– 5:2 Diet –
A Fabulous Vegetarian
Red Pepper, Lentil and Cheese Pâté (Spread) Recipe
Some tasty crispbreads arrived just in time for me recently (as I am on a diet) and a VERY big thanks to Ryvita UK for sending me a packet of their new flavour HINT OF CHILLI CRISPBREAD as well as a very patriotic packet of DARK RYE CRISPBREAD too…..now, I have been a BIG fan of Ryvita for years, in fact, my mum was thought to be VERY Avante Garde when I was little, as she sent me to school with Ryvita and cream cheese for my packed lunch, in the days when two slices of brown bread with a bit of ham and mustard was considered risqué, and the norm was fish paste! Not only did I have Ryvita and cheese, but often sliced beetroot was added in a separate container or maybe a boiled egg……..it certainly wasn’t “plastic bread and paste” for me! In those days it was ONE flavour of Ryvita only, what they call “Original” now, but JUST look at the choice from their range today……..SWEET ONION CRISPBREAD; CRACKED BLACK PEPPER CRISPBREAD; SESAME CRISPBREAD; MULTIGRAIN CRISPBREAD; SUNFLOWER SEED & OATS CRISPBREAD; PUMPKIN SEEDS & OATS CRISPBREAD; FRUIT CRUNCH CRISPBREAD and MEDITERRANEAN HERB CRISPBREAD. NO wonder those ladies who used to lunch, are now ladies who CRUNCH!
But back to my LATEST recipe, Red Pepper, Lentil and Cheese Pâté (Spread), which I am VERY pleased with, a low-calorie and VERY tasty spread or pâté – packed with protein and vegetables, and perfect for a 5:2 Fast Day lunch, or for tea.…….one portion of this lovely spread is ONLY 120 calories! And, with 2 Ryvita crispbreads, the total calorie count is just 184 calories (with two Dark Rye Crispbreads at 34 calories each), so it’s perfect, and is also GREAT as a recipe for the family too……serve with crusty bread and salad, or use it as a tasty sandwich spread, no butter or margarine needed! To keep the calories down, I used half-fat Cheddar cheese, but you CAN use full fat Cheddar if you are not worried about the calorie count, with full-fat Cheddar the count will be 170 calories per portion, so still NOT that high at all! The spread was delicious when spread on the Ryvita Dark Rye crispbreads, and I can see these crispbreads being great when served with smoked fish and sour cream, as well as tinned fish.
Most of my family are vegetarians, (with the exception of Malcolm, my husband and Hannah my daughter) so, this is a PERFECT supper recipe for them, served with acres of crusty bread or baguette, for FEAST days for me of course! As the spread cools, the cheese and lentils firm up and it sets quite nicely, although it’s still soft and very spreadable! I can also see this spread being useful when mixed with eggs and baked in a tart or a quiche…….or maybe with curry powder added, to be served with naan bread – LUSH!
And my other LUSH Ryvita recipe? Well, it’s not mine, you can find it on the Ryvita website here: MOZZARELLA & TOMATO TOPPED WITH BASIL – and that is only a cool 122 calories too!
That’s it for tonight – I will be back later with the winner of the Best of British Yorkshire event and the round-up, as well as a GREAT fresh fish recipe for Friday, and a few more bits and bobs……have a lovely evening, Karen