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3 Easy (and Healthy) Sides and Salads…



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!

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