Bored of cooking? Sick of making the same meals? Well, you've come to the right place...
Between homeschooling, staying on top of what now feels like an abundance of laundry and, oh yeah, that job you have - it can be seriously challenging to cook a new, satisfying and healthy dinner each night.
Of course, you could just dial up the local takeaway or heat up a ready meal and call it a night but if 2020 taught us anything, it's that cooking is therapeutic and joyful. It helps you to pause, take a moment and reflect. It's also guaranteed time spent away from a glaring screen. That said, coming up with tasty dinner ideas for every night of the week is no mean feat. Your best bet against weeknight dinner stress? These uncomplicated family dinner ideas will please everyone - even the kids. From belly-warming curries to Greek spatchcock chicken, easy asparagus risotto and a salad you'll actually enjoy eating, you’ll have endless delicious recipes to choose from night after night, whether you have all day to prep or just minutes.
Be sure to save this post to your browser because there's going to come a night this week where you're wondering what to cook, and we've got the answers.
AIR FRYER PORK LOIN
Another day, another new recipe to cook in your air fryer! This show-stopping pork loin is so tender you might not believe it came from an air fryer. The sweet marinade helps to lock in the juices and create the perfect crust, roast pork has never been so easy. Get the recipe, here.
Squash, lentil & pistachio salad with yoghurt labneh
Salads can combine a lot more ingredients that just lettuce and greens. This is a great option for working from home lunch breaks as it comes together in less than 30 minutes, is packed full of brain-boosting ingredients and offers a nice change to all those cheese and ham toasties you've been having. It can also be served as a great side dish to chicken for dinnertime. Get the recipe, here.
Greek spatchcock chicken
Once you learn the simple technique of spatchcocking a chicken, you will make it this way all the time. Removing the backbone flattens the chicken and helps it roast faster - the result is a juicy chicken with crispy skin. This recipe is loaded with Greek flavours like lemon and oregano and is simply delicious. Get the recipe, here.
Lemongrass sticky chicken thighs with pink radish, mint and rice noodles
When tasked with cooking every meal at home for the best part of year, it's inevitable to fall into a recipe rut. At this stage, you're on autopilot and making the same boring dishes day in a day out and it's time to give your tastebuds a refreshing wakeup call. This lemongrass sticky chicken thighs dish comes from the clever heads at Howth Castle Cookery school and makes for a perfect midweek meal. One bite and you'll be inspired to cook something other than pasta for dinner...trust us. Get the recipe, here.
Potato, spinach & lentil curry
It's a little colder than we had hoped for the third week of March but we'll let it slide just this once as it means we can fill up on warming bowls of this delicious curry. Potatoes make a wonderful ingredient in curries, absorbing all the spicy flavours and adding substance. Get the recipe, here.
People can be intimidated by cooking fish for tacos, but don't be! After marinating, the fish just needs to cook in a glug of olive oil for a few minutes in a skillet pan. Let the fish rest a few minutes before using a fork to flake it into pieces and voila! It could not be easier. But the real gem of this recipe is the cabbage slaw—don't skip it. It takes just a few minutes to toss together and it's brightness is the perfect condiment to the spiced fish. Get the recipe, here.
When it comes to making risotto, many people stick to one recipe: mushroom. But risotto is an extremely versatile dish and can be made with just about any vegetable your heart desires. With asparagus in season, there's really no better excuse to change things to up this week with this flavourful asparagus risotto. You'll wonder why you hadn't thought of it sooner... Get the recipe, here.
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