A 5:2 Fast Day Diet Winter Meal Plan with Low Calorie Highland Stew Recipe

A 5:2 Fast Day Diet Winter Meal Plan with Low Calorie Highland Stew Recipe

A 5:2 Fast Day Diet Winter Meal Plan with Low Calorie Highland Stew Recipe

A 5:2 Fast Day Diet Winter Meal Plan with

Low Calorie Highland Stew Recipe

A 5:2 Fast Day Diet Winter Meal Plan with Low Calorie Highland Stew Recipe

A 5:2 Fast Day Diet Winter Meal Plan with Low Calorie Highland Stew Recipe

I know what you all thinking, it’s all been quiet on the 5:2 diet front lately; well, what with doing my Wartime Kitchen and preparing for Christmas, I have not had time to post any meal plans, or indeed any of my new recipes, but, I am rectifying that today with a NEW recipe that’s just right for all the snow and frost we have been having over the last few days – a Scottish inspired Highland Stew. This winter warmer has only 150 calories in one hearty bowl with the optional smoked sausage, or a frugal 125 calories sans sausage, and it really is a VERY filling and tasty meal for all of those on a freezing cold fast day.  Coupled with a creamy porridge in the morning for breakfast (129 calories) it leaves you with over 200 calories to enjoy for another meal; maybe my Creamy Garlic Mushrooms on Toast would be the perfect supper dish, as just 190 calories………

Weekly Meal Plan and a New 5:2 Diet Recipe for Fast Days – Creamy Garlic Mushrooms on Toast (190 Calories)

or even a Cheese & Tomato Breakfast Omelette (170 calories), which is perfectly acceptable for tea as well as breakfast!

Cheese & Tomato Breakfast Omelette (170 calories)

Or, maybe you want a spicy sizzling stir-fry supper, in which case my Smoky Mexican Stir Fry with Chicken is just the meal for you, and is only 234 calories per GENEROUS portion, so should fit in very well with a porridge and stew day.

Taxis, Trains and Temptation! 5:2 Diet Fast Day Recipe: Smoky Mexican Stir Fry with Chicken

I have been quietly sticking to my 5:2 meal plan whilst preparing for Christmas and living off WW2 rations, but, I have to admit for only one day; so, I have NOT gained weight, but I have not lost any either, which is fine, as I have been feasting and making merry for six days a week! I am sharing a new weekly meal plan with you today, for TWO 5:2 fast days, a seasonally inspired plan for cold morns’ and frosty evenings. I have also got lots of new “Festive” recipes up my sleeve, and I will be posting those over the next few weeks. Do try my comforting Low Calorie Highland Stew recipe, and let me know what you think; if you are vegetarian and  you fancy adding the sausage, I have added a cooked Quorn sausage to this recipe, as well as a very meaty (low-fat) smoked sausage too. Enjoy, the recipe and the 2 day meal plan follows, Karen 

A 5:2 Fast Day Diet Winter Meal Plan with Low Calorie Highland Stew Recipe

A 5:2 Fast Day Diet Winter Meal Plan with Low Calorie Highland Stew Recipe

Low Calorie Highland Stew (5:2 Diet)

Serves 4
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Snack, Soup, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
A hearty low-calorie Scottish inspired stew packed with vegetables and pulses, as well as low-fat smoked sausage if using. A bowl of this warming stew is only 150 calories per portion with the sausage or 125 calories without, making it a fabulous meal to have on fast days for those following the 5:2 diet or weight watchers. Vegetarian sausage can be added as an option, just make sure you add the appropriate calories.

Ingredients

  • 1 organic, low-fat, low-salt vegetable stock cube (made up with 300ml of water)
  • 1 large onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 small leeks, cleaned. trimmed and sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 250g potatoes, peeled and cut into small dice
  • 1 stick celery, cleaned, trimmed and diced
  • 50g Pearl Barley,
  • 50g red lentils

Optional

  • 100g low-fat smoked sausage (cut into small slices)

Note

A hearty low-calorie Scottish inspired stew packed with vegetables and pulses, as well as low-fat smoked sausage if using. A bowl of this warming stew is only 150 calories per portion with the sausage or 125 calories without, making it a fabulous meal to have on fast days for those following the 5:2 diet or weight watchers. Vegetarian sausage can be added as an option, just make sure you add the appropriate calories.

Directions

Step 1 Pour the vegetable stock into a large saucepan and add the onions, garlic, leeks, carrots, potatoes and celery and bring to the boil. Reduce to heat to a simmer, add the pearl barley and red lentils and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and the pulses are cooked.
Step 2 Season to taste with salt and pepper, and add the smoked sausage if using. Adjust the liquid if the stew is too thick and continue to heat for a further 5 minutes before serving with dumplings (non-diet), bread, crisp breads or croutons.

Two Day 5:2 Fast Day Meal Plan:

(500 calories for woman and 600 calories for men)

Day one:

Breakfast: Porridge with skimmed milk and honey = 129 cals

Lunch: Low Calorie Highland Stew Recipe without sausage = 125 cals

SupperHungarian Savoury Minced Beef Recipe = 242 cals with cabbage and carrots

Hungarian Savoury Minced Beef

 Total: 496 calories

(Can this be diet food I ask myself!!)

Day Two:

Breakfast: Boiled Egg with Ryvita = 123 cals

Treat: Milky coffee = 51 cals

Lunch: Easy Low-Fat Monkfish Curry = 185 cals

Easy Low-Fat Monkfish Curry

Tea: Roast Tomato & Garlic Soup Recipe  = 70 Calories

Dessert: Low-fat Yoghurt = 49 cals

Roast Tomato & Garlic Soup

Total: 478 cals 

All my 5:2 diet recipes are here:

5:2 Fast Day Low-Calorie Recipes

Day Six on the Advent Calender

6th December:

Gold Pomegranate

Gold Pomegranate

As this is a stew, I am entering this recipe into Linzi’s Season of Soups and Stews challenge over at Lancashire Food!

Comments

  1. Anita says

    Only found your delightful blog last week. And then today I find you are also doing the 5:2 diet (I hate that word). Thank you for the wonderful recipes! I just finished my first week. I don’t want to weigh myself because I know I get bogged down by the numbers so just going on how my clothes feel.

  2. Maria says

    Hi! I have started the 5:2 way this morning and I cant tell you how excited and thrilled I am to have found your website! Its a lovely site with lots of beautiful meals and your meal plans are such a help! I cant wait to get cracking on your recipes! Thank you so much!
    Maria

    • says

      I cannot tell you how happy I am to read your comments Maria! THANKS so much and DO ask for help if you need any,and also suggest recipes to me that I can test too, I am always open to ideas! More 5:2 recipes to follow…….Karen xxx

  3. Mary Surtees says

    I have made the stew twice and it is ‘yummy’ and it went down very well as a lunch meal by those not on the 5:2. It is very filling, I had 2 bowls for dinner. I am always amazed that I do not feel hungry the following morning following a 5:2 day. Please keep the recipes coming, they are appreciated.

    • says

      Thanks Mary! It’s great to get feedback from people who try my recipes and I am delighted that this one is a hit! I have replied to your email by the way…….Karen

  4. Sarah Ridley says

    This sounds lovely and is something i think my 2 year old would also enjoy! thanks for some great healthy recipes!

  5. WandaFish says

    Another delicious meal, thank you! Mine wouldn’t have been quite as low in calories as yours because I used up some chorizo that was in the fridge, but I haven’t technically had a fast day yet. We’ll definitely be eating this again soon :)

  6. Sienna says

    This was amazing – so perfect and easy for dinner and so filling. All in all i loved it and it will be top of my dinner list on my non-fast days too! Thanks for this can’t wait to try some others out.

  7. Eileen Tilley says

    Fantastic to find this blog ,getting very bored and at a loss as what to make on fast days ,thank you

  8. says

    Your recipes are incredible and will make the feast / fast life change so much more enjoyable and therefore successful for us. Thank you so much for putting together such a fab site.

  9. Lisa Williams says

    this looks great so filling and warming and I really want to start cooking more with lentils so this looks like the perfect thing to start with :)

  10. says

    This stew was so delicious! I put some leftover roast turkey in and it was an amazing fast day dinner- thank you! Can I just ask is it 500 calories sans sausage for the whole amount? When I look online pearl barley and red lentils seem like they should be more? I hope I’m wrong as this is my favourite 5:2 dinner to date! Thanks again- love your website! :)

    • says

      Hi Tanya!
      SO pleased you enjoyed this stew!
      It IS only 500 calories for the whole amount sans sausage as the vegetables are very low in calories (except the spuds) and it is the pearl barley and lentils that make up most of the calories!
      Karen
      (PS: I cook and eat all my own recipes, of course, and I have lost over 14 kilos!)

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