Category Archives: Salad

5:2 Diet Recipe Ideas



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! 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.


Pickled Red Cabbage and Chillies


This array of pickled cabbage and extremely hot green chillies I had in Larnca, Northern Cyprus not only tasted great but looked beautiful. I really like the colours of the green and deep pink together. Art is everywhere; and what’s better than delicious, edible art?!

Northern Cyprus: The Food


I have recently returned from a fabulous trip to Northern Cyprus. Despite the beautiful weather, great company and the abundance of cocktails, the thing I loved most there was the food. Sure, the kebabs were mouthwatering. The mezze was to die for. But what I fell in love with was the food that you could pick off trees and eat! The food growing before your very eyes. I didn’t have to search for it…most was growing in the garden of the villa we stayed in. Amazing!

Homemade Pork & Roasted Vegetable Pockets


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!

Roast Chicken and Avocado Open Sandwich


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!

Growing Your Own Summer Herbs


This year I’ve decided to grow my own herbs – despite not having a garden! It’s really rewarding and is a cheap fun way to get fresh basil, thyme and parsley whenever you want. After planting the seeds, they’ve only taken about 5 weeks to get to this stage, and I hope to start tasting soon. I purchased this ‘Summer Herb Kit’ from Sainsbury’s but can’t find any information online about it, and have also misplaced the labelling so can’t really give you a lot of detail.

I hope they taste as good as they look!

Tasty Barbequed Mackerel


On Saturday evening the sun was shining, the clouds were sparse and there was no sign of rain. I saw this as a perfect opportunity for a delicious BBQ and a few beers. I used asparagus, peppers and aubergines – all sliced and cut accordingly and drizzled with olive oil. I seasoned these with salt and pepper (fairly liberally) before grilling on the barbecue. Along with the peppers, aubergines and asparagus, I also grilled some peppered smoked mackerel. Here are the results: