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Simple switches: Lasagne

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Think having diabetes means lasagne is off the menu? Think again! Try these simple changes to create a delicious, healthy lasagne that everyone can enjoy.

  • The béchamel sauce is what gives lasagne its lovely creamy texture. It can also be a big source of calories – but it doesn't have to be. Cut down on the amount of fat you use in the béchamel sauce, or use a reduced-fat margarine instead of butter. Swap whole milk for skimmed or semi-skimmed milk.
  • When preparing the mince for the lasagne, opt for lean meat and find ways to reduce the amount of fat you use for cooking – by using an oil spray or a non-stick pan, for example. Draining off any excess fat from the cooked mince in the pan also helps.
  • When topping your lasagne with cheese, go for a stronger cheese and use less of it or choose a reduced-fat variety instead. Serve with salad, or extra vegetables.
  • Add vegetables, such as carrots, mushrooms and spinach, to top up the fibre and help you get your five a day. If you're vegetarian, try replacing the meat with other sources of protein, such as lentils or meat substitutes.
  • Avoid adding salt and use a reduced-salt stock, and add extra flavour to your dish by using garlic and herbs such as oregano, rosemary and thyme. This way, you'll cut down on the salt in the lasagne, without skimping on flavour.
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