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What to eat when you’re working from home

by Genevieve Halbert

published on 26 March 2020

If you’re working from home, maintaining a balanced and nutritious diet can be a challenge. Without official meal times and regular tea breaks with colleagues, it’s easy just to snack all day and forget to cook proper meals. We’ve put together a recipe collection designed to help you through your working day at home, from healthy snacks to nutritious lunches that will power up your brain for a productive afternoon.

What To Eat When Working From Home | Overnight Oats Recipe

Overnight Oats with Raspberry and Chia from The Fit Foodie by Derval O'Rourke

At the risk of sounding like an overly-concerned mum: don't skip breakfast! It sets you up for the day and will help prevent a wave of fatigue at around 11am. These overnight oats with chia seeds from Derval O'Rourke are filling, substantional, and packed with omega-3. Derval adds a raspberry topping, but you can adapt this as you like – peanut butter and banana, dried fruit, and toasted pecans with maple syrup are all great options. 

Get The Fit Foodie here.

What To Eat When Working From Home | Energy Balls Recipe

Tasty Energy Balls from Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver

These energy balls from Jamie Oliver are packed with fibre and protein in the form of almonds and pumpkin seeds. They're made with dates and just a touch of cocoa powder, so they're sweet enough to satisfy those mid-morning sugar cravings. 

Get Everyday Super Food here.

What To Eat When Working From Home | Homemade Crisps Recipe

Creative Crisps from My Zero-Waste Kitchen: Easy Ways to Eat Waste Free by DK Publishing

These vegetable crisps are not just a wholesome alternative to shop-bought crisps – they're also a great way to reduce food waste and economise in the kitchen. Made using vegetable peelings, or old veg that would otherwise have gone in the bin, these salty, crunchy snacks will get you through that mid-afternoon slump.

Get My Zero-Waste Kitchen here.

What To Eat When Working From Home | Nigella Lawson Hummus Recipe

Caramelized Garlic Hummus from Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food by Nigella Lawson

Everyone’s favourite savoury snack gets the Nigella treatment, with the addition of a whole head of sweet, slow-cooked garlic. Make a batch of this and keep it in your fridge to eat with carrot sticks, crackers, pitta (see here for an easy homemade pitta recipe), or the Creative Crisps above. You could also slather it inside a sandwich along with some slow-roasted vegetables or eat with falafal and salad for a tasty, Middle Eastern-inspired lunch. Looking for more homemade hummus inspiration? Check out this more traditional recipe, or get some extra veggies in with this roasted carrot hummus recipe.

Get Simply Nigella here.

What To Eat When Working From Home | Nadiya Hussain Spinach Paneer Recipe

Spinach and Paneer Kati Rolls from Nadiya’s Family Favourites by Nadiya Hussain

How better to wake up your taste buds over lunch than with some authentic Bangladeshi street food? These crisp, egg-fried tortilla wraps are filled with creamy spinach and paneer, flavoured with garlic, cumin, and chilli flakes. They’re tasty, filling, and rich in iron to help maintain your energy levels.

Get Nadiya’s Family Favourites here.

What To Eat When Working From Home | Salmon Traybake Recipe

Sticky Soy and Honey Roasted Salmon with Asparagus and Sugar Snap Peas from The Quick Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer

This mouthwatering salmon dish takes just 30 minutes to prepare, so it's ideal for a quick dinner. Better yet, it's fantastic eaten cold, so makes for a tasty and nutritious next-day lunch – plus it's full of omega-3 and essential vitamins. Serve just as it is, or with rice or noodles for a more filling feast. If you don't have the exact veg specified in the recipe, don't worry! This can easily be adapted to use up any fresh or frozen green vegetables you happen to have, including broccoli, peas, spinach, kale, and greeen beans.

From the book

What To Eat When Working From Home | Ottolenghi Egg Recipe

 Shakshuka from Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi

This simple, spiced egg and tomato dish makes a fantastic lunch. Ottolenghi adds red peppers in this version, but you can adapt this easily, adding potato, spinach, aubergine, courgette, mushroom, or squash.

Get Jerusalem here.

What To Eat When Working From Home | Quinoa Salad Recipe

Black Quinoa and Broccolini Salad from Five Ingredients, Ten Minutes by Jules Clancy

This simple salad is made with just 5 ingredients and packs a seriously nutritious punch. You can use any kind of quinoa you like (white, black, or a mixture) or substitute rice, bulgur, or couscous. There's no need to use broccolini – regular broccoli, tenderstem, green beans, or leafy greens will work very nicely, and you can replace the almonds with chopped walnuts or a handful of seeds.

Get Five Ingredients, Ten Minutes here.

What To Eat When Working From Home | Digestive Biscuit Recipe

Home-made Digestives from The Great British Bake Off: Big Book of Baking by Linda Collister

If you're going to snack, you might as well do it right! These home-made digestives have a coarser texture and a more satisfying crunch than the shop-bought versions. You can adapt them by adding a layer of melted chocolate, or make a savoury version to eat with cheese and dips. 

Get The Great British Bake Off: Big Book of Baking here

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