A Hearty 5:2 Diet Recipe for Autumn:
Butter Bean & Chorizo Stew with Tomatoes
It seems that winter, or should I say autumn, has arrive with a vengeance, as we have been battered with torrential rain and strong winds lately. Most of the apples and pears that were left lingering on my trees are now windfalls and there is definitely a nip in the air. With the cooler weather my thoughts have been turning to more hearty recipes to serve at the family supper table, and soups and stews certainly fit the bill. I am still actively following the 5:2 diet, and my weight is steadily going down, with ease it seems as I create and develop new “fast day friendly” recipes. I am not a “diet food” kind of person and I try to adapt normal, everyday recipes to fit in with a lower calorie lifestyle, so, when I saw a chunk of spicy chorizo sausage in the fridge, I decided to experiment and create a new recipe that has spice, bulk and taste, but with fewer calories.
I am very pleased with my latest offering, a recipe that fulfils all the criteria I demand on a fast day, that is filling, tasty, full of flavour and with nice textures, as well as NOT tasting like diet food! This recipe for Butter Bean & Chorizo Stew with tomatoes is absolutely delicious and is really filling too, a plus for a day where a meagre 500 calories (for women, and 600 calories for men) is the culinary limit for the day. Both Malcolm, my husband, and I loved it, and the recipe makes a VERY generous serving for two people, at only 183 calories a serving – which, is about an average bowl and a half of the stew. It was perfect for a rather windy and blustery day’s supper and we didn’t feel hungry after eating it. The very small amount of chorizo sausage adds a little meaty texture and bags of paprika flavour, along with the smoked paprika that I also added. Vegetarians can omit the chorizo sausage and save 44 calories per bowl…….but, don’t omit the essential smoked paprika though.
Even the colour of this stew looks seasonal, and it wears its autumnal colours of oranges, reds, creams and russets well! You CAN use dried butter beans in place of tinned ones, but I find the tins so handy to have and easy to use. One thing that I always try to do when I develop recipes, is to make sure that they are also NON diet day friendly; so, this hearty stew would also make a fabulous meal for anyone (or a family) not on a diet – just serve with crusty bread and add a little bit more chorizo sausage if you like. It’s also a very healthy meal, as butter beans are very hight in fibre and protein. The high levels of folic acid and magnesium in butter beans is also good news for your heart and the beans are also linked to cancer prevention. So, not just a pretty face or delicious taste then! I have shared the recipe for my Butter Bean & Chorizo Stew with Tomatoes below, and I hope that you will enjoy it as much as we did the other day, and make it part of your regular 5:2 diet fast day recipes. That’s all for now, although I will be back with TWO new giveaways later, so do pop back! See you later, Karen
Coming soon on Lavender and Lovage……….
Steamed Raspberry Pudding
As well as seafood, spaghetti, chutney, jam, herbal bouquet garni and LOTS of baking – so KEEP popping back!