- Avoiding processed, refined and ready prepared foods
- Avoiding buying any item which your ‘grandmother’ would not recognise as food
- Avoiding buying any item which has more than 5 ingredients
As always, rules are made to be broken. ‘Grandmother’ possibly did not mind not having a life and spending the whole day shopping and cooking! Maybe she had a husband who worked 9-5pm and was around to help in the evenings rather than husbands who travel away all week (though there is a possible question mark around whether most men of that generation did help with children!). She might have had a family circle nearby to help her, rather than living far away from any family and having to take her children shopping when she and they are cranky, hungry and tired.......
The contents of the yoghurt part alone looks like this, with my comments in brackets:
Sweetened strawberry yoghurt 83.3%:
- 85% partially skimmed milk yoghurt
- 7.2% sugar (at initial glance - under 10% so ok-ish)
- 5.5% strawberries (don’t even think about counting this as a 1 a day portion, which is a 80g serving!)
- fructose (er - that’s sugar too - how much?)
- rice starch [amidon de riz] (white processed starch which helps stabilise the yoghurt)
- milk concentrate
- flavour (which one?)
- Colouring E162 (natural red food colour derived from beetroots)
- E296 (malic acid, used to balance acidity. No side effects noted from use as an additive)
- Vitamin D
Ricotta filling: Mix 500g ricotta with 200g chopped mozzarella and 100g grated parmesan. Add in 100g fresh pesto sauce, a handful of pine nuts and 300g of cooked chopped spinach (fresh or frozen). Tear in some fresh basil if you have some and season generously.
Leave the lasagne to ‘rest for a couple of hours at least if possible, so the sauces have time to soak through into the lasagne sheets, then bake at 180 degree for 30-45 minutes.
You may have some tomato sauce left in which case you can freeze it or serve it with wholemeal pasta spirals if you have any members of your family who flatly refuse to eat spinach*sigh*!