Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Waitrose Love Life You count… Lasagne

Your typical beef lasagne ‘ready meal’  is usually loaded with fat and calories and definitely not recommended on a weight loss diet. But, with an increasing range of brands catering to consumers demands for healthier products, there are now many options available which won't pile on the pounds..

Here’s a lasagne from the Waitrose LOVE life you count… range which is LOW in fat, LOW in saturated fat and LOW in sugar. Plus the entire 400g ready meal has just 306 calories.


Waitrose Love life you count.. beef lasagne is described as:

Free range egg pasta layered with a beef ragu topped with béchamel sauce and grated cheese.’ Also ‘It’s made with beef, reared with care by British farmers who share our values.

Before Cooking
Although this is a ready meal for one, I bought three and shared them out among five family members. One meal per person is out of the question - too expensive, too extravagant and no room in the freezer! So, I nearly always stretch out my ready meals with extra veggies. In this case I added more vegetables on the side and sliced up some crusty wholemeal grainy baguette.

After Cooking
This meal went down a treat. Everyone loved it and couldnt tell it was specifically low in fat. It has a lovely cheesy topping and creamy béchamel sauce in the middle and a rich tomato flavour. It wasn’t easy cutting it in half without the all the layers falling apart, but it certainly didn’t detract from the lovely taste.

Although the salt level has a medium traffic light (see below), it's only just over the threshold for green, so not too bad at all.

You can cook this lasagne in the microwave or oven and it can be frozen. Available in the chilled ready meals section of Waitrose stores.

Nutrition Information per 400g pack: 306 calories, 26.8g protein, 32.5g carbohydrates, 10.4g sugars, 6.5g fat, 2.6g saturates, 4.9g fibre, 0.56g sodium.


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