Tuesday, November 27, 2012

DELICIOUS SKINNY LASAGNE


I have just discovered the awesome blog of the glamorous "footballer's wife" Caroline Berg Eriksen. Though it's written in Norwegian, I still love checking out all the pretty pictures of this girl's life - her perfect outfits, charming home and especially all the delicious healthy recipes she shares with her readers. Thanks to Google Translate, I am able to read and recreate some of these recipes myself. Last night I made a low carb, low calorie, gluten-free and insanely tasty lasagna that she had shared on her blog. Here's what you'll need to make it yourself:

500g lean pork mince (tasty AND lower in calories than beef)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 tsp crushed garlic
1 tin crushed tomatoes OR 2 small tins tomato paste
1 beef stock cube
1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
Salt & Pepper
2-3 zucchini, sliced thinly (I used a wide peeler)
2-3 tubs cottage cheese

Start with the zucchini. To avoid too much water in the cooked lasagna, either roast/boil it first or salt it and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes before wiping off any water that forms on the surface.

On a medium heat, fry onions and garlic in olive oil before adding the pork mince. Once it is browned, add the tomatoes, stock cube, herbs and a dash of salt and pepper. Simmer until the liquid has evaporated. If you are in a hurry, use tomato paste instead and you won't need to let it simmer much at all. You can turn on the oven now to 200°C.

Then, spoon some of the mince onto the bottom of a baking dish. Then add a layer of zucchini, followed by the cottage cheese. Repeat until you're satisfied and finish with a cottage cheese top (grated cheese is fine if you'd prefer). Sprinkle with herbs then pop in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Once it's out of the oven, let it sit for 10 minutes before serving.





Important note: When I made this last night, I didn't pre-cook or salt my zucchini. As you can see by my pictures, the pork mixture still has quite a bit of liquid in it before going in the oven - a hangover from my days making lasagna with pasta sheets, where liquid was necessary in cooking the pasta! These two factors meant my final product ended up with excess liquid (it was still bloomin' delicious though) but if, unlike me, you follow the recipe properly, you'll end up with a perfect result!

1 comment:

  1. This looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing, I will definitely buy the ingredients soon and make one, just in time for my mum's birthday :)

    Gia @ Lovely Serendipity

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