Following the slimming world plan i was trying to incorporate more vegetables into my diet. I had seen the Hairy Bikers do a Lasagna with sheets of leek instead of pasta, so thought i would give it a whirl. I am not against carbs, but do find they can be quite calorie dense, especially when eaten with meat. I am trying to do meat or carbs to try and speed up my weight loss.
I started by preparing my sauce, i browned 500g lean (5% fat) beef mince, onions, carrots, herbs and added a carton of tomatoes and cooked until bubbling and reduced slightly. Whilst it was bubbling away i cut up and washed a leek. I made one cut from the outside to the middle of the leek to enable me to unpeel the layers to make ‘sheets’. I cooked these in the microwave for about a minute to make them floppy and easier to handle.
One this first attempt i was worried about the Lasagna not holding together, so decided to do 1 layer of pasta but the rest leeks. I layered the meat mixture, pasta, meat mixture, leeks until i had used up all of the ingredients.
For the white sauce i used fat free fromage frais, egg and a sprinkle of nutmeg, salt and pepper. I mixed it really well and poured it over the top, then topped with some cheese, just a little bit, i wanted it to go all nice a bubbly in the oven.
I then covered the Lasagna with foil and cooked at 180 degrees for about 30 minutes, i then tested it with a knife to make sure the pasta sheet was cooked and then took the foil off and cooked for a further 5 – 10 minutes until the top was golden. I then removed it from the oven and left it to cook for a few minutes before serving (so it didn’t fall apart)
This made 4 portions and i think it improved overnight when i had it for lunch the next day.