As a busy mum of two, I always do Meal Plans for our family meals, this involves me sitting down at the start of the week and planning our family meals to eat that week, and then once that is decided, I then know what groceries I will need to buy that week. This works best for me for sticking to a budget for groceries, and also helps me to try and make sure my children are eating a variety of healthy balanced meals. I am always looking for ideas of nice family recipes, so thought I would share one of our favourite family recipe.
Red Meat provides a range of important nutrients that are often low in toddlers and children, including iron, zinc, B vitamins, selenium and potassium.
Dr Emma Derbyshire, a public health nutritionist and mother says: “Including a small portion of red meat in the diet a few times a week after weaning can help to bridge nutrient gaps and so help to maintain good health through childhood and beyond.”
So I decided to take part in the @BritMums #HealthyRedMeat Campaign with @Tesco. There are so many family favourites you can cook with red meat like Lasagne, Cottage Pie, Meatballs, Burgers & Spaghetti Bolognese etc.
I thought I would share with you my recipe and my 15 easy steps for making my family friendly Bolognese Pasta Bake. I love nothing better than eating home cooking myself, and I always try to make my own sauce from scratch as it so much healthier than the jar sauces you can buy that are full of sugar and salt, and I have a really quick and easy sauce recipe to share with you.
My sauce I make is a Bolognese sauce that can be used for many meals like Spaghetti Bolognese, Bolognese Pasta Bake, Meatballs etc
Bolognese Pasta Bake Ingredients (I bought all my ingredients from @Tesco)
250g Mincemeat (I buy the less than 5% Fat)
Tin of Chopped tomatoes
1 heaped tsp of French Mustard
5 squirts of Tomato puree
Sprinkle of Italian Seasoning
A Few handfuls of Grated Mild Cheddar Cheese
Side Salad (optional)
My 15 steps Method
Step 1 – Chop up your onion
Step 2 – Fry Onion in a non stick frying pan, I always use Fry Light Spray as it healthy for frying food.
Step 3 – Empty tin of chopped tomatoes into a large saucepan.
Step 4 – Add a sprinkle of Italian Seasoning to your sauce.
Step 5 – Add a heaped tea spoon of French Mustard
Step 6 – Add 5 squirts of Tomato Puree
Step 7 – Add your fried onion to your sauce, then stir and put the sauce to simmer on low.
Step 8 – Brown off your mincemeat in your frying pan you used for the onion.
Step 9 – Drain the fat off the mince (I always buy the less than 5% fat mince but I still drain off the excess fat)
Step 10 – Add the mince to the sauce in the saucepan and stir in.
Step 11 – Put pasta in a large saucepan and onto boil.
Step 12 – Pre Heat the Oven to 180 Degrees
Step 13 – Drain the pasta.
Step 14 – Serve the pasta into the bottom of your oven dish (I bought Pyrex individual size oven dishes from Tesco) Then add your sauce on top of the pasta, and then add a handful of grated cheese on top, and place into the oven.
Step 15 – Leave in the oven until the grated cheese is all melted, then remove from the oven, and serve with a side salad (optional).
Both Sienna my 15 month old (pictured above) & Oscar my 3 year old love this meal it is a family favourite for us.
This post is an entry for the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel.