My daughter, however, can be very fussy - apparently she takes after me but I can't see it really.... ! So anyway, this is how we sneak extra vegetables into our spaghetti Bolognese.
500g minced beef (or lamb) as lean as possible
1 onion, very finely chopped or grated
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 carrots, very finely chopped or grated
50g ish of mushrooms, wiped and chopped as small as possible
1 red pepper, deseeded and finely diced
2 tins of chopped plum tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp chilli powder
Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
approx 300g pasta - spaghetti or penne is best (but my daughter does like "butterflies!)
Grated cheese to sprinkle on top if required
- Fry the mince until browned in a large frying pan - I don't use oil, just start on a lower heat to allow some of the fat to escape from the meat, then there's enough to fry in. Add the onion and garlic and fry for a couple of minutes more.
- Add the carrots, mushrooms, red pepper, tomatoes, tomato puree, paprika and chilli powder and mix well.
- Simmer for 25-30 minutes until all the veg is soft and "disappeared"! Add salt and black pepper to taste.
- While the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta and grate the cheese.
- Serve and enjoy with a green side salad!
For the fruit side of things, in order to get my children to try different fruits, we like to experiment by making fruit kebabs. Just buy a variety of fruits (most supermarkets stock a good and ever-changing reasonably priced exotic fruits) and let them choose, try and make fruit kebabs on cocktail sticks (make sure you supervise little ones with the cocktail sticks). As a treat, you can drizzle with chocolate sauce and serve with ice cream! Enjoy!
I am entering this recipe into Mummys Little Peeps healthy eating competition in attempt to win a £50 Sainsbury's voucher.