Monday, 10 April 2017

Dolmio #thankgoodness Challenge

dolmio thank goodness challenge

If you know me in actual life you will know that I have two children who are complete polar opposites when it comes to eating fruit and vegetables. Lily, my eldest, is a fruit bat and calls herself 'broccoli girl' whereas Alexander won't entertain the idea of any fruit or vegetables. He is served fruit and vegetables each day and has got as far as licking a piece or putting it in his mouth but no further.

I try my hardest to incorporate the veggies into his diet, ironically he is partial to an Ella's Kitchen pouch but of late he has been announcing particular flavours as 'ding-ding' (disgusting). Hidden veg sauces take a bit of preparation ahead of time and sometimes mid-week meals require little thought and planning. I usually have big ideas then forget to take the crucial ingredient such as the hidden veggie sauce out of the freezer.

When I received an email asking whether I'd like to participate in the Dolmio #thankgoodness challenge I thought, why not?

what is in a jar of dolmio bolognese sauce

A Tesco's delivery slot for a Monday morning was organised and I was even more impressed that the driver let me know that he was in the area so he could deliver the shopping earlier, result! I unpackaged several bags full of ingredients and had a quick think of some meal ideas on the spot. Take a look at the Tesco Grocery Haul vlog from my YouTube channel, Sophie and Lily:

In reality I made none of those ideas. I suppose I changed my mind as I wanted to try new meals which could also be whipped up with minimal effort. Meals that are ideal for a mid-week supper but don't scrimp on taste or nutrition. And if there is an alternative way for my salad-dodger to eat his greens and enjoy the meal as well then I'm all for it!

The first of two meals I made was Mediterranean Chicken Traybake. I love a roasted traybake. Chop veg and meat, bung in a tray with some oil and seasoning and cook. Bob's your Uncle. I decided to adopt this principle but pour the jar of Dolmio Bolognese over the top of the diced veggies and spiced chicken then sprinkle grated cheese on top.

Step 1: Season the chicken
mediterranean chicken traybake
Ingredients: half a courgette, handful of mushrooms, a red pepper, half a small aubergine, 4 chicken breasts, 1 tbsp paprika, 2 cloves of garlic diced, 1 jar Dolmio Bolognese, grated cheese.
1st step: Place chicken breasts in an overproof dish and sprinkle evenly with paprika and garlic

Step 2: Prep veggies

med chicken traybake step 2
Step 2: Dice half a courgette, handful of mushrooms, a red pepper, half a small aubergine and add to the dish
Step 3: Pour over the Dolmio Bolognese and top with grated cheese. Bake at 180 deg C for 30 mins

cover veg and chicken with dolmio bolognese and top with cheese
Step 3: Pour the jar of Dolmio Bolognese evenly over the chicken and veggies and top with grated cheese. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 deg. C for 30 mins or until the chicken is cooked through

Recipe vlog and verdict from Lily:

The result:

I served the Mediterranean chicken traybake with wholewheat spaghetti and broccoli. Me, Lily and Rob loved it and Alex picked away at the veggies. A few made it near his mouth so that is a promising result for us anyway! It certainly was delicious and the additional garlic on the chicken made the flavours really stand out. Next time I would add some chorizo for extra Mediterranean flavours.

lily and dinner

dolmio chicken traybake with spaghetti

Rob even had leftovers for his lunch the next day which he was pretty happy about. It certainly made a tasty change from soup!


So, overall it was decided that this meal should definitely be cooked again. Big thumbs up all round from us!

This post is an entry for the #Dolmio #ThankGoodness Challenge, sponsored by”

1 comment

  1. So hungry now! Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.


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