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Spring meal ideas


Monday

Ready in 25 min

Penne with Spinach, Tomatoes and Pancetta

Penne with spinach, tomatoes and pancetta

Ready in
25 min
Serves
4

This is a quick light meal. Wilted spinach, pancetta and tomatoes are tossed with penne pasta. – by Jean Tagliere

TIP: Six ingredients come together in minutes for a dish full of flavour. For a meat-free version of this dish, skip the pancetta and add a full-flavoured cheese instead, such as crumbled feta.

Tuesday

Ready in 30 min

Easy chilli con carne

Easy chilli con carne

Ready in
30 min
Serves
6

I make this in the pub I work at and it is very popular. – by emsybobalob

TIP: Get slow-cooked flavour in just 30 minutes with this easy peasy recipe. For something different, ladle the chilli over halved toasted ciabatta rolls rubbed with fresh garlic, sprinkle with grated Cheddar and pop under the grill till bubbly. A rocket salad on the side completes the meal.

Wednesday

Ready in 45 min

Spring vegetable risotto

Spring vegetable risotto

Ready in
45 min
Serves
4

Risotto is comfort food at its best, and you can ring the changes by adding almost any fresh ingredients you have to hand. This one uses fresh asparagus, baby carrots and young spring peas and beans. – by Maggie Pannell

TIP: Let the flavour of spring vegetables shine in this simple risotto. If you're pressed for time, you can use frozen peas and broad beans to skip the shelling.

Thursday

Ready in 25 min

Peanut, Chilli and Ginger Noodles

Peanut, chilli and ginger noodles

Ready in
25 min
Serves
4

Smooth peanut butter, honey, spicy chilli paste and fiery fresh ginger simmer with chicken stock to make a delicious sauce for Asian noodles. Garnish with sliced spring onions and more peanuts. – by AMY BARTHELEMY

TIP: Peanut butter is your secret weapon here, which yields a sauce that clings to the noodles beautifully. Make this meal heartier by adding sliced chicken or pork or fried tofu.

Friday

Ready in 60 min

Jamaican seafood curry

Jamaican seafood curry

Ready in
60 min
Serves
4

A mellow Caribbean-style curry of prawns, swordfish, yellow peppers and spring onions in a sweet tomato coconut sauce. – by Lynn Lewis

TIP: Spice up curry night with Caribbean flavours. This easy recipe uses a variety of everyday ingredients that results in something deliciously exotic. Any firm whitefish will work a treat here, and tinned whole plum tomatoes can be used instead of fresh.

Saturday

Ready in 20 min

Saltimbocca alla romana (Prosciutto stuffed chicken breast roulades)

Saltimbocca alla romana (Prosciutto stuffed chicken breast roulades)

Ready in
20 min
Serves
4

Known as Saltimbocca alla romana, these chicken breasts are a tasty second course, very easy to make, just a few ingredients are necessary but still delicious! – by Gerardo

TIP: Make this authentic Italian meal in minutes. Serve with a cheesy polenta and roasted asparagus, and try this quick tiramisu for a sweet Italian ending.

Sunday

Ready in 3 hr

Lamb shank braised in white wine with rosemary

Lamb shank braised in white wine with rosemary

Ready in
3 hr
Serves
4

Wonderfully tender, these lamb shanks flavoured with white wine and rosemary are melt-in-your-mouth juicy. – by Misty Noriega

TIP: With some rosemary and white wine, you can throw this together in minutes, then simply forget about it for a few hours while the lamb slow cooks to perfection. Rosemary roasties make a natural accompaniment, or leave the oven off and try this veggie mash instead.

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