Following a macro based diet and tracking meals is often viewed as very restrictive; a lifestyle that doesn’t ‘allow’ you to eat anything remotely indulgent. I don’t see it that way! In fact, I like the challenge of reinventing old favourites into something more healthy and wholesome.
My aim is simple:
With that in mind let me introduce you to my loaded lasagna! For less than 450 calories a serve, you get a very hearty slice and an ‘mmm’ inducing comforting feeling as you chow down.
What makes my version different to your standard vegetable lasagna?
I consider this a treat dish to enjoy every once in a while. This is because it uses more processed foods than my other recipes. I firmly believe that it’s okay to consume faux meats in moderation, just not everyday.
I’ve tested out lots of different ingredients and flavour combinations and refined these down to the ones that I believe give the best nutritional values without compromising on flavour and texture. For example I’ve used a mince that’s high in protein but low in carbohydrate and fat since these are included elsewhere in the dish.
You may find some of the ingredients or brands difficult to get hold of in your area or want to reduce the cost. Don’t worry, I’ve got you! Keep on reading after the recipe for suggestions on worthy alternatives that you can swop in where needed and still make a cracking dish.
Similarly, if you want to go off piste and use your own favourite brands that’s fine too! Just be aware that the nutritional values noted are based upon the specific ingredients that I’ve used.
This is quite an involved recipe so I speed things up a bit by using Sacla’s vegan white sauce in place of a home made bechamel. I know it’s not authentic but it’s such a time saver that I’m not even sorry about it! You can make your own if you prefer, but again note that the nutritional values will differ as a result.
Now this recipe takes a few more steps than usual, so let’s get cooking shall we?!
Plant based mince – I use The Vegetarian Butcher Magic Mince as it’s low in fat and carbohydrates and super high in protein, plus it has one of the best textures I’ve come across and doesn’t dry out in the cooking process. However you could use textured vegetable protein, or any frozen or chilled vegan mince that you like.
Plant based bacon – The Vivera Smokey Sizzlers give a really nice texture and flavour to this dish and are low in fat compared to a lot of brands, which tend to use coconut oil to emulate a ‘streaky bacon’ effect. This isn’t needed for this recipe. You could omit the bacon altogether, or use any kind that you prefer. This Isn’t Lardons are another great choice. Depending on what you choose, you may need to cut it into strips or small cubes. Alternatively you could make your own plant bacon using marinated vegetable shavings, or add in some chopped chorizo style seitan – anything with a smokey, salty flavour and a bit of chewy texture (you don’t want to add anything crispy!).
Worcester Sauce – This is not traditionally vegan so you need to ensure that you find a plant friendly version. I love Biona Organic Vegan Worcester Sauce and Bonsan Organic Vegan Worcester Sauce.
Sacla Vegan White Sauce – This is easy to find in the supermarkets now, but if you can’t get hold of it, there are plenty of recipes online like this one from The Edgy Veg.
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