Vegan Mofo: Bran Bolognese

I just need to jump straight in here and show you today’s find. Sometimes there are no words.

Fifty ways to enjoy the original high fibre cereal…More like fifty ways to encourage healthy bowel movement or fifty ways to make sure you take a shit. Nice. I’m sure you can imagine just how excited I was to get stuck in here. You don’t need to know about my bowel movements but let me just say, I’m pretty regular.

There were so many delights in this book. Who knew you could force bran upon yourself in so many gruesome ways? Bran Cheese Straws anyone? Bran pizza base? Or what about Bran Bolognese..?

Go on then

Bran Bolognese
  •  oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 50g mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 50g all bran
  • 1/2 pint stock
  • salt and pepper
  • spaghetti
  1. Heat the oil and fry the onion, mushrooms, pepper and garlic for a few minutes. Stir in the tomato puree, stock, bran and seasonings. Bring to the boil and simmer for 25 minutes
  2. Cook the spaghetti and serve with the bolognese
Serves 3…weird number of servings here. What’s that about?

Slightly concerned about how brown and shiny this meal looks…
So, how was my high fibre dinner? Well, it was edible and I didn’t want to vomit. The bran did melt into the sauce though and you could definitely tell it was in there, not as enjoyable as a nice bit of tvp. I usually like to have a lot more veg in my bolognese but clearly Kelloggs are really wanting to push bran and encouraging a balanced diet wouldn’t help that, so I can see why the veg in this recipe is minimal!
Did it make me need to go? I’M NOT TELLING YOU THAT!
I actually have a funny story about this book. I mentioned to a colleague in work that I was making a bran bolognese and he asked if it was from a Kelloggs cookbook. I was gobsmacked that he knew about this book, we both work in a kitchen and he’s a skilled cook…why would he know about this?! Turns out he used to work for Kelloggs, so owns a lot of their cookbooks and had to make use of them to get through all the freebies he ended up with! A brave man indeed. He did assure me some of the recipes were nice, but I daren’t experiment any further.

While I was eating my bran, I came across some tasty food from other Mofo bloggers. This Avocado Plum Salad from Danielle Joy and House Vegan’s Brown Sugar and Bacon Oatmeal were two that just made me automatically drool. 

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10 thoughts on “Vegan Mofo: Bran Bolognese

  1. I've tried quite a lot of stuff in spag bol but this seems very odd – I do have a few bran recipes somewhere but don't feel the need for a cookbook full – esp as I have heard it has a lot of sugar in it and not quite as healthy as kelloggs would like you to think.

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  2. This book has to be from the 80's. I was a student in the late 80's and believe me cooking with cereal was all the rage. I can remember pasta bakes topped with crushed cornflakes or wheatabix mixed with grated cheese as the height of budget student cuisine. Crushed crisps on top of casseroles was another one!

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