Real vs Fake food: Lasagne

My girls are totally hooked on youtube and love to watch popular you tubers doing their thing. They have been begging for sometime to do a real food vs fake food video but we wanted to make ours based on home cooked meals vs convenience supermarket foods!

Each week we plan to pick a convenience meal and make a homemade version which the girls will then try and guess which is fake and which is real and give you the verdict for each meal on which they prefer.

The first video we decided to make a lasagne… here is what they thought of it! YouTube

How to make my homemade lasagne…

Serves 6

Ready in 60 minutes


  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion thinly diced
  • 1 courgette thinly diced
  • 1 red pepper thinly diced
  • 1 aubergine thinly diced
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 1tbsp tomato puree
  • Fresh basil and oregano (used dried if you prefer)
  • 1tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • Seasoning
  • Fresh or dried lasagne sheets

Cheese sauce Ingredients

  • 300mls low fat creme fraiche (double recipe for 2 layers of cheese sauce)
  • 50g grated cheddar
  • 1tbsp parmesan
  • extra cheddar and parmesan for top
  • Seasoning


  • Heat the oil in a large pan and add the garlic and onion. Cook until softened.
  • Add the courgette, pepper, and aubergine and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  • Add the mince and cook until browned.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, fresh herbs, worcestershire sauce and seasoning and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile make the cheese sauce. In a bowl add the creme fraiche, cheddar and parmesan and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Build your lasagne in a large oven proof dish.
  • First add half the meat layer and top with a layer of lasagne sheets.
  • If having 2 layers of cheese sauce add half now (we only have a top layer on ours).
  • Add the remainder of the meat and another layer of lasagne sheets.
  • Top with the cheese sauce and sprinkle with cheddar and parmesan.
  • Cook in the oven at 200ºc for 30 minutes if using fresh lasagne and 45minutes if using dried sheets.
  • Serve with a fresh salad or vegetables.



The girls honest opinion was they liked both… but the reality is what goes in to the shop bought one is not very nutritious at all. It had no visible vegetables in it and looked very sloppy and processed. At the end of the day the choice comes down to us parents. Kids will eat this kind of thing if it is put in front of them but equally they will eat a homemade one too.. and enjoy it.

Jaimee x

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