5:2 Diet Recipe – 280 Calories
Weight Watchers – 7 Smart Points
I’m back in the diet wagon! All of these fabulous press trips recently have seen me overindulge, and as I am going away again very soon, I decided it was time to do a few 5:2 diet fast days; so, here is my latest offering for Chicken & Toasted Corn Nachos with Lemon & Jalapeno Yogurt Dressing, an adapted recipe that I spied on the Donna Hay website, who is one of my favourite recipe writers. Her original recipe was at least double the calories (and WW smart points), so I set out to lighten it, which I did with great success as you can see from my photos! My lightened-up version is only 7 Smart points per serving (for Weight Watchers), and a very low 280 calories for those on the 5:2 fast day diet, (using the heaviest weight chicken breast) so, it’s the perfect way to indulge in a lighter Mexican style meal for the bank holiday weekend, when you MAY have a spare barbecued chicken breast lurking in the fridge, as I did!
It was a culinary triumph! My husband had no idea it was a fast day recipe, and we both loved the tangy, spicy dressing, which went perfectly with the tender chicken and toasted corn. I had a big bag of Turkish style flat breads in the freezer, and they were amazing when baked – light and crispy with extra texture and flavour from the poppy seeds. You can get ahead by making the dressing ahead of time, as I did, and of course you can also make sure you have a cooked chicken breast ready too. I’m sure that the homemade flat bread nachos can also be made ahead of time, and stored in an airtight tin – I’ve got quite a stack of flat breads left, so I’m going to give that a go. If you are a vegetarian, they why not try using one of Quorn’s “chicken style” fillets, or maybe some grilled peppers and onions? I am going to add some sliced avocado next time, I think that will go beautifully with the Mexican flavours, but, remember that will be higher in calories and points.
You could also use turkey in this recipe, or even grilled fish too. The dish was such a success that I have been asked to make it again, which is a bit of a coup, and I’m sure Malcolm still doesn’t know it is a low-calorie diet recipe! Donna Hay suggests you use limes, and I would have used lime in place of lemons, but I didn’t have any to hand when I made the recipe…….but, I may use limes next time for a more authentic Mexican flavour. I hope you will enjoy my lightened-up version if you try it, the recipe is shared below on one of my printable recipe cards. That’s all for today, have a FABULOUS Whitsunday, and enjoy that bank holiday Monday off from work! I’ll be back with some new traveller’s tales from the Pyrenees and from my most recent cruise, plus, I’ve got some new recipes to share too, have a great weekend, Karen
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