I don’t know about you but I dread meal planning. I have a house full of fussy eaters who are very difficult to please. By the middle of the week I’m low on ideas and motivation. When Britmums and Dolmio challenged me to create a #ThankGoodness mid-week meal I didn’t hesitate to accept.
I was sent a lovely hamper of goodies to help me create a simple good-for-you meal including a jar of Dolmio Bolognese sauce. Dolmio Bolognese original sauce is 100% natural. One jar provides a family of four with one of their 5-a-day each without even adding any vegetables. Each jar contains at least 10 juicy diced tomatoes, tomato puree, half an onion, sunflower oil, garlic cloves, herbs, cornflour, 2 teaspoons of added beet sugar for taste, a squeeze of lemon juice, a pinch of salt and pepper and a splash of water and nothing else.
I decided to make a classic spaghetti Bolognese with a little twist of sneaky vegetables included. I cubed 2 courgettes, sliced a handful of mushrooms, chopped an onion and diced a pepper. I knew that the veggies would reduce in size whilst cooking making them a sneaky addition to the dish. I also finely chopped some garlic cloves and added those too.
I fried all the vegetables together with a tablespoon of olive oil over a medium heat. Once softened I added 500g of steak mince and browned until cooked. I then added a 500g jar of Dolmio Bolognese sauce and simmered until heated through.
I had a little helper whilst I cooked, he seemed to take a shine to the garlic bulbs.
I boiled some wholewheat spaghetti for myself and Chris and made the children their preferred cheesy pasta as a side.
We all tucked in and it was delicious. The meal got the thumbs up from both the children and the only sneaky veg they noticed was the mushrooms which I count as a massive win.
As the hamper had been so generous I decided to make another delicious meal using the other jar of Dolmio Bolognese sauce. I wanted to go with another pasta dish as my children really enjoy them. I settled on a simple chicken, cheese and tomato pasta bake. I have never made this with a jar sauce before so I was a little worried as to how it would turn out.
This time I used mushrooms, courgettes, onion and garlic. After softening them in a tablespoon of olive oil I added two cubed chicken breasts and cooked through. I then added the jar of Bolognese sauce. Once the meat and sauce were thoroughly cooked I added some cooked pasta and stirred together. I emptied the contents in to a baking dish and covered generously with a mixture of cheddar cheese and grated parmasan. Once baked in the oven for 20 minutes it came out looking and smelling delicious.
It was one of the nicest pasta bakes I have ever made, even the children wanted seconds. Sadly the mushrooms didn’t go unnoticed but I will keep trying. We have eaten so well thanks to the Britmums and Dolmio #ThankGoodness challenge. It’s certainly shown me that mid-week meals can be anything but boring.
Both meals were thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family even the fussy ones and will now become a regular feature on our meal plan.
If you want to see lots more delicious recipes and mid week motivation head over to the Dolmio website.
This post is an entry for the #Dolmio #ThankGoodness Challenge, sponsored by Dolmio. www.dolmio.co.uk/thankgoodness.
*We were sent the ingredients shown above free of charge for the purpose of this challenge. All thoughts and opinions are my own*