This quick and easy bolognese sauce is secretly healthy!
Vegetables are hidden within the sauce, but are so unnoticeable that the kids won’t even be able to tell (and neither will you!)
So, you’re trying to decide what to cook for dinner. You’ve got some leftover vegetables from last night’s meal, but the sight of shrivelled next-day broccoli doesn’t seem particularly appetizing.
Or maybe there are some lonely past-their-use-by-date vegetables sat in the fridge, just begging to be quickly heated in the microwave, which takes all of 5 minutes.
Either way, you know you need to eat some veg, because it’s healthy for you and it would otherwise be going in the bin. Right?
Don’t worry, I’ve got just the meal for you.
Ragù alla bolognese.
Or Spaghetti Bolognese as we know it. A delicious, comforting, traditional meal which probably ranks pretty high on your list of favourite dinners. But although a jar of tomato sauce would be so easy to just slop into a pan of cooked pasta, it doesn’t contain any vegetables, and you know you need those vitamins (and if you have children, it’s even more of a struggle to get them to eat their veggies!)
If you do have some veg leftover from a previous meal, you could add that, but the sauce would be full of lumps of broccoli and carrots, which isn’t fun.
The tomato sauce jars are actually only 80% tomato – the rest is sugar, cornflour, lemon juice, salt, sunflower oil, herbs and some onion.
I’ll let you in on a secret: this healthy spaghetti bolognese recipe is far better. Why?
- Takes almost zero effort [mostly consisting of pressing a button, if you feel up to that]
- So much healthier, but you can’t even tell
- Made in under half an hour
- Uses 1 blender and 1 pan [and possibly 1 small casserole]
- Tastes just as good as traditional bolognese [I think it’s even better!]
This sauce is 30% tomatoes and 70% vegetables, and HALF the calories of a tomato sauce jar. It doesn’t get much healthier than that. Unless, of course, you add some low-fat, high-protein feta cheese, health-benefiting spices and maybe some good meat. Perhaps even some protein-packed chickpeas!
Serve that with some hearty wholewheat or gluten-free spaghetti, and you’ve got yourself a healthy, quick, easy, delicious spaghetti bolognese, which will leave you pleasantly full.
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