At some point in their lives. Around two or three your toddler will refuse all vegetables, even ones that they happily ate. I’ve had to resort to hiding vegetables in a lasagne.
I‘ve also scoured the internet and cookbooks and cannot find a homemade tomato sauce that they will eat. So I use a jar of Dolmio and add the extra goodness in. (They haven’t noticed yet!)
450g minced beef
2 medium carrots
1 small onion
1 yellow pepper
1 red pepper
50g plain flour
100g grated cheese
1 x 750g Jar Dolmio Sauce for Bolognese Smooth Tomato
Preheat the oven to 180c /160c fan or gas mark 4
Peel and chop the carotts into small squares. The smaller you can get them the better.
Cut the top off the peppers and remove all seeds. Then chop into small pieces.
Dice the onion.
Saute the chopped carrots, peppers and onions in some butter over a medium heat until they are starting to soften. Remove from the pan.
Brown the mince. Once fully cooked drain the fat, add in the cooked veg. Mix thoroughly. Pour in the jar of Dolmio Sauce, mix once more. The pieces of veg should be pretty much indistinguishable from the meat. Simmer for five to ten minutes.
Set to one side.
Melt the butter in a pan, then add in the flour. Mix until you get a sticky paste.
Pour in a quarter of the milk and stir constantly. As soon as it starts to thicken pour in the rest of the milk. Keep stirring or it will stick to the bottom if the pan. Once it thickens it should have a nice smooth consistency. Set to one side.
Assembling the Lasagne
Spoon a layer of meat sauce into a lasagne dish. Cover fully with lasagne streets. Cover the sheets fully with half the white sauce. Sprinkle a quarter of the grated cheese on top. This makes it easier to put the next layer of Bolgonese on. Cover with another layer of lasagne sheets and the remaining white sauce.
Cover with the remaining grated cheese.
Pop in the oven on a baking tray for 1 hour. The top should be starting to brown and crisp up.
Serve your lasagne with broccoli, and garlic bread. The kids will love it and won’t realise it’s packed with all the goodness of vegetables.