Top 10 quick winter dinner ideas

Curry in white bowl with fork

This five-star coconut & squash dhansak is an easy vegetarian curry, perfect for a weeknight meal. It’s full of warming spices and sure to take the edge off a cold winter night. Cook butternut squash in the microwave to save time, then combine with a thick curry sauce. Top with a generous dollop of coconut yogurt and serve with warm naan bread. For more speedy and spicy dishes, see our curry recipes.


Nothing says winter comfort more than a loaded plate of bangers and mash. For a healthier, even more seasonal twist shredded brussels sprouts and parsnips are added into the mash – and it’s still ready in under 30 minutes from start to finish. Discover more warming inspiration with our most comforting potato recipes.


This sausage, kale & gnocchi one-pot is full of winter flavours, perfect for a comforting supper. Remove pork sausages from their skins and fry until crisp around the edges. Add gnocchi, chicken stock and chopped kale, and cook until the gnocchi is tender and the kale has wilted. For more fuss-free meals, see our one-pot recipes.

Two bowls of chicken curry, rice and a lemon wedge

Put those leftover chicken scraps to good use in this quick and effortless curry with sugar snap peas, a delectable blend of flavours and textures. And the good news? It’s a flavourful delight and allergen-friendly, being both egg- and nut-free. Plus, it’s gentle on the sugar content for those watching their intake. Top it off with a generous sprinkling of zesty chilli and fresh coriander to bring it all together in style. Check out more leftover chicken recipes.


Whip up these lightning-fast chops using storecupboard essentials. They’re highly versatile as they taste excellent with creamy mashed potatoes or rice. Check out our helpful guide on how to cook the perfect rice.

Air fryer frittata topped with crispy bacon

Speedy dinner lovers – the air-fryer is your best friend. Plus, this frittata recipe only requires a handful ingredients, making it a quick, easy and delicious midweek saviour. Discover our air-fryer recipes for beginners.


A simplified version of the classic spaghetti bolognese, this recipe bulks out lean minced beef with a handful of sliced mushrooms for added flavour and nutritional benefit – perfect for a quick midweek dinner. Now try our 10 twists on spaghetti bolognese.

Two bowls of ramen on grey background

A warming bowl of vegan ramen is so comforting. Dried shiitake mushrooms and white miso paste provide plenty of savoury flavour. It’s super filling with rice noodles, tofu, pak choi, carrots and beansprouts. Top with sesame oil, sriracha, chopped coriander, crushed peanuts, crumbled sheets of nori or dried chilli flakes. For more Japanese-inspired flavours see our ramen collection.

Dish of air fryer tuna pasta bake with melted cheese on top

A pasta bake is like a warm hug on a cold day – and this air-fryer version helps speed up the process from chopping board to plate. Topped with bubbling, golden mozzarella, serve with a fresh salad or side of your choice. Find more tuna pasta bake recipes here.

10. Quinoa with stir-fried winter veg

Quinoa and winter veg stir fry in a white bowl

Full of nourishing winter veg, this vegan stir-fry also packs in plenty of healthy protein from the quinoa. Find more vegan quinoa recipes for when you’re bored of rice.

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