Product Type: Tesco Ready Meals
Newest Review: ... A findus lasagne contains 467 calories. So this option has around the same calories as other healthy options and around 100 less than nor... more
Light on fat, Light on flavour
Tesco Light Choices Beef Lasagne
Member Name: bettyboop2002
Tesco Light Choices Beef Lasagne
Advantages: Looks good on the packaging
Disadvantages: Doesn't resemble the packaging
This lasagne cost £1.30 and is also available on 4 for £4.
Asda good for you lasagne 400g - £1
Weight watchers lasagne 300g - £1.75
Sainsburys Be good to yourself lasagne 390g - £1.30
So price wise this is pretty much the same as alternatives. I don't normally opt for healthy choices and usually buy the Asda chosen by you lasagne which costs £1 for 400g.
CALORIE COMPARISON - How much of a light choice is this?
This meal contains 350 calories.
Weightwatchers contains 257 but is 100g smaller so it is similar in calories per 100g.
Asda good for you lasagne has 357 calories.
My usual (non low fat coption) has 497 calories. A findus lasagne contains 467 calories.
So this option has around the same calories as other healthy options and around 100 less than normal options. The lasagne has 7.5g of fat compared with my usual lasagne which has 16g.
HOW TO COOK
This lasagne is to be cooked from frozen. It takes 45 minutes in the oven or around 12 minutes in the microwave. For me personally, if I was going to wait 45 minutes for a lasagne I would either make one myself or get a family sized one. So I opted for the microwave.
First you remove the cardboard sleeve, you then pierce the film lid on top of the container and put into the microwave for 7 minutes. You then remove the container and "carefully agitate the tray" and cook for another 4 minutes.
Remove the film lid and serve.
HOW DOES IT TASTE
Onto the important stuff.... well I was very disappointed in the taste of this product. When the product was halfway through cooking it started to smell beautiful and I thought it was going to taste the same. The picture on the box has a nice cheesy top and the packaging says it is topped with bechamel sauce and cheddar cheese. I could not detect any sign of the cheddar cheese that was there. I couldn't see it and I couldn't taste it.
The texture was fine but all I could taste was onions in the sauce, the sauce was bland apart from the onions didn't look as rich and tomatoey as the picture on the box.
I did find a couple of bits of fat in the "lean mince" which is always annoying but I understand that this often happens with all brands of lasagne.
This lasagne was only okay, I wouldn't buy it again as there wasn't enough flavour, I was still hungry after the lasagne so wasted the 100 calories I had saved by having a couple of biscuits with my tea after it.
I would much rather stick to my normal lasagne which is higher in calories and fat but leaves me feeling full and has a much better taste. This is the second ready meal I have bought in this light choices range and the second one which tasted of nothing! I wouldn't recommend this one, there are much better options on the market.
Summary: Definitely not substantial enough for a dinner
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