Spice Up your New Year 5:2 Diet Weight Loss
Spinach, Lentil & Sweet Potato Curry
With HUGE apologies for my absence, it was a week ago that I last posted a recipe and a review, but, things have been pretty hectic over the last ten days culminating in a nightmare journey back on Sunday morning, which didn’t see me arrive home until Monday afternoon – yes, I WAS one of those unfortunate people caught up in the recent Eurostar “fire in the tunnel” fiasco, which ended in a surprise hotel stay (in Lille) after being stranded there with no onward connections back home on Sunday evening…….but, it’s all okay now, albeit that I’m desperately trying to catch up with a backlog of work. But, here I am with a LOVELY new 5:2 diet recipe that will certainly spice up your weight loss plans this New Year.
My latest 5:2 diet recipe is gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan, as well as being low in calories; in place of flour to thicken the curry sauce, as is usual, I have added healthy lentils which add bulk and flavour. This Spinach, Lentil & Sweet Potato Curry recipe is a VERY low 244 calories per person per serving, and if you are cooking this for just one person, than I advise you to make the full recipe amount and freeze it in handy individual portions for future low-calorie “fast days”. It freezes very well once cooked and defrosts in about 3 to 4 hours at room temperature. If you have 300+ calories spare, then you can add a Weight Watchers mini naan bread (as I have done in the photos) for a total meal count of 352 calories.
This curry is packed with flavour and is quite spicy, so if you are not a spice lover, than do adjust the heat accordingly. I added a curry leaf and dried red chilli for extra fragrance, taste and heat, and as they are not eaten, they have no calories to add. The combination of the spinach, sweet potato, lentils and mushrooms really works well and as well as being uber-healthy and low in calories, this curry also has three of your five a day in it. There is NO need to serve it with rice on a fast day, which would add lots of extra calories, and if you aren’t a naan bread lover, then it stands up perfectly well by itself in a bowl – like a curry-cum-stew-cum-soup, although it is much thicker than a soup.
I also enjoyed my bowl of curry with a dollop of lime pickle, which I am very fond of, but, I have shared some other ideas for low to medium calorie additions below, as a curry does taste even better with a few “sambals”
30g dry roasted peanuts = 166 calories
1 tablespoon lime pickle = 29 calories
1 tablespoon mango chutney = 48 calories
2 teaspoons desiccated coconut = 60 calories
2 tablespoons chopped cucumber = 4 calories
2 tablespoons low-fat yoghurt = 40 calories
100g serving cooked white rice = 130 calories
1 mini garlic and coriander naan bread = 108 calories
DO try this curry whether you are dieting or not, and I WILL be back a lot sooner with some more recipes, reviews and some new giveaways. Have a great week, Karen
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