approved, Sri-Lankan inspired Netflix Curry, or the sure-fire favourite Tofu Katsu Curry. Get ahead on a Sunday afternoon by batch-cooking a nourishing soup or stew for the coming week, or whip up a tasty pasta for a satisfying midweek dinner.
We've had so many requests for the curry recipe that we cooked on the Netflix series, Down To Earth with Zac Efron, so here it is. This dish is a delicious mix of different flavours and textures — it’s always a hit and is a great way to introduce people to plant-based meals.View Recipe
Loaded with ginger, spring onions, lime and soy, this flavour-filled soup will warm up chilly lunchtimes. Make up a batch on Monday and enjoy it for the rest of the week. View Recipe
Make the most of mushroom season with this comforting creamy mushroom stroganoff — the ideal indulgent meal for cosy winter evenings. View Recipe
This brilliant supper has so much flavour and is packed with veggies. We use cauliflower and red pepper, but these can easily be swapped for other veggies — squash and sweet potato are both delicious, as are mangetout and sugar snap peas. View Recipe
I love to make this recipe for dinner when I'm craving something wholesome and warming. It's such a great way to pack green vegetables into your day, and the addition of coconut milk adds a delicious creamy texture. This is also a great curry to make in a large batch, to keep you going for several days.View Recipe
This one-pan wonder is the saviour of speedy weeknight dinners — using tins and storecupboard staples, embellished with fresh vegetables, it delivers a quick, easy but flavoursome supper. Similar to dhal in terms of texture and body, spoonfuls of tahini and rose harissa are added at the end for instant flavour. Any leftovers make a great lunch the following day. View Recipe
Polenta makes a great alternative to mashed potato or pasta. This recipe teams it with spicy beans for a hearty meal that’s gluten-free and ready in 20 minutes. View Recipe
This healthy, hearty bolognese is packed full of vegetables. It’s a delicious and satisfying way to incorporate more wholefoods into your diet. View Recipe
This Japanese-inspired tofu Katsu curry features golden, crispy tofu and a rich curry sauce. Your new curry night favourite, serve this flavour-packed dish with rice and pickled cucumber.View Recipe
This warming one-pot winter stew is packed with nourishing ingredients — carrots, mushrooms, potatoes and iron-rich lentils. Minimal fuss, this recipe is great for cold-weather cooking. View Recipe
Serve up this comforting baked gnocchi with spinach, peas and a crunchy breadcrumb topping for a tasty midweek meal when you’re short on time. View Recipe
Made in 15 minutes, this comforting bowl of goodness is a simple soup with maximum flavour. The recipe combines mushrooms, a rich miso soup, zingy lime and thick slurpy noodles, making a tasty midweek lunch or supper.View Recipe
Sharing & celebration
Soak up the season with these delicious recipes that are perfect for sharing. Perfect for dinner parties, Sunday lunches, or those days when you feel like getting creative in the kitchen, we’ve got you covered. Vibrant veggie centrepieces like our Pumpkin, Sage & Onion Galette look so special as well as tasting amazing, while our lasagne recipes demonstrate the versatility of autumnal ingredients.
A beautiful autumnal dish, perfect for sharing with friends and family. The crispy sage leaves add a beautiful touch, while the toasted hazelnuts create a lovely crunch and the sweet, roasted onions coupled with the roasted pumpkin give the whole dish a little sweetness.
This roasted hasselback squash looks absolutely beautiful. The rice is tossed with sprouts, fresh mint, dill, dried apricots, toasted pistachios, pomegranates and a red wine maple dressing, then piled high with sweet red onions, tender squash and a garlicky parsley dressing. View Recipe
There are few greater pleasures in life than enjoying a freshly-baked warm cardamom bun with a coffee in the morning. These heavenly spiced Swedish buns are easier to make than you may think, making them the perfect weekend baking project. View Recipe
This is my favourite Shepherd's pie recipe and it's such a crowd-pleaser. The beans are sautéed with red onion, garlic, maple, coriander, lime juice, spring onions, mushrooms and tomatoes, until they’re soft and full of flavour, before being baked under a layer of sweet potato mash. View Recipe
Our take on this British classic is packed with veggies, including sweet potatoes, butter beans and kale. Enjoy as a main or side dish as part of a Sunday roast. View Recipe
This twist on the traditional family favourite is a celebration of different textures and flavours, thanks to the chickpeas, mushrooms, miso and almond butter. It’s not lasagne as we know it, but we do know that you will love it. View Recipe
A warming bowl of chilli makes for great comfort food on cold winter evenings. With quinoa and beans, this nutritionally balanced dish packs in the plant-based protein, fibre and provides a good source of folate, iron and magnesium — plus it’s super satisfying.
(This recipe uses leftovers from dinner on day 2 of the plan.)View Recipe
This is a real show-stopper and such a hit with everyone who’s tried it. We serve it with piping hot gravy, crispy roast potatoes, sprouts and roasted root veggies. View Recipe
Make the most of in-season ingredients like carrot, mushroom, pumpkin and beetroot with these autumnal recipes. They’re equal parts warming, hearty and nutritious, and seasonal veggie flavours really sing when paired with store-cupboard staples such as balsamic, sage, or ginger.
Having a batch of pre-cooked vegetables in the refrigerator makes it quick and easy to assemble healthy meals throughout the week. We love the flavour and striking colours of carrots and beetroot together. In this 5-day meal plan, they are used as a side dish for our butterbean, apricot & tomato stew and in a broccoli-tempeh salad.View Recipe
Looking for a simple and healthy store-cupboard dinner? This warming, nourishing bowl is one of our go-to spiced suppers — it’s easy to make, has simple ingredients, is freezer-friendly and full of flavour. View Recipe
This mushroom risotto has been a staple of our weekly menu, so hearty, full of flavour and super simple too, plus it’s great for supper with friends and family as everyone loves risotto.View Recipe
Made with roasted pumpkins for maximum flavour, this soup is healthy, creamy and delicious. Perfect with a wrap or sandwich for lunch or a starter at a festive dinner. You can easily double the recipe and freeze some for later. View Recipe
Sweet potato is one of my favourite vegetables, and I love it spiced with cinnamon and paprika. The hasselback style allows the seasonings to combine really well, creating an amazing flavour. View Recipe
Feeling the chill? You will love this warming autumnal soup. The butter beans add plant protein and create a comforting creamy texture; if you prefer, feel free to swap the pumpkin for sweet potatoes or butternut squash. Any leftovers freeze well, so consider cooking up a batch and enjoying it for a speedy mid-week lunch or dinner. View Recipe
This is a brilliant recipe for batch cooking. Red lentils are simmered with sautéed red onion, lots of spices, fresh ginger, garlic and coconut milk. Add to that cinnamon and cumin-roasted butternut squash, finish with a sprinkling of roasted almonds, coconut chips, fresh herbs, chilli and yoghurt — and you have the ultimate winter warmer.View Recipe
Is there anything more comforting on a cold winter day than a cosy stew to warm you from the inside out? Beetroot is slowly braised in a rich red wine broth with caramelised mushrooms and lentils. Serve with our creamy skin-on mashed potatoes.
Any leftovers can kept in the fridge for up to 3 days; or frozen for up to 3 months. Allow to fully defrost before reheating on the stove or in the microwave. View Recipe
Salad isn’t just for summer - in fact, using seasonal ingredients adds a hearty warmth and depth of flavour to your greens or grains. Roasting veg really brings out its sweetness, which works so well with crunchy toppings and creamy dressings in these salads, and can also be done in advance for speedy, satisfying lunches throughout the week.
Looking for a tasty way to use up that tin of green lentils or leftover veggies? This simple but flavoursome salad is easily cooked on one tray and is topped with a crunchy seed mix and zingy dressing. View Recipe
This delicious salad is so much more than the sum of its parts — sweet roasted squash, crunchy toasted pecans and fresh kale all combine to make a supremely satisfying lunch. View Recipe
Sweet potatoes and chickpeas are roasted with paprika and cumin, then tossed through kale with a creamy cashew dressing and finished with a sprinkling of parsley, chilli flakes and black pepper — simple, creamy and delicious.View Recipe
This salad is so much more than the sum of its parts. Sweet roasted root vegetables with fragrant herbs are paired with chewy dried apricots and crunchy walnuts. Fresh rocket and our go-to creamy tahini dressing brings this beautiful dinner party salad together perfectly. View Recipe
Seasonal ingredients have endless benefits for health and the environment. In-season ingredients will be fresher as well as having higher nutritional value and being more affordable. It’s often said that limitation is the greatest barrier to creativity, so buying seasonal fruit and vegetables will keep your kitchen and your dinner table exciting and refreshed from season to season.