BABY BOLOGNESE USING HSR

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What's cuter than a baby eating spaghetti?.... Nothing!

BUT the mess after is not too cute.

Spag bol is my go-to quick and easy meal prep for Millie. It’s SUPER easy and the best part is that you can freeze it in little containers and have it ready to go at any moment. Another great thing about spaghetti bolognese is that you can easily jam pack it with lots of veggies and if need be grate them finely so the kids can’t see them. Lucky for me Millie actually loves the colours and picking out the different veggies to eat them.

Below is my fool proof, easy peasy but healthy recipe using the Health Star Rating to ensure I am choosing the healthiest options when it comes to packaged ingredients.

The Health Star Rating is a very simple and easy to understand front of package labelling system that helps you make healthier choices when buying packaged foods. It makes it super easy to compare different brands and make the choice on what best suits you and your family. Basically, the more stars the healthier the product is!

BABY BOLOGNESE

INGREDIENTS:

  • Pea, carrot & corn mix (3/4 cup) – 5 stars
  • Small zucchini, grated finely
  • 500grams Lean mince of your choice (turkey, chicken, beef ect.) – 5 stars
  • Spaghetti or pasta spirals – 4.5 stars
  • 2 x can of crushed tomatoes – 4.5 stars
  • Grated Mozarella Cheese – 5 stars
  • Teaspoon of herbs to taste (I like to add some turmeric for the health benefits plus some oregano and basil)
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METHOD:

  1. In a fry pan with a drizzle of olive oil add veggies and sauté for a couple of minutes. Remove from pan.

  2. Add mince and brown.

  3. Add back in veggies and cannned tomatoes.

  4. Sprinkle with herbs and simmer for on low heat for 10-15 minutes (or for as long as you have time).

  5. Boil and cook pasta.

  6. Drain water from pasta.

  7. Combine both the meat sauce and pasta.

  8. Divide in to small containers for easy meals for the week.

  9. Top with grated cheese.

  10. Freeze some so you always have a meal handy for bub!

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A LITTLE ABOUT “THE HEALTH STAR RATING”

Something to keep in mind when thinking about and using the Health Stars is that the system is designed to compare similar products, NOT between food categories. So for example, it is not comparing cheese against a pasta sauce or chocolate against a Greek yoghurt. What it is doing is providing you with a quick guide to compare different yoghurt choices  by glancing at the stars on the front and seeing which has the higher star rating.

I also believe it is important to remember that it is very simple and easy to combine packaged foods with fresh produce to create a healthy and balanced diet for you and your family, and the Health Stars are not there to promote you only eating packaged foods.

For more info and get a better understanding on Health Star Rating you can head to their site HERE.

I hope you enjoyed this collab with the Health Star Rating system, and I’d love to see you recreating this simple dish for your kiddies. Tag me in your pics of your messy babes.

Love,

Brittany xx

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This blog was written in collaboration with and sponsored by “The Health Star Rating” but I would never promote something I don’t use or believe in myself.

Brittany Noonan