No Drama Dinners with Dolmio®

*This is a commissioned post for Dolmio®*

When I was a child, dinnertime worked very much on the “I’ve cooked it, you need to eat it” system. . . I remember sobbing over a fish pie once but being made to eat it all.  I still can’t stand fish.  I know I used to drive my Dad absolutely insane with looking at something and saying “I don’t like it” . . . particularly if I’d never even tried it.  He used to say “How can you know you don’t like it if you’ve never tried it?“.  I now feel his pain.  And he thinks it’s hilarious!

Before I was a parent I swore we would never cook multiple meals to please everyone – there would be one choice – eat it or don’t.  And for the most part we stick to that.  There’s no “Can I have something else instead?” or cooking fish fingers for one when the other is having chicken nuggets.  However we do often end up with two evening meals – mainly because during the week, thanks to a million and one after school activities, Dave and I tend to eat later than the kids.  What this does mean is that we can eat the things they might not like during the week but then try to have something more “family friendly” on a weekend.  Spaghetti Bolognese is a firm favourite in our house – with almost half of the nation’s families agreeing with us that it’s a nutritious easy meal that we can all enjoy.  (Dolmio’s Bolognese sauce is a great way to achieve one of your five a day too – bonus!)  Who wants to spend their meal debating what the green bits are, arguing about whether it’s spicy or not or negotiating how much dinner needs to be eaten if you want some pudding.  (It would seem we’re not alone in using that one as a bargaining tool with 34% of British parents admitting to using dessert as a bribe!*) It doesn’t make for a relaxing family meal does it? * Research conducted by One Poll and commissioned by Dolmio® in August 2017, surveying 2000 UK residents)

Psychologist and family expert Corinne Sweet, highlights that whilst it’s tempting to appease children with a dessert or television, the focus should be on creating a fun, family atmosphere that everyone can get involved with: “try involving children in meal planning, deciding together what you will eat as a family and then getting involved with the preparation and a bit of cooking. Not only will this encourage healthy eating habits for the future, but when children feel involved in decision making they are less likely to throw a tantrum or waste food.   This is something we are keen to encourage in our house – Dave is determined to make sure the kids are better at cooking than I am and often has them helping him out in the kitchen.  Ben even gets fully involved in making a Sunday roast now! 

We all know that we’re meant to enjoy sitting down for regular family meals around the dining table together, chatting about what we’ve been up to over the week or what plans we have – but the reality isn’t always so perfect.  85& of British parents agree that dinner time is the perfect opportunity for quality time, but research by Dolmio® demonstrates just how dramas are taking over our dinner tables.  From fussy eaters to kids who’d rather eat their tea in front of the telly (yes that’s my three for sure) we’ve all been there.  Dinnertime isn’t always perfect, in fact it’s often far from it and there are certainly times where I wonder why we’ve bothered – why Dave has spent ages cooking a lovely meal only to not be able to enjoy it for dinnertime disagreements.  (Apparently British parents spend a total of one full day a year cooking food that won’t be eaten!)

This Autumn Dolmio® are determined to help us to take the drama out of family meal times by offering up healthy, easy to make meal solutions that will please the whole family.  The new Tomato & Basil Chicken Tray Bake is a firm favourite in our house and makes a nice change from pasta (which is our other dinner fail-safe!)  Each Chicken Tray Bake pouch is perfect for a family of 4 and is so simple even I can manage it . . . just spread the sauce over your chicken & vegetables then stick it in the oven!

Full tummies and clean plates all round – no dramas!

If you’d like to try the new Chicken Tray Bakes for yourself then crack on and enter this giveaway for a hamper of Dolmio products (to include three flavours of Chicken Tray Bakes, three No Added Sugar Pasta Sauces and one Dolmio Bolognese Sauce). Just complete the Rafflecopter below, ensuring to do this accurately to avoid disqualification.

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You can pick up the new range of Chicken Tray Bakes in the supermarket now with an RRSP of £1.49 – and whilst you’re there you can check out the new range of No Added Sugar Pasta Sauces!  For more information visit: Or visit the Facebook page:  




  1. September 12, 2017 / 10:55 am

    I love the title of this post as it’s so true – there really is no drama when we cook Dolmio for dinner. Pasta and sauce (with a side of Steve’s special homemade garlic bread) is one of the rare meals that all of us will happily eat together with absolutely no complaints x

  2. September 12, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    We eat so much pasta that this looks like such a great alternative. I love anything that makes family dinner times easier – and quicker – and this looks great, I’ll add a couple to my next food shop x

  3. September 15, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    This is right up my alley. I’m not the best cook, these ideas are simple yet ideal! I think I’ll have to add a few of these to my grocery shopping list !

  4. Joanna
    September 18, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    I haven’t seen these sauce pouches before in the store. I know Dolmio makes some good pasta sauces, I will have to search for these on my local supermarket’s shelves.

  5. September 19, 2017 / 8:11 am

    I get fed up of my kids not eating certain foods. But their favourite meal is Pasta with loads of cheese, the only meal that they all will eat. #TriedTested

  6. September 19, 2017 / 9:37 am

    Oooo it gets my vote if it makes life easier especially round dinner time. The meal looks delicious as well X #triedtested

  7. September 19, 2017 / 9:39 am

    Ohh! I’ve never seen the Chicken Tray Bakes before. I will have to look out for those. My girls would love them. #TriedTested

  8. September 19, 2017 / 10:43 am

    Spaghetti bolognese is always a family favourite and I love how using Dolmio makes it so much easier. I am really tempted by those chicken tray bakes, they look simple and delicious too.

    p.s. I’m not sure if it’s a problem my end but I can see your raffle copter widget twice.

  9. September 19, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    Entered the giveaway. That meal looks SO tasty! #TriedandTested

  10. Niki
    September 19, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    I’m a cook one meal for everyone. Sometimes I feel bad that they haven’t eaten much but don’t want to start cooking different meals for everyone.
    Spaghetti bolognaise is a firm hit in this house as well as dolmio pasta dishes.
    I’ve never seen the pouches though so will hunt those out x

  11. September 19, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    We try and eat together but during the week it’s virtually impossible and I end up either eating with my daughter or later with my husband. I do like the look of that chicken dinner, will look out for the sauce to try it 🙂


  12. September 19, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    We love Dolmio and that dish looks lush! #TriedTested

  13. September 19, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Oh I also remember the days where I was forced to eat what was in front of me regardless of my tears. This looks quite good so will give it a go soon #triedtested

  14. September 19, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    Wow – that looks so delicious. We try and eat together but unfortunately timings don’t always allow it.

  15. September 19, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    Family meals are an important part of the day for us and I’m all for anything that makes the cooking easier #TriedTested

  16. September 20, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    I like the sound of the chicken traybake – we very rarely cook meals like this but it looks so simple and certainly a nice alternative to pasta 🙂 #TriedTested

  17. Linda Curtis
    September 20, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    this looks mouth watering and delicious all at the same time

    my lot would happily live on pasta how ever its served it goes down a treat with everyone

  18. September 20, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    Spa Bol is our favourite and I must admit we prefer Dolmio is we’re feeling flush. It tastes so much better than cheaper brands x #TriedTested

  19. Rachael O'Brien
    September 21, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    Dinner time the only time we get to sit together and discuss our days , have 16 and 12 year old daughters and a two year old boy and we eat soooo much pasta xx

  20. Sheila Reeves
    September 21, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    Love a tray bake – and anything to make dinner simpler gets a yes here!

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