An email popped into my inbox asking whether I'd be interested in taking part in the Dolmio #ThankGoodness Challenge.
My tried-and-tested way to ensure that they do actually eat some kind of vegetables and don't end up with scurvy is spaghetti Bolognese. They love the stuff. However it isn't a particularly quick and easy meal and so it tends to be something I batch cook at the weekends. I'm all for simplifying things so I said I'd give the Dolmio #ThankGoodnessChallenge a shot.
A few days later, a lovely Tesco delivery man popped over with rather more food than I was expecting.
Now I must confess to two things. Firstly, I never ever read or follow recipes. Secondly, I usually play safe and stick to the same things, primarily because spending ages cooking things that are then screamed at and rejected is depressing.
Nevertheless, I thought I would attempt to rise to the Dolmio #ThankGoodness challenge and try and invent some new meals for the us and the Whingelets. We'd start off in safe territory, using the first jar of Dolmio for the classic spag bol, and then be a bit more inventive with the other and see what happened.
Round one: Dolmio Spaghetti Bolognese
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Clean plates and happy faces all round. Would definitely do again.
Round two: Dolmio Chicken Pizzas
Verdict: Almost miraculous.
Two thumbs up.
Round three: Layered Chicken and Vegetable Dolmio Bake
Verdict: Should have been split more ways.
Left me feeling very fat; tasted alright though. If I was giving this to the kids, I would pre-chop the chicken or use mince. The vegetables can be substituted for almost any. It was very creamy; I'd probably use less white sauce next time although I gave the leftovers to the kids the following day with pasta and they loved it.
None of these recipes took more than 15 minutes to prepare, and all of them went down well.
Dolmio Bolognese sauce is 100% natural and contains one of your five a day (or is it eight now??). I was given the food for free, in order to complete the #ThankGoodness challenge but the recipes and words are all mine.