5:2 Fast day recipe ideas

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frenchfancy Wed 19-Sep-12 07:56:07

For those following the 5:2 diet and would like ideas for fast day meals. Please post your favourites.

Yesterdays lunch was carrot and coriander soup - 110 cals

recipe here: www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/7003/carrot-and-coriander-soup it was delicious smile

Had squash and chorizo stew last week also very nice - 264 cals

Recipe here: www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4824/squash-and-chorizo-stew

Would love to see all your ideas.

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frenchfancy Wed 19-Sep-12 09:15:02

I'll try and pick up some of the recipes posted in the 3 long threads we have running.

Meagain9, thanks for the link to the beetroot and quinoa burgers.


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frenchfancy Wed 19-Sep-12 09:20:17

skinnyeye posted this:


girlwithmousyhair posted this:

lentil stew here www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/9483381/52-diet-healthy-recipes-250-calories-or-less.html

Talkinpeace2 posted her baked egg recipe

The recipe derives from this
but as its a calorific bomb, replace the lower layer of cheese with thawed and drained frozen spinach and make the upper cheese layer a tad less generous and then we do three eggs each.

I'll look for some older links later - must try and get some work done first.

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BelinaTheChicken Wed 19-Sep-12 10:24:03

Thai spiced veggie noodles with egg

1 nest of M&S fine egg noodles (80cal)
Mushrooms, Chinese leaf, courgette and carrot (or whatever is in fridge, I use >80cal worth)
stock cube
Thai spice mix (I use the frozen Waitrose one as it's easier than getting separate ingredients)
egg (70cal)

Use a good non stick pan to dry fry veg in the spice mix (or use spray oil), then add stock to cover, par cook noodles in the mix, then cmake a dent in the noodles and crack an egg in, simmer until cooked. Very filling and really tasty, less than 250cals

Any ideas why the Chinese style egg noodles are so much lower in calories than every other noodle I've come across? Hope it's not a typo, or today's fast is going to go way over!

loulou969 Wed 19-Sep-12 12:44:07


Made this on Monday, really tasty and even my DH who wasn't fasting was sniffing around the stirfry pan!

frenchfancy Wed 19-Sep-12 16:03:51

That's a great link loulou, there are a few recipes on that site I want to try.

Here's a couple more links from other threads:

Ilovestripysocks posted this:

Tomato and Garlic Soup

91 cals per portion (recipe gives 4 portions)

Very tasty, very healthy & very filling!

and this:

summer vegetable curry

207 calsper portion (makes 4 portions)

This totally filled me up! Lovely flavours too.

I'm going to try both of those.

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loulou969 Wed 19-Sep-12 16:38:44

Fancy I have made the soup and it's really tasty

TalkinPeace2 Wed 19-Sep-12 18:24:49

just found this page ....

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Thu 20-Sep-12 18:57:24

Marking my place to use one of these tonight and will do some sourcing over the weekend

frenchfancy Fri 21-Sep-12 09:01:37

A few more links from the original thread:

Rolled chicken breast with mushrooms

Vegetable chilli bowl

Stir fry Prawn and noodle soup From SpringGoddess
1tsp ground nut oil
3 spring onions chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped
2 Thai chillis chopped
1 inch of ginger grated

Then add a combination of green beans, mushrooms, courgettes, cook on high heat.

Add 400g prawns, bean sprouts & bok choi, coriander, 10ml creamed coconut, 10ml brown rice vinegar, calorie free noodles, heat to boil, take off heat and add 1 pt of miso soup & tamari to taste.

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BelinaTheChicken Fri 21-Sep-12 09:05:08

Calorie free noodles????? Where can I get these?

loulou969 Fri 21-Sep-12 09:25:11

How many calories in the prawn soup fancy?

LookBehindYou Fri 21-Sep-12 11:25:41

25 recipes under 500 calories (allegedly, if you eat just enough to sustain a mouse). The ideas are good though.

frenchfancy Fri 21-Sep-12 12:42:25

Springgoddess didn't say how many calories there are in the prawn soup. But by my calculation it comes in at about 200cals

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LookBehindYou Fri 21-Sep-12 12:59:58

I think 400g of prawns alone would be quite a bit more than 200 calories french fancy. How big are they?

frenchfancy Fri 21-Sep-12 13:35:56

I assumed the recipe was for 4 people. I guess we need Springgoddess to come along and tell us.

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LookBehindYou Fri 21-Sep-12 13:53:06

Sorry, wasn't paying attention frenchfancy

Someone asked about calorie free noodles - they are the [[ http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=shirataki+noodles&tag=googhydr-21&index=aps&hvadid=13682958588&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=14532113571840403414&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&ref=pd_sl_6wycy2hwvr_e shirataki]] noodles and they're not exactly no calorie, just very low.

LookBehindYou Fri 21-Sep-12 13:55:28

hmm will tray again. www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=shirataki+noodles

catsrus Sat 22-Sep-12 13:19:59

WOW what a find - interesting! many thanks for that I will definitely try these out, just the thing to pad out a stir fry!!!

frenchfancy Sun 23-Sep-12 17:36:04

Just found this

butternut squash and red lentil curry

My calculations give it 226 calories per portion

I've just harvested the butternut squash from the garden so I am definately having this next fast day.

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Laska42 Mon 24-Sep-12 12:53:16

Heres a link to Anilas curry sauces .. I used to get them at our farmers market before I moved to another part of the country ,but now get them mail order. they are So much better than any other ive tried.. all veggie and great for making a curry for a fast day I just drain off most of the oil before I add in a couple of spoonfuls and sweat my base veg (usually onion celery and carrot ) in chicken or veggie stock instead of browning them in oil and if I'm adding meat just put it in after , then the rest of my veggies..

Rosylarose Mon 24-Sep-12 15:55:24

Lentil soup - it's simple, healthy, tasty and filling. Chop one large potato, one large carrot, one large onion and a leek. Sweat for a few minutes. Add 6oz (6 tbsps) red lentils, a tin of chopped tomatoes and enough stock to more than cover. Bring to the boil, then simmer for as long as you like. I usually give it a couple of hours, checking it's not catching, as lentils appreciate a lot of cooking (BTW, don't add salt til they're cooked as it hardens them). It's even better next day and freezes well. I also jazz it up with a few chilli flakes, ground cumin and coriander and sometimes blitz it a bit to make it a bit smoother. Six portions with these quantities, and only 170 cals each!

frenchfancy Wed 26-Sep-12 07:26:50

I had butternut squashf and lentil curry last night, but I did the Hugh Fearnly W. version here (mainly because the thai curry paste I had was VERY out of date blush

I reduced his 4 tblspns of oil to 2 and worked out the cals at about 300.

It was delicious smile

I also had the tomato and garlic soup as posted above, very tasty but does need seiving.

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catsrus Wed 26-Sep-12 20:14:34

I've just had a plate full of roast veg - whatever was in the fridge and yet more courgettes just tossed in one desert spoon of oil (well rubbed in by hand) and roasted on a non stick tray (I used cauli, broccoli, onion, carrot, celery, courgette, parsnip and mushroom).

On a non fast day I would have it smothered with grated cheese and salsa and wrapped with salad in a tortilla grin tonight I mixed a large spoonful of yoghurt with some spicy sauce and cider vinegar (to thin it) then I drizzled that all over the veggies. I'm not actually counting calories on fast days (just sticking to veg and salad with the odd egg and a bit of milk / yoghurt) but it's certainly not many.

I always do far more than I'm going to eat and then turn what's left into soup with a tin of tomatoes and some stock

Breadandwine Wed 03-Oct-12 03:11:45

Mumofcrazynamedkids asked me for this chili non carne (I’m a vegan) recipe:

Basically it’s about 600g of low calorie veg (whatever’s in season, mainly), with added red kidney beans. I have half of this with a diced vegan sausage plus a small baked potato and maybe some broccoli.

In a small pan I put 2cms of water (I try and use saved vegetable cooking water) and a teaspoon of chili powder. Then I add, in no particular order, the chopped veg. Here’s what I used for yesterday’s and tomorrow’s fasting days:

155g celery - 12 cals
95g onion – 31 cals
115g cabbage – 15 cals
64g carrot -19 cals
100g cauli – 31 cals
115 mushrooms – 15 cals
200g red kidney beans – 200 cals (I cook 500g of dried r-k-beans, then freeze them, so I always have them to hand)
200g tinned tomatoes - 42 cals
10g bouillon powder – 24 cals
1 teaspoon chili powder - 8 cals
1 teaspoon mixed herbs - 0 cals

Total 400 calories.

I measured this out onto two side plates (I use a side plate instead of a dinner plate these days) and it came to 7 large serving spoons – but I only used three yesterday, since that filled up the plate.

To this I added a Fry’s vegan sausage, chopped – 58 cals
I had this with 120g microwaved potato – 86 cals

And I had it with 50g red wine – 44

Total 171 (400/7) + 190 = 361 cals

I vary the amount of r-k-beans depending on how many calories I have to play with. This dish works perfectly well with 100g of beans.

You could leave out the beans and sausage and make a perfectly acceptable veg curry – I would probably fry the curry powder in a teaspoon of oil (16 cals)

I’m always full after this meal – especially if I have some broccoli with it.

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