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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.

MelanieCheeks Sat 01-Feb-14 08:25:18

fun with prawns

BetsyBell Sat 01-Feb-14 10:24:57

Nice recipes Melanie smile

Andrealphus Sun 09-Feb-14 04:05:39

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BetsyBell Tue 11-Feb-14 09:10:18

Venison meatballs in spiced tomato sauce

300 calories per serving
Serves 2 (6 meatballs each)

1 tsp olive oil or frylight (can omit 20 cals per portion if not using olive oil)
1 large white onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
generous sprinkle of favourite dried herbs
small sprinkle of chilli flakes or chopped fresh chilli to your taste
1 pack 12 venison meatballs - I used these
1 tsp marigold bouillon or stock cube

Heat the oil in a heavy based frying pan and add in the onion, garlic, herbs and chilli. Cook gently on a low heat for 15-20 minutes - this stage is important as it brings out the sweetness of the onions and adds a depth of flavour to the dish.
Once the onion mix is soft turn up the heat and add in the meatballs, brown them for 2 to 4 minutes then add in the tin of tomatoes and bouillon powder/stock cube. Let it bubble for a few minutes then turn the heat down and simmer for as long as you can wait. If the mixture is starting to dry out do add a little water - I added tablespoon of chicken stock I happened to have in the fridge. The sauce should be thick and unctuous on serving not liquidy.

Serve with salad or veg (not included in the calorie count above)

I'm sure it would work well with turkey meatballs too.

If you don't like spice then omit the chilli

Tiredemma Tue 11-Feb-14 09:16:11

I posted on the other 5.2 thread.

Im on a FD today- I have some jumbo prawns that need using - really fancy a nice soup/broth.

Any one have a delicious soupy recipe for my dinner tonight?

MelanieCheeks Tue 11-Feb-14 15:41:22

prawn tom yum soup

BetsyBell Fri 14-Feb-14 08:35:02

Recipe idea to go with curries to trick your brain into thinking you've had a lovely hunk of naan bread:

Add toasted nigella and cumin seeds, fresh chopped coriander and a dash of salt and pepper to a dish of plain yogurt. - hardly any calories but the aroma of freshly warmed naan!

Goes extremely well with Laska's aubergine, chickpea and spinach curry upthread.

Breadandwine Mon 24-Feb-14 17:12:25

You can never have enough curry recipes, IME!

I'm always trying to lower the calorie count in my fast day dinners - here's one for less than 100 calories - my lowest calorie one yet! smile

BetsyBell Mon 24-Feb-14 17:16:21

That's reminded me - the nigella seeds taste better raw! Last time I made a batch for yogurt to accompany curry I had to throw the whole toasted batch away. Do toast the cumin seeds though, or just use nigella seeds.

98 calories eh B&W You could eat it with some dhal too. yum yum.

womblesofwestminster Thu 27-Feb-14 20:18:45

I love the look of this recipe:

Beef in black bean sauce

But I'm struggling to understand:

1. Where is all the fat coming from? The ingredients look pretty low-fat.


2. What is the cornflour for? Nasty!

MelanieCheeks Thu 27-Feb-14 23:04:21

The fat is probably from the beef, it doesn't look particularly high in fat.

Ugh, I hate corn flour too, I'd rather just have a slightly runnier sauce.

MelanieCheeks Wed 05-Mar-14 16:22:51

chicken pesto burgers

MelanieCheeks Wed 19-Mar-14 08:59:06

Simple store cupboard salad:

One jar of oriental/ asian salad - they often sell these jars in Lidl or BM Bargains. Contain beansprouts, shredded carrot and mushroom, and 190g drained contents is about 60 cals.

For protein, add a 100g tin of drained tuna flakes for 100 calories. Some tinned prawns or crab meat would work well too.

A squeeze of fresh lime juice and a splash of fish sauce turns it into a Thai salad.

Breadandwine Tue 01-Apr-14 21:38:16

As regular readers will know I generally try and reduce my FD calorie dinners as low as possible - a <75 cals veg curry being my record.

But for some reason, yesterday, I thought I'd reverse that trend and see how many I could come up with.

I made a chilli non carne with chick peas - which was a m a z i n g! smile

Bu, even accompanying this with a portion of rice, I couldn't exceed 400 cals. This leaves enough spare cals for 100ml of beer before dinner and 50ml of wine with the dinner. And still you could have two squares of dark chocolate to bump you up to the 600 allowed for a bloke. grin

flowerpowergirl Tue 08-Apr-14 06:53:42

marking my place. just about to start the diet with DH tomorrow. bit worried about what to eat but there are some good ideas here smile

Cooroo Tue 08-Apr-14 07:07:36

Sorry am jumping in having only skimmed previous pages but ... Does no one else fast all day and have 500/600 cals in the evening? All the 5:2 recipes seem to be 2-300 cals.

I can bump them up so not major prob just wondered!

Last night was quorn chicken stir fry (onion, red pepper, carrot = what I had in fridge!) with an Aldi sauce and a nest of noodles. Edible and came to just under 400. DP always makes up to his 600 with rich tea biscuits!

Areallthegoodnamestaken Sun 13-Apr-14 09:45:44

Hi guys, I'm starting tomorrow. Is there any reason I can't just have a bowl of sprouts with some butter for dinner?

Breadandwine Sun 13-Apr-14 17:10:11

None at all! Just count the calories.

ErrolTheDragonsEgg Fri 18-Apr-14 17:08:24

> Is there any reason I can't just have a bowl of sprouts with some butter for dinner?

probably depends whether you live alone or not wink.

Breadandwine Sun 20-Apr-14 15:03:42


Here's a treat for a NFD - but it's also calorie counted for a FD.



I am starting this WOL tomorrow. However I am intolerant to Garlic. Can I remove it from these recipes without much change to them do you think?

ErrolTheDragon Mon 05-May-14 16:31:12

TakeMe - should be fine. Before my DH started working mostly from home I'd often omit garlic from everything because he didn't want antisocial breath.

flowerpowergirl Tue 13-May-14 14:46:42

Marking place. Thx

MelanieCheeks Mon 19-May-14 19:12:56

chive flower salad

MelanieCheeks Sat 07-Jun-14 16:08:15

salmon pad thai

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