Category Archives: Meat

5:2 Diet Recipe Ideas

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I’ve searched high and low so that you don’t have to (you’re welcome). There are loads and loads of delicious 5:2 recipe ideas out there. Women are supposed to eat 500 calories or less on a fast day, and men 600 calories or less.

You can of course snack on a handful of 100 calorie things throughout the day, or you can save yourself for one main meal. This post details recipes for meals that are 500 calories or less.

This Thai Carrot Salad recipe over at the BBC Good Food website looks amazing and is only 192 calories per serving!

Their Steamed Fish with Lemon, Ginger & Chilli recipe is just 153 calories per serving.

Love pizza and can’t even resist it on a fast day? Why not try this 316 calorie Smoky Corn and Black Bean Pizza over at Eating Well! Or how about these Turkey and Lettuce Wraps at just 285 calories. Amazing!

This site called Real Simple has created a calendar of 31 under 400 calorie meals – one for every day of the month! My favourite is the Spiced Pork Chops with Red Cabbage and Raisins. Delish!

Health.com also have some great-looking ideas, such as this Maple-Glazed Salmon with Pickled Cucumber.

If you’re in a rush or just aren’t a fan of cooking your grub from fresh, why not try a low-calorie ready meal? Marks & Spencer have a low-calorie range called count on us…™. They’re a selection of ready meals all under 400 calories and less than 3% fat.

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Hello Fresh: Tasty Ingredients Delivered To Your Door!

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So last week I tried out Hello Fresh for the first time. The results and whole experience was utterly amazing and delightful!

Hello Fresh is perfect for people who have run out of recipe ideas, have no time to go shopping or just fancy a simple cooking experience with delicious results. Every week the Hello Fresh chefs and nutritionists come up with new exciting dishes. They then go shopping for all of the relevant ingredients for the recipe and deliver them straight to your door!

The recipes they send only take 30 minutes or less and are all really easy. You can subscribe to receive a package of ingredients and recipe card/s each week or just order a one-off, with no minimum subscription duration. The recipe cards that come with the ingredients are great step-by-step instructions on how to prepare your meal/s.

I received three meals for two people:
– Aubergine ‘Al Funghetto’ with Butterflied Chicken
– Spiced Pork Skewers with Caremelised Onion Rice
– Tangy Toasted Thai Rice with Fresh Prawns and Cucumber Salad

I found the recipes easy to follow, the ingredients were amazingly fresh and it all tasted great!

I would definitely recommend giving it a try – if you don’t like it then you don’t have to commit to any further meals. It was so fun and tasty, though, that I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love it!

Are Insects Replacing Meat?

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Common Macrotona (Macrotona australis) laying eggs

Scientists have now revealed what we might all be eating in twenty years’ time. In the UK the price of meat has risen and is continuing to rise – this means that it could become a luxury that we may have to replace with more thrifty protein options.

Shockingly, food futurologists have said that insects will become a key part of our diet. Apparently insects can provide as much nutrition as ‘ordinary’ meat – they’re also cheaper to raise than cattle, consume a lot less water and barely have any carbon footprint.

The amount of protein in a catterpillar per 100g is 28.2g in comparison to minced beef which has 27.4g per 100g.

But don’t worry about having to chew your way through a grasshopper next time you need your meat fix – insects will be ground down and used in things like burgers and sausages, to closely resemble real meat.

This BBC article notes that, “The Dutch government is putting serious money into getting insects into mainstream diets. It recently invested one million Euros (£783,000) into research and to prepare legislation governing insect farms.”

It seems a shocking thought that in a couple of decades, insects could replace meat. How do you feel about swapping your Big Mac for a Big Ant?!

What’s the Healthiest Fast Food?

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English: French fries from Burger King.

Everyone I know loves fast food now and then. Whether it’s a McMuffin once a week or the occasional druken KFC bucket – sometimes it’s just to easy and tempting to give in and pig out on calorific crap.

For those of us who are sometimes too weak to resist, here are the least calorific options in McDonald’s, Burger King and KFC. I haven’t included salads, fruit or desserts because, let’s face it, if I tell you an apple is healthier than a burger then I may as well not write this post at all!

McDonald’s
Beef: A hamburger, which is 250 calories.
Chicken: 6 chicken nuggets is the healthiest chicken option at only 250 calories.
Breakfast: Oats at 195 calories, a toasted bagel at 210 calories or a low fat blueberry muffin at 300 calories.

Burger King

Beef: The hamburger at 284 calories.
Chicken: Sweet Chilli Chicken Wrap at 296 calories.
Breakfast: Their Bacon Butty with Heinz ketchup is Burger King’s healthiest breakfast at 213 calories.

KFC

KFC Snacker, Honey BBQ is 210 calories and their grilled drumstick value box is only 380 calories.

Homemade Pork & Roasted Vegetable Pockets

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Yesterday I created these pita breads stuffed with pork, roasted aubergines, mushrooms, peppers and courgette. I roasted each type of vegetable seperately in the oven for a couple of hours (if you roast them together they tend to become mushy). I then cut up the pork loin into chunks, pan fried in olive oil and added fajita seasoning. After lightly toasting the pitas, I stuffed them with the veg, pork and some salad leaves. So easy to make and really, really delicious!

Review: The Rectory, St. Paul’s Square, Birmingham

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Yesterday I ate this lovely food at The Rectory in St. Paul’s Square. The atmosphere was lovely and the restaurant was flooded with natural light from the summer day outside. I chose the Homemade Battered Fresh Calamari to start. It was delicious but needed a tad more seasoning to be perfect. It came with a light dusting of paprika, a wedge of fresh lemon and lemon mayonnaise.

Someone else had the Baked brie boxes, which looked delicious:

For the main course, I chose Roasted Belly of Pork which was really amazing and came with some scrumptious black-pudding mash and savoy cabbage. Dessert was White Chocolate and Raspberry Brûlée Cheesecake – also really lovely.

Overall it was a fantastic meal and I would definitely go there again.

Roast Chicken and Avocado Open Sandwich

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Today my other half created this amazing open sandwich which consisted of roast chicken, avocado, british Pomodorino tomatoes, and an organic white bloomer from Sainsbury’s – all topped off with a drizzle of Nando’s Medium Peri-Peri Sauce. It was amazing!