Winter meal ideas


Monday

Ready in 45 min

Spicy red lentil and spinach soup

Spicy red lentil and spinach soup

Ready in
45 min
Serves
6

A spicy red lentil soup that is delicious, fast and easy and embellished with fresh spinach and spices. – by FISHFISHER2002

TIP: A hearty quick-cooking soup that's easy to freeze. You could also use this recipe as the base for a vegetarian shepherd's pie; simply add less liquid to make it thicker, and add some more chopped veg - such as sweet potato, butternut squash and mushrooms.

Tuesday

Ready in 20 min

Quick Calabrese-style cod fillets

Quick Calabrese-style cod fillets

Ready in
20 min
Serves
4

A quick and healthy Italian fish dinner that is ready in just 20 minutes. Perfect for busy families during the workweek. – by Camilla

TIP: This one-pan dish would be delicious served with nothing more than a salad and grilled crusty bread. Once it's out from under the grill, rub your toasted bread with a sliced garlic clove and drizzle with a bit of olive oil.

Wednesday

Ready in 45 min

Chicken in Sweet and Sour Sauce

Chicken in sweet and sour sauce

Ready in
45 min
Serves
4

A simple, yet delicious sweet and sour dish. Chicken is stir-fried with onions and garlic, before being simmered in a delectable sweet and sour sauce. – by tonytsang

TIP: Forget the midweek takeaway and whip up this easy Chinese chicken dish in no time with easy-to-find ingredients. Plain white rice is all you need as a side.

Thursday

Ready in 40 min

Cuban chickpeas with smoked sausage

Cuban chickpeas with smoked sausage

Ready in
40 min
Serves
6

This is a deliciously different Cuban-inspired stew. If you can't find smoked sausage, use a good quality regular pork sausage. – by TOOS64

TIP: Sausage, chickpeas and a blend of storecupboard spices come together in a recipe that makes it easy to bring Latin flavours to your kitchen. You could try using chorizo instead of smoked sausage for a tasty twist.

Friday

Ready in 40 min

Welsh pork and cider with Bramley apples and pears

Welsh pork and cider with Bramley apples and pears

Ready in
40 min
Serves
4

Pork steaks cooked in cider and served with boiled potatoes and veg, with cider gravy. While the pork is cooking, start cooking some vegetables, whatever you think would go well. I usually use peas or broccoli with salt and butter. – by Starfish44

TIP: Pay tribute to the patron saint of Wales with this simple Welsh-inspired dish. Enjoy this top-rated Bara brith afterwards.

Saturday

Ready in 50 min

Beef and Cheese Ravioli Bake

Beef and cheese ravioli bake

Ready in
50 min
Serves
6

This is a fantastically easy alternative to making lasagne. Combine your favourite shop-bought ingredients - fresh cheese ravioli, pasta sauce, grated cheese - and layer with browned mince, then bake. – by LUVINMYHUBBY

TIP: This recipe transforms shop-bought ingredients into something greater than the sum of its parts. Make it vegetarian by omitting the mince entirely, or by substituting a mixture of your favourite sautéed veg.

Sunday

Ready in 1 hr 20 min

Bacon Roast Chicken with Potatoes

Bacon roast chicken with potatoes

Ready in
1 hr 20 min
Serves
6

Bacon-wrapped chicken drumsticks and thighs with new potatoes, roasted with onions and herbs - a very delicious and simple dinner. We love dark chicken meat, but you can use chicken breasts if your prefer. – by cfcooks

TIP: Wrapping chicken pieces in bacon ensures they stay incredibly moist, and the flavour permeates the potatoes. To save calories, you could remove the skin without worrying about the chicken drying out.

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