A Special 5:2 Diet Recipe for Fast Days:
Luxury Steak Burger with Artichokes and Olives
I know what you are thinking, HOW can this LUSH looking burger be DIET food? Well, it is IF you use VERY lean minced beef or even better, minced steak. And, of course, you have to DITCH the bread bun on a 5:2 fast day too…….and for those of you with eyes like a hawk, YES the photos DO show a pitta bread, but I took these photo on a NON FAST day as we (hubs and I) both loved these burgers so much, that I made them again, for a feast day! These Luxury Steak Burger with Artichokes and Olives come in at a VERY lean 290 calories each – including the artichokes and lemon sauce, and that means that they are JUST perfect for a fast day on the 5:2 diet, or for a low points luxury meal on Weight Watchers. They make a great main meal and if you check out my Monday Meal Plan, you will see what else I had to eat on the same day that I made these……5:2 Diet – Fast Days & Feast Days, Monday Meal Plan and a LOW CALORIE Salad Niçoise Recipe. And, if you would like to see all my other 5:2 and Weight Watchers recipes, just click on this link here: 5:2 Diet Recipes.
I used lean 5% fat minced beef when I made these, sometimes they call the very lean minced beef, minced steak and mincing your own steak would be a good way to get extra lean meat for these burgers too. The lemony sauce with the artichoke hearts and olives is just sublime and the burgers are just bursting with flavour, I LOVE the how the sun-dried tomatoes and capers add a lovely mellow piquancy to them. It really is hard to believe that you are eating diet food! The GREAT news for me is that in my 2nd and 3rd weeks of following the 5:2 diet more diligently that I normally do, I have lost 5lbs! And, that is including the week that I had these gorgeous burgers as my main meal too.
I had this burger for my second fast day this week, and ended the day on a very smug 496 calories, and ate very well, I thought! This is what I had, that made up my daily calories:
Breakfast: Small peach with zero fat fruit yoghurt = 80 cals
Lunch: Luxury Steak Burger with Artichokes and Olives = 290 cals
Tea: 4 Surimi crab sticks (60g) with salad leaves, 1 tablespoon Hellmans Dijonnaise & splash Tabasco = 100 cals
Daily: 75ml milk allowance = 26 cals
TOTAL: 496 calories
I think that if the food that you eat on a fast day FEELS special, than it is so much easier to endure the 24 hours of low calories, and this recipe CERTAINLY tasted gourmet and very luxurious too! I hate the label “diet food”, for me, it’s like losing the battle before you’ve even started…….so, I am hoping that all the recipes that I am developing and sharing may inspire you, as well as aid in your healthy life style diet plan. Before I go, and talking totally off topic, if you fancy BAKING with a chance to win a LUXURY flower arrangement from Interflora, as well as a Grandparents’ Day Gift Basket, then here is the link to BAKE and BLOG! Bake a Cake for Grandparents’ Day & Win a Luxury Flower Arrangement & a Grandparents’ Day Gift Basket. That’s all for today, have a great evening and see you tomorrow! Karen