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7 Easy Weeknight Dinners for Back-to-school Season

Publisher - Great British Food Awards
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Dani R

Sep 03, 2021
6 minutes to read

It’s back to school season, which means you’re in need of quick dinner ideas! We’ve got you covered, with these delicious recipes for low-fuss weeknight dinners


Children are back at school, but weeknights suddenly seem much busier. After doing the school pick up, and helping out with homework, you might not have the time or the energy to cook something elaborate. These easy weeknight dinners require minimal effort, and deliver maximum flavour!

Leftover Lamb Hotpot

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Use the leftovers from your Sunday roast to make this classic comfort food dish. The recipe recommends using leftover lamb, but you could also use leftover pork shoulder. Serve it up with plenty of crusty bread to mop up the juices!

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Moroccan Chicken Traybake

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A traybake is the perfect meal for when you’re in a hurry - there’s minimal cooking and washing up! This recipe combines tender chicken breasts with chickpeas, fresh spinach and spices - the ultimate low-fuss chicken dinner. Steamed rice makes for the perfect side dish. If there’s any leftover chicken breast, you can shred it, mix it with mayo and use it in your sandwiches the next day.

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Pappardelle With Slow- Cooked Ragù

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Time to dust off the slow cooker! This delicious ragù pasta sauce is made with beef brisket and pork ribs for a deep, rich flavour - it’s one of our favourite slow cooker meals! Put it on at breakfast time and it’ll be ready for when the kids get back from school. Some garlic bread makes for the perfect side dish, if everyone’s really hungry! This is a great batch-cooking recipe, so keep a few portions in the freezer, and you’ll be sorted for dinner time next week.

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Buck Rarebit

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Rarebit is the ultimate easy dinner treat. Crunchy toast topped with cheesy, creamy sauce and then grilled. Add a fried egg on top and serve with a green salad for the ultimate easy family meal. Best of all, you’ll have dinner ready in minutes!

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Sausage & Apple Traybake

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This tasty dish is really easy to make - just bake sausages, apple and onions in a tasty honey-mustard marinade. We recommend serving it up with a pile of creamy mash. It’s a failsafe weeknight meal.

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Prue Leith’s Black Bean Chilli With Corn & Lime Salsa

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It can be hard to come up with easy family dinner ideas when someone in your family is a vegetarian, but this chili with beans is a delicious meal for a cold night. Serve with a baked potato or sweet potatoes.

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Tom Kerridge's Monkfish Curry

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A warm, piquant curry is the ultimate comforting dinner for cold nights. Tom Kerridge’s delicious monkfish curry is simmered in a sauce of coconut milk, lentils, fragrant curry leaves and spices. We love the combination of the robust fish fillets with the creaminess of coconut milk and a tickle of spice. The perfect accompaniment is some basmati rice or a soft, pillowy naan.

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