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Aldi slow cooker vegan bean chilli
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It's the start of a new week which means it's time to figure out what to cook!

Between homeschooling, 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.

Of course, you could just dial up the local takeaway or heat up a ready meal and call it a night but if 2020 taught us anything, it's that cooking is therapeutic and joyful. It helps you to pause, take a moment and reflect. It's also guaranteed time spent away from a glaring screen. That said, coming up with tasty dinner ideas for every night of the week is no mean feat. Your best bet against weeknight dinner stress? These uncomplicated family dinner ideas will please everyone - even the kids. From belly-warming soups to garlic butter fried chicken, flavourful veggie burgers and bread that doesn't require a homemade starter, you’ll have endless delicious recipes to choose from night after night, whether you have all day to prep or just minutes.

Be sure to save this post to your browser because there's going to come a night this week where you're wondering what to cook, and we've got the answers.

Beef and cabbage stir fry

Stir-frying is a quick and healthy way to get dinner on the table on a busy weeknight. This beef and cabbage stir fry uses tender sirloin steak cooked in a quick homemade teriyaki sauce with whatever fresh or frozen vegetables you care to throw its way. Best served with noodles but it can also be paired with rice, or wrapped inside lettuce leaves. Try the recipe, here. 

One-pan Italian chicken

This tasty one-pan Italian chicken dish features classic Italian ingredients like tomatoes, garlic, spicy sausage and a drop of vino. It's a quick chicken dinner you can pull together any night of the week. Try the recipe, here. 

Pesto pasta

This pesto pasta recipe is a delicious quick and easy midweek recipe. It can be served as a main dish or side dish, and you can enjoy it warm or cold (ideal for lunches!). Full instructions on how to make your own basil pesto are included, or you can make it even easier and use store-bought. Try the recipe, here.

Slow-cooker vegan bean chilli

By now, you've gotten the memo that slow cookers are magical kitchen appliances that basically do your cooking for you while you live your life. Since slow cookers are best known for braising meat and making meaty stews, though, vegan recipes can be a little harder to come by. Cue this slow cooker vegan bean chilli. Simply gather your ingredients, pop them into the slow cooker and allow it to cook for four hours - simple! Try the recipe, here. 

Pesto, sundried tomato & mozzarella crêpe

In our minds, one day a year to indulge on pancakes just isn't enough. If you agree or didn't get your fill of pancakes last Tuesday, this pesto, sundried tomato and mozzarella crêpe recipe makes for a tasty midweek dinner when you're in the mood for something a little different. Try the recipe, here. 

Spiced sweet potato fries with honey and seaweed mayo

Sweet potatoes really come into their own when they’re cut into long strips and baked into crispy fries. Seasoned with curry powder and topped with a generous dollop of homemade honey and seaweed mayo, these fries are spicy and sweet all at once. Try the recipe, here. 

Spicy Margarita

Did you know that today, February 22, is World Margarita Day? Sure, it might be a Monday but we can't think of a better excuse to not indulge in a little lime cocktail this evening. Our bets is you've mastered the art of the margarita during lockdown so why not step things up a gear tonight by trying your hand at a hot and spicy margarita?  Try the recipe, here. 

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