Menu Makeover – Healthy-ish Beef Lasagne

Menu Makeovers – Healthy-ish Beef Lasagne. 

If you are a regular around these parts, you will know that a few months ago I fell spectacularly off the healthy eating wagon and am really sad to say that I regained almost all of the weight I had previously worked so hard to lose. Finally 3 weeks ago, I hauled myself back on board and am glad to say I am already 5 and a half pounds down. I have achieved this less by experimenting with my favourite meals, finding ways to make them more nutritious and less calorific whilst keeping them as yummy as the original. I am sure I can’t be the only one who is hoping to lose a few A LOT of pounds before this years party season so I thought I would share with you my favourite menu makeovers. Today Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you my healthy-ish Beef Lasagne.

 

What you will need to make enough for 6 greedy adults

Meat Sauce

500g of less than 5% Fat Beef Mince, 3 garlic cloves, I red, 1 green and 1 yellow pepper,  2 onions, 400g can chopped tomatoes, 400g passata, 3 tsp Italian herbs

Creamy Sauce

500g fat free Greek yogurt, 4 eggs, 1/2 teaspoon of mustard powder (you can replace this with nutmeg if you prefer).

To assemble

12 lasagne sheets

160g reduced-fat cheddar cheese

 

How to make my healthy-ish Beef Lasagne

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5.

Brown your mince in a non stick frying pan. Add your chopped onions, crushed garlic, diced peppers and herbs. Once the veg is softened, add the tin of tomatoes and the passata. Season and simmer for 20 mins.

While your meat sauce is simmering beat the eggs, add the mustard powder then slowly fold in the Greek yoghurt. Again season to taste.

Spray the dish you are going to bake your lasagne in with an oil spray. You can buy these in any supermarket.

Cover the base of the dish with half of your meat mixture, layer with 6 lasagne sheets, top with half of the yoghurt mixture then repeat.

Sprinkle with grated cheese.

Top Tip – I find that if I freeze the cheese first, it grates very finely which makes it seem like it goes so much further. 

Finally pop it in the oven for 40 mins until it looks deliciously golden then enjoy with a a crunchy side salad.

 

If you have enjoyed this post and would like more of my menu makeovers then let me know and I will make this a weekly series. Meantime if you do try my healthy-ish Beef Lasagne, then why not post a photo of it on Instagram or Twitter and tag me – on twitter I am @thejulieellen and on Instagram @imjulieellen. It would totally make my day x

 

 

 

 

 

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8 Comments

    • Jules 6th October 2015 / 6:33 pm

      Tastes even better when it is guilt free yay!

  1. Em 30th September 2015 / 4:45 pm

    I love lasagne so much, it’s one of my favourite meals so I will definitely have to give your version a go! I actually like to make it with turkey mince sometimes because I’m not that into beef and it’s also a healthy option, Em x
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    • Jules 6th October 2015 / 6:33 pm

      Turkey mince sounds like a great option or maybe even quorn – I will give that a try

  2. Jessica Edmunds 30th September 2015 / 5:06 pm

    Oh yummy lasagne is one of my favourite meals and I definitely need to make it healthier xx

    • Jules 6th October 2015 / 6:34 pm

      Well this is defos healthier – much less fat but all of the taste!

  3. Wendy 6th October 2015 / 3:08 pm

    Not sure that it is in any way healthy but it sounds delicious. When I myself fancy lasagne I replace the lasagne sheets with thin sheets of aubergine or courgette or something to reduce the carb content and increase the vegetable content.

    • Jules 6th October 2015 / 6:30 pm

      Oh I disagree- the meat used is less than 5% fat, there are a decent amount of veg and the cheese is cut to less than 20g a person. Pretty healthy in my book. Obviously replacing the pasta with veg would be even healthier but healthier again would be a veg stirfry with tofu The point of this is that it retains all of the flavour of traditional lasagne with reduced saturated fat and calories. That makes it healthy – ish in my book. That being said, your idea of veg layers does sound great so I may give it a try.

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