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Recipe: Low-Fat/Low GI Vegetarian Lasagne

One of my favourite foods has always been Lasagne, but our family recipe uses three types of cheese, meat, and of course, white noodles. I’ve re-created the dish using foods that are a little more waist-friendly.

You Will Need:

Packet of wholewheat lasagne noodles
500g pack of Quorn mince (or other vegetarian mince or turkey mince)
300-500g cottage cheese (can use more or less, depending on size of dish and how cheesy you want it)
1 carton tomato passata (sauce.)
Herbs – basil, oregano, thyme
Cinnamon
Pepper
Parmesean cheese (optional)
Weight Watcher’s grated cheese (optional)

1 – preheat oven to 200C
2 – cook noodles according to package (optional if you are using the “no cook” style of noodle, but I like to pre-cook those too*). Before I cooked the noodles, I layered them out in the bottom of my dish to figure out how many I would need.
3 – Place Quorn in a microwave safe container and cook for 5 minutes or until no longer frozen. Add passata,herbs (to taste – about a tablespoon of each), cinnamon (just a sprinkle), and pepper (a few turns of a grinder) and combine well. Microwave for a further 5 minutes (you can cook this on the stove too). Adjust your herb and spice level to your individual taste. For a spicier lasagne, you might consider adding chilli powder or red pepper flakes.
4 – Spray your lasagne dish with cooking spray and arrange a layer of noodles. Top noodles with spoonfuls of Quorn, and in between spoonfuls of Quorn add spoonfuls of cottage cheese. Lightly sprinkle the entire layer with parmesean and add another layer of noodles. This time, try to put the cottage cheese where you had the Quorn in the previous layer and the Quorn where you had the cottage cheese. Add another layer of noodles (or make some whole wheat penne if you’ve run out of noodles like I did!) and cover the noodles with alternating spoonfuls of sauce and cottage cheese. If there is any noodle still showing, you can toss on some WW grated cheese. If you leave any of the noodle uncovered, they will get crispy.
5 – bake for 25-30 minutes until bubbly. The cheese should be melted and the no cook noodles should be soft.

Serve with a side salad and veg. This makes enough to feed 4-6 people, or just two people with plenty to freeze for another 2 meals! The nice thing about this recipe is you can adjust the measurements to fit your crowd and sized container. If I was having more people over, I would have used my large 9×13″ pan for this, but since it was just for Tim and I, I used a smaller casserole dish that is only about 4×10″. Since I used a smaller dish, I had some of the “meat” mixture leftover and I just froze it to have over pasta at some point in the future. I’m allergic to onions and garlic, so none of my recipes contain either, but as this is an Italian recipe, it probably wouldn’t hurt it if you added some of either or both!

This meal is appropriate for ovo-lacto vegetarians as well as diabetics and those on a low-carb or low GI diet, though please make sure to check the individual nutritional information on the ingredients you purchase first if you have specific dietary needs. The specific products I used not previously mentioned:

Tesco Organic Wholewheat Lasagne sheets** (Not available on website)
Tesco Light Choices Natural Cottage Cheese
Tesco Organic Passata*** (not available on website. This comes in a glass jar and I used half the jar)
Napolina Grated Parmesean (not available on website)

*I dislike the no-cook noodles because I feel they are very chewy, even when pre-cooked, but sometimes it’s the only option available! You also could substitute in any wholegrain pasta and make this into a pasta bake.
**100g contains 63.2g of carbs, of which sugars 2.1. So a bit on the high side for carbs, however, one noodle weighs in at 20g and a single serving would only contain 1 – 1 1/2 noodles.
**There will be sugar in this, however it is all naturally occurring sugar from the tomatoes.

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