If you are following me on Instagram you may have seen me use the hashtags #MakeoverMenu and #projectHila. The reason for these hashtags? I am trying, yet again; to lose some weight and get fit and this time I am doing it with one on one help and guidance of Rael Kopping over at Makeover Menu.

I am doing something I haven’t done in a really long time, I am planning my weekly menu and 2 days in, I am sticking to it.

Last night I got home from swimming with a killer headache, cultivated throughout the day. I assume it is mostly a result of sitting under florescent overhead lights for the first time in 3 weeks but after a week of junk food (you know, because I will never get to eat junk ever again for all eternity), there was probably some detoxing involved.

It was sooo tempting to say “screw it” and get take-aways but I need this to work, so I am making it work.

The husband also feels he needs to join me because:
a) He realises that it’s not supportive if he eats whatever he wants while I stick to whatever I need
b) He feels he needs to lose a few inches

My biggest issue with him is getting him to eat veggies, so I just through them into the mix and made it very difficult to pick them out…muahahaha.

I have used frozen veg in this recipe for convenience and recent studies show that frozen veg can sometimes be more nutritious than fresh. However, feel free to add any veg you like to this dish.

Veg loaded spagbol – a simple recipe


  • 1/2 a large onion diced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 cups Country harvest veg cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, green beans
  • 500 g lean mince
  • 500 g Ostrich mince
  • 1 sachet tomato paste
  • 1 tbs crush garlic
  • 1 tin italian style tomatoes or plain tinned tomatoes and add basil and origano
  • 1 1/2 tins water
  • 2 tsp Paprika I used hungarian
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Hard cheese to sprinkle


  • On a medium-high heat fry the onion until translucent
  • Add the veggies and cook until soft
  • Add the mince a little at a time and brown
  • Add garlic and tomato paste and cook out the tomato paste for about 1 minute
  • Add the tinned tomatoes and water and stir well
  • Add the paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Bring the heat down and allow to simmer for as long as possible (the longer the simmer the deeper the flavour)
  • Serve with your choice of sauce soaker and sprinkle with a strong hard cheese:)





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