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Quick and easy dinners for a cold winter's night

Have a warming dinner on the table in no time thanks to this collection of quick and easy winter meals. Because no one should be stuck in the kitchen when they could be snuggled up by the fire!

By Harriet Keown
Winter dining is often defined by its rich, hearty and comforting dishes - from stews to curries to soups - most of which are cooked slowly and steadily. But it's not always convenient to start cooking dinner three hours beforehand, so we've rounded up our favourite recipes that are well-suited for a chilly winter evening, each of which will be on the table in less than 40 minutes. That's a win-win in our books!
  • 1

    One-pan honey mustard chicken thighs

    Nadia Lim's honey mustard chicken recipe is too good not to become a family favourite! Ready in just 30 minutes and cooked to perfection in one pan, this dish is delicious served with mashed potatoes


  • 2

    Teriyaki and ginger meatballs with noodles

    Filled with fantastic Asian-inspired ingredients, this delicious teriyaki and ginger meatballs recipe is great served with noodles and enjoyed for a flavoursome and easy midweek family meal

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

  • 3

    Potato and egg rendang

    In an aromatic sauce, this perfectly rich potato and egg rendang is bursting with flavour and is perfect served with rice and topped with fresh coriander for an incredibly warming family meal.

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

  • 4

    Spiced seafood coconut curry

    It's hard to believe this seafood coconut curry only takes 20 minutes to make! Bursting with authentic flavour from fresh and ground herbs, plus delicious clams, prawns and white fish, this is a perfect midweek dinner.

    New Zealand Taste|

  • 5

    Chicken meatball laksa

    This fragrant soup is a fantastic idea for a quick dinner or lunch. With punchy flavours, homemade chicken meatballs and noodles to bulk it up, it's a delicious meal that will be on the table in just 30 minutes.


  • 6

    Mum's pumpkin soup with delicate flavours

    About this, Mum says: “Easily my favourite soup for those cooler, not quite winter days. It’s ideal if suddenly you realise one of your stored pumpkins is showing a little rot. So as not to waste the whole pumpkin, remove the bad bits and soup the rest."

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 7

    Spinach and ricotta chicken parmigiana

    Have dinner on the table in just 35 minutes with this delicious (and nutritious) spinach and ricotta chicken parmigiana, complete with kumara chips and a leafy green salad.


  • 8

    Chorizo and parsnip mash

    This delicious chorizo and parsnip mash is comfort in a bowl! The sweetness of parsnip is tempered by spicy chorizo, earthy mushrooms and chargrilled capsicum to create a cheap and healthy meal.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 9

    Pea, ham and sour cream spirals

    This no-fuss pasta is a hit with kids and can be whipped up super-quick using a handful of common ingredients in just three easy-peasy steps – just cook the pasta and peas, stir it all together and eat!


  • 10

    Pumpkin and cashew curry

    This pumpkin and cashew curry is so incredibly moreish! The cashews soften to a dull thud on cooking and the mix of spices forms the perfect background for the pumpkin.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 11

    Pumpkin Parmigiana

    Now is the time to show off autumn vegetables by using their striking colours and varied textures to make impressive, delicious and nutritious dishes

    New Zealand Taste|

  • 12

    Spaghetti lentil bolognese

    A delicious new twist on a versatile Italian staple. Enjoy this wonderfully comforting spaghetti lentil bolognese for a hearty midweek meal that the whole family will love!

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|