“ Brand: Asda / Type: Lasagne „
I am always on the lookout for something that could be deemed as "scrummy and healthy", this being the case I always find myself drawn to the freezer section in Asda with the ready meals.
Ok, so I know that making it from scratch is always going to be the better option, knowing what is going in and so forth, but the simple facts remain that I work, I have two young children and a husband that is not much older (mind wise!) and the fact that I can't really cook for toffee means I have to try and work with I've got....which would be the freezer section in Asda!
The product I will now review is - "Asda, good for you, roasted vegetable lasagne"
Now I have never been a lover of frozen lasagne, especially the meat filled ones, these always seem quite gritty in texture to me, I tend to make my own (one of about three recipes I can actually cook!), but seeing this was made with roasted vegetables I decided to give it a go.
The lasagne comes in it's own loaf tin shaped container, complete with plastic lid. Around this is a cardboard sleeve containing all the relevant information, brand name, product name, description, nutritional information and also a really appetising looking picture of the cooked meal.
Cooking is simple, oven cook from frozen by removing from the cardboard sleeve and peeling off film lid, pop into a pre heated oven at 200c/400f/gas mark 6 for 50 -55 minutes.
Once cooked, and you will easily be able to gauge that by seeing the thick and creamy béchamel sauce bubbling away nicely, remove from the oven and serve.
Please do not be fooled by the picture on the front of the box, this shows an upstanding lasagne with the layers of béchamel, pasta sheets and roasted vegetables being in distinct layers, this is just not the case.
I scoop my lasagne out of the now very flimsy an scolding plastic container with a fish slice, I carefully deposit it onto my plate and it very quickly disintegrates into a gooey heap, ok not so fantastic to look at but the proof is in the eating they say.
The taste is wonderful. There is the nice creamy and cheesy flavoured béchamel sauce, the delicious and soft pasta slices that are completely cooked through which is a first for me, the meat ones usually go curly an hard round the edges!
Finally there is soft roasted vegetables. If you like your vegetables crunchy in anyway, then this is not the dinner for you, the vegetables are soft but somehow have still managed to remain decipherable, I can distinctly see courgettes and peppers and in there somewhere are also aubergines.
Now for me to eat this is a first, my mum had a real obsession with ratatouille when we were kids, think it must have been cheap to make! This being so, this is the first time since the age of 8 years old that I have eaten courgettes and actually enjoyed them!
Finally I does state that this lasagne is topped with regato cheese, once the dinner oozed across the dinner plate, any chance of being able to see a "bubbly cheese crust, atop of my lasagne" was pretty much lost, there is though a lovely cheesy flavour to the meal, so this is something I can deal with!
Nutritional information is as follows -
14.0g of which sugars,
3.8g of which saturates.
There is also 18.4mg of vitamin c in this meal which is 31.2% of your RDA.
Allergy advice states that this contains gluten, milk and wheat, and may also contain traces of nuts and/or seeds.
On the upside though this meal contains no artificial colours or flavours, no hydrogenated fats and counts as being two of your five a day, fruit and vegetable wise.
These at present are on offer at Asda as part of a "2 for £3.00" deal, singly you will lokk to pay around the £1.70 mark.
This is a lovely dinner, that though not the best looking when cooked, is delicious an the perfect thing to have tucked away in the freezer for those can't cook won't cook days!
For more information visit - www.asda.co.uk
Thanks for reading x