Working from home, it's easy to slip into a bit of a lunch-time lul when it comes to creating easy (and healthy) lunch ideas. Bagels are far too often my go to of choice, and whilst all the mozzarella is a lunch time favourite- sometimes it's nice to snack on something light and feel good (meaning you can load up on the mozzarella at dinner)! Inspired by a favourite Polpo side, an easy dinner fix and something a little more fun- I've created three easy sides and salads, that you can keep handy for lunch, dinner or even a fast snack!

Panzanella:
After ordering this at Polpo last week and falling in love with this Italian bread and tomato salad (yup, two faves in there)- I recreated it at home, for something lighter than a sandwich, but still filling and delicious!

You will need:
- 6 mixed tomatoes
- Stale bread, or a ciabatta roll
- 1/4 Red onion
- A handful of fresh basil
- 2 tsps red wine vinegar
- 4 tsps extra virgin olive oil


1. Break your bread into small chunks, and heat in an oven (200 degrees) for about 5 minutes, to crisp it up and dry it out. On the side, make up your 'dressing' by mixing the vinegar and oil together.

2. Chop up your tomatoes, slice your onion into small slithers, and pick out a handful of basil- before mixing them in a bowl. Add your dressing and bread bits, before mixing everything together and seasoning with salt and pepper.

Chilli, Garlic and Parmesan Broccoli:
This is one of my favourite ways of livening up one of my go-to veggies. You can leave the cheese if you're not a fan, but I think it ties everything together really nicely!

You will need:
- 6 tenderstem broccoli
- 2 chopped garlic cloves
- Handful of dried chilli flakes (or dried chilli)
- 5 tsp olive oil - Handful of parmesan (or sprinkling)
- Salt and pepper to taste


1. Boil a pot of water, and cook your broccoli for 3-5 minutes, until slightly done but still with a bit of crunch. Whilst it's boiling, add your oil, chopped garlic cloves and chilli into a frying pan to infuse the oil.

2. Drain the broccoli before adding to a an oven proof dish and strain the oil onto the vegetables, so there are minimal bits! If you like you can also throw on some added garlic cloves at this point too. Cook for 10 minutes in a preheated oven (200 degrees), before taking out and adding your parmesan and seasoning!

Chunky, zesty guacamole:
A favourite with pretty much everything (I also love this on Ryvita or crackers)- a good old guac is perfect with nachos, on toasted sourdough or just ahem, with a spoon...

You will need:
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 tomato, chopped into small pieces
- 1/4 red onion
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- Handful of coriander
- Salt and pepper to taste


1. Chop your avocado into large chunks, and add that, your chopped tomato, red onion and lemon juice in a bowl and mash slightly with a fork. Add in your coriander, salt and pepper and stir until well mixed. You can add in chilli or olive oil here too, but it's up to you!

Enjoy, and remember to tag any of your creations with #bakewithliv on Instagram!

x

Working from home, it's easy to slip into a bit of a lunch-time lul when it comes to creating easy (and healthy) lunch ideas. Bagels are far too often my go to of choice, and whilst all the mozzarella is a lunch time favourite- sometimes it's nice to snack on something light and feel good (meaning you can load up on the mozzarella at dinner)! Inspired by a favourite Polpo side, an easy dinner fix and something a little more fun- I've created three easy sides and salads, that you can keep handy for lunch, dinner or even a fast snack!

Panzanella:
After ordering this at Polpo last week and falling in love with this Italian bread and tomato salad (yup, two faves in there)- I recreated it at home, for something lighter than a sandwich, but still filling and delicious!

You will need:
- 6 mixed tomatoes
- Stale bread, or a ciabatta roll
- 1/4 Red onion
- A handful of fresh basil
- 2 tsps red wine vinegar
- 4 tsps extra virgin olive oil


1. Break your bread into small chunks, and heat in an oven (200 degrees) for about 5 minutes, to crisp it up and dry it out. On the side, make up your 'dressing' by mixing the vinegar and oil together.

2. Chop up your tomatoes, slice your onion into small slithers, and pick out a handful of basil- before mixing them in a bowl. Add your dressing and bread bits, before mixing everything together and seasoning with salt and pepper.

Chilli, Garlic and Parmesan Broccoli:
This is one of my favourite ways of livening up one of my go-to veggies. You can leave the cheese if you're not a fan, but I think it ties everything together really nicely!

You will need:
- 6 tenderstem broccoli
- 2 chopped garlic cloves
- Handful of dried chilli flakes (or dried chilli)
- 5 tsp olive oil - Handful of parmesan (or sprinkling)
- Salt and pepper to taste


1. Boil a pot of water, and cook your broccoli for 3-5 minutes, until slightly done but still with a bit of crunch. Whilst it's boiling, add your oil, chopped garlic cloves and chilli into a frying pan to infuse the oil.

2. Drain the broccoli before adding to a an oven proof dish and strain the oil onto the vegetables, so there are minimal bits! If you like you can also throw on some added garlic cloves at this point too. Cook for 10 minutes in a preheated oven (200 degrees), before taking out and adding your parmesan and seasoning!

Chunky, zesty guacamole:
A favourite with pretty much everything (I also love this on Ryvita or crackers)- a good old guac is perfect with nachos, on toasted sourdough or just ahem, with a spoon...

You will need:
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 tomato, chopped into small pieces
- 1/4 red onion
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- Handful of coriander
- Salt and pepper to taste


1. Chop your avocado into large chunks, and add that, your chopped tomato, red onion and lemon juice in a bowl and mash slightly with a fork. Add in your coriander, salt and pepper and stir until well mixed. You can add in chilli or olive oil here too, but it's up to you!

Enjoy, and remember to tag any of your creations with #bakewithliv on Instagram!

x

40 comments:

  1. I have salad about four or five times a week alongside my main meal so I'm always up for trying out new recipes. I really want to try the Panzanella as it looks and sounds delicious :) X

    THEFASHION-JUNKIE

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  2. I really must try the panzanella - looks so yummy and easy :) Thanks for sharing!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  3. It all looks so delicious!

    Lucy | www.foreverseptemberr.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Love the Italian salad with the ciabatta roll! This has made me feeling rather peckish! x

    bohorush.blogspot.com

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  5. Oh! These are such brilliant and original ideas. I'm not really one for broccoli but the panzanella just looks incredibly good. I'll definitely try to do it someday. With love,
    Vera

    The Flash Window | Bloglovin

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  6. These all look so delicious - will be giving them a try at some point for sure :) xx

    www.OhSoAugust.com

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  7. These all look so yummy, definitely going to try the broccoli one, I think the cheese would just tie it all together too!
    Jodie xo // Jodie Loue

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  8. I need that broccoli in my life. Garlic and cheese make anything taste amazing!

    x
    www.siobhanrothwell.wordpress.com

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  9. Definitely going to have to try these out soon - they all look delicious x

    ellie etc | a personal style & lifestyle blog

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  10. All so delicious! Love food ideas, I am so rubbish at thinking of what to eat! xx

    fashiontatt.blogspot.com

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  11. Oh my goodness Olivia I am drooling. The panzanella looks amazing and so easy to do....YUM xx

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  12. I love me some guac but never considered making it before even though it's super easy!

    Rose and Weston x

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  13. Are the crumpets smothered with Nutella and a banana on the side just out of shot? Just me then *wink* these look yum, especially the broccoli. Give me all the broccoli!

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  14. rOh, these look so good! Thanks for sharing these lovely recipes, I had been looking for easy and delicious salads that I could box in for lunch at college when the schoolyear starts... :D

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    xo Romy

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  15. Yum! looks delicious! http://www.thepaarblog.com/

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  16. You CANNOT beat guac, it's such a delicious zesty side! Lovely range of meals Liv :)

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

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  17. Mmmm!! Yum! I would eat all of this in a heartbeat! :)

    http://lartoffashion.com

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  18. I always find it so difficult to think of new salads to make as I love them but they always tend to be a bit boring, but not these recipes; they look gorgeous! Espeically the broccoli salad, must give it a go; thank you for the ideas!
    Liberty - www.fashionablef00d.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. The panzanella looks so good! It's like eating bruschetta without having to get your hands dirty :P -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  20. these all look so delicious, especially the broccoli.xx

    www.jesskadenise.com

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  21. These look so yummy! I plan on making the tomato salad for lunch today :)
    Lana
    lana-sultana.blogspot.com

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  22. I need this! I have honestly been looking for new ideas but wanted to find something that is tried and tested. Thanks for sharing this, Olivia.
    I'm new to your blog :)
    xox N.
    http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. The broccoli side looks divine, a really good way to make the little green trees taste even better!
    Rosie
    x
    www.anenglishrosie.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. These all look so good! Definitely need some lunch inspiration so will have to give these a try :)

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  25. that is yummm
    http://killthemwithchic.com/

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  26. Oh wow that broccoli looks amazing, I love the idea of adding a little bit of cheese to it.

    fashionablyunknown.com

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  27. they were photographed so beautifully that I might even want to eat them :)

    Ayre

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  28. These all look incredible! Beautiful photography too!

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  29. They're all so dead easy to make that I'm beginning to wonder (in true Carrie Bradshaw style), why am I turning to basic sandwiches or granola+yoghurt for lunchtime.. Thanks for the inspiration, Liv!
    -P.
    My blog: BOWTIE DIARY

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  30. I absolutely love Panzanella! I didn't know they did it at Polpo, maybe I should give the place another try...

    www.iamdaisyalice.com xxx

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  31. Such beautiful photographs! I should really learn not to read these kinds of posts while hungry...

    www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

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  32. They all look so yummy,I really need to get in to the habit of eating better and I may have to give these a go xx

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