5:2 Diet and Weight Watchers
Today’s recipe has been a huge hit ever since I made it a few weeks ago – Spicy Beef Larb Lettuce Wraps that are only 220 calories per serving, and that taste amazing. Perfect midday fodder for anyone following the 5:2 diet (for a Fast day) as well as all Weight Watchers dieters too, as each serving is a very low 5 Smart Points. Larb is an Asian dish, usually associated as originating from Laos and Thailand – it’s basically minced (ground) meat or poultry, such as beef, pork, duck or chicken (and sometimes fish and mushrooms) that is cooked with fish sauce, lime juice, toasted rice, chilli paste and fresh coriander (cilantro) and mint; the mixture is then served at room temperature with sticky rice and raw vegetables.
My recipe today suggests that the mixture is served in lettuce wraps with extra lime juice to serve, and some extra spring onions too. In place of lemongrass, I decided to make the dish my own by adding some salty, sharp preserved lemons to the mixture, which worked like a dream. I was recently sent a wonderful hamper of preserved goods from Bettina, a lady I met on the beautiful island of Astypalea, where she has a small-holding, and grows all sorts of herbs, flowers and vegetables; she also organises a co-operative ladies group on the island, who get regularly together to make preserves , using only produce that grows on the island. The group call themselves Rodia 12, and the jams, mustard, chutneys and preserved fruit they make is both imaginative and delicious.
My low-calorie but high-taste recipe is shared below, and in place of minced beef you can use minced turkey, minced chicken or minced pork if you wish – I suspect that the spicy mixture is fabulous when served with sticky rice too, why not try that on a normal “feast” day or for a fabulous Friday “take away” meal for the family. If you have lemongrass available, and no preserved lemons, then by all means use that, finely diced. For vegetarians, use some minced Quorn in place of meat, or even some meaty mushrooms. That’s all for today, for more tasty diet recipes, why not pop over to see all my healthy recipes here: Lavender and Lovage Diet Day Recipes. See you soon, Karen