Salmon noodle salad

Whenever I’m tempted to just grab a instant noodle pot to take to my desk, I seek out these ingredients in my cupboard and freezer – it’s almost as quick, and so much healthier. Make in 5 minutes Serves 1 – gluten-free – dairy-free Ingredients 50g instant rice noodles (I use MAMA Instant Rice Vermcelli…

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Build-your-own coconut noodle soup

This is a really quick and very versatile recipe. Use what you’ve got to build your own noodle soup. Make the soup base as shown in the recipe below – you can vary the curry paste, using green thai, yellow thai, or Tom Yum paste. Then add in your toppings – cooked chicken, prawns, fish…

Mushrooms, chestnuts and bacon on toast

I absolutely love chestnuts – they are one of my favourite things about the Christmas season. I couldn’t resist trying them in some easy work at home lunches this week. This was one of my favourites, plus it’s super quick so perfect if you’re freelancing at home and totally snowed under (like me!) Make in…

Great desk snack ideas

How often do you find yourself reaching for the cake on a busy afternoon at your desk? If you work from home, try these healthy snacks – they are easy to make and will help you to avoid those food-related work slumps. Make them ahead and power through those deadlines! No fancy ingredients needed for…

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…

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!…

Oven-baked veggie breakfast

Fancy a sneaky fry up when working from home, but can’t spare the time? This vegetarian version can be popped in the oven, where it’ll cook away while you answer a few emails. Not only is this much less bother (and washing up!), it’s also quite a bit healthier. It makes a perfect easy breakfast…

Roasted vegetable & falafel bake

I am a big fan of falafel, but the ready-made ones you can buy in the supermarket tend to be really dry. While I don’t have time to make my own, I’ve found a simple and delicious way to liven up shop-brought ones. It’s a really easy, hands-off recipe that you can pop in the…

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…

Salt & pepper roasted chickpeas

I’m a bit of a crisp fiend – if there’s a packet in the house, I just can’t help myself. And that can be pretty dangerous when you work from home! So, on my quest for an alternative I’ve discovered crunchy roasted chickpeas. They are really easy to make and equally addictive – but luckily,…

Slow cooker chicken cacciatore with orzo

This is an easy one-pot slow cooker meal that feels wonderfully indulgent. 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…

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…

Chicken and chorizo sheet pan

This is a super easy, hands-off meal. Especially as there’s no worrying about adding herbs or spices, as all the umami flavour comes from the chorizo and chicken while it’s cooking. This recipe gives you two half an hour chunks of time to get back to work while it cooks – if you can concentrate…

Hot smoked salmon and bean tagliatelle

It’s taken a while, but at last I’ve come up with a healthier alternative to my old standby working-from-home meal of cheesy pasta with peas. It’s easy to make and includes three portions of veg and one portion of heart-healthy oily fish. Make in 5 minutes Serves 1 3 of your 5 a day Dairy…

Chicken noodle soup

This is a perfect way to use up leftover chicken or turkey – 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…

Edamame

They look pretty dull, don’t they? They are, in fact, the perfect snack – ready to eat, nutritious and (dare I say it…) delicious. Edamame beans are young soybeans and are really popular in East Asian cooking. They are rich in protein, fibre and nutrients such as maganese, phosphorus, folate and vitamin K. These beans…

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…

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….

Butternut squash dhal

An easy curry to make in a big batch – and tasty too. The butternut squash gives this dhal a sweet kick and is perfect for adding another vegetable to your daily intake. Both spicy and filling, this is a great meal to warm you up and boost your energy when you most need it…