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      27.10.2011 17:41
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      So so, I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this meal again though!

      I am not a Vegetarian. However I do like to choose meat free options whenever I can simply for a change. I'm one of those people that goes through phases with meat, whilst I love a beef Sunday lunch and bacon sandwiches of a morning if I sit down and think about eating the flesh of living things I put myself right off it!

      So like I say I do consume alot of Vegetarian foods and recently I spotted this one costing only a pound in my local Farmfoods store to which I had gone there for a look around with a mate.

      I chose this not only because of the fact that with Vegetarian and cheap but with recently moving I wanted some foods easy to pop in the oven or microwave with minimal fuss as I haven't been on top form at all really lately and rather under the weather.

      The Packaging:

      The lasagne comes in a large black plastic tray with a see through plastic pull off to remove lid and within a box. On the top of the box we are shown a photograph of the cooked lasagne and told that it is Linda McCartney 'Food To Come Home To', Vegetarian Lasagne and that it is made from free range egg pasta and is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives, that it weighs 360g and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. On the back of the box other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, a full nutritional chart is shown, we are told how to cook it (in the oven for about 45 minutes or in the microwave for about 10 minutes and both ways from frozen) and contact details for Linda McCartney foods are listed. Nice enough informative box this is.

      The Lasagne Itself:

      Well what you get is a rather large in appearance square of lasagne. I microwaved mine and it didn't bake as such and was a little wet in appearance so I do imagine putting this in the oven would 'bake' it somewhat and may be better and brown it slightly and so on!

      What you get is a layered looking lasagne. Starting at the top of it you get a layer of gooey Vegetarian Cheddar cheese which I felt to not be too strong in flavour but a little creamy and then under that a pale and stiffish pasta sheet which contained little flavour really and was very firm and held together well and needed me to cut through it with a knife. Under that you get soya pieces that look like mince beef blended in a tomato and onion red sauce that has a hint of a garlic and nutmeg flavouring to it.

      There is no quibbling that this is a high quality food product and I didn't think it tasted awful at all. However I found the sauce and soya bits to be lacking considering that this was the filling and that the pasta was very plain and although not chewy or anything adverse like that it was just rather bland. The cheese flavouring was nice enough though but like I stated earlier I would pop this on the oven and not do as I did and be lazy and microwave it!

      Nutritional Information Per Lasagne:

      Calories: 385
      Sugar: 4.7g
      Salt: 1.8g
      Fat: 10.4g
      Saturates: 5.8g

      Available in most good supermarkets at around £1.50 a lasagne or in Farmfoods at the minute this is only a pound a time!

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      18.04.2011 12:53
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      A lovely vegetarian lasagne

      I don't get a great deal of pleasure when I'm cooking meals, and tend to look for easy ways out. I lavish time and attention on baking as this is fun and more of a hobby, whereas cooking daily meals is more of a chore. I have been trying out various products in the Linda McCartney vegetarian range, and picked up this Vegetarian Lasagne to try as I thought it would be perfect for a quick and easy meal that required minimal effort. It costs £1.89 for a 360g pack, and is currently on special offer at Sainsbury's where you can buy selected Linda McCartney items at two for £3.00.

      Product description: "Layers of free range egg pasta with soya mince ragu and rich bechamel sauce topped with Cheddar cheese."

      This lasagne can be found in the freezer section of your supermarket, with the vegetarian foods. I try and eat fairly healthily, but it's always handy to have a few ready meals stocked up, and I am a sucker for anything Italian as it satisfies my carb and cheese addictions! The lasagne comes in a plastic tray which you put straight into the oven for it to cook. There is no preparation required, and no mess to clean up afterwards which is always a good thing!

      It was very easy to cook this dish, but it was not quite the speedy evening meal that I had anticipated, as it takes 45 minutes to cook through in the oven. I was starving by the time it was ready! The Vegetarian Lasagne weighs in at 360g, which is a reasonably large serving. You get a good amount and this is quite a generous amount for one person. I ended up eating the full lot myself, and having it with some garlic baguette (yum!) but you could also add vegetables or salad to balance it out.

      As well as being suitable for vegetarians, this meal is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. I was looking forward to it as I enjoy Italian food and am particularly fond of pasta dishes. It looked nice judging from the picture on the box, but I couldn't really see what it looked like until I dished it up and removed it from the black plastic tray. The dish is made up of fresh pasta and there are layers of vegetarian mince and a light cheese topping. The only thing that I wasn't overly keen on was the amount of bechamel cheese sauce on top of the lasagne, it was a bit runny and lacking in flavour and there was lots of it covering everything else up! Luckily, the rest of the lasagne is lovely. The pasta had a nice firm texture to it, which was great as I enjoy my pasta cooked al dente and this was a nice base to the sauces. The vegetarian mince filling was lovely, there was a lot of it and this helped to make the meal more filling. It certainly works as comfort food, and was satisfying to eat. The tomato sauce was possibly the best bit, as this had a rich and full flavour and really pulled all the other ingredients together, saving this from being a plain and bland dish, and transforming it into a tasty and filling meal.

      This is a nice item from the Linda McCartney range. I really enjopyed the taste and texture of this meal, and would buy it again if I fancied a lasagne without all the prep. The biggest downside for me was the long cooking time, but other than that I would definitely recommend it.

      Ingredients: Milk, Water, Free Range Egg Pasta (19%), Tomato, Vegetarian Cheddar Cheese (9%), Textured Soya and Wheat Proteins (5%), Onion, Cornflour, Vegetable Oil, Wheat Flour, Tomato Purée, Cream, Vegetable Stock, Salt, Mustard, Oregano, Basil, Garlic, Sugar, Pepper, Malt Extract, Nutmeg.
      Free Range Egg Pasta Contains: Durum Wheat Semolina, Water, Free Range Egg.
      Textured Soya and Wheat Proteins Contains: Water, Soya Concentrate (19%), Soya Flour (7%), Wheat Gluten (6%), Vegetable Oil, Soya Protein Isolate (1%), Yeast Extract, Barley Malt Extract, Salt, Wheat Starch, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Flavouring.
      Vegetable Stock Contains: Rehydrated Potato, Salt, Yeast Extract, Onion, Potato Flakes, Leek, Carrot Concentrate, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Natural Flavour, Barley Malt Extract, Onion Powder, Pepper, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Garlic.

      Typical Nutritional Values per 100g contains:
      Energy - 524kJ - 125kcal
      Protein - 6.3g
      Carbohydrate - 12.4g
      Sugars - 3.3g
      Fat - 5.6g
      Saturates - 2.9g
      Fibre - 1.4.g
      Sodium* - 0.2g
      *Salt Equivalent - 0.5g

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        20.07.2010 18:03
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        Soya lasagne

        Linda McCartney Vegetarian Lasagne is made up with layers of free range egg pasta which contain soya mince ragu and rich bechamel sauce topped with cheddar cheese. It's a 360g meal. It's found in the freezer section of the supermarkets but can also be found in health food shops too. I got mine from Asda for £1.87, but it can be found in Tesco for £1 until 26/07/10. Sainsbury's also has it on a deal, 2 for £3 until 14/06/11.

        It can be cooked in the oven or microwave. If using the oven then film lid has to be removed and put into a preheated oven at gas mark 4 for 45 minutes. Although it says for best results it should be oven baked, I prefer to just cooking it in the microwave as it just takes 12 minutes. For cooking in microwave you pierce the film lid and place in and cook on full power for 5 minutes. Then peel back the film lid and let it stand for a minute. Cook on full power for a further 5 minutes and then let it stand for a minute and then serve.

        Appearance when cooked, is melted cheese on top and the sauce oozing and bubbling around it, it looks and smells yummy. It easy to serve out of the tray on to a plate. Tastes a bit on the salty side but that's mainly because of the cheese component in the dish, but the soya mince ragu is well flavoured and seasoned so it balances out with the pasta, rich béchamel sauce and cheese toping together. I found this warming and filling and just like the statement mentioned on the box "food to come home to". I prefer this lasagne as it contains soya and not vegetables. With the vegetable ones i tend to hate the actual vegetable content I just seem to squint when I come accross a piece of a courgette or aubergine. It just nice that this lasagne it not actually made of meat but it sort of resembles it in texture with the soya.

        Ingredients include:

        Milk, Water, Free Range Egg Pasta (19%), Tomato, Vegetarian Cheddar Cheese (9%), Textured Soya and Wheat Proteins (5%), Onion, Corn flour, Vegetable Oil, Wheat Flour, Tomato Purée, Cream, Vegetable Stock, Salt, Mustard, Oregano, Basil, Garlic, Sugar, Pepper, Malt Extract, Nutmeg.

        Free Range Egg Pasta Contains: Durum Wheat Semolina, Water, Free Range Egg.

        Textured Soya and Wheat Proteins Contains: Water, Soya Concentrate (19%), Soya Flour (7%), Wheat Gluten (6%), Vegetable Oil, Soya Protein Isolate (1%), Yeast Extract, Barley Malt Extract, Salt, Wheat Starch, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Flavouring.

        Vegetable Stock Contains: Rehydrated Potato, Salt, Yeast Extract, Onion, Potato Flakes, Leek, Carrot Concentrate, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Natural Flavour, Barley Malt Extract, Onion Powder, Pepper, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Garlic.

        This product is suitable for vegetarians. It's free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives and is made from non-genetically modified soya. If you have allergies then beware that this product contains wheat, eggs, milk, mustard and soya/soybeans. Per a meal it provides 450 kcal and 1886kj of energy. Considering the Saturated fat makes up to 52% of the GDA (Guideline Daily Amount) it would be wise to watch the saturated fat consumed though out the day.

        Nutrition:
        Sugars 12g
        Fat 20g
        Saturated fat 10g
        Salt 1.8g

        Overall, yummy product that I have grown addicted to, as I just purchase 2 more on a recent shopping trip. I like to have it with fries to mop up the creamy sauce.

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          13.04.2010 19:14
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          A great vegetarian lasagne-perfect food on the go.

          I've been eating Linda McCartney products for a while now-as someone who follows a halal diet I find that I usually purchase vegetarian ready meals for those moments when I really cannot find the energy to cook.

          Linda McCartney products offer vegetarians classic meals prepared to a high standard at a reasonable price (I've found LM products to be priced similiar to some supermarket own brands). The products are made with high quality ingredients e.g. free range egg lasagne sheets and the sheer quality can be tasted in every biteful.

          The lasgne has the classic layers you would expect to find in a lasagne-pasta sheets, bechamal and of course ragu style sauce. Every layer is delicious and the mince is juicy (some vegetarian brands dry the products out which really doesn't help the taste).

          The lasgne is easy to cook-just bung it in the oven. I would recommend keeping a few lasagnes in the freezer for those moments of panic after work when there is nothing to eat in the house.

          I love having this lasagne with garlic bread, and if I'm feeling healthy a nice leafy salad. Of course there will be those out there who love to have lasagne pub stylee with chips-that's up to your own preference.

          A lovely ready meal suitable for both vegetarians and meat eaters alike who like flavour.

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          28.03.2010 01:28
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          Takes a while to cook but it's totally worth it.

          "Layers of free range egg pasta with soya mince ragu and rich Bechamel sauce topped with cheddar cheese"

          I'm really picky when it comes to my food and i wasn't expecting too much from this as it looks like another plain ready meal. I'm not a fan of the vegetable Lasagna and I've been looking for a plain mince and sauce one for a while. Normally i buy Quorn but they're products are becoming bland, expensive and similar in taste.
          I bought this in Asda for just under £2, though they tend to have a deal on the Linda McCartney line, so if you do want to try it once, it wont cost very much.

          The cardboard box has the usual nutrition information, cooking and storage instructions on the side. Like most ready meals it comes it a black plastic tray with a clear plastic film, you can either cook it in this or take it out and place it in an oven proof dish.
          You can either cook it in the oven or microwave, though if you're impatient but prefer your food to be browned or crispy you can put it in the oven for a few minutes after microwaving. I've tried the various ways of cooking it and i deffinately prefer 45 minutes in the oven.

          Oven cook: 45 Minutes
          Microwave: 12 Minutes

          It's a simple lasagna with vegetarian mince, sauce, pasta sheets and cheese. I'm not a fan of tomato chunks at all but the ones in this meal are either small enough that i don't notice them or there are very few and i just pick them out.
          This lasagna has a rich flavour compared to any other vegetarian lasagna I've tried or attempted to make myself. You can add extra cheese to the top once it has cooked, add a serving of salad or chips or just have it on it's own. It's a small portion but i find it to be filling enough on it's own for a meal.
          I find the mince and pasta sheets can be a little chewy if over cooked so you do have to keep an eye on it while. cooking.

          Allergy Advice:
          Contains - Gluten, Wheat, Soya, Egg, Mustard, Milk.

          You can pick it up from most supermarkets or health food stores like Holland & Barrets. It's simple but tasty and has a lot more flavour than most vegetarian choices out there, her line of vegetarian meals are deffinately something to check out, they taste as good as they look on the box.

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            17.03.2010 23:24
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            This meat free lasagne is best suited for vegetarians or those choosing not to eat red meat.

            For my lunch today I decided to have a Linda McCartney vegetarian lasagne, just so that I could review it for Dooyoo. Wasn't that good of me?


            I like many products available from the McCartney range and I find that this meat free lasagne lives up to the rest.


            This is a frozen lasagne and I usually have one of these, along with other foods from this brand, stored in my in my fridge freezer. Now that my sixteen year old daughter has decided to abstain from meat I guess I'll have to stock up even more, or we'll be fighting over the freezer contents.


            This lasagne is very tasty. It consists of layers of free range egg pasta with soya mince and a bechamel sauce. Then it's generously topped with very tasty vegetarian cheddar cheese, and the latter is my favourite part.


            The lasagne can be oven cooked for 45 minutes at 180o, 350o f, gas mark 4. Or you can do what I usually do and cook in the microwave oven. This takes a mere 12 minutes ( including standing time) based on a 800w oven. I prefer to use the microwave unless I'm cooking more than one item. After cooking this pasta meal I'm always pleased with the aroma and the look of it. The cheese on the top cooks a treat and looks very inviting.


            It is also worth mentioning that the lasagne is made with non genetically modified soya.


            When I ate my lasagne today I had it by itself but it's also very nice served with salad or green vegetables, corn niblets or carrots. I this dish with a slice or two of crusty bread.


            The average GDA per meal, as stated on the pack, is:


            29% / 20g fat

            52%/ 10g saturates

            30%/ 1.8g salt

            13%/ 12g sugar

            450 calories


            The packaging is made from a minimum of 90% recycled materials.


            This lasagne comes in a 360g serving.


            I bought this from Sainsburys and it was a little over £1.00, I think £1.20. I usually buy it cheaper than this as I usually find a good offer.


            As a former meat eater, I would be able to taste the difference between the soya in this lasagne and meat. However, this doesn't deter from the high standard of this product.

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              18.08.2009 10:40
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              Better than meaty lasagnes

              I don't eat red meat but I love things like spaghetti bolognese and lasagne which I occasionally can't resist, despite them containing meat. Because of this, I try to stick to vegetarian versions with veggie mince and Linda McCartney food is perfect for this.

              Linda McCartney's vegetarian lasagne is made up of layers of free range egg pasta with soya mince ragu and rich béchamel sauce topped with cheddar cheese. Now, even I realise that this doesn't sound quite as nice as a meaty lasagne but it really does taste it.

              It comes in a cardboard box with a very delicious looking picture of the lasagne on the front. Inside, it comes in a plastic pot and can be cooked either in the microwave, taking 10 minutes, or in the oven, which takes a lot longer at 45 minutes. I always cook mine in the microwave as it is much quicker but I then like to crisp it up slightly in the oven for a few minutes after. The lasagne is made up of 3 layers of pasta with veggie mince and sauce in between each layer and then coated with cheese on top. The pasta is always very soft but, when I've tried putting it in the grill to crisp it up, this turns the bottom layer very hard and overly crispy so I don't recommended even just quickly crisping it up under the grill. For anyone who doesn't like the thought of eating 'fake' meat, I can honestly say that the mince tastes exactly the same as normal meaty mince. Between this and a meaty lasagne I cannot tell the difference at all apart from the fact that, in this one, you don't get the odd chewy bits of meat, so the vegetarian version is actually better. The mince is mixed with a slightly spicy tomato sauce and on top is the béchamel sauce which is a white creamy cheesy sauce. The two sauces add a lot of yummy tastes to the pasta and gives it a more moist texture. The cheese makes a delicious crispy topping and mixes brilliantly with the creamy béchamel sauce.

              The 360g individual lasagne contains 450 calories, 20g of fat and free range egg pasta, and is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. It can be found in the freezer section in supermarkets, usually costing £1.90 which I do think is pretty expensive so I only pick them up when they're on offer, usually for £1, or buy 2 for a certain amount, which is much better value.

              This is the most delicious lasagne I've tried, much tastier than the meaty ones, that both meat and non-meat lovers will enjoy. With beans or garlic bread added to it, this makes a perfect and tasty main meal.

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                03.08.2009 22:06
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                Worth a try if you haven't tried it before..

                This product has been around for years. It used to be a favourite of mine (despite the fact i'm not vegetarian, I just like how it tastes) when I was living with my parents, so it has been on sale since the early 1990s.

                It is made with free range egg pasta, soya mince ragu, a rich bechemel sauce and cheddar cheese. Unlike a lot of soya products, I found this to be very rich and tomatoe-y. I didn't suffer the unpleasant after taste you can often get with some soya products or vegetarian alternatives, which is one reason I have kept buying this over the years as it is just tasty.

                With 451 calories per lasagne and 20.2g of fat, it is more an occasional treat than a midweek meal. Especially if, like me, you always add some more cheese when you cook this product.

                You can oven cook this (I would recommend it as then the top goes crispy) or you can cook it in the microwave. It takes 45 minutes in the oven (plus the oven heating time) or 12 minutes in total in the microwave. Or you can microwave it then crisp the top up in the oven.

                As far as pre bought lasagnes go - this is really up there with the best and I would recommend this over the other shop lasagnes any day. One will cost between 89p on offer to £1.69 in the more costly supermarkets.

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