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.
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!
Today I discovered these delicious baked root vegetable crisps at M&S. Here’s how to make your own:
– Take your favourite selection of root vegetables (I used parsnips, carrots and beetroot).
– Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees centigrade.
– Slice the vegetables into thin slices (as thin as possible).
– Brush the slices of veg with sunflower oil and lay out on baking sheets.
– Bake in the oven for 15 minutes – turning halfway through.
– Remove from oven and put onto a cooling rack. The crisps will then crisp up as they cool.
– Sprinkle with salt and eat!
I recently received this lovely tin of Poivre Verts (green peppercorns) in brine which I hope to use in a sauce – possibly to serve with steak. I love the design on the tin and the peppercorns themselves taste amazing! Here’s a great recipe for steak with green peppercorn sauce.
On Friday evening We Eat Things tested out an M&S Dine For Two £10 meal, which you can read about here. For dessert, we chose the New York Vanilla Cheesecake and it was truly delicious. It contains no artificial colours or flavourings. The creamy cheesecake was amazing and the base was perfectly crunchy. I’d really recommend trying it. It either comes in packs of two slices, or you can get a whole cheesecake to serve 6 people. Amazing!
A couple of weeks ago I made these fish skewers. If you like the look of them, here’s how to do them yourself:
Take a selection of your favourite fish and/or seafood. I used prawns, salmon and halibut. Cut the fish into cubes.
Make the marinade: this is just a glug of olive oil, some chopped parsely, the rind of half a lemon and as much crushed garlic as you like. Season to taste.
Marinate the fish for no more than 20 mins (any more than this, and the lemon juice from the rind may start to cook the fish).
Put your fish on skewers and grill for a couple of minutes on each side.
These are so easy to create, and really tasty. I served them with grilled asparagus & vine tomatoes and some roasted new potatoes. A little hollandaise and lardons on the potatoes is another great addition to the dish.
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There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples in the world – ‘bred’ for varying specific needs (cider-making, cooking and fresh-eating etc). This means that if you’ve tried a couple of different apples in the past and didn’t like them, there are 7,498 more to sample!
Some types of apples, such as the Granny Smith, can be stored up to a year in a fridge without any significant degradation! This is perfect if, like me, you love eating fresh produce but don’t always get round to eating it all before it rots away.
If you eat an apple (with skin) per 100g you can expect to benefit from the following nutritional values: 52 calories, 10.39g sugars, 0.17g fat and 0.26g protein. Plus it has 3% Vitamin B, 6% Vitamin C and other vitamins such as potassium, zinc and calcium.
Research suggests that eating apples can reduce the risk of lung cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer (always a bonus).
They’re easy to pop into your bag and carry around for when you’d like a healthy snack (unlike peaches that, frankly, bruise…like a peach) and can be eaten on the go.
If you’re not into the whole ‘healthy eating’ thing, they’re also great in a cake. Check out this apple cake recipe on Tanja’s Kitchen Blog which is delicious, cheap and easy to make.
Do you have any great apple facts or recipes? I’d love to hear from you!