Cheat’s sushi bowl

I recently discovered the delights of a sushi bowl – all the flavour and goodness of sushi but without the bother of delicately wrapping up maki… which I actually do love doing, but not in the middle of the day when I’ve got deadlines! This is my own take on a sushi bowl – no…

Homemade instant noodle soup

This colourful, Pinterest-worthy lunch is much more satisfying than shop-brought instant pot noodles, as well as being better for you too. You can make it ahead of time and just pour in hot water when you’re ready to eat. Don’t worry if you don’t have a jar, it works just a well in a bowl!…

Pea and avocado spread

This super easy brunch recipe is taken from Sarah Philpott’s beautiful new book The Occasional Vegan. This pea and avocado spread, also known as God’s butter, tastes amazing! There’s a sweetness of ginger, a kick of chilli and a hint of lime. It’s a perfect treat when you’re working from home, as it’s so quick…

Tomato spaghetti

This is by far my favourite way to eat leftover spaghetti at the moment. It’s so quick and simple – admittedly so simple that it doesn’t even really need a recipe, but I wanted to add it to the site for inspiration. The fresh tomato and parsley give it such amazing flavour that it’s hard…

Sweetcorn & black bean quesadilla

These quesadilla are super quick and easy to make – plus they contain three of your 5 day, so you can’t go wrong! Make in 10 minutes Serves 1 3 of your 5 a day Vegetarian Ingredients 100g black beans 80g sweetcorn 5 cherry tomatoes, sliced 40g Cheddar cheese, grated 1 tbsp chopped coriander 2…

Peas on toast

Yep, peas on toast. It’s just peas on some toast, but it’s so good and so easy. And using frozen peas means you don’t have to have much in the fridge for this to work. You could play around with it and add some fancy cheese (goats, feta, blue?), or a pinch of chilli, or…

Best work-from-home lunches

Are you always resorting to dry toast for lunch when you work from home? Or a bit of cheese from the back of the fridge? You’re not alone. A lot of freelancers or people who work from home find it hard to prioritize cooking when there’s work to be done. But, all is not lost….

Panzanella salad

This is a super quick take on an Italian classic – based on fresh tomatoes and leftover bread. You can think of it as a deconstructed tomato and mozzarella sandwich, but it tastes much better than that sounds. Try it – I’m sure it’ll soon be your go-to meal of the summer. Make in 5…

Tuna pizza bagel

Everybody loves pizza, and this is like normal pizza but even easier and quicker – perfect for a super swift lunch. These take me back to the amazing G&Ds cafes in Oxford, who serve a brilliant variety morning, noon and night. Make in 5 minutes – serves 1 – 1 of your 5 a day…

Paneer naan pizza

This is a super quick recipe, but if you want to give the paneer a bigger hit of flavour you could always leave it marinading for a couple of hours or even over night. Make in 15 minutes – Serves 1 – 2 of your 5 a day – Vegetarian Ingredients 50g paneer cheese, chopped…

Tortellini, pesto and asparagus soup

If you’re always buying fresh tortellini from the shop, but don’t know what the heck to do with it – then this recipe is for you. Just pop it in a really easy soup! No chopping required. Make in 5 minutes – Serves 1 – 2 of your 5 a day – vegetarian Ingredients 200ml…

Seafood and asparagus stir fry

This is a bit of a indulgent meal. It might be super quick but it’s definitely not super cheap, as it’s full of gorgeous fresh ingredients – prawns, scallops, asparagus and tenderstem broccoli. But if you’re happy to push your food budget a little, this is an amazing quick mealtime treat. The intense flavours of…

Spaghetti Puttanesca

This is a super swift recipe – at just 15 minutes. If you’re using leftover or fresh spaghetti, you can get it down 10 minutes, including chopping! This is a perfect meal to grab if you’re short on time but are after something super tasty. The anchovies, olives and capers give this a pretty strong…

Gnocchi with feta, spinach and peas

Not only is this a recipe that requires absolutely no chopping at all, it also uses ingredients with a good shelf life – making it a great meal to cook when you’re low on time as well as groceries. Plus, it’s super tasty too. Make in 10 minutes Serves 1 2 of your 5 a…

Hot smoked salmon and bean tagliatelle

It’s taken a while, but at last I’ve come up with a super quick, healthy alternative my old go-to meal of pasta, cheese and peas. It’s easy to make and includes three portions of veg for the day and one portion of oily fish. Make in 5 minutes Serves 1 3 of your 5 a…

Chicken noodle soup

This is my fresh version of the classic Heinz chicken noodle soup, and it’s nearly as quick! Make in less than 10 minutes Serves 1 1 of your 5 a day Dairy free Ingredients 1 sachet of miso soup paste 300ml boiling water 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce 50g cooked chicken breast, torn into small pieces…

Goats cheese, roasted pepper and pine nut tart

I’ve categorised this as Quick Cook recipe, however it does require 12 minutes in the oven so you could sneak back to your desk for an email or two, if you like (or you could just have a well earned rest). This recipe is super easy and requires minimal fussing. Premade puff pastry is great…

Tom yum noodle soup

I find this such a welcome treat for a bit of time out from work – it’s swift to make but packed with flavour. Noodle soup is probably best eaten away from the computer, so take this excuse to have a break from the screen and savour some amazing Thai flavours in just 15 minutes….

Pancetta, mushroom and spinach frittata

If eggs aren’t one of your go-to ingredients for a quick lunch or brunch, they really should be. This frittata is healthy, super quick to make, and can be eaten hot or cold. It’s just perfect for fitting in around your work demands. Make in 10 minutes Serves 1 1 of your 5 a day…