With grated courgette, mushroom, onion & garlic
Serve with freshly cooked pasta, a sprinkling of fresh basil leaves and an extra grating of Parmesan, or stuff into a submarine roll, with a side salad.
Replace the meat with lentils to make easy veggie balls. Simply drain 2 x 400g tins of lentils well, pat dry, and add to the mix, chucking in a few extra breadcrumbs if it feels wet.
I’ve used a mixture of minced meat here, but feel free to choose just one. Turkey, chicken or lamb are super-tasty used here, too.
If you don’t have wholemeal breadcrumbs, swap in whatever you have at home. If you’ve ever got stale bread hanging around, whiz until fine and freeze until needed.
Swap onion for leek, or feel free to use a mixture of your favourite veg. Carrot, celery, cauliflower and spinach are all delicious – just cook until softened and leave to cool before adding.
If you don’t have a jar of passata, simply blitz tinned chopped tomatoes until smooth, or leave chunky if you prefer.
Swap half the mince for lentils, quorn or extra vegetables.
Switch up the cheese, if you like – bombs of mozzarella, a crumbling of feta or a fine grating of Cheddar or Red Leicester work a treat.
Throw a handful of frozen peas or sweetcorn into the sauce for an extra veggie boost.
COOKING WITH KIDS
Jamie wholeheartedly believes that cooking is up there as one of the most valuable skills you can teach a child. Getting kids excited about food, where it comes from and how to cook it, gives them a better chance of being healthier and happier in the long run. When cooking with kids, use your common sense to determine what jobs they can help you with, depending on their age and skill level. It’s always good to start small, with jobs such as mixing and measuring, then progress to elements of a recipe, then go on to slightly trickier techniques over time. The more they cook, the better they’ll get. Make sure you supervise them when using heat or sharp utensils like knives and box graters, and teach them about the importance of washing their hands before they start, and after handling raw meat and fish, as well as other basic hygiene rules. Most of all, have fun with it, and encourage them to give things a go.