Paleo 5:2 Diet Recipe for
Pepper Steak with Pan-fried Onions, Tomatoes and Spinach
Although I enjoy my meat-free days and we do eat a lot of fish too, both of us (my husband in particular) hanker after a big juicy, red steak now and then, and so when I received a sample hamper from the lovely people over at Todenham Manor Farm recently, I was delighted to see some beautiful steaks amongst my meaty booty. Situated in the North Cotswolds, award-winning Todenham Manor Farm breed and rear Middle White, Saddleback and Gloucester Old Spot pigs and pedigree South Devon cattle. The whole ‘farm to fork’ process takes place on the farm itself and the neighbouring abattoir, with an on-site butcher preparing the cuts of meat, offering customers complete reassurance on the traceability of their meat – described by Raymond Blanc as “stunning”. I was thrilled to receive a “sample” box which contained some of their traditionally reared beef and pork and comprised: 28 Day Aged Rib Eye Steaks, Traditional Pork Sausages and some Hand-Cured Back Bacon.
I cooked the bacon straight away and we enjoyed it as part of a traditional English breakfast, the sausages I popped in the freezer for future delectation – but, the steaks were eaten the next day as part of our low-calorie “fast” day for the 5:2 diet. Steak may not seem to be typical diet food, but I serve it a lot on our low-calorie days, as a lean (trimmed of all fat) steak is very low in calories and is an essential form of protein. When served with a selection of vegetables, mainly tomatoes, onions and spinach, you have an iron-rich, high-protein meal with at least three of your five a day, and not a whiff of any carbohydrates in sight! My lovely steak recipe today is an unbelievable 296 calories per serving and is a filling and satisfying meal for anyone following the Paleo lifestyle diet or the 5:2 diet of course.
We both thoroughly enjoyed this meal last week, and the 28 day aged rib eye steaks were amazingly tender and full of a rich, earthy flavour – they were just gorgeous. I added a few crushed peppercorns to the steak before pan-frying it, and the blast of peppery heat really enhanced the rich beef flavours of the steak. It was a hugely satisfying meal for a very cold day and I was left with 200 calories for the rest of the day, which meant a bowl of my 70 calorie Roast Tomato and Garlic soup for tea, and a small boiled egg with a clementine for breakfast (95 calories), which left a few calories for me to enjoy some milk in my tea and coffee.
The recipe for my Pepper Steak with Pan-fried Onions, Tomatoes and Spinach is shared below. I used rib eye steak in this recipe, you can use ANY cut of steak for this recipe, but DO remember to check the calories for the cut of steak you are using – here is a handy link:
That’s all for today, see you later with more news and new recipes, as well as some new giveaways too! Have a GREAT day, Karen
Disclaimer: With thanks to Todenham Manor Farm for sending me a sampler hamper to try; all views and opinions are my own and I was not asked or paid to write this review post.