Dolmio was always a staple in our house when I was growing up; lasagnes, bolognese, pasta bake – you name it, we had it and now I know why. It’s so blooming easy and is jam packed full of goodness. A jar of Dolmio contains no artificial colours, preservatives, flavours or sweeteners. It’s 100% natural.

We were challenged by Britmums and Dolmio to come up with a midweek meal that would please the whole family using a bundle of ingredients including a jar of Dolmio. Matt and I usually eat later than the kids in the week but that wasn’t a problem as I made enough for the kids to enjoy the next day too.

I decided to mix things up a bit and be a little bit adventurous with the ingredients. I chopped up all the veg  and spread it out across a baking tray. I drizzled with olive oil, cracked some garlic cloves open and added a light sprinkling of salt and black pepper. Roasting veg has be just about one of the easiest but also one of the tastiest ways to eat veg. You could opt to blend the veg up as a base for a sauce but we wanted them left chunky as a side for our chicken.

dolmio mid week meal

We roasted the chicken breasts, which were huge, and then coated them in Dolmio sauce just before taking them out of the oven. We sprinkled on three types of cheese; cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan and waited until it had melted and started to bubble.

dolmio mid week meal

Wes served the chicken and veg with wholewheat organic spaghetti and it was devine. Besides hacking up a courgette and aubergine (which was absolutely delicious by the way) there really was minimal prep. It was one of those ‘bung it in the oven’ dinners and hey presto – it’s done!

dolmio mid week meal

If you want to see exactly what is in a jar of Dolmio take a gander at this…

dolmio mid week meal recipe


*This post is an entry for the #Dolmio #Thankgoodness Challenge, sponsored by Dolmio


As you may know we have been abroad for most of the Easter holidays which was so much fun but I always get that feeling towards the end of the holiday that I just want to be home. My own house, my own bed and my own mug to drink coffee from. We arrived back home at 4am completely and utterly exhausted and fell into bed.

The kids decided that 7am would be a fun time to wake up, so, up we got and off we trot to take Florence to nursery and Logan back to his dads.

When we got back Matt and I did the usual washing (seven loads) and ironing before finally collapsing on the sofa. It was just then that I thought I could really do with some cake, everything is #betterwithcake. Luckily enough we had some little treats from Mr. Kipling in the kitchen and so without hesitation Matt made a coffee and I grabbed the cakes. I’d been dying to use my new cake plates and now was just the occasion!


Sitting eating my cake I felt undeniably British – Mr. Kipling cakes, Marks and Spencer crockery….could life get any better at this moment in time? There’s something so indulgent about eating a cake when the house is quiet and empty, no kids to pester you, no TV to distract you.

Thankfully we still have some cake left so when the kids get back we can use them as bribes!

This post is an entry for #betterwithcake linky challenge, sponsored by Mr. Kipling. Learn more here.