After weeks of lie-ins and lazy summer nights, it can be difficult getting back into a regular routine. Once kids are out of school and the sun starts to shine, the usual eating schedule tends to go out the window as families embrace later mealtimes and lighter dinners. But now that summer is officially over (sob!), it's time to return to suppers as usual. Make the transition easier with a week's worth of easy dinner recipes that take the fuss out of cooking.
With this handy guide, all you need is to make one trip to your nearest supermarket (although you'll likely have many of the ingredients already in your cupboard and freezer!) and you'll be ready for the entire week with easy dinner recipes that are both nutritious and delicious. From a one pan crispy tomato and mascarpone fish dish to a creamy curry made with ready-sliced veg, these easy dinner recipes can be whipped up with minimum effort for maximum flavour (and not too much washing up, either!). A few shortcuts and cooking hacks will make getting back into the swing of things a cinch. Ease yourself back into a routine with these ten easy dinner recipes...
Mexican chicken, avocado and bean salad
Made with frozen chicken breasts, a ready-made bean mix and fresh avocado, this substantial, flavour-packed salad is a firm family favourite. To bulk it out further, try serving in wraps.
Salmon with watercress udon
For a speedy oriental-inspired supper that can be whipped up in just 18 minutes, give this salmon with noodles and watercress recipe a go. Made with Japanese-style noodles, healthy salmon fillets, and crunchy veg, this might just become a new weekly staple!
Ham, broccoli & sweetcorn frittata
Sneak more veg into your little one's dinner with this tasty ham, broccoli and sweetcorn frittata. Serve as is or alongside a fresh salad, and use up any leftovers for lunch!
Pepper and chorizo salad
This sizzling pepper and chorizo salad can be whipped up in just 15 minutes. If you're out of chorizo, then just chuck in some leftover roast meat instead! Delicious.
Prawn and mixed bean stir-fry
The great thing about this tempting prawn and mixed bean stir-fry recipe is that it uses mostly ingredients straight from the freezer but if the freezer is bare then snap up fresh king prawns instead. Keep this recipe on-hand for when you need to whip something up quickly.
Butternut squash, pepper & chickpea curry
Packs of ready-sliced veg make rustling up this butternut squash, pepper and chickpea curry super-speedy. Serve with steamed rice and soft naan bread for the ultimate Friday night curry feast.
Minced beef & onion pies
There's nothing quite like a steaming hot pie when the weather turns cooler. These individual pies are made with lean beef mince and ready-made puff pastry for a succulent yet simple treat. Short on time? Why not plan ahead and make a batch at the weekend, freeze them and then defrost when you need a no-fuss, nutritious dinner.
Crispy topped tomato and mascarpone fish
A one pan supper that can be on the table in just 15 minutes - perfect! This creamy fish dish is topped with a crispy breadcrumb and grated cheese top and can be enjoyed as is or served with chunks of crusty bread to mop up the sauce.
Lemon & thyme roast chicken
The great thing about roasting a whole chicken for dinner is that it needs minimal preparation and can then just be left in the oven to become juicy and crispy while you get on with other things. Not to mention how great roast chicken is for leftovers. This simple, classic roast recipe has a lovely citrus twist and only requires five ingredients. Serve with some boiled or roasted potatoes and a salad.
Cauliflower rice with prawns
This healthy supper is a cinch to make – succulent king prawns are gently fried with brightly-coloured veg, and stirred into riced cauliflower. Find this delicious and nutritious cauliflower and prawn recipe here.