It's the start of a new week which means it's time to figure out what to cook.
Between keeping the kids entertained all day, staying on top of what now feels like an abundance of laundry and, oh yeah, that job you have - it can be seriously challenging to cook a new, satisfying and healthy dinner each night.
Your best bet against weeknight dinner stress? These uncomplicated family dinner ideas will please everyone - even the kids. From cosy curries to slow cooker lamb, easy fish dishes to cheesy quesadillas, you’ll have endless delicious recipes to choose from night after night, whether you have all day to prep or just minutes.
Roast beef and cheese quesadillas
Have leftover beef from yesterday's roast? While you might be tempted to stick in a toasted sandwich with some blue cheese and rocket, we have a better idea! These cheesy roast beef quesadillas make for a quick and easy midweek dinner when paired with salad or homemade wedges. You can whip them up in minutes and they are so delicious. What's more, they double up as a great lunchtime snack and taste just as good hot as they do cold. To make for lunch, allow to cool completely before packing into an airtight container or ziplock bag for a packed lunch. Get the recipe, here.
Sri Lankan style curried cauliflower
Doing Veganuary but in need of some serious comfort good? Well, you've come to the right place. There is nothing more comforting than a hot warming bowl of delicious spicy curry paired with steaming rice. This tasty recipe for Sri Lankan styled curried cauliflower is just the ticket. Fresh vegetables, cashew nuts and curry spices are simmered in coconut milk to make what is essentially a hug in a bowl. Get the recipe, here.
Baked fresh cod with tomato & olives
This baked fresh cod dish makes a perfect midweek supper as it just requires a few key ingredients and comes together in 45 minutes! It's delicious, healthy and thanks to a simple sauce made of tomatoes, green and yellow bell pepper and basil - it turns cod into a flavourful meal the whole family will love. Get the recipe, here.
Croatian lamb shoulder
When it comes to quick and easy meals that are easy to prepare and delicious to eat, nothing compares to a dinner prepared in the slow cooker. This Croatian lamb shoulder uses a slow cooker to create a distinctly fresh flavour and if you buy a large enough shoulder, you should get several meals out of it. This is a great winter dish, with the meat falling off the bone and packing a flavourful punch, thanks to both the hint of acidity from the vinegar and the richness of the Plavac Mali, the superstar red wine of the Croatian islands. Simply pop all the ingredients into a slow cooker and let it do its thing for three and a half hours and voila! Get the recipe, here.
Hasselback potatoes with ranch dressing
Hasselback potatoes are a Swedish invention that transforms a humble baked potato into an ingenious work of art. Clearly, the most impressive spud to ever call itself a side dish, Hasselback potatoes are like having all of your potato dreams come true at once: these potatoes have the crispy edges of your favourite chips, but with middles as creamy as mashed potatoes — plus the added bonus of being, essentially, wholesome baked potatoes in clever disguise. Want one more reason to make them this week? How about the fact that despite their frilly fancy-pants appearance, they take no more time and little more effort than your average foil-wrapped baked potato. Get the recipe, here.