chicken curry

Whipping up weekday dinners

I don’t know about you, but during the week I barely have time to think about what to make for dinner, let alone spend hours in front of the stove. However, just because I’m short on time doesn’t mean that I want my family to gorge on greasy takeaways day in, day out.

I’m always looking for ways to create something hearty and nutritious but without having to spend loads of time or money. Here are some great recipes for quick weekday meals that will feed the whole family.


After a very traditional British roast dinner, what better way to start the week than by bringing a little bit of Mexico to your table? The beauty of making a dish like enchiladas is that you can use whatever meat and vegetables you’ve got in the fridge. Chicken and beef work really well but you could always make it veggie with mushrooms.


I often feel like I also do the same thing with pasta: add a cheese or tomato sauce. However, cream leek and ham pasta is a quick dish and a favourite for the kids. It takes less than 20 minutes to whip up and you can get as adventurous as you like. You don’t have to stick to just leek and ham either and can make it more interesting by adding chicken or switching the ham for bacon.


You might be more used to eating fish on a Friday but this healthy mid-week supper is not one to miss. Grilled salmon and vegetable couscous is incredibly quick – less than 10 minutes – but still manages to offer something fresh and tasty.  Add extra flavour to the salmon by cooking it with garlic and adding a squeeze of lemon


Spaghetti Bolognese has been a long time favourite of mine but I feel like I eat it all the time. For a twist on this classic, I stuff roasted red peppers with the Bolognese mixture and serve it with potato wedges for something a bit different. It’s easy, delicious and very filling.


Ah… it’s finally the weekend! Thousands of families will be on the phone to their local takeaway tonight but if you want something a bit healthier and cheaper, whip up your own chicken curry. You don’t have to have a superior knowledge of Indian cooking to make a nice curry, just the right powder of spice mix.

So there you have it – five easy weekday meals for the whole family to enjoy.

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