Jamie Oliver smiling at the camera with a large plate of % ingredient sweet pea orecchiette in front of him. A great midweek meal

Exciting food doesn’t have to wait until the weekend! With a few quick weeknight recipes and air-fryer wonders in your repertoire, it’s easy to mix up your midweek meals and add some joy back into those WFH lunches or family dinners.

In Jamie’s brand new book, Simply Jamie, he’s dedicated an entire chapter to mastering the midweek meal. What’s more, each recipe takes around 30 minutes or less, which means you don’t have to miss out on tasty food when you’re against the clock. 

From easy no-cook pasta sauces for a luxurious lunch in minutes, to eight new ways to give your salmon dishes a makeover, you can stop wishing for the weekend and start enjoying gorgeous, nourishing meals every day of the week. 

To celebrate the release of Simply Jamie and the journey to tastier midweek meals for everyone, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite quick and easy recipes that are sure to impress. 

Sweet peas are teamed with tangy pecorino and soft potatoes to create a flavour-packed pasta that can be on the table in just 30 minutes.

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Crisped-up, herby salmon is paired with air-fried greens and cheat’s lemony potatoes, then topped with a deliciously quick tangy salsa for a genius midweek meal that takes minimal effort.

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This 15-minute wonder packs an added veg boost into the classic carbonara recipe. If asparagus isn’t in season, feel free to swap your favourite seasonal green into that gorgeous velvety sauce – have fun with it!

25 years on from The Naked Chef, this old-school traybake still stands the test of time. Creamy beans and herby chicken are steamed in foil until beautifully cooked and ready to serve straight out of the bag. Lovely!

Take this as a principle recipe and mix up the flavours and ingredients to your liking. Why not try: this air-fryer version for a quick dinner fix OR go veggie with Gnocchi puttanesca in a bag.

You won’t miss the meat in this Thai-inspired dish! Sesame-coated, crispy tofu is tossed in a garlic, ginger and chilli sauce for a zingy bite that’s sure to leave your taste buds tingling. Serve with dressed rice noodles for the perfect spiced-up midweek meal.

One for those cooler nights, this one-pan puff pie is hearty in all the best ways. The store-bought pastry hack means it’s easy to get the perfect result, filled to the brim with delicious peppery greens and creamy chicken and mushrooms.

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Deliciously nutty paneer cheese and spinach are teamed with rogan josh curry paste and seasoned to perfection to create a speedy veggie dinner that’s ready in only 15 minutes. Result!

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Healthy, quick and delicious, this one-pan tagine is the full package. Harissa-spiced white fish is cooked with vibrant veg and served with perfectly fluffy couscous. It doesn’t get much easier than this!

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Fancy a lighter lunch? This lemongrass and ginger-spiced chicken is perfect for a packed lunch during the working week, and is prepared in less than 20 minutes. Pair with quick stir-fried veg and teriyaki-flavoured noodles for a zingy midweek hitter!

These harissa meatballs are super quick to whizz up, and taste amazing served with a fresh cabbage and apple slaw. What’s more, this recipe gives you extra portions to stash in the freezer, so you’ve always got a tasty meal to hand for those extra-busy work days.

Hungry for more easy midweek meals? Check out our top traybake recipes.


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