Sneaky Bowling Night Bolognese
As a busy mom, planning a healthy dinner the whole family will enjoy can be a challenge. Especially with a hectic schedule with work, school, and kids’ after school activities and sports. This simple bolognese is perfect for a quick week night meal. Make it even faster by using one of my Sneaky Chef Pasta Sauces.
This traditional meat sauce for pasta or lasagna, doctored up with seven sneaky veggies, whole grains, and calcium makes dinner time healthy and delicious. Want to make it ultra lean? Use ground turkey breast instead.
Makes 6 servings
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 medium-size onion, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 ounce turkey bacon, cooked and finely chopped
1 pound lean ground beef or turkey (or mix both), cooked and crumbled
3 to 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
3⁄4 cup Green or Orange Puree (see Make-Ahead Recipe #3 or Make-Ahead Recipe #2)
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juice
1 cup evaporated skim milk
1⁄4 cup oat bran
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Optional extra boost: 1 carrot or celery rib, finely chopped
Heat the oil over medium heat in a deep skillet or earthenware pot. Add the onions and cook until they are slightly translucent, about 10 minutes; add the carrot and celery (if using) and sauté for another 5 minutes. Add the turkey bacon and beef (or turkey), stirring to break it up, and cook for about 5 minutes, until the meat is no longer red. Stir in the garlic, Green or Orange Puree, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, evaporated milk, oat bran, salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes.
To serve, add cooked pasta of any shape to the pot of sauce and toss to coat every piece well. Top with grated Parmesan or Romano cheese.
Now sit down and enjoy a healthy meal around the table with your family and friends. Don’t forget to save the leftovers, if there are any, for a healthy lunch alternative at work or school. Healthy moms know best!