Everybody likes a quick and easy dinner – but amidst all the other little odd jobs that need doing in the evening, it can be hard to prepare food that meets that all important trilogy: quick, easy, tasty.

Our new range of Deliciously Easy Meals are designed to tick all the boxes when it comes to dinner time – leaving you with spare time to complete those little tasks that always need your attention, as well as grabbing some much needed time to yourself. Explore our range of 7 quick dinner ideas below and use our suggested activities to start making the most of your evenings while dinner’s in the oven.

Monday - Spinach & Ricotta Tortelloni

Start Monday off with a taste of Italy. Spinach and ricotta tortelloni in a tomato and mascarpone pasta sauce with a crunchy baby leaf salad and sharing garlic bread baguette.

Cook time: 16 minutes

Activity: Be creative! Give your brain a boost for the week ahead with some arts and crafts. Whether you’re an origami expert or an eager beginner, handy origami tutorials are super easy to find. You can try your hand at simple hats and letter folds or really put the pressure on before the tortelloni’s ready and attempt something a little more challenging, like an origami bird or animal. Visit http://www.origami-instructions.com/ for some inspiration, and get crafting.

Tuesday - Sweet Chilli Kebabs

Kick start your Tuesday with fun and healthy sweet chilli kebabs coming in at only 313 calories. Accompany with baby potatoes, crispy leaf salad and a mixed bean salad for a variety of delicious sides.

Cook time: 30 minutes

Activity: From packet to plate in 30 minutes, you’ve got enough time to squeeze in some valuable exercise – and work up your appetite. From warm-ups to cardio and even full-body workouts, find the ideal home exercises for you and fit them in before dinner – just make sure you leave enough time to get your breath back before serving.  See http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/15-minute-workouts for a range of 15 minute workouts.

Wednesday - Beef Brisket

Beef brisket, mashed potato and a selection of vegetables covered in onion gravy is the ideal solution for a warm and comforting mid-week meal. Try our carrot, cauliflower and broccoli mix for a variety of healthy and delicious vegetables.

Cook time: 18 minutes

Activity: Make a list! By mid-week you should have a good idea of what needs replacing in the fridge. Not having enough of the right food stocked at home provides an easy excuse to slip into unhealthy and more costly ways! Use your 18 minutes to make a shopping list of everything you’ll need to pick up on the weekend – from household essentials and groceries to all of next week’s deliciously easy meals.

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Thursday - Piri Piri Chicken

A succulent piri piri chicken breast with golden vegetable rice and a side of sweetcorn is the perfect way to see you into Friday – all ready in 25 minutes.

Cook time: 25 minutes

Activity: Breathe! Take a moment for you yourselfStart to wind down for the weekend with a quick yoga session. Make the most of your 25 minutes with a relaxing and invigorating session. Keep it simple or take yourself to the limit – just make sure you can squeeze it into 25 minutes – including time to cool down. If you're new to yoga, check out this 20 minute yoga session for beginners below for a great way to start your yoga journey!

Friday - Tomato & Mozzarella Pizza

Quick dinner ideas don’t come much faster than this. Tear and share a tomato and mozzarella pizza and garlic rosemary flatbread with a mixed leaf and rocket salad for a carefree and satisfying Friday night.

Cook time: 10 minutes

Activity: With the weekend knocking, you’ve got 10 opportune minutes to bring some initiative to the table. Organise something different for the weekend however small or big the idea may be. Whether it’s checking out a local market or embarking on an all-out road trip book what needs booking and get on social to tell who needs telling before your pizza’s out of the oven!

Saturday - BBQ Ribs

Saturday nights are for indulging. Make your own American-style feast with a rack of slow cooked pork loin ribs, thick cut steak house chips, battered onion rings and a side of coleslaw.

Cook time: 22 minutes

Activity:  Relax. Kick back from the week's hustle with a chapter from your favourite book or magazine. From your bedside novel to this week’s pull out from the local paper – simply let your brain get lost while waiting for your American feast. Need a new book? Goodreads have an excellent list of popular books you can read here!

Sunday - Mini Roast Chicken

No Sunday would be complete without a roast dinner – but sometimes we just don’t have time. Put together a super quick and easy Sunday dinner with mini chicken roasts, new potatoes and mixed vegetables for classic taste in a fraction of the time.

Cook time: 30 minutes

Activity: With the quick and easy roast in the oven, take some time to put together the perfect playlist for the week ahead. Grab your smartphone and make a playlist for the rest of the week, or sift through your CD collection and choose an album every day of the week to help cut through the traffic. If you’re on Spotify, try searching for ‘#MondayMotivation’ or ‘One Week One Playlist’ to set you up for the week ahead.

Our range of quick dinner ideas at SPAR is designed to let you carry on with your evening activities while your easy and delicious meals prepare in the background. Try our easy meal ideas above for some quick evening meals and see what activities you can complete while dinner’s on the go.