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Mid-Week Suppers

Author: Lauren Coleman

When I was little ‘supper’ meant having a slice of toast and marmite and a glass of milk before bed. In the interests of having something a little more nutritious and filling for your evening meal than toasted bread, in this post supper refers to a casual and quick dinner, although I reckon we’ve all whipped open a loaf of Hovis after a long day at work more than once.

I try my best to get my five a day, have a portion of protein with every meal and have really cut down on processed food in the last couple of years. Being a fussy eater, sorry, I mean a pescatarian, I can find trying to add a new recipe to my repertoire pretty tedious and as the nation move towards cleaner eating my turmeric stocks regularly have to be replenished and sometimes I feel I can’t possibly face another avocado.
On our instant messaging group last week the RMLtd team shared a few mouth-waterers and with most of us laying low this month and trying to cut back on the Christmas stodge it seems now is as good a time as any to reveal our favourite speedy supper recipes.

  • My current veggie favourite is the Honestly Healthy Tumeric Masala Curry which has shedloads of veg in it (sweet potatoes, green beans, peas and broccoli) and makes enough to have portions for lunch the next day which is always handy.
  • If you favour your food with a face then iFood Real’s Asian Salmon Stir Fry is a big hit in our house with wild salmon, green beans, mushrooms and heaps of ginger. We use tamari rather than the soy sauce as that’s the way we roll.
  • Laura is a bit of a whizz in the kitchen and recommends Jamie’s Taglierini with a Sweet Tomato Sauce and Shrimps. I love pasta but it unfortunately doesn’t like me so I’m going to try this next week with courgetti or maybe quinoa instead.
  • If you like a bit of filo pastry then Lorna’s dish of the day is BBC Good Food’s Crispy Greek Pie with just five ingredients. The Shaw household also like to dine on Creamy Pesto Chicken with Roasted Tomatoes which has inspired me to make my own pesto.
  • Over in Lottie’s absolutely gorgeous kitchen there’s a Lentils with Rosemary Roasted Squash, Ham Hock and Sunflower Seeds recipe a-cookin. Apparently there’s only 15 minutes prep for this dish.
  • The other night James and I had Madeline Shaw’s Monkfish Curry with Cauliflower Rice. I’m a bit late to the cauliflower party but we’ll definitely be having it again. The nuttiness and texture of the ‘rice’ made a really tasty alternative to the usual starchy grains and reminds me I need to try more from her Get The Glow recipe book.
  • I’m not saying you would, but just in case you do end up with a hangover then I can highly recommend Jamie Oliver’s Kedgeree recipe. The smoked haddock makes it super salty but the madras flavour tastes so good! It’s a bit faffy as you need several pans on the go but you get the hang of it after a couple of times.

I’m loving the Joe Wicks books as his meals are so quick and the ingredients he uses are readily available. What are you cooking for dinner tonight and what are your favourite weekday meals? Veggie ones would be really, really appreciated. Speaking of veggies what’s with the lack of washed spinach at the moment? I had to go to three supermarkets to get my smoothie fix this week!
Finally do check out our archives for slow cooking recipes as there were lots of comments when we ran a feature several years ago.

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57 thoughts on “Mid-Week Suppers

    1. I’ve tried this one too Siobhan and love it – it’s just reminded me to give it another go!! I’m also with Lauren on the Joe Wicks books, I have all three and use them every week. They are pretty simple and straight-forward, but as I settle on favourite ones I tend to play around with them a bit.

      I’m promptly pinning all of these suggestions though so that I can give them a whirl soon xx

    2. I had this at the weekend and it is so delicious! I think I actually prefer it to traditional beef chilli! We had it with rice the next day for lunch too and was delicious! x

  1. I can’t offer a particular recipe as I just chuck everything in the slow cooker and see how it comes out! Usually served with sweet potato fries, baked new potatoes, pasta or brown rice. 9 times out of 10 it’s a winner and super easy. Not that I’m a lazy cook or anything!

    I’ve also been pointed in the direction of Iceland (the frozen food store) for clean meals – apparently as the food is frozen quickly they avoid all the nasty preservatives. They do smoothie mixes that are divine and I’m about to try the zesty quinoa. I never knew they sold healthy food- I always assumed all their food was super processed!

    1. That’s really good to know Ali, I would have never thought of going to Iceland. You’ve reminded me I should put a link back to an old post we did on slow cooking. Thanks for that x

      1. I have officially never been to Iceland – yet there is one a few miles from our new home so I feel I need to go?! I always think of their advertising which seems to include a lot of unidentifiable meat coasted in breadcrumbs, I think my perception is confused by the Kerry Katona commercials of old! x

        1. You should go Charlotte. An excellent place to find love too – that’s where our lovely Lorna met Rob! x

  2. Most of my weeknight recipes are coming straight out of the River Cottage Toddler Cookbook at the moment. They pack loads of flavour in without too much salt or spice for little ones. The veggie bean curry is a massive favourite and easy to throw together http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/baby/baby-food/vegie-bean-curry-20111102-1mv07

    I think I’ll be trying a couple of your suggestions too though. I’m still working through the Christmas chocolate – it really needs to STOP. xx

    1. How have you got chocolate left Karen?! James is gutted we have no Christmas stocks left!
      Yum to the curry recipe x

      1. Seriously Lauren, the amount of chocolate that people decide a 1-year-old needs is obscene! Add to that the ridic amount of baking and treat buying I did, we have a never ending supply!

        Of course I need to protect her teeth and eat it all myself. x

        1. As my mother brought me up to believe, when it’s gone it’s gone ?

          Similar toddler tooth protection in face of chocolate oversupply situation here…

  3. Oooh I like a food post! Thanks for the ideas, it is nice to have recipes that people recommend as u know they r going to work!
    Also re spinach, I laughed when I read this because I had thought the same thing over the weekend, it’s really odd!

    1. Thanks for the crab recommendation Jenny – I’ll definitely give this a try. I don’t think I’ve ever bought crab meat!
      Let me know how you get on with the monkfish curry. It’s definitely on my recipe repertoire now.

  4. Taco Tuesday!! Had it last night, home made refried beans are delicious.

    More pulse favourites, cannelloni beans with sage and olive oil and a stock cube cooked really slowly. You can add cavolo nero and tinned tomatoes to get a lazy Tuscan bean stew. Yum.

    1. Oh wow Lucy – loving the different flavour here. Everything I eat seems to be turmeric or garam masala flavoured!

      1. You need a jar of chipotle paste in your life! Tesco sell it. I’m obsessed with Mexican flavours and a total Thomasina Miles fan girl.

        I forgot also the great American blog Dinner: a love story. Have a look over there.

  5. Spicy pork mince. Was surprised to discover pork mince is lower fat than beef and it cooks super quick. Steam some green beans or sugar snaps. Fry pork it in a smidge of oil, add ginger, garlic, szchuan pepper and red chilli flakes, a splash of soy and rice wine and add in the beans. I have mine with steamed pak choi, the rest of the family have it with rice

  6. I love Huevos Rancheros (Mexican eggs) for a quick dinner! I know it is traditionally a breakfast recipe but it works for supper too! In fact, I am having this tonight! Here is my version:
    Serves 2:
    1tbsp olive oil
    1 onion, roughly chopped
    1 tsp smoked paprika
    1tsp sweet paprika
    1 heaped tsp oregano
    pinch chilli flakes
    1 tin chopped toms
    1/2 tin any beans you fancy-I like pinto
    salt and pepper
    4 organic eggs
    2 wholemeal tortillas
    grated cheddar

    For the quick guacamole
    1 avocado mashed
    juice of 1/2 lime
    4-5 green jalepenos finely chopped (leave out if you don’t like spicy or use chilli flakes if you don’t have jalepenos)
    small bunch fresh coriander

    In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil, add your onions and fry for a few mins. Add your herbs and spices and fry for a minute. Add chopped tomatoes and let simmer for 5 mins. Add your beans and some salt and pepper. Stir well. Make 4 “wells” in the sauce with the back of a spoon and crack your eggs into each well. Turn the heat down low and put the lid on to cook the eggs.
    Meanwhile, mash your avo with the juice of 1/2 lime, some jalepenos (if you like it with a kick) some fresh coriander and a little salt.
    Toast your tortillas on a griddle pan.
    the eggs should be almost done by now! You want the yolk slightly runny!
    Once the eggs are cooked, serve on warmed plates with a sprinkle of cheese, a dollop of guac and your toasted tortilla!

    1. Thanks Sarah. We do baked eggs quite regularly but I love that you add beans to yours – makes it loads more filling!

  7. I’m a meat eater but absolutely love Anna Jones’s cookbooks, which are vegetarian, ‘A Modern Way to Cook’ and ‘A Modern Way to Eat’. There are some amazing recipes in there, not too complicated and loads of variety.

  8. Jamie Oliver also has a great veg feijoada which is gorgeous, makes loads and freezes well! http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/smoky-veggie-feijoada/

    He also has a really good crab bolognese recipe although it doesn’t seem to be on the internet… I think it’s in 30 minute meals but it is lovely, plenty of veg in it too, chilli and fennel seeds.

    I’m a big fan of roasting strips of butternut squash with spices & herbs and having either as a side or part of a risotto (with feta usually).

    I’ve never cracked the veggie curry but I think I’ll definitely try the tumeric masala curry!

    1. I adore butternut squash but find it such a pain in the bum to prepare – I can’t seem to cut it!
      Wow, four of your five of day in the feijoada apparently. Thanks Katie – will definitely give this one a go. Enjoy the turmeric masala curry x

      1. wrt the butternut squash – you can buy frozen pre-chopped pieces in Tesco at least now, I assume probably other supermarkets as well. Super easy to get out a couple of handfuls to defrost or cook from frozen in stews etc.

  9. Love this post – thanks for the tips. Me and the hubby are trying to increase our vegetable consumption and also save money and prepare lunches rather than dashing to M&S every lunchtime. Leftovers works a treat! For me, a midweek dinner must be quick. My absolute favourite book is Madeleine Shaw Get The Glow – her recipes are always delicious and lots are under 30mins. I would really recommend http://madeleineshaw.com/recipes/coconut-prawn-korma/ and I will also be trying http://madeleineshaw.com/recipes/miso-roast-aubergine-with-sweet-potato-noodles/ this week. Thanks for the heads up with the slow cooker post too – I love my slow cooker and always looking for new recipes! X

    1. Hi Sarah, I found the easiest way to up my fruit and veg intake was having a smoothie for breakfast – I reckon I get three portions in there then it’s just about having another portion with lunch and dinner.
      Love Madeline Shaw – her recipes are gorgeous x

  10. I do love a good recipe post. Two of my favourite midweek dinners are smoked haddock pilaf – http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/smoked_haddock_pilaf_84768 (sorry Lauren, this features both fish and garam masala!) and Nigella’s Thai Red Prawn and Mango Curry – https://www.nigella.com/recipes/red-prawn-and-mango-curry. The red curry is super quick and the prawns can be omitted without any detriment to the overall dish.

    On the veggie side, black bean and sweet potato burritos are always a winner. Roast the sweet potatoes (or butternut squash) and at the same time simmer a tin of black beans, liquid and all, with whatever flavourings you want. I usually go for cumin, chipotle, chilli powder, cayenne, garlic powder (or fresh garlic) and coriander. Then stick it all in a wrap with fresh salsa, cheese and some salad and hey presto! Accompanying nachos optional… 😉

    Also, shakshuka. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2016/mar/03/how-to-make-the-perfect-shakshuka

    I’m hungry now!

      1. Lauren, it is very similar to kedgeree. It takes a while to cook but the prep time is fairly minimal. I’d definitely recommend! x

  11. I love a ‘lazy’ dinner midweek! Would highly recommend checking out Domestic Sluttery (I promise it’s not dodgy!) for veggie options. I think they’ve rebranded as a newsletter rather than a website so to speak but the archives are still online & they have a wealth of veggie & GF options. I’m actually making one of the recipes tonight for dinner: http://archive.domesticsluttery.com/2012/03/sluttishly-vegetarian-black-beans-in.html?m=1

    Love a wee bit of BBC good food too – I’m a fan of this salmon & cous cous number (which is equally nice with the Mediterranean caulirice they sell in my local supermarket): https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1583/herby-salmon-and-couscous-parcels%3Famp?client=safari

    1. Oooh I forgot about Domestic Sluttery – I used to really like their content. Tempted to give the black beans a whirl. Thank you! x

  12. I recently got Jamie Oliver’s Superfood Family Classics cookbook and it’s got a receipe for 7-veg pasta sauce – not sure why I never thought of it before but such a straightforward way to get veggies into a simple pasta dish. My husband is ridiculously fussy but he really liked the sauce even though it contained courgette, squash and celery – things he would never eat in its usual form!

    Pintrest is a great source for me at the moment – sometimes it can be a bit hit and miss but I’ve turned up some gems recently. I get bored of cooking the same things every week and love trying out new receipes. I’m not so good at just throwing something together but I’m not put off by trying out something new or using a veg or fruit I have no idea how to prep (thank you YouTube!!)

  13. I had one of my favourite veggie dinners last night of grilled halloumi with quinoa (just chuck in some peppers and red or spring onion and a squeeze of lemon juice). Quick, easy and light.

    Another recipe on my list this week is an improvised sausage ‘casserole’. Cook sausages, add mixed beans in tomato sauce (or mixed beans and a tin of tomatoes), add onion and a red pepper and simmer until cooked.

    This is a great post as I find I get stuck in a rut trying to think of quick meals. I don’t enjoy cooking very much so I often make double portions and freeze half to try keep cooking to a minimum.

    1. If you like a pimped up sausage casserole then we do one with veggie sausages, spinach and lots of feta at the end – very tasty.
      Double portions are the way forward aren’t they?

  14. As a fully fledged vegetarian for 10+ years the greatest veggie cook book I’ve ever come across is River Cottage Veg! So many great recipes for whatever you fancy!

  15. That is so funny, there is a spinach shortage here too, think everyone must be on the Joe Wicks recipes using spinach in so many of them!

    We’re making a Waitrose speciality tonight of courgette, tomato and mozzarella bake, a winner with three little ones too. (Recipe in this month’s magazine)

    Another favourite is this https://www.cleanlittletummieshappymummies.com/blog/tomato-mozarella-pesto-chicken

    It makes a great tasty mid week dinner xx

  16. Oooh loving all the suggestions! I’ve just been reading up on how to quit sugar. Not quite there yet though, I mean I still have to eat all of the chocolate from Christmas… On healthy dinners we have been eating some of the clean and lean books from the cookbook – there is a lovely thing called Supermince (with beef, sorry), a veggie chilli that packs some serious punch, and spelt salads that are genuinely delicious. I can’t seem to find them online though, sorry, but the books are interesting (even if I haven’t 100% followed the plan yet!). BBC Goodfood has some delicious items, such as chicken edamame (http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1840665/chicken-edamame-and-ginger-pilaf) and Mexican chicken (http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1940686/mexican-chicken-stew-with-quinoa-and-beans), although sorry Lauren for the meat in those. Smitten Kitchen does some wonderful quick veggie things too though, I ADORE her broccoli fritters (https://smittenkitchen.com/2012/06/broccoli-parmesan-fritters/) which is saying something, with the sour cream lemon mix, and she recently posted a recipe for butternut squash pancakes too (https://smittenkitchen.com/2016/10/winter-squash-pancakes-with-crispy-sage-and-brown-butter/) – yum!

    1. Thanks Annie. Don’t worry there’s a meat eater in our house too!
      Good luck with the sugar quit. You’re a stronger woman than I am!

  17. I would definitely agree about Anna Jones’ cookbooks, ‘A Modern Way to Cook’ and ‘A Modern Way to Eat’. The one pot lemon, tomato & kale pasta is a firm favourite!

  18. Oh wah, I can’t cook any of this sort of thing as Al is a big time fussy eater. When we first met he basically lived off of beans on toast, fish fingers/sausages/chicken nuggets, chips and ketchup. I’ve since broadened his culinary horizons a bit and got him eating curry, various pastas (nothing too veg heavy), risotto, chilli etc etc so I really struggle for meal ideas as I don’t have time to cook separate things for us 🙁

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