34 midweek meal recipes
Take the stress out of weeknight cooking with our easy midweek meals, ready in under 30 minutes, from pasta to one-pots and curries
Looking for some midweek meals inspiration? Get out of that weeknight rut with our creative and vibrant recipes. Liven up your plate with our fragrant curries, spicy stir-fries and creamy pasta dishes. Keep things simple with an easy one-pot or a hearty traybake. If you're going meat-free, try our vegetarian and vegan recipes.
See our easy recipes below, all ready in under 30 minutes, or try our quick and healthy recipes for even more dishes including salads, stews and rice dishes.
Midweek meal recipes
Chopped mint pairs perfectly with broad beans – this pasta dish combines them both with lemon, chilli and cream for a quick and easy summer meal.
Add this pork recipe to your midweek repertoire – pork medallions are cooked in a glaze made of balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, chilli and garlic. Serve with potatoes and green veg.
Check out this quick and easy vegan burger recipe with spicy lentils. Ready in just 30 minutes, these punchy patties make a simple summer recipe for four.
Swap chicken for sautéed tofu in this clever vegan twist on a classic, served with a white wine sauce and long-stemmed broccoli.
This classic dish sees crispy potatoes and corned beef topped with a fried egg and finished with a dollop of brown sauce.
For a simple midweek meal, enjoy egg noodles with roast cubes of swede in a sweet and salty gochujang dressing.
Make your next salmon pasta dish really creamy (but still healthy) with reduced-fat crème fraîche. Peas and dill add greenery, and there's lemon zest for freshness.
Banana, the surprise ingredient in this vegan curry, adds sweetness and thickens the sauce. It's a bit of a secret weapon, as it makes for a creamy, comforting dish.
Serve golden tofu with cauliflower fried rice and plenty of sweet chilli sauce for a low-calorie, veg-heavy, meat-free midweek dinner.
Serve this comforting parsnip and paprika soup with sobrassada, a spreadable chorizo-like sausage from Spain.
A quick and easy midweek pasta treat for four. Butter and parmesan cheese are essential for fettuccine alfredo, so don't skimp on them!
Make chicken breasts that little bit more exciting by chucking turmeric, smoked paprika, crispy chickpeas and baby spinach into the mix. Serve with lemony yogurt and toasted pittas.
Flavour prawns with harissa, dill, garlic and lemon, then serve swirled through orzo pasta for a speedy but sophisticated midweek dinner.
A new way to serve chicken breast, this speedy dinner sees roasted chicken paired with vegetable-spiked rice and a crunchy peanut butter and sriracha dressing.
A sophisticated Italian-style dinner, this saffron-spiked pasta dish pairs orecchiette with buttery brown shrimps, red chilli and garlic.
Stuff warmed tortillas with a colourful combo of grilled salmon, roasted sweetcorn, blistered red peppers and spring onions, all flavoured with aromatic Cajun spices.
You can't go wrong with salmon, pasta and a great big dollop of crème fraîche. Make our high-protein, low-salt midweek dinner in just 20 minutes.
Simply grilled hake, with a side of preserved lemon and paprika chickpeas plus leafy kale. Ready in 30 minutes, it's a low-calorie, gluten-free midweek winner.
Packed with protein and low in calories, this speedy broccoli rice dish is full of exciting texture and flavour, with punchy chilli, zingy lime, crunchy veg and peanuts.
Shop-bought Cajun seasoning transforms chicken breasts in this fiery, high-protein wrap recipe. Add soured cream, coriander and red cabbage for colour and texture.
Enjoy our vibrant green vegetable risotto with peas, baby spinach and asparagus. This easy veggie dinner is bursting with fresh flavours from chives, mint, lemon zest and pecorino.
This vegan rice dish can be eaten on its own or, if you want to add some protein, it’s good with beans, crumbled feta, cooked chicken or prawns stirred through.
Rigatoni and sausage is a classic combo but any short pasta will work for this magic one-pot, ready in half an hour.
Make it a fajita night with this speedy veggie dinner, perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Use a little mild chilli powder to give these wraps a kick, and hot-smoked paprika for colour.
Prawns, harissa and plenty of fresh basil is all you need to make a vibrant pasta dish.
This flavour-packed garlic gnocchi dish with cheesy sauce and crispy charred broccoli looks so impressive that no one will guess it only took 30 minutes to make.
Peanuts and sesame are big factors in Sichuan cooking, as is a love of cold savoury dishes to cool off on hot days. This is a great recipe to start with, if you want to get involved.
Match shop-bought vegan curry paste with plenty of fresh ginger, mangetout, red pepper and Quorn to make a delicious meat-free Thai red curry.
Ready in a flash, this creamy pasta one-pot uses shop-bought ravioli as a base for a nutritious vegetarian meal for two.
Cook this veg-heavy curry for a healthy vegetarian meal. The peas add extra protein while ginger and plum tomatoes make a light, fragrant sauce.
Salty smoked bacon adds extra flavour to this simple courgette pasta, livened up with fried chilli flakes for a quick midweek meal.
Flaky, pearly white cod with a rosemary parmesan crust, served on a sweet cherry tomato and butter bean sauce. It's the perfect midweek meal.
Salty halloumi makes a satisfying vegetarian wrap filling. Serve with a fresh and bright salad for a quick, nutritious midweek meal.
Stir fragrant spices with juicy king prawns and sweet peppers for a protein-packed Indian-style midweek meal ready in under half an hour.