Easter Gourmet 5:2 Diet Recipe:
Scallop and Prawn Platter with Chilli Herb Vinaigrette
Tomorrow is Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, it commemorates Jesus Christ’s last supper and the initiation of the Eucharist, which is observed in many Christian churches. It’s also the day that the Queen presents special ‘Maundy money’ to local pensioners, last year she was at York Minster. I wrote a full article about it last year, with a charming “Jam Pennies” recipe and you can read all about it here: Maundy Thursday & Royal Jam Pennies – Posh Jam Sandwiches. For me it is the start of the Easter holidays, with Good Friday following on the day after and then Easter weekend. I have been busy baking for Easter, and you may remember my latest recipe for Hot Cross Buns in the style of Brioche, as well as my more traditional Hot Cross Buns – both recipes have been made this year already, ready for breakfast and Easter tea time treats.
However, today’s recipe is a gourmet seafood platter, Scallop and Prawn Platter with Chilli Herb Vinaigrette, low in calories and perfect for a Good Friday fast-day, is anyone is fasting on that day of course! It’s also part of my ongoing challenge to eat at least two portions of fish or seafood a week, (which regular readers will know is an easy challenge for me!) a challenge that I and several other food bloggers have undertaken with Fish is the Dish as part of their Healthy Happy Hearts campaign. I am still following the 5:2 diet, but, I have been only doing one fast day a week recently, so, I thought it was time to step up my game and create a new recipe at the same time. This salad ticks all the taste boxes as far as I am concerned; it’s full of flavour with a healthy herb and chilli dressing, which perks the whole salad up. Plump scallops and prawns are and indulgent luxury and perfect for a festive low-calorie diet day, or as a special Easter starter course. (Will serve 4 people if serving as a starter)
If you are not a lover of heat, then just omit the chilli – my husband who is a “heat wimp” was fine with this level of heat however, and thought that is brought a lovely warmth to the salad and enhanced the scallops and prawns. He ate his salad a couple of pitta breads, I was extremely good and had mine “sans bread”! The recipe serves two people and is only 200 calories WITH the vinaigrette. I am sure that this recipe would also make a fabulous dinner party starter dish too, a twist on the old retro classic, Prawn Cocktail.
That’s it for today, I would just like to wish my husband a VERY Happy Birthday! I have to shoot off now to bake a cake and prepare for a special “surprise party” tonight, that he really has no idea is happening! See you later with more Easter treats, as well as a new giveaway. Karen
As I made the vinaigrette from scratch for this recipe, I am entering this recipe into Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Monday challenge.