Delicious Dairy Free and Gluten Free Lasagne

For the Bolognese Sauce:

1 tblsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
125g mushrooms, sliced
500 g (1lb 2oz) beef mince
500g Passata
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp dried oregano
1 Beef stock cube
100g Fresh Spinach

Cheese Sauce/White Sauce:
2 x Ilumi cheese sauce mix
600mls unsweetened dairy free milk or semi-skimmed milk
(For best results use soya milk)

250g pack of dried Lasagne sheets (Gluten Free)

Optional extras:
Cheese or Dairy free alternative to sprinkle on the top
Why not try swapping the mince for chopped aubergine, peppers and courgette for a meat free alternative.

Method

Gently heat the oil in a large frying pan with a lid.
Fry the onion for 5 minutes, until softened, stirring often. Add garlic and sliced mushrooms and cook for 5 more minutes

Turn up the heat to medium, add the minced beef and fry until evenly browned.

Add the passata, tomato puree, oregano and beef stock cube. Bring to a boil stirring constantly then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the spinach leaves for the last 5 minutes of cooking. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

For the cheese sauce: Empty the contents of the sachet into a medium sized saucepan. Gradually add 600mls of unsweetened dairy free milk or semi-skimmed milk into the pan and mix until smooth. Bring to the boil, stirring continuously, reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes until the sauce has thickened

Pre-heat oven to 180°C / 350°F / 160°C Fan oven / Gas mark 4.

Take a baking dish about 25 x  20cm (10″” x 8″”) in size. Spoon a third of the bolognese sauce over the base, and then spoon a quarter of the cheese sauce over the bolognese. Cover with a single layer of lasagne sheets then repeat this layering of the bolognese, cheese sauce and pasta twice more. Top with the remaining cheese sauce and season with finely ground black pepper. Bake for 35min to 40 minutes, until golden.

Serve with a simple side salad!

 

6 Healthy Coconut Halloween Treats

Halloween signals the start to a season of fun and good food. With talks of Christmas (eek!) circulating round the office (and at bedtimes) it’s an exciting occasion to start getting creative in the kitchen.

As much as Halloween is often a sugar laden occasion, it’s not great for those who are trying to eat healthily, gluten free and attempting to keep their kids from bouncing around the room all night.

If you’re worrying about the amount of sugar, processed food and generally ‘bad for your health’ snacks that you or your children will be scoffing this Halloween, then why not host your own Halloween party? You can surprise your spooky guests with treats, cakes and snacks made with nutritious ingredients and less sugar.

Our favourite Halloween recipes all contain the one common ingredient: coconut. These recipes have swapped out unhealthy fats and sugars and replaced them with coconut products.

Here’s how you can make some super, healthy Halloween treats, just by switching up your baking ingredients:

Coconut oil is an awesome replacement for butter or cooking oil

* Coconut cream is your new healthy cake frosting

* Coconut flakes are easy to bake in the oven and sprinkled on the top of puddings or in gluten free snacks

Desiccated coconut adds a naturally delicious taste to cakes, bites and trifles

Try out these 6 gluten free, healthy coconut Halloween treats.

Your kids will never be able to tell the difference!

#1 Bounty’s chocolates are a traditional childhood favourite. Their coconutty sweetness, mixed with creamy milk chocolate, is a guilty Friday night indulgence for some. These good for you homemade Halloween mounds are an alternative, nutritious and sugar free snack. Easy to make and ideal for a quick Halloween bite.

#2 Blood orange and creamy coconut are a unique Halloween mix. Prepare these sugar free popsicles the night before your party, and you’re good to go!

#3 These maple and pecan Halloween treats from Deliciously Ella are made with coconut oil for a healthier Halloween snack.

#4 Macaroons are always a party favourite. This recipe used honey instead of sugar and swaps out butter for coconut oil. Ghoulish dairy free goodness!

#5 Banana, chocolate and coconut. Yummy! These coconut cream topped chocolate cakes, are perfect for a healthier Halloween party.

#6 Popcorn is always a winner. Make use of that popcorn machine that’s never been opened with this pumpkin spiced popcorn.

What’s best about using coconuts for your diet friendly Halloween treats is you won’t be left with flour or sugar that you’ll never use. You can easily utilise any leftover coconut products in cereals, on top of yogurts and for everyday cooking!

Emily Rose Dallara is a copywriter and content marketer for the food and health industry. She founded a street food business in her early twenties and is passionate about helping others lead a balanced life through her blog pressupsandprosecco.com. Twitter: @emrosedallara  Instagram: @emrosedallara