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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: it was delicious smile

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

Recipe here:

Would love to see all your ideas.

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TheMShip Thu 05-Apr-18 11:14:57

As requested on the main 5:2 thread, my refried beans recipe.

1 medium onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, pressed or finely chopped
500g dried pinto beans

Put everything into a good size pot (should be < half full before adding water). Add water to cover the beans. Boil for ~90 minutes, adding hot water as necessary.

Drain, reserving liquid.

Heat 2tbsp olive oil in a large pan, then add beans. Fry for ~10 minutes, mixing gently.

Put beans in blender and add ~1.5 cups of the reserved liquid. (Alternatively add some of the liquid to the pan and use a stick blender.) Blend in short blasts until you get the texture you want. Might need to add a bit more of the reserved cooking liquid. If you like it spicy, add some chilli powder and/or cumin to the mix.

For me, this makes 12 portions at 95kcal each (26g carbs, 2g fat, 8g protein). I freeze 2 portions together in containers or small freezer bags. I like to mix it with 100g brown rice (139kcal) and do a big salad bowl with the rice & bean mix and homemade fresh salsa on top. If you add a hard boiled egg (77kcal), you come up with a pretty decent vegetarian ~500kcal dinner, otherwise it's vegan and you might want to double the bean serving to get your protein up.

Fortythreeandfatasfuck Thu 05-Apr-18 15:12:00

mmmm thanks mship

TheMShip Mon 09-Apr-18 12:57:13

Vegetable barley soup, 175 kcal/serving

Chop one onion, one large carrot, two sticks celery.
Prepare 1L veg stock with two cubes.
Heat 1tbsp olive oil in large pan with lid. Gently saute veg.
Add 3/4 cup pearl barley, 1 cup each frozen peas and sweetcorn, 1 tin chopped tomatoes, 1tsp Worcestershire sauce, and stock. Stir till mixed.

Bring to a boil then simmer 45 minutes or until barley soft. Makes 7 servings for my lunch size freezer containers.

Alternatively throw everything into a slow cooker after the veg have been sauteed and let it go on low for 6-8 hours.

WreckTangled Wed 16-May-18 17:21:58

Made this tonight, 340 calories.

I haven't put the veg into mfp but the sauce is just tinned tomatoes, onion, carrot, celery, garlic, a veg oxo cube and mixed herbs.

I know lots low carb on fast days but some days just call for carbs grin

Borris Fri 18-May-18 21:59:20

Are there any tasty salad dressings that don’t use up half your days allowance and taste nice?!

SmiledWithTheRisingSun Wed 11-Jul-18 07:15:07

Elly Pear's Golden Amazing Sauce:

Makes about 250ml (20 portions) 37kcal per portion.

60ml extra V Olive Oil
25g Tahini
50h tinned chickpeas, drained & rinsed
1 garlic clove
45ml fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp turmeric
10g Marmite

Blitz it all together with 60ml cold water until completely smooth.

Keeps well in a jar in the fridge for a week just shake well.

SmiledWithTheRisingSun Wed 11-Jul-18 07:23:18

Boris you can drizzle the amazing sauce on salad / fish / chicken / avocado etc... its very versatile! smile

katiededman Thu 30-Aug-18 13:26:12

This is a great thread! I'm 5 weeks in and half a stone down and always on the look out for more recipes for fast days, which can be adapted so my hubbie and 2 year old can eat them too. I also thought I'd share my favourites. My family have rice with these too, while i just stick to the meals (and save myself calories for a square of dark chocolate in the evening in front of the tele!)

Pork laab (Thai dish) - (Myfitnesspal calculates this to be 303 cals)

Double bean chilli - (327 cals)

We also have black bean fajitas with homemade guacamole and salsa - I just have a pile of veggies, guac, salsa, and hot sauce and steer clear of the tortillas (Myfitnesspal calculates this to be 390 cals)

My other favourite is cashew chicken, which i have with a small spoonful of rice - although we use oyster sauce instead of sweet soy. (Myfitnesspal calculates this to be 231 cals usually chuck in some broccoli or other veg too)

PopGoesTheWeaz Wed 05-Sep-18 22:57:17

num num, Pork laab. I had this for the first time a few weeks ago and have been meaning to look for a recipe. So excited to see it is possible as a FD meal. Thanks for th e tip

Larasshadow Wed 03-Oct-18 07:32:00

I made a massive tomato soup the other day (3.5 portions) worked out as only 94 calories per portion smile

PyeWackets Wed 03-Oct-18 07:33:59

Placemarking! Just started and I've been looking for thread like this. smile

Shoobydooby09 Sun 13-Jan-19 15:25:15

Great thread I've been looking for some recipe ideas smile

BigChocFrenzy Thu 14-Feb-19 21:29:50

Plenty of Recipe links too under the "How to Start section of the OP in the main 5:2 / IF Thread #83

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