If you're short on time, or just want new ideas for simple dinners without the need for a long shopping list and complicated instructions, then you'll want to check out these recipes. Each one only uses five key ingredients alongside a few storecupboard basics, and as well as being budget-friendly, the dishes are easy to make and wholesome, too. Let us help you plan the week ahead to save you stress and introduce a bit of variety to your cooking repertoire.
1. White fish with sesame noodles
In only 20 minutes, you could be tucking into a fresh and flavourful plate of seabass. Serve the fish fillet on a bed of noodles and spinach, then finish with a splash of Asian-style dressing and a sprinkling of sesame seeds for umami greatness.
2. Red pepper linguine
Sometimes you just can't beat a simple pasta and sauce dish for a comforting, speedy supper to feed one. Coat the linguine in a roasted red pepper sauce and sprinkle with toasted walnuts and parmesan for a satisfyingly crunchy topping.
3. Curried cauliflower & lentil soup
Miserable, chilly evenings can be cheered up with a warming, aromatic soup. This smooth, gently spiced blend of cauliflower and lentils is simple to make for a healthy dinner, and you can always save a bit for lunch the next day. Garnish with roasted cauliflower florets and fennel seeds.
4. Smoked mackerel & leek hash with horseradish
Satisfy your hunger with a hearty potato, smoked mackerel and leek fry-up. The beauty of this dish is that you can cook everything together and just crack in the eggs towards the end. Rustle up this one-pan wonder in just half-an-hour and tuck in.
5. Garlic chicken parcels
If you love chicken Kiev but want to mix it up a bit, then our garlic chicken parcels are a simple and tasty alternative. Combine succulent chicken breast with garlic & herb cream cheese for a dreamy centre. Wrap the chicken in gorgeously buttery puff pastry and there you have the makings of a Friday night supper special.
6. Chorizo & pea risotto
Put the contents of your storecupboard and freezer to great use with this crowd-pleasing risotto dish. The beautiful flavours of smoky crisped chorizo and nutty parmesan will meld into the rice whilst peas provide little bursts of sweet freshness.
7. Squash & coconut curry
Whip up this quick, healthy vegetarian curry in only 30 minutes. Whilst butternut squash and red pepper form the bulk of it, Madras curry paste gives the dish a rich, spicy flavour and creamy coconut milk thickens the sauce. This is proof that you only need a handful of ingredients to create a truly cracking dinner – special enough for casual entertaining.
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