A Spring Fling Recipe for the 5:2 Diet!
Low-Calorie Minted Pea & Vegetable Frittata – 200 calories
I really feel as if spring is just around the corner – yes, we have been warned of more cold weather to come, but, the sun has been shining lately even if mornings and evenings have been frosty and white, and the birds are busily gathering straw and twigs for nest building. Buds have started to emerge on my fruit trees and the daffodil and tulip bulbs are starting to push through the cold earth, their leaves fresh and green, and beautifully curled. Although I am still hankering after casseroles and stews, I am also thinking about spring greens, omelettes, salads and other fresh spring-like meals…..so, when I spied some frozen fresh garden peas in the freezer the other day, as well as some fresh mint looking particularly perky in its terracotta tub, I decided to create a low-calorie recipe suitable for the 5:2 diet, as well as for a spring luncheon. This recipe has fast become a favourite already, and my husband who is NOT on the fasting diet, also loved it and asked me to make it again.
A frittata is normally laden with olive oil and uses lots of eggs, all calorific; but, my low-fat and two egg version REALLY is just as delicious as a normal richly egged version. This recipe weighs in at an incredible 400 calories for TWO servings, so a VERY low 200 calories per portion. But, what is lacks in calories is more than made up for in taste and flavour – sweet minted peas mingle with new potatoes, onions, garlic and a juicy ripe tomato, which are all bound with two free-range eggs…..and lots of seasoning, especially black pepper. Apart from being a pretty lush supper or luncheon dish, it’s also rather pretty, I think you will agree. I served this with fresh rocket leaves which added a giddy 2 calories per person – steady now!
Calorie breakdown for Low-Calorie Minted Pea & Vegetable Frittata:
2 medium eggs: 140 calories (70 calories per egg)
2 tablespoons garden peas: 46 calories
1 small onion: 29 calories
2 cloves garlic: 9 calories
1 large vine tomato: 15 calories
100g new potatoes: 150 calories
Fry Light – Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray, 4 sprays: 4 calories
10g (about 1 tablespoon) of fresh mint leaves: 7 calories
Total: 400 calories (200 calories per person or portion)
I would like to say a BIG thanks to Jac from Tinned Tomatoes, who introduced me to the world of photo editing, hence my new arty text photos and a collage – thanks for that Jac, I just spent an hour playing when I should have been cooking tea! Jac is also following the 5:2 diet and has some amazing vegetarian recipes on her blog……and she just posted a lovely one here: Potato and Beetroot Salad with Mozzarella. One thing I am loving about this diet is the mutual support we all give each other……..I have to thank my other friend Fiona from London Unattached for that too. Anyway, I REALLY do have to finish this post now and make tea…..so, I will leave you with my latest and rather lovely 5:2 diet recipe, suitable for fast days, feast days, picnics, lunch boxes and midnight snacks! Have a great day…….see you tomorrow, Karen
As this has mint in it, I am entering this into my own Herbs on Saturday challenge here:
If you have cooked with herbs at all, PLEASE do add your link and enter!
I am also entering this into Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays – as this was made from scratch!