Top 10 quick winter dinner ideas

Need to feed the family in a hurry? Make our winter dinners in 30 minutes or less. Featuring comfort food like creamy pasta, fried rice and easy chilli.

Pasta in pot with bowl

If you're rushed to get dinner on the table during busy weeknights, our speedy dinners are here to help. There's something for everyone with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.

Tuck into our warming curries and hearty chilli on a cold winter evening. These quick dishes come together in under 30 minutes with some in little as 15 minutes. 

See our quick winter recipes for more ideas.
 

1) Coconut & squash dhansak

Curry in white bowl with fork
This five-star coconut & squash dhansak is an easy vegetarian curry, perfect for a weeknight meal. It's full of warming spices and sure to take the edge off a cold winter night. Cook butternut squash in the microwave to save time, then combine with a thick curry sauce. Top with a generous dollop of coconut yogurt and serve with warm naan bread.

For more speedy and spicy dishes, see our curry recipes.
 

2) Prawn fried rice

Prawn fried rice in pot
Full of Asian-inspired flavours, this prawn fried rice is a super filling option for a midweek dinner. Simply fry onions, garlic and ginger in a non-stick frying pan or wok, then combine with blanched vegetables, prawns and brown rice. Stir in beaten eggs to scramble them, then fold in sesame seeds, soy sauce and vinegar.

Fry up some more vegetables with our fried rice recipes.
 

3) Sausage, kale & gnocchi one-pot

Sausage, kale & gnocchi one-pot in white bowl
This sausage, kale & gnocchi one-pot is full of winter flavours, perfect for a comforting supper. Remove pork sausages from their skins and fry until crisp around the edges. Add gnocchi, chicken stock and chopped kale, and cook until the gnocchi is tender and the kale has wilted.

For more fuss-free meals, see our one-pot collection.
 

4) Microwave chilli

Chilli in white bowls on a tray
Chilli couldn't be easier with this super speedy microwave chilli. It's vegetarian and takes just 15 minutes to make. Combine chopped tomatoes, kidney beans, onion, garlic and a touch of dark chocolate for added richness. Try adding chopped chorizo or salami at the beginning of cooking, if you wish.

For more variations, see our chilli con carne recipes.
 

5) Simple sirloin steak

Steak on wooden board
What could be quicker than a steak dinner? Our tender, simple sirloin steak is the perfect recipe for beginners. Pan-fry in sunflower oil, butter, garlic and herbs, turning the steaks every minute to ensure an even crust. Try using a meat thermometer to make sure it's cooked to your liking.

For more ideas, see our steak collection.
 

6) Speedy sausage stroganoff tagliatelle

Pasta in pan with sausage
Our speedy sausage stroganoff tagliatelle is a quick, budget-friendly meal that's sure to fill up the whole family. Fry pork sausagemeat for five minutes until golden brown, then add sliced chestnut mushrooms and cook for another five minutes. Stir in beef stock, soured cream, wholegrain mustard and spices. Toss with cooked tagliatelle and top with chopped parsley.

Find more recipes in our pasta recipes.
 

7) Saag paneer kedgeree

Paneer with rice and eggs in bowl
Mash up two Indian-inspired classics with this saag paneer kedgeree. Caramelise onions and fry the paneer until evenly browned. Add curry powder, frozen spinach and ready made rice and cook everything is piping hot. Top with boiled eggs and scatter with red chilli.

See more fragrant dished in our Indian collection.
 

8) Vegan ramen

Two bowls of ramen on grey background
Nothing is more comforting than a warming bowl of vegan ramen. Dried shiitake mushrooms and white miso paste provide plenty of savoury flavour. It's super filling with rice noodles, tofu, pak choi, carrots and beansprouts. Top with sesame oil, sriracha, chopped coriander, crushed peanuts, crumbled sheets of nori or dried chilli threads.

For more Japanese-inspired flavours see our ramen collection.
 

9) Harissa-crumbed fish with lentils & peppers

Fish fillets on lentils on blue plates
Our harissa-crumbed fish with lentils & peppers makes for a great low-calorie, one-pan dinner. Mix lentils, peppers, olives, lemon zest in a roasting pan. Top with cod fillets and cover with harissa breadcrumbs. Bake for 15 minutes and top with chopped parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Keep dinner stress-free with our easy fish recipes.
 

10) Polenta with chorizo & poached eggs

Polenta topped with chorizo and egg
This polenta with chorizo & poached eggs is a filling, quick midweek meal for busy nights. Make it vegetarian by swapping chorizo for meat-free sausages or mince, and use vegetarian cheese. Pan-fry the chorizo, cook the polenta, then combine with parmesan, oil, parsley and some seasoning. Top with a poached egg and sliced chard.

See more recipes with our quick and easy collection.
 

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