It’s a school day, it’s already been a long day, and when the kids get home from school, it’s that time to have a near nervous breakdown amongst the kitchen cupboards working out what to make for dinner. Again.
I want to feel wholesome and make IG friendly suppers that everyone adores and validates my fabulous cooking skills. I want us to sit around the table together and laugh and share stories about our days while everyone shovels in forkfuls of my balanced dinner.
This is the bubble that promptly explodes in my face every night when I have to combat a very fussy eater and my other half with special dietary needs and I succumb to the freezer of doom and yellow food. Again.
This is where Dolmio and their #ThankGoodness challenge comes in, and honestly, I thought it wouldn’t work like all my other attempts, having a child who refuses to eat food that’s “mixed up” *rolling eye emoji*.
Dolmio very kindly sent over a food parcel with all the ingredients I’d possibly need to make a scrumptious Bolognese and very tentatively, I got to work.
My method was kept very simple for obvious fussy child reasons, I browned the minced beef while chopping mushrooms, grating carrots and crushing garlic. I then added these to the mince once it was browned and fried them off for a few minutes while adding the Dolmio Original 500g sauce and while that happily simmered away, I boiled the spaghetti and grated heaps of Parmesan, my thinking being that my son would only entertain the pasta and cheese.
I set it all on the table with a flourish in under 30 minutes and little mess to the kitchen and the verdict was….
Noah LOVED it and actually ate it (minus the mushrooms)! And we had my dream of actually sitting together and talking and all the perfect mind bubble stuff I thought was impossible. When dinner was finished he asked when I was going to make it again, which never, NEVER happens.
Not only could I feel good about him eating something that wasn’t yellow / frozen / both – I knew that the sauce was 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.
So all I can say is, thank you Dolmio! You have truly saved our dinner time woes and added something we can share together as a family every week.
“This post is an entry for the #Dolmio #ThankGoodness Challenge, sponsored by Dolmio. www.dolmio.co.uk/thankgoodness