Perfect home-cooked dinners for mid-week cravings

August 26, 2015 - 2 min read

Struggling to make an effort on Wednesday evening? Try some of these dinners when you’re in a slump. Even fussy eaters will love them!

Speedy Moroccan Meatballs

This quick and simple recipe will only set you back 20 minutes, so you have time for more important things, like putting your feet up!


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 350g beef or chicken meatballs (pre-made)
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 100g dried apricots
  • 1 small cinnamon stick (alternatively a pinch of cinnamon powder)
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes with garlic
  • 25g toasted almond flakes
  • 1 handful of coriander, roughly chopped


  1. Heat oil in large frying pan and cook the meatballs, turning occasionally for 10 mins or until cooked through. Set aside cooked meatballs on a plate, and cook onion until softened.
  2. Add dried apricots, cinnamon stick, diced tomatoes and half a can of water to frying pan and simmer for 10 mins. Remove cinnamon stick and fold meatballs into the sauce and serve with almond and coriander garnish. If desired, serve with rice, pasta or salad.

Mexican chickpea burgers

Perfect in a bun, tortilla or on their own, these substantial vegetarian delights are the perfect pick-me-up for the mid-week blues.


  • 1 large egg
  • 400g tinned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 400g tinned lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 75g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 handful of fresh coriander


  1. Blend chickpeas, egg and Mexican seasoning in a food processor until smooth. Scrape mixture into a large bowl and stir in the lentils, breadcrumbs, spring onions, chilli, lime zest and coriander. Divide mixture into 4 and shape into patties.
  2. Heat oil in large frying pan and fry patties for 10 mins, turning once, until golden and hot throughout.
  3. Serve however you please. We recommend home-made guacamole, sour cream and salsa for a tasty Mexican fiesta!

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