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…

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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…

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…

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…

Spaghetti frittata

This is a meal for using up 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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…