10 Bright and Warming Recipes For Work From Home Days

10 Bright and Warming Recipes For Work From Home Days

Brighten dull work-from-home days with wonderfully warming food

1. Zesty Thai Style Rainbow Quinoa Salad

A rainbow in a bowl. That's what happens when you combine the superfood of the West with fresh flavours of the East. This Thai Style Rainbow Quinoa Salad is one dish that's not just healthy but satisfies your taste buds and fills your belly. If you need further convincing, it's really easy to put together, making it perfect for a pick-me-up or a bright start to your day. 

2. Brilliant Yellow Kale Coconut Lemak

Power up your day with this- it packs a bright yellow turmeric-y punch, both in the eyes and in the gut! And we adore it for its nutritional qualities and the powerful vegetable shots of kale, tickling herbs of lemongrass, onions, garlic and all blended into coconut milk's creamy richness. Recipe here.

3. Hot Black Pepper Chicken

Sharpen your senses on dull days with hot black pepper tossed into juicy chicken. But it's not just that- it's a spicy cauldron of ground white and black peppercorns, red pepper and green chili fried with chunky chicken and onions. And sweeten it up with a throw of cheery yellow and green peppers for an instant running start. 

4. Warming Longan Goji Osmanthus Jelly

A naturally warming Chinese dessert, red goji berries and clean white longans sweeten these cute jelly cubes, infused with floral and "cooling" properties of the osmanthus flower.  Snack on some when you're feeling the blues, and if you so desire, you can make them in batches and spread the sunshine to the neighbours! 

5. Fiery Kung Pao King Mushroom 

A shot of instant heat. The Kung Pao King Mushroom (not chicken, as the sauce is generally used for) is a spicy, saucy, stir-fry of pure mushroom bliss. Infused in the hot wok is a scatter of lip-numbing Sichuan peppercorns, which you can use less for milder heat. A dash of roasted peanuts and lifting sesame oil and you’ll never turn back.

6. One-Pan Red Curry Shakshuka

Saucy, savoury and tangy- in a little over half an hour, you get a warming river of red curry and oozing tomatoes all in a One-Pan Red Curry Shakshuka. Spoon into a smooth bowl of tomato puree, coconut milk and bubbling pillowy eggs, dressed in a squeeze of kaffir lime and you’re all set to let your hair down, your feet up, dip some buttered bread in, and smile in bliss.

7. Saucy Tomato Turmeric Chicken

A sure blues-busting dish, the Tomato Tumeric Chicken is a Southeast Asian dish rubbed with bright orange-yellow turmeric and salt, combined with the subtle heat from chilies, tangy tomatoes and creamy coconut milk. Top it off with fresh cilantro and slather it over some rice or bread for a completely satisfying work-from-home lunch. 

8. Hot and Sour Kimchi Jigae

It has just enough spice and zest to heat up your day. The key ingredients that make this dish include thinly sliced pork belly, Korean red pepper paste and chili flakes, firm tofu and of course, the sour-spice tingling kimchi

9. Golden Milk with Ginger and Almond

Wonderfully golden to stare into and a hypnotic brew of brilliant yellow turmeric, invigorating ginger and intensely spiced cinnamon makes this warm drink one you must reach for any morning. But at night too, make some in just 10 mins for a comforting bedtime brew. Simply swirl in grated ginger, turmeric, ground cinnamon and sharp black pepper in a river of smooth almond milk and a goop of honey. Sip when warm and bubbly.

10. One-Pot Tom Yum Risotto

A medley of colourful flavours- green kaffir limes, red cherry tomatoes and a tantalisingly soury tom yam paste. This risotto is the perfect one-pot dish that blends a classic tom yum soup with lusciously oozy risotto. Make it your own by experimenting with different ingredients from switching out prawns with chicken, or mussels.

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