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…

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Baked feta

This baked feta with chilli, lemon, olives and tomatoes is perfect for an easy, indulgent lunch. I tend to have it with crusty bread, but it works just as well with a green salad. I like to eat this in the garden or at a sunny window, to pretend for five minutes that I’m actually…

Mini asparagus omelettes

I love these little oven-baked omelettes, as they hardly take any preparation time at all and only require four ingredients. They are a great spring-time snack, light lunch or picnic food if you’re keen to get away from your desk for a proper break. Make in less than 20 minutes (15 minutes cooking time) Makes…

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…

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…

Microwave chocolate & coffee mug cake

This recipe is a really guilty pleasure. I try not to keep biscuits or cake in the house so if I fancy a treat I’m forced to go to the shops. This usually means I don’t bother, and end up eating something healthier instead. But (un)fortunately for me – and you – I’ve discovered the…

Stuffed peppers with couscous

These simple stuffed peppers are cooked in the oven, and make a perfect lunch or light dinner when working from home. You do need to cook the couscous first, but 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 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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Roasted pepper & black bean nachos

This meal may well look indulgent, but it does include at least three 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 – vegetarian – gluten-free (check the…

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…

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…

Sheet pan vegetable fajitas

This is a firm favourite in my house – it’s such a go-to easy meal, which we probably dish up once a week. It’s by no means an authentic Mexican recipe, so there are no blending of multiple spices to get just the right flavour. You just bung in one spice and you’re done. It’s…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Sweetcorn with chipotle butter

Corn on the cob is a brilliantly easy treat – and this simple chipotle butter makes it extra special. It’s a tasty way to up your vegetable intake, as sweetcorn counts as one of your five a day. It even contains two antioxidants that are good for eye health – pretty handy. Ingredients 1 corn…

Instant frozen yoghurt

This is a super quick and easy treat – and in fact, it’s not too bad for you either. The crushed amaretti biscuits on top are optional, but it’s a great excuse to buy a bag and treat yourself with your morning coffee… Ingredients 1 tbsp honey 200g plain yoghurt 250g frozen summer fruits spoonful…

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…

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…