We cook the same recipes most of the time, so how can we boost our favourite meals without the family kicking up a fuss? Try our meal makeover of bangers and mash. Modern mash is all about perking up potatoes and adding in some extra goodness. Olive oil, instead of butter and greens too – so you’ve no need to cook veg on the side.


8 quality sausages

800g potatoes, halved

4 red onions, sliced

3tbsp olive oil

5tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 beef stock cubes

100g mild and baby spinach

2tbsp pesto


1 Heat oven to 200C, Gas 6. Put sausages into  a roasting tin, lined with non-stick paper, roast for 30 mins.

2 Meanwhile, boil the  potatoes for 15 mins until tender.

3 Also, gently fry the onions with 1tbsp olive oil  for 10 mins until softened and lightly browned.

Add vinegar and boil it down until it’s almost disappeared. Reduce heat, crumble in stock cube and add 150ml water, simmer together.

Drain  potatoes, pop spinach into pan for 1 min to wilt, drain to remove liquid and return to pan with potatoes. Season, pour in 2tbsp olive oil and pesto. Mash together until smooth.  Serve with sausages and onion gravy.

Per serving: 602 cals, 34g fat, (9g saturated) 51g carbs

 TIP: Switch the potatoes for sweet potatoes for something completely different.

MAKE IT SAUCY:  Roast potatoes in oven and boil potatoes. After step 3 stir in 400g can chopped tomatoes and 150ml red wine or beef stock. Add 1 deseeded and sliced red pepper and simmer for 15 mins. Add cooked sausages to make a tasty sausage stew.

 MONEYSAVER:  Make use of whatever leftovers you have, such as cheese, herbs, soured cream, broccoli, cabbage to pep up your potatoes.