Just got to share this as it was an experiment that worked.
I cooked a lasagna today, but instead of using full fat cheese for my sauce, I decided to use up some of the light cheese triangles I’d bought ages ago and are still in date.
My basic meat part is
150g lean minced beef (cooked and excess fat drained off)
1 large onion
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon gravy granules to thicken if too sloppy (½ syn).
Cost around £1.60
My sauce today was
1 tablespoon cornflour
1½ mugs skimmed milk
5 light cheese triangles (16.7g each)
Cost around 60p
4 ‘no need to pre-cook’ lasagna sheets
Cost about 15p
100g finely grated full fat cheese
sprinkle mixed or Italian herbs (I forgot to put them in the meat mix!)
Cost about 50p
This isn’t so much a diet recipe (all the syns are in the sauce and topping if you do SW), but a show willing reduced fat recipe as
100 g light cheese triangle 141 kcal
7.5 g fat of which saturates 5 g
carbs 6 g, of which sugars all 6 g (being processed cheese)
fibre < 0.5 g
protein 12 g
salt 1.8 g
100g full fat cheese 416 kcal
35 g fat of which saturates 22 g
carbs < 0.5 g
protein 22 g
Salt 1.8 g
I cooked up my meat mix in a saucepan as usual.
The sauce was in a separate pan with a lot of stirring to stop it going lumpy before I added the cheese triangles. Even by breaking them up they don’t melt that well, so don’t be surprised if you do get lumps as it all sorts itself out in the oven.
My baking dish is 7″ by 9″ or thereabouts, and I put in a layer of the meat mix (about half), then two of the lasagna sheets, followed by a layer of the sauce, again about half.
I added the remainder of the meat mix on top of that (you can put another 2 sheets in between if you wish), then the other 2 lasagna sheets finally covering them with the remaining sauce.
I spread the grated cheese on the top and because I’d forgotten to add the herbs , sprinkled those on the top.
I baked it in the oven for 30 minutes at 175 º C ( 350 º F, Gas mark 4), then served it with brocolli and carrots.
Good sized portion for the two of us, but it could easily stretch to three with added veg for a total cost of less than three pounds.