5:2 Friday

5:2 diet

5:2 dietRoll up, roll up, it’s 5:2 Friday!  If you’re blogging about the 5:2 diet, link up.  If you’re not, stick around, you might enjoy yourself.

I’m firmly in the One Meal A Day camp on fasting days.  I tend to allow myself a coffee with milk and one sugar after the school run, and then nibble on cucumber and celery if I feel really peckish throughout the day.  But I’m finding that usually, I don’t really need anything until dinner time, which I eat fairly early anyway. 

Fasting Day 1 (Monday)

Monday was a bank holiday, and it was lovely and hot.  Bank holidays and sun mean one thing and one thing only in our household.  Barbecue.  Is it possible to have a fasting day barbecue that is still tasty, filling, and delicious?  Yes, it is.  We had marinated chicken, vegetable and lamb kebabs, a couple of fresh, summery salads, and pretend Pimms (diet lemonade with a splash of balsamic vinegar).  I didn’t feel like I missed potato salad, or oozy cheeseburgers.

5:2 barbecue asparagus

This right here, is my favourite way of cooking asparagus.  A squeeze of lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and grilled until they are tender.  Oh my god, I have not the words for how good this is.  I ate so much, my wee smelt odd for hours after. 

Fasting Day 2 (Thursday)

5-2 aubergine parmigiana 2I blogged about what a terrible day yesterday was, and so by the time it was time for dinner I was ready for something comforting, thus, my aubergine parmigiana cooked inside the aubergine skin came to be.  It rocks up at under 400 calories per serving, and is comforting and delicious.  Cooking it inside the aubergine skin means portion control is all taken care of, which is great for a piglet like me.  I served this with a crisp green salad, and I loved every morsel.

Sorry about the pee comment, but you know, sharing is caring.  

5:2 Stuffed Aubergine Parmigiana

5:2 recipe aubergine parmigiana

5:2 aubergine parmigianaToday has been one of Those Days.  By 7:30 this morning, my son had thrown an explosive tantrum, had bitten and smacked me, had spat his toothpaste in my face and had screeched so much he’d retched.  

Then, as if that wasn’t bad enough, on the walk to school, a cat got hit by a car infront of us.  There was a sickening thud (which I don’t think I’ll ever forget), an emergency stop, and a cat yowling and trying to stretch out its very broken leg.  It was entirely horrible.  I wanted to help it but we had to get to school, and what could I have done with a 2 year old and a 4 year old in tow anyway?  Rubles didn’t hear the thud, and that is quite possibly the only time I’ve ever been happy she has glue ear and can’t hear well.  At least the driver stopped.  We went to the playground after the school run, just so there was time for it to be sorted out. 

So it’s hardly surprising I wanted something comforting to munch on at dinner time.  Tonight I made aubergine parmigiana.  It was a fasting day so instead of layering it up in a pie dish, I scooped out the flesh and used the aubergine skin as it’s own little dish.  Great for portion control, as I am greedy where tomatoes and mozzarella are involved, and it looks pretty, too. Win win! 

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5:2 Barbecue

5:2 barbecue

5:2 barbecueYesterday I had a bit of a dilemma: it was a fasting day, and also a bank holiday.  Bank holidays and sunshine can only mean one kind of meal in our house; barbecue!  We do love a barbecue, I love them because it means I don’t have to do all the cooking, Ross loves them because cooking over hot coals is manly, and the kids love them because they like meat on sticks and burgers.   

When I think of barbecues, I tend to think of oozy cheeseburgers, relish covered bangers (with or without onions, your call), and creamy potato salad.  I didn’t want to have to miss out just because I had a limit of 500 calories, and so a challenge was set.  Could I stick to 500 calories, AND feel full and satisfied AND not miss out on the grilling action?

Here are a few ideas for a 5:2 barbecue.

Balsamic chicken skewers

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Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

5:2 diet stuffed peppers

stuffed peppersThe sun has got his hat on, hip hip hip hooray, the sun has got his hat on so we ate stuffed peppers today.

BOOM! 

Is there anything much nicer than a stuffed pepper when the sun is shining?  These are great for 5:2ers on fasting days, as they are low in calories but filling and tasty.  If you wanted to make these on a day where you weren’t restricted to a quarter of your usual calorie intake, or you didn’t fancy making them vegetarian, you could add chorizo, bacon or pancetta.  If fish is more your thing, you could make a stuffing with tuna, or cook up some anchovies whilst you’re sweating off the veg.  You could discard their little hats and top them, instead, with breadcrumbs, and a drizzle of olive oil, or you could sprinkle more cheese over the top.  They are wonderfully versatile, the possibilities are endless. 

And I love them because they are cheerful, and pretty. 

stuffed peppers

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Salmon n’ Greens

5:2 diet recipe salmon

salmon with fennel 5:2 recipeSo heres a funny thing.  I bought some (what I thought were) trout fillets from the supermarket at the weekend with the intention of making this recipe with it.  The fillets were nowhere near as skinny as trout fillets tend to be, but the packaging clearly said trout, so I thought I’d hit the jackpot and stumbled upon some kind of mammoth fish.  

Really meaty trout, I thought. Bring. It. On. 

But you know when you have a feeling that something just isn’t quite right?  I’d never ever seen a trout fillet that looked so much like a bit of salmon in all my life.  I even did a Google image search just to see if anyone had ever come across a bit of trout that was as fat as that.  To no avail.  Still, the packaging said it was trout, so I didn’t question it any further.  Until today, when I cooked it.  

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5:2 Friday

5:2 diet

5:2 dietWelcome to 5:2 Friday.  If you blog about the 5:2 diet, come and link up.  The more the merrier!

This week has had it’s ups and downs for me.  I’ve felt hungry on fasting days, but have stuck with it, and have overeaten on feed days. On Tuesday I ate a lot of cake at my friend’s house, whilst sitting in the sun and getting sunburnt (whoops), and on Wednesday I had the most extraordinary urge to eat biscuits.  So I bought a family pack of shortbread.  And because I am a sucker for digestives, some of those new triple chocolate bad boys McVities have just brought out might have found their way into my basket in Sainsburys.  Who can resist a chocolate biscuit, with chocolate chips and a chocolate coating? No one, that’s who.

Honestly, guv’, I only went in there for ice lolly makers and a cucumber. 

Anyway, here is what I’ve been eating on fasting days…

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