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Boost Classic Winter Dinners With Extra Vegetables.

IN COLLABORATION WITH WOOLWORTHS

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Imagine if your beef mince, meatballs, sausages and burger patties were supercharged with vegetables. Meet the Woolworths &Veg Range which takes some of your favourite meat and adds a secret stash of vegetables (20%).

Why wasn’t this invented when my kids were little???

Brilliant for children, this is also an excellent way for all of us to add more fibre and veggies into ourt everyday.

Here are three easy winter meals using products from the new range. All family friendly, high on flavour and low on fuss.

$100 says they will never know that there’s extra vegetables – it can be our secret…xoxox

WE’RE COOKING AGAIN…

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CLASSIC BOLOGNESE SAUCE.

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Bolognese is one of the great versatile sauces – spaghetti, lasagne, even on toast – it’s a classic worth mastering.

My recipe is very simple because I like a traditional tasting bolognese where the hero flavours are the meat, the herbs and tomato. Using the veggie charged Woolworths & Veg Beef Mince enhances the depth of these flavours.

Always make more than you need because bolognese keeps in the freezer for three months and I like knowing it’s there for those nights when you want ease, comfort food, or both.

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INGREDIENTS

Olive oil

1 brown onion, chopped 

1 clove garlic, crushed 

4 carrots, peeled and diced

1kg Woolworths &Veg Beef Mince 

1/3 Cup Woolworths Tomato Paste 

2 x 400 g Woolworths Diced Tomatoes 

2 cups Maggie Beer Natural Beef Stock

3 bay leaves

Sea salt and cracked black pepper 

METHOD

Heat a large deep saucepan or frying pan over high heat. Add the oil, onion, carrot and garlic and cook until the onion is soft. Add the mince and cook for a further 6-8 minutes, breaking up any lumps with the back of a wooden spoon. Add the tomato puree, tomatoes, stirring to combine. Add the stock, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for one hour or until thickened.

PERFECT ITALIAN SIDES.

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Zesty Side Salad

A great foil for meatballs and bolognese is fresh salad. I like little individual serves of Woolworths Baby Rocket; thinly sliced Packham Pear, grated Woolworths Fresh Parmigianno Reggiano Cheese drizzled in olive oil and lemon.

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Bread & Chilli

No Italian based meal is complete without crunchy bread. I love the Woolworths Sesame Ciabatta Rolls and Woolworths White Sourdough Baguette. Make your own chilli oil by infusing Woolworths Extra Virgin Olive Oil with finely cut baby chilies.

ITALIAN BAKED MEATBALLS.

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INGREDIENTS

good slug of olive oil

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 brown onion, chopped 

2 carrots, peeled and diced

400g Woolworths Diced Tomatoes 
 700ml Macro Organic Passata

500g Woolworths & Veg Meatballs

 250g Woolworths Mozzarella Shredded Cheese

250g Woolworths Mascarpone Cheese

fresh oregano and parsley

METHOD

Heat a large deep saucepan or frying pan over high heat. Add the oil, onion, carrot and garlic and cook until the onion is soft.

Add the oregano, parsley, tomatoes, passata, purée, to the pot and bring to a simmer. Bubble for 20 minutes until the sauce has reduced and thickened. Season with salt and pepper. 

In a non- stick baking dish, pour the tomato mixture directly over the meatballs. Allow to cool slightly. Mix the grated mozzarella with the mascarpone and a little salt then sprinkle over the top of the entire dish. Heat the oven to 180C , tightly cover the dish in aluminium foil and bake for 30 minutes. 

Remove the foil and bake for a further 30 minutes or until the meatballs are piping hot and the cheesy top is golden and bubbling. Add some fresh oregano and serve straight from the dish with crusty bread, pasta or rice.

THE JOYE BURGER

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Burgers are an Australian favourite and most certainly in my household.

Saxon is the burger chef and over the years has honed the recipe into a classic. He used the Woolworths &Veg Burger Patty which is supercharged with carrots, onion and celery. “It added extra moisture to the patty which was great. And there is no way anyone would know there were veggies in it. So perfect for kids”.

Saxon’s top five tips for a great burger are:

  1. Use white soft buns like Woolworths Extra Soft Bread Hamburger Rolls and toast them lightly.

  2. All good burgers should have grilled onion (which makes the sauce stick), crispy grilled bacon and a fried egg.

  3. Use a BBQ or a girdle on the stove. You want the burger patty to have a nice grill mark otherwise they look boiled. And no one wants boiled meat.

  4. How you dress the meat is down to preference but all good burgers need crunch and sweetness. I like Woolworths Little Gem Lettuce because it’s burger size and I can’t go past pickles which add classic sweet and sour notes.

  5. Beyond mustard and beyond relish, every good burger needs a good burger sauce. I make my own but a great stand-by in your pantry is the Woolworths Secret Burger Sauce.

LITTLE BURGER EXTRAS

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Vanilla Malted Milkshakes

Retro burgers deserve retro drinks and nothing is simpler and more perfect than a vanilla, malted milkshake. Blend Woolworths Ice Cream Vanilla Bean and your favourite powdered malt with milk. My tip: small glasses (and make them pretty) so that you leave room for the burger.

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Tatter Tots

The perfect accompaniment to a hamburger is potato in any and all of its forms. Current favourite is the hot, salty Tatter Tots using Woolworths Potato Minis.

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