Quick & Easy

MAN things have been pretty busy for me lately, which is why things are kinda slow around here this week – i do apologise. at the end of the month i will be moving into my new place (yippee!) and going semi-freelance, which is quite scary but also really exciting. that also means i’ll finally have more time to blog.

when i have busy weeks like this i completely neglect myself health wise. i don’t take much time to cook at the best of times (i have spoken about my food laziness before) but when i have no time to even think about food, let alone make it, i end up eating terribly terribly unhealthy things just to keep going. i could go days eating just white toast with bovril if i had to. but that of course takes its toll, and when you really need the energy it’s not wise to skimp on the veggies, eh?

so here are some food ideas for when you find yourself with no time to cook, but you don’t want to possibly die of scurvy. oh and please share any of your own quick & easy recipes and ideas in the comments!

edit: for everyone asking about the typefaces – i used Hera Big & Brandon Grotesque

please click on the images to be taken to the recipes and their creators

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  • Reply Libby Thursday 16 February, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    These all sound delicious. I think I’ll be eating well tomorrow!
    I saw a delicious recipe in a magazine, literally peas, mint and a bit of crumbled feta with a lemon juice, oil & balsamic vinegar dressing. So simple but it looked so yummy.

    • Reply Miss Moss Thursday 16 February, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      that sounds so good. fresh herbs make all the difference to something as simple as the humble pea.

  • Reply Kasey Thursday 16 February, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Yum! Lots of great looking options. I’m hungry and it’s not even lunchtime yet :)

  • Reply Sarah Wilks Thursday 16 February, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    These look yummy! I’m the same about food, and when things are hectic I practically drown in cereal and milk! These look too good to resist though – especially that caesar salad – a favourite of mine!

  • Reply Kate Thursday 16 February, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I have been known for forgetting to eat on super busy days…it just slips my mind :)
    Eggs are always my go to, there are lots of quick and easy recipes like these baked eggs:

    <3 Kate

  • Reply Kylin Thursday 16 February, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Your site really is a compendium of radness! I’m so excited to check out these recipes. I’ve been looking for more on-the-go meals that are also healthy. Thank you!

  • Reply sara Thursday 16 February, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    What fonts are you using there? I luv em.

  • Reply the egg. Thursday 16 February, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    now im starving!
    xo the egg out west.

  • Reply Liza Thursday 16 February, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    I’ve added quite a few healthy, salad-y options to my food board on pinterest. Click through the photos for the links.
    This post was super helpful too! Thank you. That breakky salad looks d’lish, I love savoury for breakfast!

  • Reply Alcohols Thursday 16 February, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    thanks for the recipes! I love cooking, but I like to keep it healthy and simple, Im a student, so I dont want to spend loads of cash on fancy meals… I dont normally link my blog in comments but I think you might like this recipe, its quick an features veggies as well –, and this is one takes up more time but is still under half an hour and very versatile – xxx

  • Reply f Thursday 16 February, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    YUM! these images with your delicious type totally make me want to cook… and i never really cook, haha.

  • Reply Jenny Friday 17 February, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I was wondering if you would tell me what fonts were used for this post, they are AMAZING! Thank You.

  • Reply Robyn Friday 17 February, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Just discovered your blog and I love it! One of my favorite easy meals is to make a batch of brown rice, then throughout the week I combine it with black beans, canned sweet corn (or fresh if you’re ambitious or have leftover), chunky salsa (I like black bean and corn but any salsa will do), avocado, cilantro if you have it, and a bit of shredded cheese. Obviously this is infinitely flexible for additional ingredients such as chopped tomato, shredded chicken and/or whatever you have on hand. It’s not the prettiest meal, but it’s quite easy, healthy and satisfying. Bon appetit!

  • Reply kelly Friday 17 February, 2012 at 12:56 am

    YUM! Thank you!

  • Reply Stitch and Hammer Friday 17 February, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Love the images and type treatment! Think I will try the untraditional caesar and the breakfast salad. Looks wonderful and thanks for the post.

  • Reply Joy Friday 17 February, 2012 at 2:22 am

    love the fonts you chose! can’t wait to look through all of the recipes posted!

  • Reply Heather Friday 17 February, 2012 at 2:23 am

    These all look and sound so yummy! You’re making me hungry!
    xo Heather

  • Reply Ashlae | oh, ladycakes Friday 17 February, 2012 at 3:01 am

    That egg sandwich makes me weak in the knees. And I don’t even eat eggs!

    Congratulations on your new digs!

  • Reply Nicole Friday 17 February, 2012 at 3:37 am

    My favorite: Slice up a red & orange pepper, dice up a tomato, toss in olive oil and pepper, lay out on a baking sheet. Slice halloumi cheese (a salty cheese that doesn’t melt all the way when hot), lay on baking sheet. Bake for around 15 minutes at 400F. While that’s baking, mix couscous & boiling water, let sit 5 minutes until water is soaked up, then add a couple tablespoons of pesto. Once the 15 minutes are up, mix everything together! Great hot and cold, I make this every couple weeks and it lasts for a few meals:)

  • Reply Kelsey @ Pinegate Road Friday 17 February, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Oooh, I love your type treatment on these recipes! Definitely spruces up some already beautiful finds. Thanks for sharing, I find myself eating luna bars for meals waaay more often than I’d like because of time…these shall be great alternatives!

  • Reply erin Friday 17 February, 2012 at 5:30 am

    I love quick and easy salads! These are great for my lunch bento box.

  • Reply wmbg Friday 17 February, 2012 at 5:32 am

    faux pho?!?!?! done and done.

  • Reply Hila Friday 17 February, 2012 at 6:01 am

    I hope the stress levels die down for you Diana, don’t make me worry about you! And here’s to going semi-freelance; I hope it’s a total success for you so you can make it full-time freelance.


  • Reply Tj Friday 17 February, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Yea I’m definitely a Smitten Kitten fan too =*
    What is that fab font on those images?

  • Reply Courtney (educatederelicts) Friday 17 February, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Yum! Thanks for introducing me to some great new food blogs :)

  • Reply Laura Friday 17 February, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I am totally trying that egg sandwich!

  • Reply Kimberley Friday 17 February, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Just gorgeous! I’ve got my eye on that pho.

  • Reply Gabriela Voglio Friday 17 February, 2012 at 10:03 am

    yumi! I allways make a similar soup to the 5 Minute Sundried Tomato Soup, but to make it more filling I add red lentils and let it cock for 10 minutes more. Great food to do alot and then just heat it up the next day.

  • Reply Betül (Ballad of Seasons) Friday 17 February, 2012 at 10:44 am

    these are so lovely! Good luck for the semi-freelance, I’m sure it’s going to turn out so good ;)
    Ballad of Seasons

  • Reply Katrin Friday 17 February, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Oh goodie (and good luck!). Made that egg sandwich yesterday, so yummy. Here’s my all time favourite quick & easy :

  • Reply Feminine Touch Friday 17 February, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I adore this font! What is it?

  • Reply Jujubee Friday 17 February, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    This is going to help me out a lot!
    Living too fast = no time to eat well.

  • Reply sheila Friday 17 February, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    LOVE the graphic design on this post. i am so guilty of not eating well on busy days. coffee is lunch right? nope. i will definitely be trying these. anyway, some days i make this really quick & easy tuna melt. set your oven to broil, toast some english muffins first, drain a small can of tuna, mix with a tablespoon of mayonnaise, place a tbsp of mixture on the toasted english muffins, then some thinly-sliced cheddar on top, and a sprinkle of thyme, pop in the oven for 2 minutes. sounds pretty boring, i know, but it’s the time factor, the whole thing only takes me about 5 minutes to do, it’s pretty yummy and tuna = protein.

  • Reply lauren winter Friday 17 February, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I’m with everyone else – what is that amazing font you chose? great recipes.. and congrats on heading the freelance route, wishing you all the best!

  • Reply laura (see hear say) Saturday 18 February, 2012 at 1:07 am

    makes me hungry, i want to eat everything!!

  • Reply Amber Saturday 18 February, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Thank you for this very generous round-up. I am especially excited about the faux pho. I live in a moderately sized town/city (Australia) that does not have a SINGLE Vietnamese restaurant. I absolutely love pho bo and like to try out different recipes. This one looks delicious.

    I am heading to the markets in the morning with my sister and I will see if I can find some lovely fresh mixed mushrooms.

  • Reply Suzy Saturday 18 February, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I’m trying the brussels sprouts tomorrow :)

  • Reply Casey Saturday 18 February, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    RAD post . Best of luck with semi breaking free. Here’s hoping you can go all the way.

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  • Reply katrina Saturday 18 February, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    These all look mouthwatering! I’m going to try the Caesar salad this weekend!

  • Reply Juliette Sunday 19 February, 2012 at 9:28 am

    you read my mind! i’ve been on the hunt for quick/healthy meals.
    My go to meals are rocket pesto pasta with frozen steam fresh veggies and left over roast chicken or turkey from the deli.
    grilled halloumi with salad (i use rocket, tomato, cucumber, red capsicum, olives and balsamic vinegar)
    or an open sandwich of hummus, swiss cheese, ham, cucumber and rocket (or iceberg or baby spinach works nice too).

  • Reply Juliette Sunday 19 February, 2012 at 11:07 am

    oh and if you have a meal with tomato juice (nice with salt) that’s an easy serve of vegetables. (one of the meals i mentioned above not the meal below!)

    For a sweet dinner once a week I like to eat natural greek yogurt with fruit and nuts. Now that it’s summer i’m having it with white nectarines, red cherries and hazel nuts, but you can use canned fruits too.

  • Reply Aicha Sunday 19 February, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    So i just clicked on your “food” tag and almost died. for real, i died.
    thank you,

  • Reply Sasha Monday 20 February, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    here is to good eating even when time is scarce!

    i love your examples (especially the breakfast salad). breakfast for dinner is always a good option as it takes less time and always feels like a treat.

    i am also big on snacks and i rely on them even more when i am busy. some of my favourite snacks include medjool dates stuffed with blue cheese, dark chocolate with slices of pear, apples slices and cheddar cheese (i will always be loyal to this snack from my childhood), a bowl of clementines, banana and shredded coconut, hummus with veggies or dark bread and lots of lots of nuts, goji berries and dried fruit.

  • Reply Janice Tuesday 21 February, 2012 at 7:10 am

    I absolutely love La Buena Vida :) Love Nicole’s work!

  • Reply Gracie Tuesday 21 February, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you, thank you

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