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…

Coconut mug cake

We all need a pick-me-up occasionally and a mug cake is a great way to treat yourself without spending hours baking a cake or faffing around with going to the shop. You’ll need an oversized mug for this one – the bigger the better. Make in 5 mins Serves 1 4 tbsp self-raising flour 4…

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…

Overnight French toast

This is a really easy, hands-off way to make French toast. The only catch – you really need to make it in advance, ideally the night before (if not an hour or so before cooking). It’s perfect for when you know you’ve got a busy work day coming up and could do with a treat…

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…

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…

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…