Sizzling suppers: Annie Bell has weeknights sorted

From frying pan to table – in minutes! Annie Bell has weeknights sorted.

Minute steaks with borlotti bean mash

Minute steaks are a win-win. They’re about half the meat of a big steak, so not only more affordable and planet-friendly but cooked in a jiffy.

minute steaks
Chris Alack

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Salmon with spinach and chickpeas

This is based on the delightful Spanish tapas of spinach with chickpeas, served here as a main with buttery strips of salmon, pine nuts and currants.

salmon and chickpeas
Chris Alack

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Paprika chicken with pecan and coriander salsa

This nutty salsa is a great way of getting more veggies into this super spicy chicken and lentil dish.

paprika chicken
Chris Alack

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Minty lamb steaks with anchovy rainbow chard

One of my favourite ways of roasting lamb is studded with anchovies and garlic, with lashings of mint sauce, all present and correct in this speedy fry-up. A tomato salad goes very nicely alongside.

minty lamb
Chris Alack

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Mackerel with walnut dressing

Singing with goodness – omega 3 oil in the mackerel plus a smattering of walnuts and wholegrains turn this into a superfood fry-up.

mackerel
Chris Alack

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Cheat’s pilaf

This is a brilliant all-rounder, vegan as is, but you could also serve it with a poached egg or some thin medallions of pork fillet or lamb. Hungry vegans might like to add more quinoa.

pilaf
Chris Alack

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Our pick of the pans

When choosing nonstick frying pans I look at durability and green credentials. These are PFOA-free with the latest in toughened coatings, and offer great value.

24cm serves 2
28cm serves 4

Best design

Zyliss frying pan
Amazon

Zyliss Cook Nonstick Frying Pan has the Good Housekeeping Institute’s seal of approval, with its Rock-Pearl technology. 24cm £29.99, 28cm £36.99, amazon.co.uk.

Best eco

Lakeland frying pan
Lakeland

Lakeland Eco Hard Oxidised Frying Pan is produced with less energy. Steep sides mean a bigger base. 24cm £34.99, 28cm £39.99, lakeland.co.uk.

Best basic

Tefal pan
Argos

Tefal Titanium Excel Frypan is its strongest yet, with the trademark Thermospot which shows when the pan’s hot. 24cm £30, 28cm £35, argos.co.uk.