I recently signed up to a well-known diet plan, now I’m by no means suggesting that you do the same. You look out for what works for you. But, regardless of the name, or the concept, we could probably all look at eating a bit healthier. I used to eat at least 2 meals out and a takeaway a week, and the rest would be easy makes – jar sauce, or frozen. I’d use oil by the glug.
I want to make it clear I still eat out, I still eat takeaway, still enjoy a good ‘beige’ meal. One of the main changes that I’ve made is I try to hide more veggies in homemade meals – all of them! Spaghetti bolognaise is a super easy one for it and I have it most weeks because its so flexible. This week I added:
- Carrot (grate it and it cooks quicker)
Usually, if there’s any in the fridge, these go in too:
- Fresh garlic
- Pepper (any colour)
- Fresh tomatoes
- Celery (though I don’t like it so it’s rarely in the fridge)
I’ll always try and get a mix of colours in there – if I’ve got a lot of green spinach then I’ll add a yellow pepper and a carrot, just to mix it up a bit.
Sometimes ill add lentils (don’t tell my partner!) just to make it a bit more filling too. Or I’ll use pork or turkey mince as well as beef to make it a bit leaner. Something I’ve learnt is that the jar sauces taste good because they’re packed with sugar so I always add a sprinkling of sweetener, to cut the acidity of the tomato.
The great thing about packing so many extra veggies in is that it bulks it out so it lasts 2 meals! Leftover spag bol is great the next day but I also look at making it into a chilli – add some chilli (fresh, powdered, paste, whatever, just don’t go overboard!) and some kidney beans (great for protein to keep you feeling fuller for longer) and serve with some rice.
Another of my favourites is stuffed peppers – I chop some peppers in half and pop them on a baking tray in the oven (or under the grill, I’m not fussy and don’t really know the difference to be honest!) whilst I’m reheating the bolognaise mix, then spoon it into the middle, top with cheese and put them back in (or under) until the cheese is melted.
Give it a go! See how many veggies you can hide and let me know your favourite meals below!