Vegetarian fajita being held in child's hands

10 quick family meals

On a busy schedule? Take the stress and the time out of midweek family meals. From homemade meatballs to veggie fajitas and microwave chilli – we've got lots of speedy supper inspiration.

In need of a quick fix on a busy weeknight? Our fresh and flavour-packed midweek meals will inspire you. From speedy sausage pasta to veggie chillis, fajitas and noodles, all these recipes can be whipped up in 30 minutes or under. Our quick and easy family recipes are full of flavour and manage to pack in some veg, too.

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For more inspiration, see our collections of quick family recipes and easy family meals, including plenty of comforting pasta bakes, warming one-pots and speedy stir-fries.

1. Speedy sausage stroganoff tagliatelle

As well as being budget-friendly, this comforting sausage pasta dish takes just 5 minutes to prepare and a further 15 mins to cook. The creamy sauce is packed full of flavour from chestnut mushrooms, mustard and smoky paprika.

Speedy sausage stroganoff tagliatelle

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2. Vegetarian fajitas

Kids will love assembling and wrapping up these tasty veggie parcels, ready in just 15 minutes. Our easy fajitas are loaded with black beans, avocado slices, spiced peppers and soured cream – a delicious meat-free mouthful. If you have younger children, you could serve these in bowl-shaped tortillas that are easier to hold.

Vegetarian fajitas

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3. Chicken & halloumi burgers

Serve up some sizzling chicken and fried halloumi burgers in just 15 minutes for a speedy summer family feast. These hearty buns come fully loaded with fillings, including a punchy chilli sauce, roasted peppers, hummus, mayo and cabbage. Sure to become a family favourite, they are best devoured alongside a fresh rocket salad and sweet potato fries.

15-minute chicken & halloumi burgers

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4. Chickpea, spinach & almond butter bowl

Another meat-free marvel, this veg-packed family supper is full of flavour from gentle spices and herbs. Combine a can of chickpeas with spinach, veg stock and almond butter to get a gorgeously creamy consistency which is perfect served on a bed of rice. Ready on the table in just 25 minutes, this quick dinner also delivers a three of your five-a-day.

Chickpea, spinach & almond butter bowl

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5. Easy Singapore noodles

Singapore noodles being twirled in a pan

Stir up these speedy Singapore noodles with crunchy beansprouts and peppers for a satisfying vegan family meal. Ready in just half an hour, these can either be served alone or as part of a feast.

Easy Singapore noodles

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6. Chicken & veg bowl

Looking for something hearty yet healthy to feed the family? These colourful chicken, rice and vegetable bowls are sure to be a hit. With sticky hoisin chicken, sliced avocado, edamame beans, sweetcorn and carrots, even kids will love eating the rainbow!

Chicken & veg bowl

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7. Spicy black bean tacos

Let everyone load up their own version of these spicy black bean tacos. Guacamole, pomegranate seeds and cheese all give this speedy meal an indulgent feel. Perfect Friday food.

Spicy black bean tacos

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8. Pasta with salmon & peas

One of our most popular midweek meals, this scrumptious omega 3-rich salmon pasta dish can be on the table in under 20 minutes. Using wholewheat fusilli will boost the fibre content and kids will love the spiral shapes. Frozen peas are a quick and convenient way to add a burst of freshness whilst low-fat crème fraîche adds creaminess without being too heavy.

Pasta with salmon & peas

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9. Microwave chilli

This speedy veggie chilli from Jack Monroe packs in two of your five-a-day and is a good budget meal to boot. An easy sharing favourite that uses up storecupboard ingredients like tinned kidney beans and chopped tomatoes. This is given a flavour boost with spices, chilli flakes and even a bit of dark chocolate (trust us, it works!).

Microwave chilli

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10. Teriyaki meatballs

All this recipe needs is four simple supermarket ingredients and you’re away. A nice alternative to classic spaghetti & meatballs, kids can help with making the pork meatballs, then combining them in a punchy teriyaki sauce with pak choi.

Teriyaki meatballs

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What’s your go-to quick family supper? We’d love to hear from you below…