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My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin (or 'Munch' for short!) I am 8 years old, and this is where my mummy will help me write all about all the fun things we do together. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of my mummy and me, Munchkin, with the occasional appearance from the siblings - Beastie and Plumlet.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Blissful Bolognese, Comforting Carbonara, Luxurious Lasagne ... Delizioso Dolmio!

Midweek meals for the busy family
#ThankGoodness for #Dolmio!


A story that rings very true to so many parents out there today ...

"Not enough hours in the day!"

Too often, I find myself wanting to prepare a nutritious, satisfying meal for the whole family in the evening, but juggling the cooking process along with school runs, after school clubs and the general, everyday antics of three young children, can regularly see me short of time. As a result, I find myself searching for inspiration of quick family meals and often worry our weekly menu can become slightly bland. Couple these day-to-day dilemmas with three very fussy eaters (only two of which are children!), and mealtimes can fly dangerously close to the Chore Zone!

So when we were invited by Britmums to take part in the #Thank Goodness challenge with Dolmio, we were well and truly ready!


The good people at Dolmio recognise mealtime meltdowns and dinner dilemmas like no other, and they know that, when time is short and bellies are empty, we all look for a quick, comforting meal that will satisfy the fussiest of taste buds!

Our challenge was to gratefully accept the hamper of tasty goods that were delivered to our door and whip up a family favourite in the midst of our busy weekday schedule. And the star of the show ...?


Dolmio Bolognese Original 500g sauce is 100% natural. In each jar, you’ll find at least 10 juicy diced tomatoes, a dollop of tomato puree, half an onion, a tablespoon of sunflower oil, a couple of cloves of garlic, a handful of herbs including basil, a teaspoon of cornflour, a teaspoon of salt, a pinch of pepper, two teaspoons of added beet sugar for taste, a squeeze of lemon juice, a splash of water and nothing more. In fact, a jar provides a family of four with one of their 5-a-day each and that’s before you add any further veg to the meal!

So, sitting down with the kids and showing them our ingredients, I decided I would get inspiration from them.

Munch: "Spaghetti Bolognese!"
Beastie: Spag Bol!"
Plumlet: "Sgettiiiiii!"

Spaghetti Bolognese is a firm favourite here, so, seeing the ingredients and recognising the popular Dolmio logo as a regular in our shopping baskets, it was a no-brainer for them!


As mentioned earlier, Munch, Plumlet and The Man are all extremely fussy eaters. They all love a spag bol, but their ideal dish would be very plain, vegetable free and lacking any 'colourful bits'. Myself and Beastie, however, couldn't be more different! However, I don't need to educate anyone on the importance of a decent intake of vegetables, nor do I want anyone to think that I succumb to their aversion to 'colourful bits' and neglect feeding them healthy stuff. I just have to be a little more creative sometimes. Chopping an onion to within a millimetre of its existence finding a variety of ways to conceal vegetables within their food as well as finding fun and exciting ways to present the colourful food to them seems to be a normal exercise in this house. However, this time, I did add finely chopped vegetables - onion and carrot, and added some yummy extras for myself and Beastie to enjoy with our dinner.


Using Dolmio Bolognese sauce means I can be confident that the whole family are eating well, as they enjoy a meal that is both tasty and nutritious.


To make this meal choice even better, it is really quick and simple to make. The ingredients I used were:

500g Lean Beef Mince
1 500g jar of Original Dolmio Bolognese Sauce
1 Medium Onion
1 Medium Carrot
1 tsp Italian Herbs
0.5 tsp garlic powder
1 handful Mushrooms (amount depends on preference)
1 Yellow Pepper 
Grated Cheddar
Grated Fresh Parmesan
350g wholemeal Spaghetti

The method for making a delicious bolognese is simple, well known and extremely versatile. Whilst chopping the onion and carrot small enough to avoid finding a little pile of colourful bits at the edge of three out of five plates, I also cooked up some mushrooms (a favourite for me and Beastie) and sliced some bright yellow pepper to garnish our plates as we fancied! Just goes to show, a good spaghetti bolognese should be made how you like it!


Even my two fussiest eaters loved it and requested a second round before they had even finished their first!

So, next time you are out on your food shop, be sure to add Dolmio to your basket. Versatile goodness, valuable convenience and satisfied tummies ... all in a 500g jar!

Take a look at the hashtags #ThankGoodness and #Dolmio to see what delicious creations others have been enjoying.



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

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