5:2 Diet: Comfort Food that’s Low in Calories!
Très Rapide French Tarragon Chicken
Using the last of the French tarragon in my garden, I have lightened up a favourite recipe of mine, Très Rapide French Tarragon Chicken, the original buttery high calorie recipe can be found here Très Rapide French Summer Tarragon Chicken for Bastille Day! But, I have more than halved the calories for this delightfully easy and comforting dish, thus making it a VERY suitable recipe for my 5:2 diet fast days, which, I am still doing. With a weight loss of one stone over seven weeks now, and that includes the odd blip now and then, as I was travelling and attending press days and events, I am really pleased with how I feel, as well as the obvious weight loss of course. I have more energy and I’m sleeping much better; also, whilst having a meal at a friend’s house recently, I also had lots of compliments at just how “well” I looked……..so, although I was originally sceptical about the 5:2 diet, I am seeing (and feeling) real benefits now, and I am also eating much healthier.
One of the reasons I am eating healthier, (and I have always thought we ate very healthily at home, with lots of fruit and veg, and not many fried foods etc) is that on my two “fast days” (that’s the low calorie days that I have two days a week, with a maximum of 500 calories to consume in a day) I am developing recipes and cooking more creatively with seasonal ingredients to hand. So, instead of reaching for ready-to-eat diet meals in the supermarket, I am creating my own low calorie recipes at home, which means I have more control over salt and additives. This recipe to day is a perfect example; there was a very similar “French style” low-calorie meal for offer (in the freezer section) of my local supermarket, but it was loaded with salt and also had 100 calories more per portion! Then I remembered my summer stand-by recipe…..the one I make when I only have to cook for one, and when I want something tasty and comforting. I lightened up the original recipe by cutting back on the oil, omitting the butter, and using half fat crème fraîche, and less of it.
This makes a great main meal for a fast day on the 5:2 diet and has only 227 calories per serving, including a generous portion of steamed spinach…….it’s comforting for the cooler weather and fills you up for the rest of the day, if you eat it for lunch. On the day I ate the “lightened” version of this recipe, I had a small boiled egg in the morning with a small banana (54 calories + 80 calories = 134 calories) and then a bowl of my lovely Roast Tomato & Garlic Soup Recipe (70 Calories) with my milk allowance (51 calories), I had eaten well and only consumed 482 calories for the day!
With apologies for the lack of a Mid-Week meal plan that I premised yesterday, but my daughter is visiting for a wee break and time is at a premium…….however, I have posted a few previous meal plan links below, so you may gather inspiration from them, and I am also linking this post to Mrs M’s Meal Planning Monday post too…..that’s it for today, look out for more seasonal recipes later on this week, as well as some news on what I have been up to lately! Oh yes, as this recipe has herbs in it, I am also linking it up to my own Herbs on Saturday challenge too, where there is a wonderful prize up for grab, for the best recipe of the month – so, if you have cooked with herbs on any day throughout the month, do join in here: October’s Herbs on Saturday – Win a copy of The Kitchen Herb Garden Cookbook. See you later, Karen
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