A Weekly Meal Plan, A Taste of Autumn
Allotment Soup (100 calories) for the 5:2 Diet
It’s that time of year again, with apologies to my Southern Hemisphere followers, but Autumn is JUST a whiff away…...just a wood smoke aroma away and maybe even just a crackling fire away………as I definitely noticed an autumnal nip in the air today, and indeed yesterday too. I travelled down to Somerset on Sunday and was not back until late last night, more news about my trip later, suffice to say, it was all about DAMSONS and PRESERVES………..
……..and indeed, the day was named “Damson Day”, although a more humorous name was tagged by a good friend of mine, who was with me, and she suggested that the day should be called “Damsons in Distress”, due to her lack of preserving prowess! Anyway, back to today, and my weekly meal plan, which as you can all see, is LATE! And, my weekly meal plan is not that full from today onwards either, as I am on TWO fast days, I’m at Blog Camp in London this week, I have a review meal to attend and also a “Pop up Dinner” in Abergavenny on Friday and Press Day……before travelling to France on Saturday for a week! But, I shall endeavour to fill you in, and let you know what I have planned…….
Now my last 5:2 Diet soup was red, as in tomato, and I know what you must be thinking, I can only make red or orange soups ~ well you are wrong! It’s just that the ingredients I had when I made my soup, were mainly tomatoes and carrots. I am a dab hand at green soups and my brown soups are divine; as for my multi~coloured soups, they are to die for…….however, we are in WARM red and orange soup season ~ so forgive me if I offer you yet another red-ish soup recipe! This is a WONDERFUL soup, not only does it have tomatoes and carrots in it, but there are peppers, onions and courgettes too…..it’s an English allotment in a bowl ~ or a French potager, depending on where your veggies grow, and I have made it suitable for the 5:2 diet and autumn fast days……
This is a semi smooth soup ~ I blended half the soup and then kept some of the vegetables whole for texture……and I spiced it up a wee bit by adding some Smoked Paprika (Pimenton) for an Autumnal kick up the soup bowl. This would be perfect for lunch or supper, with the ubiquitous crusty bread (on a non fast day) and maybe a wedge of Vintage Farmhouse Cheddar (again, on a non fast day) to complete the soupy scene. By all means blend all of the soup if you lust after a silky, smooth soup with velvet overtones……I leave that choice in your capable hands. The list of ingredients in my recipe is not definitive by any means, use whatever you have in your allotment or whatever you receive in a large newspaper wrapped parcel….it’s just that this combination worked so well and there is one thing to be said for red and orange soups, they are jolly, happy and gay to look at ~ they cheer you up before that spoon even reaches your soup parched lips! However, if you do want to make this for a fast day on the 5:2 diet, be aware that not all vegetables are the same for calorie counting, and you will have to adjust the calories if you swerve away from the recipe I am sharing with you!
Just before I bounce off and post my weekly meal plan, such as it is, and with thanks once again to At Home with Mrs M and her excellent Meal Planning Monday blog hop, I just want to say that I have LOTS more new 5:2 recipes planned, and there is also an eBook afoot too……as well as some NEW “Full-Fat” normal recipes, and also a wonderful post to come on my Preserves Workshop and Press Day with Vivien Lloyd…..so, please keep tuned! Karen
Weekly Meal Plan:
Monday 1oth – Away from home:
Brioche and home-made preserves by Vivien Lloyd
Cod and Salmon Curry with Basmati Rice Salad by Mr Vivien Lloyd
Citrus and Almond Cake by Vivien Lloyd
Tuseday 11th – Fast Day (500 calories):
Breakfast: 2 Ryvita crispbreads = 64 calories
1 small boiled egg = 59 calories
Lunch: Allotment Soup = 105 calories with croutons
Tea: Stir Fry with Chicken Breast (Recipe to follow) = 180 calories
Milk allowance: 150mls = 51 calories
TOTAL: 459 calories
Lunch: Sandwich and Fruit
Tea/Dinner: Review Meal in London
Blog Camp all day – food provided!
Jane Baxter’s Pop Up Kitchen at Trinity Hall in Abergavenny
Abergavenny Food Festival
Saturday 15th – Fast Day (500 calories):
Breakfast: Fresh Fruit Salad = 194 calories
(On Train over lunch – Water and Coffee/Tea)
Tea/Supper: Smoky Mexican Stir Fry with Chicken (234 calories) – New Recipe to follow
Milk allowance: 150mls = 51 calories
TOTAL: 489 calories
Traditional Roast and lots of Baking!