I’ve got just the recipe for those gloomy days before the real summer kicks off. It’s a simple one-pot that’s low in fat, high in protein, what’s more, it’s delicious and satisfies our carbohydrate turmoil without guilt!

 Silky Spinach Lasagne

What you’ll need for the lasagne:

250g    x    fresh spinach
250g    x    fresh silken tofu (diced)
50ml    x    soya milk
1clove    x    garlic (finely chopped)
1pinch    x    crushed basil (or dried mixed herbs)
1pinch    x    salt
1/2tbs    x    sugar
1tbs    x    fresh lemon juice
250g    x    tomato sauce (see below for directions)
1/2packet    x    jamie oliver lasagne sheets (from sainsbury’s)
125g    buffalo mozzarella (sliced into 1cm thick circles, from m&s)
1    x    large plump tomato (sliced into 1cm thick circles)

  1. preheat oven to 200°c.
  2. chuck the spinach, tofu cubes, soya milk, garlic purée, basil, salt, sugar and lemon into a liquidiser and whiz till smooth and creamy.
  3. now, start layering! continue spreading layers of  tomato sauce (see below for recipe), spinach-tofu purée, and lasagne sheets in a baking dish, finishing with a layer of tomato sauce on top.
  4. now, layer again! this time with the mozzarella and tomato circles! have fun with it and pop it into the preheated oven for 30 minutes and make sure the mozzarella and tomatoes are golden!
  5. dish it up and garnish with a little fresh salad. enjoy your silky pie!

What you’ll need for the tomato sauce:

6    x    sweet, plump, juicy tomatoes (roughly chopped)
1    x    onion (finely chopped)
a few squirts    x    napolina tomato purée
1dash    x        lea & perrins
3tbs    x    muscovada sugar
1dash    x    light soy sauce
a few pinches    x    freshly ground mixed peppercorns

  1. heat a little olive oil in a frying sauce pan over medium high heat.
  2. fry the  chopped onions til soft and add in the chopped tomatoes.
  3. add other ingredients, apart from the ground pepper, and  slowly simmer til all the tomatoes have melted and sauce thickened.
  4. give it a little taste and readjust according to your taste – add a little sugar if you like it sweet – and stir in the ground pepper.
  5. voilà!