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Get your midweek mojo back with Donal Skehan's fuss-free recipes

As a sense of normality returns, fuss-free dinners are back on the menu

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Duck Noodle Cucumber Salad Bowl by Donal Skehan

Duck Noodle Cucumber Salad Bowl by Donal Skehan

Grilled Aubergine Gnocchi Balsamic Tomatoes & Burrata by Donal Skehan

Grilled Aubergine Gnocchi Balsamic Tomatoes & Burrata by Donal Skehan

Lamb Shish Kebabs by Donal Skehan

Lamb Shish Kebabs by Donal Skehan

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Duck Noodle Cucumber Salad Bowl by Donal Skehan

There's a certain sense of normality seeping back into our lives and our meal times at the moment. After months of having all the time in the world to potter away in the kitchen, albeit with a baby strapped to me and a toddler teetering on a stool shouting orders, easy dinners are back on the menu - whether it's make-ahead meals I prep in the morning for a simplified dinner later in the day, or an easy recipe comprising ingredients that don't take too much prep time and can be assembled through the madness of a normal, full-on day.

The summer months are a great time to simplify your cooking and I have three recipes that will hopefully take the guesswork out of midweek dinners. An easily adaptable noodle bowl with irresistible sticky soy duck breast is an ideal building block for using up any sad-looking vegetables in the fridge. Make the base with thick udon noodles, thinly sliced hot duck and build it up with fresh shaved or shredded veggies.

If you're in BBQ mode, give the recipe for lamb shish kebabs a go. It's a great "assembly job" feast, the elements of which can all be plonked on the table with everyone helping themselves to smoky lamb, pickled pink veggies, toasted pitta, hummus and a vibrant saffron yoghurt.