Tips and tricks for tasty midweek meals

little girl and table of food

Juggling after-school activities, playdates and homework, and that's before you factor in fussy eaters, can make weekday dinnertime a little fraught. Birds Eye asked Mumsnetters to share their favourite midweek recipes and their tips for making weekday dinners delicious, nutritious and time efficient

1. Plan, plan, plan!

1. Plan, plan, plan!

“We have recently started planning our weekly meals to make things less stressful with the kids, work, sport, activities etc. It is working really well and I try and do bits the night before which really takes the pressure off what is a busy time of day. The kids still eat a healthy meal without me having to rush for not so healthy faster options.”

2. Batch cook to save time

2. Batch cook to save time

“I like to prepare ahead and batch cook meals to pop in the freezer. That way there is always something to choose from and if different family members want to eat different things or at different times, it's all catered for.”

3. Rope in the family

3. Rope in the family

“On a Sunday we sit down as a family and decide the dinners for the week coming. We each choose a dish to cook, the eldest two put their name down on a day they finish work early with the dish they want to make and then the younger ones put their name down next to a dish they would like to prepare with us. It works really well as life for everyone is always full on. This way the stress is not put on one person and the kids get to learn how to cook.”

4. Take it slow

4. Take it slow

“As a working mum and a foodie, I cannot imagine life without my slow cooker. Mine has two settings – high and low – it is one of my favourite things. Midweek food doesn't have to be boring. Either chop the vegetables the night before or early in the morning (time permitting) and throw them in the slow cooker before going to work. Given the number of hours, I just leave mine on the low setting all day. It's so lovely to come home to a rich bolognese or a jambalaya, a chilli or a stew.”

5. Stock up on Tupperware

5. Stock up on Tupperware

“The best family cooking invention has to be the Tupperware box! Prepare all your ingredients in the morning or night before and put it in the boxes. Then you can store it in either the fridge or freezer until you need it. You can make a healthy meal without spending so much time on preparing the ingredients.”

6. Give yourself a break

6. Give yourself a break

“Birds Eye’s fish fingers or potato waffles are really quick and easy to make for my 2-year-old, especially when I've had a busy day and I'm too tired to make anything from scratch. These items are great and I know my sometimes fussy eater will always eat them! Add some peas or beans and it's reasonably healthy too! Smiles all round!”


Weekday recipes

Here are some super speedy midweek recipes, courtesy of Mumsnetters, for you to try

A quick and easy biryani

A quick and easy biryani

“I boil brown rice with water, add a vegetable stock pot and turmeric. When there is about a minute left I add loads of mixed veg. On the side, I cook up some chicken breasts. I let everything cool down and cut the chicken into pieces and mix it in. My kids love it and leftovers are perfect for packed lunch!”

Pea-tastic soup

Pea-tastic soup

“My top meal is pea soup. All you need is a bag of frozen peas, a can of coconut milk and some chicken stock, plus a heaped spoon of Thai curry paste. Cook and blitz in the blender.”

Chinese fakeaway

Chinese fakeaway

“We love to make quick and easy fakeaways! Especially Hong Kong-style sweet and sour chicken. First, put some Birds Eye chicken dippers in the oven then warm the sweet and sour sauce in a pan. Once everything is hot, add the chicken to the sauce so the dippers soak it all in, then just microwave some rice.”

Freezer dough pizza

Freezer dough pizza

“Pizzas are quick and easy and even better when you make your own dough. I batch prepare lots of balls of dough so they are easy to defrost and use for a quick delicious meal. It's also a great way to get veg into the little ones' diets too.”


There's no doubt that midweek tea times can be a stressful part of the day. Coming up with nutritious and tasty meals the kids will enjoy isn't easy. Birds Eye has some helpful ideas for tea time. If the kids like chicken, they'll love these delicious 20-minute recipes!