Getting Ready for Chinese New Year:
Steamed Asian Fish Parcels Recipe for 5:2 Diet Fast Day
There is a VERY good reason why so many low-calorie recipes tend to be Asian inspired, as when you are on a diet what you still need and crave is FLAVOUR, and the addition of spices and herbs, as well as pungent ingredients such as ginger and chilli, adds flavour with not many calories. And, when adding bulk to a fast day meal plan, I tend to go for stir-fry vegetables, as they fill you up and are also low in calories, even with a little sesame oil for that essential Asian taste. Some of my most popular 5:2 diet Fast Day recipes, according to my daily traffic report, are also recipes with Asian flavours, such as Tiger Prawn Curry with Basmati Rice and Chinese Garlic,Ginger & Honey Chicken with Noodles . As far as I am concerned, there is no need to lower the taste sensation of low-calorie food, which can lead to boredom and failure to follow a diet. Another “hit” is my recipe for Easy Low-Fat Monkfish Curry Recipe as well as the very popular Smoky Mexican Stir Fry with Chicken. As you can see, all of these recipes have spices in common, and keep our taste buds happy whilst trying to losing weight!
My latest recipe for Steamed Asian Fish Parcels is no exception and this meal went down a storm yesterday, with me on a fast day and my husband who wanted to join in, after smelling the divine aroma of Chinese spices as my fish parcels steamed away in their bamboo basket. As ever with any recipe, whether it be low-calorie or a rib-sticker, you need to use the best quality ingredients; my fish was some EXCELLENT wild Scottish cod fillets, as provided by John at Delish Fish, and all of my vegetables were organic and from the local farm shop. Any firm white fish would be suitable, and I know that John has some fabulous offers on his wild Scottish haddock fillets right now, which would also be perfect in this recipe.
I LOVE creating recipes, both low-calorie ones and my usual seasonal ones, but I must say that out of all of the recipes I have created recently, this one is an absolute stunner! The flavours were exciting and spicy, whilst the fish was perfectly cooked in its little cabbage parcel; and the stir fried vegetables added bulk and flavour with just a teaspoon of sesame oil, for the authentic stir-fry taste. We both loved this meal and it kept us feeling full for several hours. Now, it occurs to me that the term “diet food” is a misnomer, as this did NOT taste like diet food at all and this recipe is MORE than suitable to prepare and serve at ANY family meal table, and especially for Chinese New Year! Why do we have to label low-calorie meals as “diet food”? There is no need, it is fresh, healthy, seasonal and organic grub at its best, but with low calories!
So, this Chinese New Year, which falls on the 10th of February (but starts on the 4th of February), instead of ordering a Chinese take-away, why not make a batch of these little fish parcels up with a large wok of stir fried vegetables? The year is the year of the Snake and apparently all things will be possible this year. “Saving money and being thrifty should be your top priorities. Delusion and deception are common in the year of water Snake. Stay alert! To gain the greatest benefits from this year, you must control spending and use your talents wisely. If you are planning to get married or to begin a business partnership, be sure to thoroughly investigate the other person’s finances and background before you legalize the alliance”
One portion of these Steamed Asian Fish Parcels with a generous helping of stir-fry vegetables is ONLY 180 calories! What a steal for a Fast Day or any day where you want the taste and flavour but not the calories! I am, as you may notice, very pleased with this recipe and I am now developing a chicken, Quorn and beef version too, more about them later. I have to dash now, but, DO keep calling back for new recipes, as well as reviews and giveaways, have a GREAT day and see you later with my Burns Supper menu, as well as a book review and more breakfast recipes too. Karen
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