Spicy Spanish rice

This is one of my favourite family meals at the moment. It’s easy to make, cooks in just one pot, and is full of flavour. The kids absolutely love it – as prawns and chorizo are two of their favourite things. It takes slightly longer than I would normally spend on a weekday family dinner,…

Stuffed peppers with couscous

These simple stuffed peppers are cooked in the oven, making a perfect lunch or light dinner when working from home. You do need to cook the couscous first, but this is so quick that you can let it do its thing while you’re chopping the other ingredients. Make in 35 minutes (5 minutes prep, 30…

Oven-baked veggie breakfast

Fancy a sneaky fry up when working from home, but just don’t have the time? No problem – just pop it in the oven. It’s less much less bother and quite a bit healthier. It makes a perfect easy breakfast or brunch treat. This is a pretty straightforward vegetarian version. I tend to use this…

Roasted vegetable & falafel bake

I love falafel, but I find the ones you buy in supermarket really dry. So while I don’t have time to make my own I’ve found a way to liven up the shop-brought stuff. It’s a really easy, hands-off recipe that you can pop in the oven to cook while you work. It’s perfect if…

Slow cooker bacon & sweetcorn chowder

This is one of my favourite recipes at the moment, luckily kids love it too! It’s super easy to pop in the slow cooker and let it cook while you work. It releases lots of lovely bacony smells over the day… before providing you with a warming, wintery dinner. This isn’t quite a dump-and-go type…

Baked eggs

This is a great, hands-off way to cook eggs. Plus the tiny bit of cream makes it feel really indulgent. This is adapted from a recipe in the brilliant Eggs book by Michael Roux – if you love eggs, then do pick up a copy. We used to keep chickens, so soon ran out of…

Spaghetti Frittata

This is a meal using leftover spaghetti. I’m a little bit obsessed with using leftovers at the moment, as it feels like cheating – you get a solid meal, without putting the effort in. The first couple of times I made this spaghetti frittata it felt much too heavy on the carbs. But thanks to…

Roasted pepper & black bean nachos

This meal may well look indulgent, but it does include at least 3 portions of vegetables – so surely that counteracts the crisps and cheese! Either way, it makes a brilliant quick and easy meal. Make in 35 minutes (5 minutes prep time, 30 minutes oven time) Serves 1 – contains 3 of your 5…

Slow cooker chicken cacciatore with orzo

This is an easy, but indulgent, one-pot slow cooker meal. There’s no need to make anything else to go with it, as the pasta cooks right there with it. You might want to pour yourself a glass of wine though… Make in 4 hours 20 minutes (20 minutes prep, 4 hours cooking) – Serves 4-6…

Stuffed sweet potatoes

This is a super easy lunch (or dinner) recipe –  a perfect alternative to that boring sandwich or dry toast. It requires such little effort, just pop the sweet potatoes in the oven for a bit, then add the topping before devouring swiftly. Make in 50 minutes (with a 45 minute break) – Serves 1…

Oven-baked vegetable fajitas

This is a firm favourite in my house – it’s the go-to easy meal, which is probably dished up once a week. It’s by no means an authentic Mexican recipe. I’ve massively simplified it over the years, down to the very basics. So there are no blending of multiple spices to get just the right…

Chicken and chorizo traybake

This is a super easy, hands-off sort of meal. Especially as there’s no worrying about adding herbs or other flavours, as it all comes from the chorizo and chicken while it’s cooking. In fact, I find it a little hard to concentrate as the smell of the chorizo wafts up to my office… Make in…

Roasted vegetables with feta and pesto

This recipe is exactly as the title suggests – vegetables roasted in the oven with feta and pesto stirred through. It’s pretty simple to make, but feels really quite indulgent. Amazingly, the roasted cauliflower is one of the tastiest vegetables I’ve eaten. Usually I find cauliflower pretty underwhelming, but accidentally adding it to this dish…

Roasted vegetable lasagne

Lasagne is always quite a treat, and this roasted vegetable lasagne is no exception. Fortunately, it’s fairly light, helping avoid that slump after eating. Also, the cheat white sauce of crème fraiche and parmesan means you don’t need to spend any time stirring on the hob. Make in 1 hour 30 minutes (with 2 x…

Mediterranean baked sea bass with potatoes

This is a great way to cook fish – the juices of the olives and tomatoes make a tasty sauce which the fish cooks in, giving it great flavour. And it’s not much trouble at all really – the oven does nearly all the work. Made in 40 minutes (2 x 15 minute breaks) serves…

Oven-baked bacon and porcini mushroom risotto

I bet you didn’t expect to have time to make a risotto during your busy work day. It turns out that risotto doesn’t have to be labour-intensive – after a quick fry and a stir, it’s into the oven for 20 minutes, allowing you to get back to work. Even better, it’s just as creamy…

Caribbean fish stew

This is quite an intense, spicy fish dish – that’s down to the lime, coconut and chilli working together. It’s a great afternoon pick-me-up after a hard morning’s work. Plus, the white fish is a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids and makes up one of the recommended two portions of fish each…