I have always been struggling with time. I am a type of person, who would have a 36 hour day (or even better, 48 hours!), could very easily fill it in with things I need to or would like to do. Therefore cooking food – especially from scratch was always tricky as I felt I could spend my time so much better.
I do appreciate homemade, nutritious food made from real ingredients – in fact, there is nothing that tastes better – maybe my mum’s and grandmas’ cook – but I felt that it takes up a lot of time in my busy schedule. I was working in the city for many years and I am very career oriented, therefore working late was always something I chose to excel in what I do. I also love catching up with friends so choosing to go out after work meant, no time for cooking. Or I love(d) – currently with a tiny baby, this is impossible! – being active. I was always in the gym doing zumba, boxing or bodypump classes, working out in the gym, swimming or trying out a new activity with a friend. But then again, I had no time to cook by the time I got home.
I started really cooking meals when I got to know my husband and we spent time at home, enjoying our lovely meals. First it was cooking every evening but it proved difficult with time, both of us working until late in the office.
I started coming up ideas of cooking maybe more at the weekend, preparing quick meal options or cooking a bit more so we would end up cooking only every other day.
Then we bought this 9l big pot and I kept preparing larger and larger portions of food until the pot really got full 🙂
This is how this bolognese sauce was born too. I usually make 4 portions at a time and put most of it in our freezer. Life is so much more easier since then.
I realised, batch cooking could work for so many people as all of us have demanding work to do and it is also great to be able to catch up with friends in the evenings or weekends and not to worry about what you take to work for lunch the next day or what will be dinner after an exhausting day or exercise session in the gym.
So here it is, one of our comfort meal made for healthy living as it is made from scratch, no additives or nasties used and it is gluten-, soy-, sugar-, lactose free.
- 450g minced meat (beef or pork)
- 2 – 3 onions
- 2 -3 garlic
- 4 – 5 juicy tomatoes
- 1-2 carrots
- 3 – 4 tablespoon homemade pesto (recipe here)
- grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
- raw coconut oil for cooking
- extra virgin olive oil (optional)
- bay leaves
- sweet paprika powder
- salt and pepper
- Chop the onions and garlic in the food processor.
- Cut the tomatoes in half and cook with chopped onions and garlic with lid on for 5 minutes.
- Add sliced carrot in with herbs and cook for an hour on lowest temperature.
- Once ready, mix all in a mixer to get a tomato sauce texture
- Heat up the meat first on high then on lowest temperature.
- Add the tomato sauce in the meat.
- Add the pesto and additional Parmesan cheese if you love the taste as much as I do.
- Cook on lowest temperature for an hour or two.
- Add olive oil in the end and stir.
This sauce is a great food for kids too. As all ingredients are pure and even the sauce is made from scratch, I can whole heartily recommend for mums struggling with their fussy eaters or even after a night out when you cannot be bothered to cook something but want a filling meal and you still want to eat healthy.
Zoodles (zucchini noodles) would be my choice to eat it with but it is perfect with 100% rice pasta too.
I always add greens to every meal I eat, therefore even with spaghetti bolognese, we chop up some fresh green salad with avocado, pepper or anything you fancy to mix a simple salad to go with your meal. Enjoy! x