Spaghetti Bolognese (#HealthyRedMeat)

When it comes to meal times and eating healthy, I really try and make sure the recipes I do are of nutritious value. #HealthyRedMeat is considered to be a great food type to put in meals, especially for children because it contains Iron, Zinc and B Vitamins, Selenium and Potassium, which are the nutrients that are often lacking in a child’s diet.

When I first started putting Mabel and Martha onto proper food, this Spaghetti Bolognese recipe is what I used and it went down tremendously. Since then it has been a household favourite, which is great because it is cheap, easy and extremely versatile, plus by using red meat the girls are getting lots of nutrients from the meat and even more from the vegetables.

“Including a small portion of red meat in the diet a few times a week after weaning can help to bridge nutrient gaps and so help to maintain good health through childhood and beyond.” – Dr Emma Derbyshire (Public Health Nutritionist and Mother)

Each time I do this meal for the girls they both finish everything that is in their bowls. Not only that but they get that classic ring of sauce all around their mouths, which is adorable and very pleasing for me to see just how much they enjoyed it.

 Ingredients (4)

400g Mince (500g £1.69) £1.35
2 Celery Sticks (500g 55p) 11p
2 Carrots (1kg 45p) 7p
Onion 16p
1 tbsp Oil (1L £3.60) 5p
150g Mushrooms (300g 69p) 35p
2 Garlic Cloves (Homegrown)
Tin of Chopped Tomatoes 31p
1 tsp Mixed Herbs (30g 85p) 3p
Beef Stock Cube (24 for £1.70) 7p
400g Spaghetti (1kg 98p) 39p
20g Parmesan (150g £1.60) 21p
Total: £3.10 (approx 78p per person)
(*Prices from Tesco)

1. Put the oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and fry the garlic and onions for a minute.
2. Once soft add the mince and stir for 4 minutes or until the mince has browned, then add the celery, carrots and mushrooms and combine together.
3. Add the stock cube, mixed herbs and chopped tomatoes. Stir with a wooden spoon before reducing the heat and putting a lid on.
4. Bring a pan of water to the boil and add the spaghetti. Once it’s cooked drain the spaghetti and place into bowls before topping off with the Bolognese sauce. (You can always add Parmesan for the finishing touch).

This recipe was more than enough to feed my family and the leftover Bolognese means it can always be used for another meal in the week. 

“This post is an entry for the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel.”
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