Top 10 healthy and quick midweek meals


Updated on 14 June 2017 | 1 Comment

It's Healthy Eating Week. Get on board by trying these meals that are a doddle to make, and also really good for you.

It's Healthy Eating Week, an initiative started by the British Nutrition Foundation to promote healthier eating for families. But we think healthy eating is important at every age.

So here are 10 recipes that are healthy and good for all the family... and what's more they're quick to make too.

Tex-Mex omelette wraps

Pictured above, you can fill these omelette wraps with whichever vegetables you like and some lean meat if you fancy it. Simply cook each omelette then place your veg inside and wrap it up. You can also make the wraps ahead of time, and they'll keep in the fridge for up to three days – so you can make them on Sunday when you have more time and enjoy an even faster dinner on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time 10 mins

Thai-style omelette

Thai-style omeletteRather like the Tex-Mex idea, but try filling your wrap with a Thai-style filling: rice noodles, ginger, green peppers and chicken. Again, you can make the wraps a few days in advance, and the rest of the meal is completed by frying up some vegetables. Roll up your eggy parcels and chow down.

Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 10 mins

Vegetarian yakisoba

YakisobaSpeaking of making things in advance, this vegetarian yakisoba dish requires you to marinate the tofu for at least an hour. So there's a caveat for this being a 'midweek' meal, but it'll sit happily marinating in the fridge for 24-48 hours and you'll end up with a better dish for it. And the marinade takes less than five minutes to make. The rest is just fresh vegetables, nuts and seasoning.
Prep time: 60 mins | Cook time: 15 mins

Roast squash salad

Roast squash saladThe required prep for this squash salad recipe is minimal, though you'll need to be a little patient for your squash to cook through. Parma ham and Parmesan cheese aren't the healthiest things, so we recommend you scale back on those and go for more watercress and squash. But don't omit them entirely, as they add tons of complementing flavour.
Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 30 mins

Baby aubergine salad

Baby aubergine saladYou needn't use baby aubergines if you can't find them, and the only active prep you need to get involved with is cutting them up then mixing up a fast marinade. The rest is just a (short) waiting game while your aubergines cook. You could serve this alongside some toasted wholemeal bread, slices of chicken breast or green salad leaves like rocket.
Prep time: 5 mins | Cook time: 15 mins

Thai pork and lime stir fry

Stir fryGluten and lactose-free, this Thai-style stir fry needs a bit more work to get going than some of the other options here, as it calls for you to make your own spicy paste. However, if you're time-poor, you can purchase a variety of delicious Thai pastes from good Oriental supermarkets. If you want to make your own, it should still only take you around 25 minutes to get everything in the pan.
Prep time: 25 mins | Cook time: 10 mins

Roasted romanesco tabbouleh

TabboulehRomanesco is a crazy-looking brassica that grows in a fractal pattern. Which means that it looks great on a plate. Mixed with bulghur wheat, almonds, pistachios and fresh parsley and mint, then topped off with pomegranate seeds, this tabbouleh is absolutely irresistable. It's also vegetarian and vegan friendly and is very filling.
Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 25 mins

Beijing tea house stir fry

Stir fry

Oyster mushrooms, chilli, ginger, garlic, pak choi and more. Sound good? It'll sound even better when we tell you that you can get this meal on the table in just 15 minutes from start to finish.

It's so simple and so tasty, and again, this one is vegetarian friendly, so long as you can sourced veggie oyster sauce (or leave it out).

Prep time: 5 mins | Cook time: 10 mins

Oven-baked salmon with a dill glaze

Salmon with a dill glazeGet some baby potatoes and peas or green beans on the go (lentils also work if you have more time), then start work on this super-fast fish dish. Mix dill, parsley, mustard and chives together while cooking your fish in the oven for around 10 minutes, then spread the herby mixture over the fillet. Season with black pepper to your taste, and serve with a wedge of lemon.

Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 10 mins

Five-minute spag bol

Spag bolHealthy comfort food that rocks everyone's world. Prep takes five minutes, cooking takes five minutes: you'll be eating before you know it. Make it with fresh cherry tomatoes for best results, and add plenty of torn basil leaves for colour. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over your meal before tucking in.

Prep time: 5 mins | Cook time: 5 mins

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