When the weather's not playing ball and you're stuck inside, give one of these recipes a go instead – from an easy twist on lasagne or a no-cook cheesecake sundae to more ambitious bakes like our mango & passion fruit curd tart or chocolate babka.


Or why not let your slow cooker do the hard work, with our creamy black dhal? And for even more inspiration, try our rainy day baking recipes and rainy day cooking projects for kids.

Rainy day recipes

1. Lasagne soup

Two bowls of lasagne soup

Combining two comforting recipes – lasagne and soup – this dish is as easy to assemble as it is delicious. Serve scattered with fresh basil leaves for an easy family dinner. Warm up with more lasagne recipes.

2. Fish finger sandwich

Fish finger sandwich with tartare sauce, lettuce and gherkins

There's something beautifully nostalgic about a fish finger sandwich. Our upgraded version features a homemade lemony tartare sauce and sliced gherkins – plus it uses shop-bought fish fingers so you can get lunch on the table in under 30 mins. Now discover our sandwich fillings for kids and how to make the perfect sandwich.

3. Pizza salad flatbreads

Pizza salad flatbreads topped with salami, picked peppers and cheese

Enjoy sunny Mediterranean flavours at home with these pizza salad-topped flatbreads. They're ready in 25 mins – ideal if everyone's getting a bit hangry. See more of our Mediterranean diet recipes.

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4. Air-fryer garlic bread

Air-fryer garlic bread cut into slices

Garlic bread is a perennial favourite, and this easy air-fryer version is perfect for getting the kids involved. Use a crusty baguette or ciabatta for a delicious side for pasta or pizza. Now try more air-fryer recipes.

5. Stroganoff meatballs & mash

Stroganoff meatballs in a large frying pan with mash alongside

Meatballs and mash are the epitome of comfort food, and this crowd-pleasing dish is also gluten-free and high in protein. Try more gluten-free dinner recipes.

6. Creamy black dhal with crispy onions

Creamy black dhal in a bowl with crispy onions on top

Let this creamy black dhal simmer away all day for a warming dinnertime feast. Serve with assorted crispy garnishes, a swirl of yogurt and fresh lime for a wholesome, nourishing meal. Try more of our favourite dhal recipes.

7. Peanut butter-stuffed French toast

One serving of peanut butter-stuffed French toast

Make a leisurely brunch when you've got time to kill. This version is filled with peanut butter but you can use any spread you like – let your imagination run wild! Now try more French toast recipes for decadent brunches.

8. Next-level chocolate babka

Next level chocolate babka loaf served on a plate with two slices cut out

This stunning enriched chocolate dough is the perfect baking project when you've got a bit more time on your hands. You'll be rewarded with a pillowy plaited treat that everyone in the family will love. Try more tempting chocolate recipes.

9. No-cook strawberry cheesecake sundaes

Two no-cook strawberry cheesecake sundaes

When you need dessert in a flash, these speedy sundaes are here to save the day. Macerated strawberries are assembled with crushed biscuits and ice cream for a seriously simple rainy day treat. Try more no-cook recipes.

10. Mango & passion fruit curd sunshine tart

Mango & passion fruit curd sunshine tart

The vibrant colours and tropical flavours of this beautiful tart are just the thing for dreary days, and making shortcrust pastry is a great skill for more ambitious bakers to learn. Discover more sweet tart recipes.


Looking for more family-friendly recipes? Try these:

Most popular budget family meals
Best family picnic recipes
High-protein family recipes
No-cook family meals
Dr Chintal Patel's healthy family meal plan

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