Product: Mrs. Leeper’s Gluten Free Beef Lasagna – $5.99+
Mrs. Leeper’s Gluten-Free products have yet to let me down. Honestly. The two I have had prior to this one have been out-of-this world delicious. And, they reheat so well the following day or so as well. So, I’m having a bit of a foodie love affair with the packaged and easy-to-prepare Mrs. Leeper’s dinners.
The Beef Lasagna was no different.
But…before you freak out…let me assure you…no beef was added to this dish. Much like when I made the Mrs. Leeper’s Gluten-Free Cheeseburger Mac, I substituted the beef with the Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo, which is also gluten-free. So much love for Trader Joe’s for bringing that back to shelves! WOOT!
Another big plus for these meals is how efficient, convenient, and easy they are to prepare. Trust me. I don’t have time every night to prepare something from scratch. As much as I would like to…
And, as I haven’t had my CSA bin delivered in almost a month (this is what happens when you go out of town…then go out of town…then think you’re going out of town, but end up not going out of town…twice…and having already cancelled the bin), I’m basically living off my pantry/fridge/freezer. This…has been my unfortunate life. I hate not getting my fresh produce. I’m trying to get back into the habit of more clean eating, less processed stuff…but it’s been hard when my fresh produce isn’t delivered to my door and my roomie isn’t big on purchasing it from the grocery.
So, instead of living off the land, I’m living off the stocked shelves of my various kitchen stock rooms. So, thankfully I had the Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo in my fridge because that meant…this box could move off my pasta shelf and make an easy dinner. So…that’s what happened.
Preparing the Mrs Leeper’s Gluten Free Beef Lasagna was easy. I heated up a skillet and put the soy chorizo into the pan. I let it warm up a littie and then stirred in three cups of hot water and the packet of sauce mix included in the box. That all had to come to a rolling boil, and then the pasta was added. The heat was then reduced, the skillet covered, and the pasta allowed to cook for about 10 minutes (or until tender), with an occasional stir. The skillet is then removed from the heat and left to stand for about 3 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken.
So, this dinner took about 15 minutes to prepare and it was totally legit and delicious. The box says that ground turkey or tofu could be substituted for the beef, or the protein could be left out all together. Any way you decide to serve it up, you have a delicious meal that is fast and easy to prepare…and…most importantly…DELICIOUS!
Because, yes…this, like the Mrs. Leeper’s meals that came before, was perfection. The flavors were amazing. The soy chorizo brought a nice touch of heat to the actual dish, but the rich tomato sauce was a great counter-balance to the heat. And the corn pasta was, as always, brilliant. I love corn pasta because it doesn’t fall apart, nor does it get gummy. This cooked to a perfect al-dente, and when the leftovers were heated up later that week, the same held true. I am actually quite addicted to these easy and fast meals.
Besides…I love pasta!
So, let’s talk ingredients. The Mrs. Leeper’s Gluten Free Beef Lasagna is made from corn pasta, and a lasagna seasoning, which is a blend of tomato powder, sugar, salt, potato starch, whey, autolyzed yeast extract, onion and garlic powder, hydrolyzed soy protein, citric acid, spices, beet powder, extractives of turmeric and paprika, natural flavor, lactic acid, xanthan gum, caramel color and silicon dioxcide to prevent caking. Not bad, but not clean eating either.
As for nutrition…the Mrs. Leeper’s Gluten Free Beef Lasagna serves 5. Each serving contains 130 calories as packaged and 0 grams of fat. You will also take in 0 mg cholesterol, 480 mg sodium, and 3 grams of sugar. A serving will also provide 2 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. Of course, that does change with the addition of your protein of choice.
Another brilliant pasta meal that is ready in about 15 minutes from Mrs. Leeper’s. I am beyond impressed. And, I’m certain I’ll be giving the remaining few Mrs. Leeper’s meals a try…with or without a substitute protein. Guess it just depends on what I pick up and what might or might not work with it. But, if you haven’t given the Mrs. Leeper’s Gluten Free pasta meals a try yet…do so. It’s like Hamburger Helper…but SO much better!