A syn-free deep-dish slimming world lasagne? With my reputation?
Do you know, in all the time we’ve been doing this, we’ve never just done a straight-up plain lasagne? We’ve done a slow cooker lasagne (amazing), a chicken and pea lasagne (ignored) and a cheat’s lasagne. We’ve served it in a cup. We’ve made a Mexican version. But someone asked us the other day for a bog-standard version and could we hell as like find one – so here we are! Although classic us, we have tweaked it a little: we found a recipe that uses wraps in one of Davina McCall’s books and thought that we would give it a go instead of dried pasta sheets that either always go slimy or don’t cook enough. It works a bloody treat!
Just a recipe post tonight as I have lost my voice. You might assume that this doesn’t stop me from typing – and you would be right – but it does preclude me from summoning Paul every ten minutes to make me a cup of tea or to rub my feet, so it’s a no-no-Nanette for long posts. I’m not going to lie, I’m tired of feeling under the weather – feels like one of us has been ill for ages! Still doing boot camp though, which probably isn’t the best idea when you’ve got a chest infection and you’re eating reheated red lentil dahl for lunch. Last night I spent so long clamping my own arsehole shut and trying not to spray lung-croutons everywhere that I barely had time to do my squats. One of our exercises involves falling onto the floor, hoisting our legs in the air and staying there. It’s taken eight classes to stop me from automatically moaning and reaching about for the phantom bottle of poppers.
Let’s get straight to it, then… syn-free deep-dish slimming world lasagne! This is makes enough for four large servings.
proper slimming world deep dish lasagne
Yield 4 servings
This doesn't need to be served in a deep dish - just make it like a normal lasagne, if you don't mind - it serves four people and uses wraps in place of pasta. I know, I know, we're scum, but listen, it works really well. This is Davina McCall's recipe, and you don't argue with the Queen.
This serves four and uses your HEB and HEA .- but it's absolutely bloody worth it, and you get loads!
It might look like a lot of ingredients but honestly, this is quick to make! Also, top tip: if you're using a circular dish, before you start cooking stick it upside down onto a wrap and cut out around the dish the perfect shape - your wraps will now fit lovely and snug!
- three Weight Watchers White low fat wraps (one wrap is a HEB - so as this serves four, you'll use just under your HEB allowance, but easier just to say you've used it)
- 500g of 5% beef mince
- two large red onions, chopped finely
- one large pepper, chopped finely
- two garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp of dried oregano
- 1 beef stock cube
- two tins of chopped tomatoes
- one large bag of spinach
- one courgette, grated
- 180g of ricotta cheese (2 x HEA)
- pinch of nutmeg
- 220g of Philadelphia Lightest (2 x HEA)
- teaspoon of wholegrain mustard (1/2 a syn - up to you if you want to syn an eighth of a bloody syn!)
- cherry tomatoes to go on the top
- pop the oven on 180 degrees (fan)
- start by making the mince layers for your lasagne - gently fry off the onion, pepper and garlic for a few minutes in a few sprays of oil
- add the mince and beef stock cube and cook until browned
- add the chopped tomatoes and oregano together with a pinch of salt and pepper
- allow to simmer and bubble until it has reduced right down to a thick mince, which is also my name for Paul
- start on the middle layer whilst the mince is cooking - first step, wash your spinach - don't dry it too vigourously
- tip your spinach and grated courgette into a pan with just a tiny splash of water and wilt it down over a low heat (if you leave the lid on, the spinach will steam and wilt much quicker
- once everything has wilted down, take the spinach over to the sink and squeeze as much liquid out of it as you can
- seriously, keep squeezing - top tip is to put the spinach on a chopping board, put another chopping board over the top and squeeze the two together - get every last bit of moisture out!
- finely chop the cooked spinach and tip back into your pan together with the ricotta and nutmeg - stir until the ricotta has softened and the spinach is mixed in, then set aside
- layer your lasagne in the deep dish: half of the mince mixture, followed by a wrap, followed by the spinach and ricotta, then a wrap, then the rest of the mince, then another wrap
- make the white sauce for the top by popping your philadelphia into a pan, add the mustard and soften it over a low heat - add a splash of milk if it is too thick, but it should be fine
- pour over the top, add halved cherry tomatoes and grate some extra cheese on top if you want more, though do syn it!
- cook for a good forty minutes and then enjoy!
- if you're looking for a place to get excellent low fat beef mince, try our Musclefood Freezer Filler: you get loads for the price together with excellent chicken and bacon! I mean, what's not to love? Click here to order
- sort that garlic in seconds with one of these Microplane graters! It’s our most used kitchen gadget!
- if you're struggling to find a deep dish, have a look in TK Maxx - we found ours in there. A deep cake tin will do exactly the same job, or throw it in a normal Pyrex dish - there's no need to spend a lot of money here!
Courses dinner, low syn
Mind we’ve got some bloody amazing, different pasta recipes – let me show you some syn-free suggestions!
- spaghetti with bacon, spring onion and peppers (syn free)
- pork pad thai (syn free)
- perfect egg fried rice (syn free)
- one-pot super quick cheat’s lasagne (syn free)
- rainbow superfood salad with syn-free yoghurt and mint dressing (syn free)
- ratatouille and cheesy pasta (syn free)
- perfect beef mince biryani (syn free)
- bacon and egg breakfast fried rice (syn free)
- peppers, herb and feta salad with roasted mushrooms (syn free)
- the perfect lunchtime tabbouleh (syn free)
- chicken and mushroom one-pot paella (syn free)
- best ever spaghetti bolognese (syn free)
- tomato mix pasta with feta (syn free)
- garlic, lemon and parmesan linguine (syn free)
- bolognese and sluts spaghetti (syn free)