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Easy enough for midweek, smart enough for friends

November’s a month when more people tend to drop by, so here are 10 simple suppers that are perhaps a little more elegant than the usual Monday-night meal

GOOD-FOR-YOU MIDWEEK MEALS

MIDWEEK PROMISE

Your guarantee for every recipe in this section: NO MORE THAN…

• 10 ingredients

• 30 min hands-on time

• 650 calories per portion (but many of the recipes have fewer)

• 10g sat fat per portion

PLUS…

• No unnecessary added sugar

• Minimal washing up

Butternut squash, chicken and tarragon traybake

THE TRAY BAKE

SERVES 4. HANDS-ON TIME 20 MIN, OVEN TIME 1 HOUR

FOOD TEAM’S TIP

Double or halve the quantities for more or fewer guests.

• 4 tbsp olive oil

• 3 tbsp dijon mustard

• 1 large unpeeled butternut squash, deseeded and cut into 2cm chunks

• 8 British free-range chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on

• ½ bunch fresh oregano

• ½ bunch fresh tarragon, roughly chopped

• Finely grated zest 1 lemon, remainder thickly sliced

TO SERVE (OPTIONAL)

• Hot buttered rice or steamed greens

1 Heat the oven to 200°C/ 180°C fan/gas 6. Whisk the olive oil and dijon mustard together in a small bowl.

2 Divide the remaining ingredients, apart from the lemon slices, between 2 roasting tins, then mix with the dressing and plenty of salt and pepper.

3 Divide the lemon slices between the tins, putting one on each chicken thigh. Cook in the oven for 1 hour or until tender and golden, turning the veg occasionally. Serve with hot buttered rice or steamed greens.

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About Delicious Magazine

The November issue of delicious. is all about celebration. You’ll find a 20-page mix-and-match dinner party planner, as well as the recipes Rick Stein and his chef friends love to cook for others; even our midweek recipes have had a smart makeover. There are also guides to party fizz and cooking with spice. And with Christmas on the horizon we’ve asked Chetna Makan from GBBO to share her stunning festive cake recipe and compiled the ultimate gift guide for foodies so you can start planning now.
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