5:2 Diet Fast Day Recipes:
Coronation Potato Salad and Low-Fat Pan-Fried Garlic Hake Fillets
The time between Christmas and New Year is a strange one on the culinary front – there is a plethora of sweets, cakes, pies, biscuits and other rich pickings from the savoury buffet table, as well as piles of turkey no doubt and of course the Christmas cake and pudding that usually last well into Spring; but, I start to feel the strains of excessive eating, and although I look forward to the sparkle of New Year’s Eve with more fizz and food, I like to have a frugal day or two in the “twilight” period as I sometimes call the week between Christmas and New Year. One easy way to cut back on the calories as well as the cream, cheese, mincemeat, roast potatoes, stuffing and all the other high calorie ingredients is to cook and serve fresh fish. I love fish, as most of my readers know, and one of my favourite’s is hake. I still have some hake in the freezer that John at Delish Fish sent me a few weeks ago, and so it’s LOW CALORIE and LOW FAT fish on the menu today. And, my TWO recipes today are both 5:2 fast day diet suitable, as well as being great for all those looking for a tasty meal without the richness of most festive recipes. My first recipe is a lightened-up version of an existing recipe, Pan-Fried Garlic and Peppered Hake Fillets, and is only 150 calories per portion.
The second recipe is a fabulous low-fat potato salad with a curried kick; it’s great as an accompaniment to any meal, as well as being wonderful when made for the buffet table – Coronation Potato Salad - and just in time for New Year. It’s easy to make and I have enjoyed it as a main meal with low-calorie ham before, as well as cold sliced turkey…….which, is low in fat and calories. This potato salad makes a tasty low-calorie lunch box meal when served with salad, or with cold cuts as mentioned above. It’s basically the same recipe as the classic and traditional Coronation chicken, but, with potatoes instead of the chicken. Each portion of this curried potato salad is only 140 calories and when served with thinly sliced turkey or chicken breast, you can have a fabulous meal for about 200 calories, leaving 300 calories for the rest of the day. (there are 26 calories per 25g of sliced turkey breast)
I hope that these two 5:2 recipes will come in handy for any of you who are following the diet – I plan to eat some potato salad with salad for tea and the hake with spinach for my lunch, leaving 150 calories left for breakfast and milk for my cuppas. (140 calories for the potato salad, 150 calories for the fish with 50 calories for spinach, salad and low-calorie salad dressing) This Coronation potato salad will also be on our New Year’s Eve buffet table, as a light vegetable accompaniment. That’s all for my Festive Fish in Friday post, do have a relaxing weekend, the last weekend this year, and see you tomorrow with some naughty but terribly nice recipes…..as well as some festive photos. Karen