Dinner Sorted: Five easy meals for early autumn

As the days get a little shorter and a little cooler, the challenge is to find recipes that hit that not too heavy, not too light sweet spot.

Read on for five recipes that bring the comfort factor without weighing you down, and definitely don’t require any sweating it out in the kitchen.

Meatballs with spaghetti

A recipe every home cook should master.

KIERAN SCOTT

A recipe every home cook should master.

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All home cooks should have a tasty, straightforward meatball recipe, like this one, in their arsenal.

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Eggplant parmigiana with fresh mozzarella and courgette crumble

A comfort dish based on a fresh in-season vegetable.

Nadia Lim

A comfort dish based on a fresh in-season vegetable.

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In-season eggplant gets a cheesy makeover in this simple version of the classic dish.

Chicken, veg & noodle stir-fry with citrus and soy dressing

This one-pan meal is packed with flavour.

Kieran Scott

This one-pan meal is packed with flavour.

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Save some time by using minced chicken in this one-pan flavor bomb.

Spiced zucchini and courgette fritters

Simple and filling, fritters are a no-fuss meal.

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Simple and filling, fritters are a no-fuss meal.

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There are few things more crowd-pleasing than a fritter. Here, spice notes from toasted cumin, fennel and coriander bring a burst of flavour.

Light prawn and herb risotto

Light and quick to prepare, this is a perfect early autumn dish.

Sam Mannering

Light and quick to prepare, this is a perfect early autumn dish.

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Cooking a risotto is a meditative experience, and not as time-consuming as you might imagine.