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Foody Friday: How To Cook Low Carb Lasagne

So, in line with my ‘low carb’ healthy eating plan that I’m following to put type 2 Diabetes into remission, when having the family round for Sunday Supper, I decided on a quick and easy meal was the order of the day to fill that table!

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Something easy that I could prepare in advance that would enable me to spend ‘quality time’ having some family fun, whilst not being stuck away in the kitchen..

Lasagne is always a family favourite using my mum’s classic bolognaise sauce recipe, which I also use to make with just a couple of tweaks for Moussaka. Recipe: Sweet Potato Moussaka – Variation on a Classic Greek Dish

However, I had a slight dilemma as clearly standard Lasagne is definitely NOT Low Carb… I’d heard a while ago of someone using layers of cabbage instead of layers of pasta and decided I’d test it out. I prepared the standard Lasagne using fresh pasta and then made a smaller ‘diabetic’ lasagne version using cabbage instead of pasta and greek yoghurt as a sauce instead of a béchamel sauce.

I’ve added the classic bolognaise sauce recipe that I use below. This sauce can be used in lots of Italian/Greek style dishes with flavours just tweaked slightly depending on what I’m making.

For the standard classic lasagne, I make a white béchamel sauce using melted butter and flour to make a roux and then gradually adding the milk. Once the sauce is made, I add salt & pepper and some grated nutmeg to taste… (For moussaka, I omit the nutmeg and add grated cheddar cheese and a teaspoon of mustard instead). I also use the ‘fresh pasta’ sheets that you can purchase in most UK supermarkets or alternatively you can use dried lasagne sheets but they take a bit of extra cooking and you need to add more liquid (possibly red wine haha)… When making up the dish, use alternate layers of pasta, bolognaise sauce and white sauce, finishing off with a layer of pasta topped with the white sauce.

However, for the purpose of the ‘healthy eating’ Low Carb Variation, instead of the pasta sheets, I used the leaves of a white cabbage to create alternate meat/cabbage layers. I top each layer with some Full Fat Greek Yoghurt and the last layer of the dish is a good topping of greek yoghurt and then a sprinkle of grated cheese (I used cheddar but you could use Parmesan to be more ‘authentic’ to the classic Italian dish).

 

Classic Bolognaise Sauce:

  • 1 x large onion fairly finely chopped
  • 500 gram minced beef or lamb (optional to suit your taste preference)
  • 2 x tins chopped tomato
  • 1 x tablespoon tomato puree
  • 2/3 cloves garlic or a 1-2 teaspoons of garlic paste
  • 3/4’s of a desert spoon of mixed herbs
  • Good ‘glug’ of red wine (1/2 glass..ish) – optional

I have seen a ‘vegetarian version’ using either quorn or aubergine instead of the meat but I’ve not tried it myself…

Method:

  • Fry the onion until it starts to brown and slightly caramelise (not burnt)
  • Add the minced meat and fry until brown (not a pasty brown… the browning brings out the best flavour but not burnt!)
  • Add the chopped garlic and fry for another minute
  • Add chopped tomato and mixed herbs & red wine
  • Leave to simmer for a few minutes whilst preparing the pasta… (If you were using this for spaghetti bolognaise, you would need to cook the meat sauce thoroughly for about 30 minutes.. However if using in a lasagne type dish, the cooking will continue in the oven once the dish has been put together.

This classic sauce can be varied to use in Moussaka by adding a spoonful of mustard and leaving out the red wine.

I just came across this ‘tip’ for making a ‘fresh tomato sauce’ which looks really easy and I’m going to give it a try – you could use this as an alternative to the tinned chopped tomatoes!

http://www.metaspoon.com/tomato-sauce-cheese-grater-food?fb=2063M1M1r3565tE&utm_source=2063M1M1r3565tE

So – what was the VERDICT on my ‘Healthy Low Carb Lasagne’…..

I wasn’t sure how the cabbage would taste and whether it would overpower the flavour but it truly didn’t and I’m pleased to report that it was absolutely DELICIOUS!!

Indeed the rest of the family ‘laughed’ initially at my variation on the classic dish but after tasting, they all agreed that it was a fabulous alternative… and for me, much healthier.

The pictures above show cooked Low Carb Variation with cabbage and greek yoghurt

The pictures below show cooked classic version with pasta and béchamel sauce

And here are both versions ‘in situ’ on the table served with garlic bread (not for me…Low Carb… ), and a selection of olives and sun dried tomatoes. I also serve with a mixed salad or a ‘greek’ style salad with a bit of feta cheese.. yum!

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LOW CARB LASAGNE – BRILLIANCE WITHIN.COM STYLE

 

For some reason, the boys in my family are reluctant to have their photo’s taken…

Whereas the dogs are incredibly CHEEKY and like to make themselves at home and are happy to pose for their photo… (and no – they didn’t really get fed at the table…)

I still managed to get a ‘sneaky shot’ of those boys having some ‘post supper fun’…… NOT! – More like get comfy now to watch Manchester City play a football match on the TV!! As usual it was left to the ‘girls’ to ‘wash the dishes’!!!

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I think you’ll agree that this highlights a significant degree of ‘inequality’ in our house?  (not sure hubby would agree and it’s a good job he hasn’t got a blog as you may get a ‘different perspective’…)         

 

 

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  1. June 20, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    Glug. I love it. 🙂 I’m also on a low carb WOE (way of eating) and am absolutely loving the food. One of my new dinner favorites is pan fried pork chops with mushrooms/onions and cream and wine sauce. It’s fabulous. Another recent hit is TexMex pork or chicken with cream and salsa (sauce). I eat carbs but in combinations without fat (it’s the Suzanne Somers plan). I’ve never eaten so well, and the weight is coming off. Anyway, looks like you are off and running with the new self host and it all looks great for you. Congrats! <3

  2. February 13, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    This looks amazing! I just started my own blog about healthy and affordable eating (all gluten free), so feel free to check it out! 🙂 I’m looking forward to more of your posts!

    • February 16, 2017 / 4:20 pm

      Brilliant and I’m glad you liked my post.. I’ve popped across to yours and it’s looking great… I love the pesto recipe! Much appreciated and good luck with your new blog! x

  3. November 28, 2016 / 10:36 am

    I stayed some Hungry. Who is the beautiful redheaded girl? His daughter?

  4. November 26, 2016 / 11:59 am

    Loved this version of low carb Lasagne. Sounds delicious too.

    • November 26, 2016 / 2:50 pm

      It is really tasty – I actually preferred it to the ‘pasta’ version – it was lighter and took a really creamy flavour! Thanks Sumith x

    • November 26, 2016 / 8:23 am

      I think it would work really well with quorn mince – I don’t think you’d tell much difference and then again the aubergine version also looked very tasty – I might try that and if I do I’ll let you know! x Have a great day Bella xx

  5. November 25, 2016 / 4:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! I love cabbage! Sooooooo smart!

    • November 25, 2016 / 6:27 pm

      You’re very welcome! You don’t really taste the cabbage too much in this dish – it just gives a creamy flavour somehow.. I hope you try it and enjoy! x

      • November 25, 2016 / 6:47 pm

        Sorry I’m so behind on reading!

        • November 25, 2016 / 8:00 pm

          Never apologise for ‘living a life’ so not getting chance to read.. I hope you’ve been enjoying yourself instead! Have a brilliant weekend. x

          • November 25, 2016 / 8:15 pm

            You’re so nice 💜🎉💗

          • November 25, 2016 / 8:27 pm

            Not sure hubby would agree… haha! x Thanks Jessica x

          • November 26, 2016 / 1:37 am

            Ever find those missing socks?!?! Ha ha.

          • November 26, 2016 / 8:01 am

            No!! Although hubby once moaned that he couldn’t find a single pair of socks in his sock drawer… I went through it and paired up over 50 pairs of socks!! haha… he never moaned about that one again.. x

          • November 26, 2016 / 3:55 pm

            50 pairs? I have like 2 pairs!! Ha.

          • November 26, 2016 / 4:22 pm

            Exactly! So do I but because they kept ‘disappearing’ I would buy more… Until I discovered that in amongst all the ‘odd socks’ were actually 50+ pairs!!! I didn’t do any more sock buying for a long time… hhahaha xx

  6. November 25, 2016 / 10:38 am

    Looks great. The men should do the dishes tho. Not watch the bitter blues LOLOL

    • November 25, 2016 / 11:17 am

      Couldn’t agree more Mr P! Not sure they see it that way though! haha xx

      • November 25, 2016 / 11:29 am

        You’re too kind. Just say next time: Now listen up, there’s gonna be some new rules around this place; from now on you get your lazy behinds in the kitchen and do them dishes after we eat or I’m gon’ cap yo ass you lazy mfers. LMAO!

        • November 25, 2016 / 1:16 pm

          Aghhhahahhahaha – That’s exactly what I’m gonna say next time.. I’ll wear my poncho and mean face too! Hilarious – I’ll let you know the response!!! x

          • November 25, 2016 / 1:19 pm

            And wear a t-shirt with: SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED, with an arrow pointing upwards (to your face) lol. Happy hunting! 🙂

          • November 25, 2016 / 6:36 pm

            When they see my ‘stern’ face, I won’t need the T-shirt!! …. Clearly they know ‘the face’ and will run a mile… straight into the kitchen to wash the dishes!!! haha x

          • November 25, 2016 / 7:44 pm

            😂😂😂

          • November 25, 2016 / 7:57 pm

            xx have a great weekend.. x

          • November 25, 2016 / 8:04 pm

            You too. Keep em in line 🙊

          • November 25, 2016 / 8:05 pm

            I will – I’ve got them some rubber gloves ready and waiting! haha x

          • November 25, 2016 / 9:05 pm

            I don’t need to hear about your sex life PMSL 😂😂😂

          • November 26, 2016 / 12:03 am

            hahaha – Naughty Mr P! (I wish I had some little meme’s to add…) x

  7. November 25, 2016 / 7:57 am

    Yay! You go, Wendy! That actually sounds quite delicious to me. Way to go for taking care of yourself. <3 Blessings your way

    • November 25, 2016 / 8:20 am

      Thank you! It really is a very tasty alternative to the classic dish.. I actually preferred it as it doesn’t ‘weigh heavy’ in your tum the way pasta can.. Have a wonderful day! x

      • November 25, 2016 / 8:24 am

        You too, Wendy! I could completely see that 🙂 Very creative and yummy all at the same time.

        • November 25, 2016 / 8:27 am

          I hope you give it a try sometime.. and if you do .. Enjoy! x

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