Baked egg & bacon bagel

I’ve coveted an egg in a bagel for quite a while now, thanks to Pinterest. I finally got round to trying one for brunch… and after a couple of attempts I succeeded. It was totally worth the wait, and so easy when you know how! I’ve given you the hands-off oven-based method here, but check…

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Pappardelle with spinach, olives and artichokes

This is a super simple pasta dish using lasanga sheets. Yep, you heard that right. It’s perfect for when you don’t have any ‘normal’ pasta in the cupboard. Those sheets lurking at the back are just as good and make brilliant pappardelle (broad, fat ribbons). I’ve gone with spinach, olives, artichokes and sundried tomatoes to…

Greek orzo salad

Spring is finally here, and even though I absolutely love the sunshine sometimes it’s not very compatable with working at my laptop. I often sit at my desk with the curtains drawns to keep out the glare. This lunch helps to bring some summer back into my working day, even if I can’t leave my…

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…

Easy tomato spaghetti

This is by far my favourite way to eat leftover spaghetti at the moment. It’s so quick and simple – admittedly so much so that it hardly needs a recipe, but I wanted to add it to the site for inspiration. The fresh tomato and parsley give it such an amazing flavour that it’s hard…

Sweetcorn & black bean quesadilla

These quesadilla can be thrown together in just ten minutes and are packed full of veggies, using store cupboard ingredients. You can’t go wrong! Make in 10 minutes Serves 1 Vegetarian Ingredients 100g tinned black beans 80g sweetcorn 5 cherry tomatoes, sliced 40g Cheddar, grated 1 tbsp chopped coriander 2 tortilla wraps 1 tbsp oil…

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

Do you often find yourself resorting to a slice of dry toast for lunch when you work from home? With a bit of cheese from the back of the fridge, if you’re feeling fancy? You’re not alone. A lot of freelancers or people who work from home find it hard to prioritise cooking when there…

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 is easier and quicker – perfect for a super swift lunch between task. 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 Ingredients 1 bagel 1 tbsp…

Paneer naan pizza

This is a super quick recipe, which is perfect at the end of a long day working from home. If you want to give the paneer an even bigger hit of flavour you could always leave it to marinate for a couple of hours or even over night. Make in 15 minutes Serves 1 –…

Tortellini, pesto and asparagus soup

This low prep, quick meal is perfect when you’re short on time. It’s ready in just five minutes, plus there’s absolutely no chopping required. Great for freelancers with deadlines to meet! Make in 5 minutes – Serves 1 – Vegetarian Ingredients 200ml vegetable stock 40g frozen peas 6 thin asparagus spears 100g fresh spinach and…

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

This is not only 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. Make in 10 minutes Serves 1 Vegetarian Ingredients 70g frozen spinach 70g…

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 a perfect way to use up leftover chicken – plus it’s great for warming you up, if (like me) you’re currently refusing to put the heating on while working from home! This quickly stops me shivering at my laptop. Make in less than 10 minutes Serves 1 1 of your 5 a day…

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…