Healthy Pasta-Less Vegetarian Lasagne

In the words of Britney Spears… Oops! I did it again…

Britney SpearsCreditFun fact: I had this hairdo for my year 12 formal. I heart Britney.

In March last year I went on a diet because my jeans were too tight.

Now, I no longer wear jeans (I’m all about Black Milk leggings these days), but everything is too tight once again. I’ve regained the lost weight and more these past few months.

One reason for the gain is that I wasn’t clever about my change from meat eater to vegetarian. I simply replaced a lot of my previous protein-rich foods with carbs and fat (because bread and cheese ♥).

The big reason is emotional eating. Being made redundant in May, and subsequently searching for the right job, has had a bigger impact on my emotions than I realised. The past few months my emotions have been up, down, and flat. But mostly down. I stopped exercising. I started to become more hermit-like than usual. I recall a lot of chocolate being consumed during that time.

Of course, eating crap makes you feel crap, and eating crap when you’re already feeling crap is not ideal.

Satine Isis

Satine & Isis – good company

So here I am again, on a weight loss plan – because I’ve decided I want to get out of this sad funk, eat healthy but not boring, and even get a bit fit.

That last one will be hard, because I actually hate exercise that makes you sweat and your heart race.

This time I’m following my friend Amanda’s (Daily Dose Fitness) new lifestyle program using the flexible dieting, macro-controlled method, ‘if it fits your macros’. In a nutshell, you can eat anything as long as it fits within your day’s allowance of calories, carbs, protein, and fat.

It’s been one week so far and I’ve already lost some weight and centimetres! This recipe is one of my new favourites, a variation on one of the meals in Amanda’s program. It’s easy to make and has a good hit of protein for vegetarians. Even Paul liked it.

So tell me… What are your secrets for enjoying exercise? ;)

Healthy Vegetarian Lasagne

Healthy Pasta-Less Vegetarian Lasagne, or ‘Bake’

Serves 2.
Per serving: 366 calories, 48g protein, 27g carbs, 13g fat

  • 200g eggplant
  • 200g zucchini
  • Olive oil spray
  • 300g frozen quorn mince
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 200g tinned tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp each of dried thyme, oregano, marjoram, chilli
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • 50g parmesan, mozzarella, or cheddar cheese
  • A bunch of spinach
  • 250g light ricotta or cottage cheese
  • Fresh nutmeg
  • Fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C. Thinly slice the eggplant then place in a single layer on a foil-lined baking tray. Lightly spray with olive oil spray and bake for 20 minutes, turning once.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a saucepan to medium heat. Add the frozen quorn mince and crushed garlic, and cook for several minutes, stirring continuously so the quorn doesn’t stick. Add tinned tomatoes, thyme, oregano, marjoram, chilli, salt, pepper, and a generous splash of balsamic vinegar. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Finely chop the parsley and add to a bowl with the cottage cheese or ricotta, the zest of 1 lemon. Finely grate 1/4 of nutmeg and combine well. Spoon half of the quorn and tomato sauce into a small rectangular baking dish, then half the spinach, all of the eggplant and zucchini, then the remaining quorn mix, spinach, and finally top with the ricotta. Grate over the parmesan/mozzarella/or cheddar, then bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

Healthy Vegetarian Lasagne

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21 responses to “Healthy Pasta-Less Vegetarian Lasagne

  1. And I’m sure you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference! I tried using zucchini as pasta and loved it. So I know I’d fall in love with this too! Stay strong and focused and you’ll get to where you want to be! You can do it!! ;)

  2. Good on you for getting back on the health train, it can be hard when you get derailed :) I struggled with my weight several years back, but funnily enough once I started food blogging 3 years back I started losing weight, go figure.

    I’ve now come to absolutely love my gym, as crazy as that is. I think I enjoy exercise because I’ve learnt to appreciate how capable my body is and I want to keep that up! Once I got over dying every time I went to the gym, each time I went back became easier and more enjoyable. I also try to opt to do exercises I enjoy and find alternative ones for ones I don’t (hate lunges, love squats).

    Also dancing, all the dancing! Most fun way to work off the calories! And walking in heels, that’s toning the legs after all…right?

    • Thanks Ashley! I hadn’t thought of that before, but it IS satisfying when you realise you’re getting stronger – i.e. I love pole dancing, but I’ve stopped it the past couple of months because I got heavier, sluggish, and felt uncomfortable. But I’m going to get back into it! :)

  3. Fair play Chanel, it’s never easy coming to terms with emotional eating, i could write a book on it! I’m so excited to see Amanda’s new plan and it was because of your post last year that I contacted her in the first place. Looking forward to your journey *high five*

  4. I so hear you, I’m an emotional eater too. One week and already seeing results is fantastic! Oh and I think I’m allergic to exercise..

  5. I have this thing called a depression special that consists of ice cream, fried chicken and listening to Adele. The thing is it doubles as my celebration special so I have it WAY too often.

  6. bahh i hate exercising but i do like eating healthy! definitely going to try this recipe ^^

    ps love your black milk collection :)

  7. Well done, that is such a great start! Yummy vege lasagne too.

  8. This looks soooo good :) yeah the whole carbs thing is a bit annoying. Especially when eating out – they think the suitable veg option contains pasta or rice when really, you can fill up and feel better about a whole veg meal. I need to make this :) I miss lasagne!

  9. i too am an emotional eater (cue box of chocolates i had today because im feeling meh) this vego lasagne looks pretty amazing!

  10. I put on 5kgs during my 4 week holiday to Europe – whoops! Whilst I don’t mind be a big-lass I don’t want to keep getting bigger and bigger and like you I HATE exercise. It’s so boring..and well, hard. Need to figure out what to do. Sigh

    • But your holiday looked so fun, and worth it :D

      It’s mostly food that makes a difference. I’ve been doing this for 2 weeks now and still haven’t exercised, but have lost 3kg and -5cm off waist, -4cm off hips so far – just from eating right :)

  11. I love Vegetarian Lasagne! There are so many ways to make it but this is a recipe I have not tried yet…Look forward to making it thanks so much!

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