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Healthy midweek meals

by Jessica Lockyer-Palmer

published on 4 January 2024

Eating healthily doesn’t need to involve complicated recipes or hours spent in the kitchen, nor does it have to mean giving up your favourite foods. In this collection of easy and nutritious midweek meals, you’ll find everything from warming soups to weeknight pizzas that can be whipped up in a flash.

Air Fryer Chicken Skewers with Satay Peanut Sauce

by Hayley Dean

Made with lean chicken breast meat and a punchy satay-inspired marinade, this calorie-counted recipe takes under 30 minutes to cook and pairs beautifully with leafy green veg and steamed rice.

Mary Berry Noodle Soup Recipe

Mary Berry’s Thai Green Chicken Noodle Soup

Featuring lean chicken breast meat, nutritious pak choi, and a light yet flavoursome broth, this “dinner in a bowl” is warming yet fresh and aromatic.

Beef Larb and Black Rice Salad

by Myles Hopper, Giles Humphries

Who said salads have to have to be boring? Mindful Chef’s take on a Thai classic is light, refreshing, and packed with aromatic flavours.

Vegan Air Fryer Cauliflower Steaks Recipe

Air Fryer Cauliflower Steaks with Romesco Sauce and Chickpeas

by Niki Webster

For a plant-based dinner that’s still filling and satisfying, look no further than these perfectly crispy cauliflower steaks, complete with a topping of protein- and fibre-packed chickpeas and a roasted red pepper romesco sauce that packs a punch.

Megan Rossi noodle broth

Easy Noodle Broth

by Megan Rossi

A soothing noodle broth that can be ready in just 20 minutes, this vegan soup also happens to be packed with fresh vegetables and protein-rich tofu.

Mary Berry's Hoisin Chicken with Cashews

Mary Berry’s Hoisin Chicken with Cashews

This quick chicken stir-fry is bursting with flavour thanks to the hoisin and ginger marinade, while the cashew nuts add a welcome crunch.

Healthy Duck Soup (Ped Toon)

Healthy Duck Soup (Ped Toon)

by Damian King Lee

Featuring a broth packed with herbs, spices, and beansprouts rich in nutrients, this Thai noodle dish is deliciously savoury and warming.

Za’atar Chicken, Aubergine, and Squash Traybake

Za’atar Chicken, Aubergine, and Squash Traybake

by Amelia Freer

Featuring tender chicken and vegetables tossed in herbs and cooked all together in one tray, this recipe from Simply Good For You ticks all the boxes for a healthy midweek meal.

Sticky Soy and Honey Roasted Salmon with Asparagus and Sugar Snap Peas

Sticky Soy and Honey Roasted Salmon with Asparagus and Sugar Snap Peas

This brightly flavoured traybake can be ready in under 30 minutes and makes for a really flavourful midweek dinner. The sweet, sticky salmon fillets and zingy green vegetables can be paired with rice or noodles, or eaten just as they are for a carb-free meal.

Jamie Oliver’s Greek-inspired Cauliflower Stew with Olives, Zingy Lemon, Fresh Tomatoes, New Potatoes and Peas

Jamie Oliver’s Greek-inspired Cauliflower Stew with Olives, Zingy Lemon, Fresh Tomatoes, New Potatoes and Peas

Add a little Mediterranean sunshine to your evening with this oregano and lemon infused one-pot. Jamie recommends mopping up the juices with some crusty bread for the full taverna experience. 

Monday Miso Noodle Soup

Monday Miso Noodle Soup

Proving that not everything associated with Mondays is bad, this hearty bowl of umami goodness from Eat Happy is our go-to on cold winters nights and will take just 30 minutes to throw together.

Pad Thai Noodles

Pad Thai Noodles

Another enticing recipe from Eat Happy, with this healthy twist on a much-loved Thai dish there’ll be no need to reach for the takeaway menu.

Man-up Caribbean Veg Curry & Fresh Roti

Man-up Caribbean Veg Curry and Fresh Roti

by Nick Knowles

Bursting with vegetables and boasting a seriously punchy sauce, this Caribbean-inspired curry from Proper Healthy Food will leave no room for hunger. This recipe takes a little longer to prep than the others thanks to the homemade roti, but you can always opt for making just the curry if you’re cooking midweek, or reserve this recipe for a day when you know you have a little more time in the kitchen.

Cauliflower Flatbread Pizza

Cauliflower Flatbread Pizza

by Megan Gilmore

Thought pizza was off the menu while you’re eating healthily? Think again. This recipe from Everyday Detox is your ticket to lighter pizza every night of the week.

Naked Fish Pie

Naked Fish Pie

by Wendy Rowe

With vitamin A-rich sweet potato and nutritient-packed white fish, this easy recipe from Eat Beautiful manages to be as indulgent as it is good for you.

Skinny Carbonara Smoky Bacon, Peas, Almonds and Basil

Skinny Carbonara Smoky Bacon, Peas, Almonds and Basil

Can’t bear to part ways with your beloved pasta while you’re eating healthily? Thanks to this joy of a recipe for skinny carbonara from Everyday Super Food, there’s no need. Featuring wholewheat spaghetti and nutrient-dense peas, it’ll be on the table in just 20 minutes. 

Seared Turmeric Chicken Houmous, Peppers, Couscous and Greens

Seared Turmeric Chicken Houmous, Peppers, Couscous and Greens

For a quick and healthy dinner packed with flavour, we love Jamie’s turmeric chicken from Everyday Super Food, served with cous cous, greens and hummus. 

Tofu Kebabs with Sweet Chilli Sauce

Tofu Kebabs with Sweet Chilli Sauce

by Heather Thomas

A great healthy vegetarian option, this quick midweek meal is brimming with punchy flavour thanks to a tangy sweet chilli sauce.

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Chilli Fish with Tahini

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Chilli Fish with Tahini

from Simple

Using healthy halibut, this quick and easy recipe from Ottolenghi SIMPLE is perfect for a hit of lean protein and nutritious fats.

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