Paleo 5:2 Diet Recipe for Pepper Steak with Pan-fried Onions, Tomatoes and Spinach

Paleo 5:2 Diet Recipe for Pepper Steak with Pan-fried Onions, Tomatoes and Spinach

Paleo 5:2 Diet Recipe for Pepper Steak with Pan-fried Onions, Tomatoes and Spinach

Paleo 5:2 Diet Recipe for

Pepper Steak with Pan-fried Onions, Tomatoes and Spinach

Pepper Steak with Pan-fried Onions, Tomatoes and Nutmeg Spinach

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.

Todenham Manor Farm Beef and Pork

Todenham Manor Farm Beef and Pork

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. 

Paleo 5:2 Diet Recipe for Pepper Steak with Pan-fried Onions, Tomatoes and Spinach

Paleo 5:2 Diet Recipe for Pepper Steak with Pan-fried Onions, Tomatoes and Spinach

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.

Todenham Manor Farm Sample Box

Todenham Manor Farm Sample Box

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: 

Calories in Different Cuts of Beef and Steaks

Recipe for Pepper Steak with Pan-fried Onions, Tomatoes and Spinach

Recipe for Pepper Steak with Pan-fried Onions, Tomatoes and Spinach

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 

5:2 Diet Steak recipe

Pepper Steak with Pan-fried Onions, Tomatoes and Spinach

Serves 1
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Gourmet, Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party, Formal Party
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
Steak on a diet? Absolutely! This fabulous meal is just under 300 calories and is tasty and filling. You MUST make sure you weigh your steak and trim it of all fat. This filling meal is perfect for all those following the 5:2 diet.

Ingredients

  • 125g lean rib eye steak (all fat trimmed from it = 228 calories)
  • 1/4 teaspoon mixed peppercorns (crushed = 2 calories)
  • 1 small tomato, cut in half (= 15 calories)
  • 1 small onion, peeled and cut into thick slices (= 25 calories)
  • 100g frozen (or fresh) spinach (= 20 calories)
  • 4 to 6 sprays low-fat oil (= 4 to 6 calories)

Note

Steak on a diet? Absolutely! This fabulous meal is just under 300 calories and is tasty and filling. You MUST make sure you weigh your steak and trim it of all fat. This filling meal is perfect for all those following the 5:2 diet.

Directions

Step 1 Heat up a large frying pan and then spray it with the low-fat oil spray (I used Fry Light).
Step 2 Put the tomatoes and onions in and cook over a low heat, turning them over now and then so they brown evenly. If they start to stick to the pan, add a little water and/or add a lid.
Step 3 Meanwhile, press the crushed peppercorns into the steak. When the vegetables are nearly cooked, add the steak and cook to taste between 3 and 10 minutes for rare to well done. Turn the steak half way through cooking.
Step 4 Just before the steak is cooked, cook the frozen spinach following the instructions on the packet, or steam some fresh spinach in a large pan of boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes.
Step 5 Serve the steak on a warm plate, and arrange the cooked vegetables on and around the steak. I find it's nice to sit the steak on top of the pan-fried onions. Season the meal to taste with salt.
Step 6 Total calories = 294 to 296 calories
steak and veggies

Pepper Steak with Pan-Fried Tomatoes, Onions and Spinach

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.

Comments

  1. says

    What a delicious supper, we love things like this. I have slipped slightly from the 5:2 wagon over the last couple of weeks but need to get back on quickly before Christmas – this has inspired me, thank you Karen!

    • says

      SO pleased you like this recipe Anna, it is so filling and very tasty, and a very low calorie count too! I am still on the 5:2 wagon, but it gets harder I see more and more mince pies and Christmas treats on the shelves in the shops! OH well, I will try to stick at it for another 3 weeks! Karen

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