1 dinner base, 3 diverse meals

It can be tricky getting a dinner on the table that the whole family will enjoy. Introducing a sure-fire winner: this dinner base can easily be adapted to suit every taste from picky pre-schooler to distracted teen.


The base:

Soften diced celery, carrots and red onion in olive oil. Brown extra-lean beef mince in a hot pan.

Add two cans of diced tomato, season, and simmer for 20 minutes.

Now adapt:

For the pre-schooler:

Mash roasted root veggies like carrot or butternut, mix with a little plain low fat yoghurt, and spread over mince for a fresh take on cottage pie.

For the tween/teen:

Add an extra can of diced tomatoes and simmer for another 10 minutes. Spoon the mince over wholewheat pasta and serve with sliced tomatoes, basil and parmesan for a great-tasting spaghetti bolognese. 

For the grown-ups:

Add a can of drained and rinsed black beans. Spoon the mix over brown rice & quinoa and serve with baby spinach, fresh coriander, sliced red onion and avo for a deliciously simple chilli con carné.

And for those days when cooking from scratch is just not on the cards …

Try these ready-made faves:

  • Spinach and Ricotta Canneloni
  • Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Chicken and Chorizo Bake