No meat day

Our diet is pretty basic, but I aim for at least two meals a week without meat, though one of those is likely to be fish.
In the winter, we have our three day stew, which is all veg and the ‘meat’ flavour comes from two chicken stock cubes.
I also do our two day chili, which is 200g of minced beef (5% fat), a tin of tomatoes, tin of red kidney beans, a large onion and garlic.
I use garlic a lot in our meals as it’s good for the blood pressure and heart.

Hubby is becoming bored with food, especially that which triggers his reflux issues.
This could be a problem with the no meat days because if we don’t have something like poached eggs on toast, he doesn’t like tomato pasta of whatever colour, and usually has a McCheese.
This week, he didn’t fancy that, so I had to think again, and knowing how much he enjoyed the vegetarian lasagna last time we had a meal out, I thought I’d have a go at making one.

Luckily for me my lasagna sheets are a nice fit in the small oblong dishes I have, so no trimming required and I used two.
I cut up 2 small new potatoes, a small carrot, half an onion, then took some broccoli out of the freezer and par-cooked those in a little water in the microwave. I added a stock cube, sprinkle of italian seasoning, a handful of chopped mushrooms and some crushed garlic then left them all to stand whilst I made my cheese sauce.
This was just with three teaspoons of cornflour, milk and cheese.
I couldn’t tell you how much cheese I used for this, but it was a fair amount and as it turned out, too much flavour for the portion size, so I will know for next time.

Then came the layering:
On the bottom I put enough of my veg mix to cover, then a lasagna sheet, some cheese sauce and the rest of the veg mix. Then another lasagna sheet, the remainder of my cheese sauce and I covered the top with grated cheese. I cooked it in the oven with my pasta dish for half an hour on 180ΒΊ C. **

Anyway, the proof was in the eating, and Hubby enjoyed it, other than too much cheese (there’s a theme here)

Photos: tucking in!

I shall definitely make it again, but this time add more veg, less sauce and less cheese.

** Here’s a nifty little conversion chart for heat settings when cooking.


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to No meat day

  1. I might try this looks good.

  2. SarahC says:

    ok, hungry now! I GET the meat he doesnt so i dont get much, but we do have chicken, or turkey together soon

  3. Sadje says:

    Looks good!

  4. jenanita01 says:

    I have never cooked a lasagne, vegetarian or otherwise, so definitely will have a go. Thanks for the conversion chart too, very helpful. I usually guess!

    • I have a basic minced beef mix with onions and tomatoes which can be added to for chili, cottage pie and spaghetti bolognese as well as lasagna. The pasta sheets are great as they don’t need to be precooked. Good luck!

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