Short on time, but don’t want to rely on ready meals this springtime? Here's some super-fast recipes you can turn to

When spring comes around you feel less inclined to spend your days slaving away in the kitchen. Luckily, with some fresh ingredients and a little know-how you can cut cooking time down to a miserly half an hour. Happy spring!

 

1. Sweet and sour prawns

This fragrant seafood dish is an Asian-inspired stir-fry that’s healthy enough to make and enjoy often. You can eat it hot, then pack any leftovers cold in a lunchbox. See recipe for Sweet and sour prawns

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2. Pea and mint soup

Most of the ingredients you’ll need for this simple but hearty soup can be used straight from the freezer, so it’s easy to make any time. It’s a winning lunch or supper dish that’s full of greens and satisfying enough to fill you up.  See recipe for Pea and mint soup

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3. Rhubarb and ginger fool

Rhubarb and ginger are made for each other. Add honey, orange juice and Greek yogurt and you have a delicious, indulgent pud. Once you’ve baked the rhubarb, all you have to do is layer this tempting-looking dish up. See recipe for Rhubarb and ginger fool

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4. Curried chicken kebabs

Ready in just 20 minutes, these succulent kebabs have a sweet curry flavour to perk up dinnertime. You can either grill or barbecue them, then serve them with pitta pockets and salad for a complete meal. See recipe for Curried chicken kebabs

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5. Teriyaki salmon noodles

Fish, veg, noodles and a wonderful teriyaki dressing make a complete meal all in one bowl. Plus, you can pat yourself on the back for cooking Japanese-style dish from scratch. See recipe for Teryaki salmon noodles

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6. Beef salad with mint dressing

If you have any leftover roast beef, you can transform it into a fabulously zingy Asian salad. There are crunchy beansprouts and radishes to add texture and peppery flavour. If you don’t have leftover meat, it’s also worth making with ready-cooked beef slices.  See recipe for Beef salad with mint dressing

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7. Chicken and lemon kebabs

It's fresh all the way for these pan-fried kebabs that have a double burst of lemon in both the marinade and in the dressing. Scoop up the goodness with some heated tortilla wraps. See recipe for Chicken and lemon kebabs

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8. Greek-style gnocchi salad

Mediterranean food is so richly colourful, it’s temptation on a plate. This dish - including olives, wilted spinach, salty Greek cheese and smoky bacon - is no exception. The gnocchi makes it a substantial meal and the tomato and basil sauce mean it's swimming in wonderful colour and flavour. See recipe for Greek-style gnocchi salad

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9. Cheesy grilled mushrooms

Portobello mushrooms have a distinctive, nutty flavour that perfectly complements the Swiss cheese and garlic topping. Served with Irish soda bread toast and some peppery salad leaves, it makes a super-tasty lunch. See recipe for Cheesy grilled mushrooms

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10. Beef fajitas

Tender beef, tomato salsa, fresh veg and Cajun flavours combine to make this fun-to-eat, self-assembly supper. Kids and adults alike love fajitas and you can make them more fiery by adding a little chilli to the tomato salsa, if that’s your preferred taste. See recipe for Beef fajitas

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