Thursday, 30 March 2017

Thank Goodness For Dolmio - My Midweek Meal For Busy Mums


Midweek...it's often the time of the week that every mum dreads. You know the feeling. You're running low on supplies but you can't quite justify and end of week takeaway yet! So what can you do when you need to create a tasty but healthy meal for the children, you're finishing off a work deadline and trying to ferry various children to various clubs - all at the same time (yes we do deserve a medal!). That's when I'm always glad to see a jar of tasty Dolmio in the cupboard as I know it means I can whip up a delicious midweek meal that all the family will enjoy!

There's not really anything that beats a good Spag Bol in my opinion. It's the perfect dish for all occasions. Filling and comforting it's a popular choice with adults and children, great for a play-date and brilliant to batch cook so that you are always one step ahead!

I also like to use my Spag Bol as a way to sneakily get some veggies into my little ones too. There's often cries of 'yuck' when I try to get them to sample a new vegetable but by whizzing them up into a tasty Dolmio based sauce.


The great thing about this recipe is that you can really use any vegetable you have in your fridge and you can try different ones each time. Our faves are carrots, courgettes and onions so that's what I've used in this recipe. 

Mums Midweek Meal - Hidden Vegetable Spaghetti Bolognaise

Ingredients:

1 jar Dolmio Original
500g approx beef mince
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
2 carrots
2 courgettes
olive oil
pasta

Method

I'll be honest, on a school evening I don't want to be peeling and chopping and a great thing about this recipe is that if you have a food processor you can just throw all the veg in together. Whizz it up, if your kids are happy with veg you might go with a more chunky texture but if they are 'refusenik's like mine you will want to get it as chopped up as much as possible so it blends in well with the mince. 



And after a minute or so we have...



Then heat some olive oil in the pan and brown off the mince. Then add in the veg and allow to fry for about 5 minutes. Then it's time for the magic. Add in the Dolmio sauce with it's tasty blend of herbs and spices (did you know it's 100% natural and can provide you with 1 of your 5 a day?). Mix it in well and cook on the hob for around 30-40 minutes.



Meanwhile cook your pasta timed to be ready at the same time as the Bolognaise. For a healthy touch use wholemeal pasta for some additional fibre and of course it has to be served with lashings of Parmesan cheese!


The meal went down a treat and not one child even noticed the vegetables! As the veggies add extra bulk to the Bolognaise sauce we had enough for about 8 servings so I popped some in a Tupperware to freeze as a tasty 'ready meal' for next week! Of course there are lots of interesting tweaks you could add to this midweek staple. How about adding some spicy chorizo or crumbling feta cheese on top? I also like to have the Bolognaise served with a crispy jacket potato as a midweek lunch or you could use the left over mince to make a lasagna. 

This recipe certainly makes me say #ThankGoodness for Dolmio and this simple video shows you exactly what goes into a jar of their tasty sauce so you can be assured that it's as good for your family as it is for you! 


**This post is an entry for the #Dolmio #ThankGoodness Challenge, sponsored by Dolmio. www.dolmio.co.uk/thankgoodness.**