#ThankGoodness Mid-week Meal Challenge with Dolmio

Looking for some recipe inspiration? Why not prepare mid-week meals with Dolmio?
 
When Wednesday comes round do you ever feel you lack inspiration for making the evening meal. If your week is anything like mine Monday and Tuesday are really busy.  By Wednesday the midweek slump has hit and you can’t be bothered.  Working full time, looking after a family and running a blog all take time. The family still need to eat and want something tasty and nutritious. This can be a real challenge.
 
I plan meals every weekend so usually know ahead of time what I will be making. There are always occasions when something happens and you need to change your plan in a hurry. For these occasions jars of ready made cooking sauce can be a lifesaver. I usually have a couple of these in my cupboards and bolognese sauce is one that is useful for many different dishes.
 
Dolmio bolognese sauce
 

#ThankGoodness Mid-week Meal Challenge with Dolmio 

BritMums have teamed up with Dolmio and challenged bloggers to create a #ThankGoodness mid-week meal. They sent a hamper of ingredients along with a couple of jars of their Dolmio Bolognese sauce.  I had to create something delicious that the whole family would enjoy from the ingredients and include the bolognese sauce in the recipe. Dolmio Bolognese sauce is free from artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sweeteners.

 

The sauce is 100% natural. Inside each jar you will 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 most of the ingredients I would use to make my own bolognese sauce. Even better  a family of four with one of their 5-a-day each.

Mid-week Meal ideas

Have you ever watched Ready, Steady, Cook? When opening the hamper of ingredients I felt like I was on the show. There were plenty of everyday store cupboard ingredients, enough to prepare a tasty spaghetti bolognese and plenty of other recipes. Mushrooms, courgettes, onions, garlic and aubergine made me think instantly of ratatouille.  Chopping up these vegetables and cooking them in tomato sauce is always nice with rice or as a side dish with meat. 

The addition of chicken and baked potatoes gave me other ideas. Baked potatoes with a chilli style sauce would work well. The mince and kidney beans would be perfect for this. In the end I made two different meals, spaghetti bolognese and a Mediterranean  style chicken.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti bolognese

Traditional spaghetti bolognese is always a crowd pleaser and is really quick to make with Dolmio bolognese sauce. Just chop some mushrooms, onions and garlic and cook them in a pan until soft. Add the mince and brown it. Finally, add the Dolmio bolognese sauce and simmer for a few minutes until ready. Serve over spaghetti with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. If your family is particularly hungry you can add a side salad as well.  Traditional spaghetti bolognese can take a while to make, this is a great time saver with all of the taste.

Spaghetti bolognese

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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A quick and tasty spaghetti bolognese.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 6 mushrooms
  • 500g minced beef
  • 1 jar Dolmio bolognese sauce
  • 2 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • Spaghetti

Directions

  1. Peel and chop the onions and garlic
  2. Chop the mushrooms into small pieces
  3. Heat some oil in a pan and gently cook the onions, garlic and mushrooms until soft
  4. Add the minced beef to the pan and cook until brown
  5. While this is browning bring a pan of water to the boil and add the spaghetti
  6. Add the Dolmio bolognese sauce to the mince and simmer until the spaghetti is ready
  7. Drain the spaghetti and serve with the bolognese on top and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Mediterranean  style chicken

Mediterranean style chicken.

This Mediterranean  style chicken is inspired by rataouille but adds a twist by including a spoonful of cream cheese into the tomato sauce to make a rich mellow taste. It is really easy to make, just chop up onions, garlic, red pepper, aubergines and courgettes and fry them gently in some oil. Add some chicken pieces and cook until brown. Finally stir in the Dolmio bolognese sauce and a tablespoon of cream cheese and simmer until the cheese melts. This is delicious served with rice or spaghetti and could even top a baked potato.

Mediterranean  style chicken

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

A quick and tasty spaghetti bolognese.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 courgette
  • ½ aubergine
  • ½ red pepper
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 jar Dolmio bolognese sauce
  • 1 tbsp cream cheese

Directions

  1. Peel and chop the onions and garlic
  2. Chop the red pepper, mushrooms and aubergine into small pieces
  3. Dice the chicken
  4. Heat some oil in a pan and gently cook the onions, garlic, red pepper, courgette and aubergine until soft
  5. Add the chicken to the pan and cook until brown
  6. Add the Dolmio bolognese sauce to the chicken with a spoonful of cream cheese
  7. Simmer until the cheese melts into the sauce

Why not pin the recipes to try later?

Quick and easy midweek meals made using Dolmio bolognese sauce

What is your favourite mid-week quick meal to make? Let me know below.

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

 
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5 Comments

  1. March 30, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    Lovely variety of meals. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

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