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3 Easy Weekday Dinners

Easy weekday dinners

Weekdays can be incredibly busy, but that doesn’t mean we have to resort to supermarket ready-meals.

Here, I have selected three recipes that take half an hour or less to prepare, so they are perfect for rustling up after a busy day at work.


Chorizo Fried Rice

Chorizo Fried Rice

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 476 per portion
Fat 24g (11g sat) per portion


  • Butter 15g (½oz)
  • Garlic 1 clove, peeled and crushed
  • Mushrooms 50g (2oz), wiped and sliced
  • Microwave basmati rice 250g packet
  • Chorizo 75g (3oz), chopped
  • Egg 1, beaten
  • Frozen peas 75g (3oz)
  • Frozen sweetcorn 75g (3oz)
  • Soy sauce 1–2 tbsp


  1. Melt the butter in a wok or frying pan over a medium heat and sauté the garlic and mushrooms for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the rice in the microwave according to the packet’s instructions.
  3. Add the chorizo and egg to the pan and cook until lightly scrambled.
  4. Add the peas and sweetcorn and cook for 2 minutes and then add the rice and mushrooms and cook for a further 2 minutes until everything is hot.
  5. Serve on warmed plates sprinkled with soy sauce.

Cook’s tips You could replace the mushrooms with peppers, if you prefer. For an even more cost-effective meal you could cook your own basmati rice rather than using the microwave version. It will just take a little longer to prepare.


Mushroom Pancakes

Mushroom Pancakes

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 413 per portion
Fat 26g (12.7g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians


  • Plain flour 110g (4oz) plus 2 tbsp
  • Egg 1
  • Milk 700ml (1 pint 4fl oz)
  • Vegetable oil for brushing
  • Butter 75g (3oz)
  • Mushrooms 450g (1lb) button or mixed, wiped and sliced
  • Mustard ½ tsp
  • Chopped parsley 2 tbsp
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Cheddar cheese 50g (2oz) (optional)
  • Green salad to serve (optional)


  1. To make the pancakes, sift 110g (4oz) of flour into a bowl and break in the egg. Gradually add 125ml (4fl oz) milk, beating to form a smooth batter. Pour in another 125ml (4fl oz) milk and beat until smooth.
  2. Brush a non-stick frying pan with oil and pour in enough of the pancake batter to coat the base. Cook until the pancake moves freely, turn and cook until golden. Repeat until you have 8 pancakes. Keep warm.
  3. Melt 50g (2oz) of the butter in a deep frying pan over a medium heat and fry the mushrooms for 4–5 minutes, until softened and starting to brown. Remove from the pan and keep warm.
  4. Melt the remaining butter in the pan and add the 2 tbsp flour. Cook for 1–2 minutes, then gradually add the remaining milk, beating well and allowing the mixture to come to the boil between each addition of milk. Simmer the sauce gently for 2 minutes, then stir in the mustard, parsley, mushrooms and seasoning.
  5. Preheat the grill to hot. Divide the mushroom mixture between the pancakes, and fold or roll each one up. Place them on a buttered dish, sprinkle with cheese if you like and then place under the grill until the cheese melts and turns golden. Serve immediately with a green salad, if using.

Cook’s tips If you have any bacon in the fridge, chop up a few rashers, fry them and
add to the mushrooms. You could use tarragon in place of the parsley.



Salmon, Lemon & Asparagus Pancakes

Salmon, Lemon & Asparagus Pasta

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 655 per portion
Fat 35g (20.8g sat) per portion


  • Tagliatelle 300g (11oz)
  • Asparagus tips 100/125g pack, halved
  • Butter 25g (1oz)
  • Frozen peas 150g (5oz)
  • Crème fraîche 250ml pot
  • Milk 4 tbsp
  • Lemon 1, grated zest only
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Ready-cooked lemon and herb salmon 185g packet, flaked


  1. Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil, add the tagliatelle and cook for about 10–12 minutes, or according to packet’s instructions, until just tender.
  2. Add the asparagus tips during the last 4 minutes, then drain well.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan and add the peas, then stir in the crème fraîche, milk and lemon zest (reserving a little for garnish). Heat gently, stirring, for about 3 minutes, then season to taste.
  4. Drain the pasta, then return it to the saucepan and add the sauce, stirring gently to mix. Divide between 4 warmed bowls. Scatter with the salmon flakes and lemon zest and serve at once.

Cook’s tip Use unwaxed lemons if possible, otherwise just scrub ordinary ones thoroughly before grating the zest. Remember to use only the yellow part – the white pith has a bitter flavour and will spoil the taste of the dish.



Fantastic Food For Less cookbookAll of these scrummy recipes are taken from our cookbook, Fantastic Food for Less.

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Squash, Bean and Stilton Risotto

Rich and creamy with a fantastic colour, this combination of textures and flavours results in simple, modern, comfort food!

10 minutes preparation time
40 minutes cooking time
546 Kcal per portion
23.6g fat per portion of which 11.6g is saturated
4 servings
Suitable for vegetarians

Butternut squash 1, weighing about 900g (2lb)
Olive oil 2 tbsp
Butter 50g (2oz)
Onion 1, peeled and diced
Garlic 1 clove, peeled and crushed
Arborio (risotto) rice 250g (9oz)
Dry cider 150ml (1⁄4 pint)
Vegetable stock 750ml (11⁄4 pints)
Frozen broad beans 150g (5oz)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Stilton cheese 75g (3oz)
Sage leaves 8, shredded

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/ Gas 6. Cut the squash into about 8 big chunks, removing the seeds. Put the chunks in a roasting tin with 1 tbsp of oil and roast in the oven for 40 minutes, turning the pieces a couple of times during cooking. They should be softened and caramelised on the edges.

2 Meanwhile, heat the rest of the oil with the butter in a large saucepan. Add the onion and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and rice and coat well in the butter for a couple of minutes. Pour in the cider, let it sizzle and, when it is almost absorbed, pour in about 200ml (7fl oz) of the stock.

3 Cook over a low heat until the stock is absorbed. Continue to add more stock in batches as it becomes absorbed into the rice. With the last addition of stock, add the broad beans as well.

4 Remove the skin from all but the ‘best-looking’ pieces of squash. Set these aside for the garnish. Mash the flesh from the rest roughly with a fork, in the roasting tin, and add it to the risotto with the saucepan juices. Check for seasoning and, when the rice is just cooked, break small chunks of Stilton over the top. Garnish with shredded sage leaves.

Cook’s tip
Roast butternut squash is great served as an accompaniment to roast meat dishes. Squash can be peeled before cooking, but it’s quicker to do it afterwards. Let it get really brown and sticky for the best flavour.

Recipe taken from the Year Round Dairy Cookbook.

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Slow Beef Curry

Slow Beef Curry recipe from Dairy Diary 2012

Warming, comfort food that’s perfect for winter days

Serves 6
Time 2 hrs 5 mins plus marinating
Calories 266 per portion
Fat 6g of which 2.5g is saturated
Suitable for freezing

Plain yogurt 150g (5oz)
Garlic 1 clove, peeled and crushed
Curry powder 1 tbsp
Lean stewing beef 680g (1½lb), cubed
Milk 150ml (¼ pint)
Tomatoes 400g can
Beef stock 150ml (¼ pint)
Ready-to-eat dried tropical fruit 175g (6oz)
Cornflour 25g (1oz)
Steamed rice to serve, optional
Coriander to garnish

1 Blend yogurt, garlic and curry powder in a bowl and stir in beef. Leave to marinate for at least 1 hour.

2 Place beef and its marinade in a large pan. Add milk, tomatoes, stock and fruit. Cover, bring almost up to boil and simmer for 2 hours or until tender.

3 Blend cornflour with a little milk, stir into curry and heat until sauce thickens and boils. Cook for 1 minute and serve with steamed rice, if using, and garnish with coriander leaves.

Dairy Diary recipe.

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