{Fast Day} Low Calorie Turkey Fajitas Recipe

low calorie turkey fajitas recipe

 

I rarely get cravings for Mexican food. (Well apart from guacamole. I swear I could eat that stuff by the bucketful every day if I had the chance.) When I do get hit by an urge to munch on some Mexican fare, I don’t really hanker for the heavy wraps or cheese laden dishes, rather it is the amazing spices which get me salivating before I’ve even served up. So that’s what I hope to bring to the table today – the flavours of an old favourite, but without the calorific load. Perfect for fasting days, and packed with nutrition too!

First things first, it’s day 29 & also my 2nd fast day of the week (I’m planning to do my 3rd on Friday) – I decided to squeeze in an extra fast day this week before the indulgences of the summer bank holiday (plus a wedding this weekend) begin!

Oh, and before I forget, newsflash! If you’re from the UK, have a Holland & Barrett store nearby & are a fan of the Eat Water Slim products, pop in for their penny sale i.e. buy one, get the 2nd for a penny (only for the noodles):

slim noodles

I stocked up (£5 for 4 packs) – not cheap but worthwhile if you use them. I probably depend on them a bit too much but they are perfect to quickly throw something together on a fast day (& I would have no qualms using the noodles as a pasta substitute) when pushed for time/inspiration. (and no, I don’t work for either Eat Water or H&B 😉 )

Otherwise I popped to the pool today – I hadn’t been for a while & had somewhat fallen into the habit of convincing myself that I feel too ‘weak’ on a fast day to exercise. Once I gave myself a stern talking to, I was in the water & I felt strong! I managed to do several HIIT rounds before running a few errands about town. A relatively active day!

Now, are you feeling hungry?

low calorie turkey fajitas guacamole salsa

 

Hungry for fajitas filled with succulent spiced turkey, crunchy peppers, creamy guac & salsa with a bit of a zing? & all for under 500 calories?

I used turkey here as it has less calories than chicken so it meant more volume. Feel free to use chicken though, it will taste very similar!

Whilst this dish has several components, we’re talking a kitchen-to-table time of less than 30 minutes.

Ingredients (serves 1 – I doubled up as a lot of the ingredients are ‘halves’ so I just saved the remainder for tomorrow’s lunch!)

  • 1/2 avocado: 150 cals
  • 150g turkey, diced: 165 cals
  • 1/2 red onion, diced: 25 cals
  • Juice of 1/2 lime: 10 cals
  • 7 plum/cherry tomatoes, halved/quartered: 16 cals
  • 1 whole red pepper, sliced: 37 cals
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped: 4 cals
  • Cos leaves, washed, drained & patted dry: 25 cals
  • Chilli flakes
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbs fajita mix (I use Discovery): 25 cals or a 1 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp each of garlic salt, cumin, cayenne pepper, regular pepper

Total calories: 457

 

For the Guacamole

Mash the guacamole with a tbs of the red onion, garlic clove & lime juice.

For the Salsa

Mix the cherry tomatoes with the chilli flakes (to taste), a tbs of the red onion & the pinch of salt.

For the Turkey

‘Water’ fry the rest of the red onion for a few minutes.

Coat the turkey with your spice mix & add to the onions (top up with water as needed so that it is continuously ‘water’ frying & not getting dry/burnt) for 3 minutes.

Add the peppers & continue to fry all the ingredients for 2 minutes.

 

And that’s it!

Load up your cos leaf:

low calorie turkey fajita

 

Roll up, eat & repeat! (I used 5 large cos leaves in total to use up my various mixtures)

This would be a good easy meal to serve if you are eating with others, just increase the amounts – you could give your loved ones proper wraps & grated cheese if they really wanted them 😉

 

{Fast Day} Day 22: Low Calorie Cauliflower Pizza Recipe

low calorie cauliflower crust pizza 2

 

Happy hump day fasters! Tonight’s going be a quick one as I need to catch some kip, but I just had to share this recipe for you. That’s foodie dedication for you!

So, this may be the second fast of your week (or you’ve got it coming up!), you’ve already feasted on my egg fried ‘rice’ and you’ve been left twiddling your thumbs as to what to do with the rest of your cauliflower. Well, wonder no more my friends, because tonight is PIZZA night. You heard me right. 

As for how I’m doing, I’m still loving my coffee/coconut oil morning combination on my fast days but I do sometimes feel hyper stimulated so I’m not sure if I should keep up with it. The numbers on the scales are yet to surpass the 60kg boundary but my stomach feels slimmer even on non-fasting days so I’m not fretting about it. I reckon some more progress pics will be taken soon & you can see for yourself. I’m still staying relatively active & probably get in some sort of activity 2-3xs a week. 

Right, the time you have been waiting for, recipe time!

low calorie cauliflower crust pizza

Just look at this picture of deliciousness. A crispy crust topped with oozing cheese, salty prosciutto, fresh cherry toms & a little kick from a bird’s egg chilli (those things are potent by the way, one chilli max for me!)

For one of these beauties you will need:

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 small cauliflower head: 66 cals
  • 1 large egg: 78 cals
  • 1/2 reduced fat mozzarella ball (I used Morrison’s NuMe brand): 120 cals
  • 4 tbs tomato sauce (I used Napolina’s tomato & basil): 43 cals
  • 2-3 slices of prosciutto: 65-98cals
  • 5 cherry tomatoes: 15 cals
  • Handful of rocket: 3 cals
  • 1 bird’s eye chilli: 4 cals

Total cals: 394 – 427 cals (depending on how many slices of prosciutto) which means enough room to serve with a side of salad leaves!

Pre-heat your oven to 220 degrees

Cut your broccoli into florets & pop in your food processor/blender to create your ‘crumbs’ (exactly the same as you would make my rice dish). Heat them in the microwave for around 4 minutes.

Crack your egg into a bowl. Once the cauliflower is done in the microwave, mix it thoroughly with the egg. Pour your mix onto a baking sheet (you can ‘grease’ it first with an olive oil spray/alternative but remember to discount it from your daily intake!) & flatten into a pizza dough shape. Heat in the oven for 15 mins.

Take it out & add your toppings! Spread your sauce on the base, tear up your mozzarella & prosciutto & scatter across along with your chopped cherry tomatoes, & finely chopped chilli. Pop back in the oven for another 5 minutes & then take our, put your rocket on top, and serve with a side salad.

Cut yourself a generous slice, put your feet up, & put on a trashy movie. It is pizza night, after all!

 

 How are you all doing 5:2ers? Keep me updated in the comments section!

{Day 19} Fast Day Fry Up? Well, Yes Please!

low calorie fry up cooked breakfast

If someone had told me when I started the 5:2 lifestyle that I would be eating fry ups on my fast days I would have scoffed in their face. After all, the beloved English classic normally packs a calorific punch waaay above 1000 cals a pop. My slim-lined version? I can’t take credit for the idea, Moogie from www.the52dietplan.com is the genius behind the  ‘Fast Day Fry-Up’ – that said, I’ve made the recipe my own & seasoned it to my own personal taste. It is also oil-free which, as a fry-up, is pretty unheard of. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! I cooked double the portions & fed half to my brother (along with 2 extra rashers) who is a bit of a meat-loving junk food connoisseur. I believe “mmm, pretty tasty fry-up” were his exact words!

Before we get to the ‘recipe’, today is day 19 of the 5:2 diet. Otherwise known as the “day where my weight stayed the same but my measurements got smaller”. I feel smaller & svelter too so I can’t complain. I’ve lost:

  • 1/2 inch from my ‘largest waist’ measurement (the widest part of my waist)
  • 2 inches from my ‘smallest waist’ measurement (the smallest part of my waist)
  • 1 inch from my ‘largest hip’ measurement (you get the drift)
  • 1 inch from each upper arm
  • 1/4 inch from each upper arm

I’m pretty darn pleased & this is just a reminder to anyone who is a slave to the scales, take measurements.

I’ve had a lovely weekend but I’m increasingly noticing that on non-fast days, even though I do still crave junk food, when I eat it, my body is just not happy. Headaches, tummy grumbles… I guess it is more reason to stick more with unprocessed whole foods. A work in progress so to speak.

I am still loving swimming outdoors (especially with my new found confidence in a bikini!) & am doing some HIIT sessions in the pool as well as generally staying active. Am also a convert to coconut-oil-in-my-fast-day-coffee.

Right then, the fry up. Packed with protein, it may not be the least processed of meals, but it’s still darn good for a treat. To make it extra tasty, season the mushrooms & tomatoes well. As we’re baking them in the oven, I actually use a splash of soy sauce on the mushrooms (as opposed to salt) as it brings out the meatiness of the mushrooms, doesn’t dry them out, and they are so garlicky (YUM!) that you can’t taste the soy flavour.

This was also the first time I used turkey rashers & I must say I am a fan as I’m not too keen on super fatty cuts of meat anyway. I would definitely recommend the smoked kind to get that bacon-like flavour.

low calorie fry up cooked breakfast

Ingredients

  • 1 warbuton sandwich thin (or a slice of low cal bread): 100 cals
  • 2 medium eggs: 130 cals
  • 100g cherry tomatoes, cut in half: 18 cals
  • 75g button mushrooms, sliced: 22 cals
  • Half a tin/200g of ‘lighter’ baked beans (I used Heinz Beanz Reduced Sugar & Salt): 145 cals
  • 2 smoked turkey rashers (I used Mattesons) or low cal alternative: 53 cals
  • 2 garlic cloves, fine chopped: 8 cals
  • Splash soy sauce: 3 cals
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Total calories: 479 cals

Pre-heat the oven to 190 celsius.

Place the cherry tomatoes in a baking tray & sprinkle over salt & pepper. Mix mushrooms with soy & garlic & lay in a separate baking tray. Bake for 15 – 20 mins.

Get a non-stick pan, fill with about an inch of boiling water. ‘Poach-fry’ eggs until desired consistency. Lift onto paper towel so soak up excess water. Serve on toasted sandwich thin.

Grill turkey rashers 1.5 mins each side. Heat up the beans.

Try to co-ordinate the above & serve!

low calorie fry up cookde breakfast close up

Indulge in your fry-up feast but without the guilt!

I’ve only previously had ‘heavy’ fry ups which have left me feeling bloated & a bit sick. Now when the urge hits (even on a non-fast day!), I know what I’ll be doing…

Are you a fan of fry ups? What’s your favourite ‘junk food’ dish to healthify?

 

{Fast Day} Day 17: Lime & Soy Tuna with Egg-fried ‘Rice’

low calorie lime soy tuna cauliflower egg fried rice

Dear 5:2’ers,

Have I got a recipe for you today… I’ve only just finished scoffing it & I’m already counting down the days until my next fast day so that I can eat it again! Again, it’s a quick recipe so perfect for those like me who have been feeling hungry ravenous all day at work, get home and have the sudden need to eat and to eat. Now!

My day was a good one – I’m not sure if I’m getting the hang of things or if there will just be ‘good’ days & ‘bad’ days (the latter consisting of me fantasising about stealing all of my colleagues’ food & having a massive munch-fest in the stationery cupboard. No, only me then?). Keeping busy plays a big part of how ‘easy’ a day is & work today kept myself entertained and before I knew it home time arrived.

I started off with my second trial of a cup of black coffee with a teaspoon of coconut oil & I felt surprisingly chipper. I don’t know if it is because I have finally caught up on some rest, but I felt pretty energised for most of the day

Right, I know what you’ve all been waiting for…

low calorie lime soy cauliflower egg fried rice

 

A succulent tuna steak couple with a big steaming bowl of fluffy fragrant egg fried rice, perhaps?

The last few evenings I’ve been craving asian style food so yesterday I brainstormed up some recipe ideas for my fast day meal. You may know already that I’m already a fan of using cauliflower in place of heavy carbs during meal times (like for my ‘bangers & mash‘) so I thought I would try my hand at making cauliflower ‘rice’. My oh my, are you in for a treat. As long as it is seasoned/cooked properly, it is pretty darn delicious, creates a BIG portion, and is much cheaper than buying ‘Slim Rice’. The beauty of the rice is that it can be a side for so many dishes, so if you’re not a fan of tuna, sub it for a different fish or lean protein like chicken.

The best part? The whole dish comes to 415 calories.

Ingredients (to serve 1)

  • 1 tuna steak around 200g (mine was just under)
  • 1 lime
  • Teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 a medium head of cauliflower
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3-4 scallions, chopped
  • Dried chilli flakes, salt & pepper to taste
  • Salad leaves to serve (I would have preferred some blanched pak choi or broccoli but I didn’t have any in the fridge!)

Place the tuna steak in a bowl & squeeze over the lime & soy sauce with some pepper. Leave to marinade whilst you prepare the other ingredients.

Now to make the egg fried ‘rice’.

Cut your cauliflower into florets.

cauliflower florets

 

Rinse them. Do not dry. As we are not cooking with oil, the water will help cook ’em later. Use a processor/blender/grater to create your bowl of rice-like ‘grains’:

cauliflower rice

 

Heat up a non-stick pan on medium heat. Pop your ‘rice’ in (with your chilli flakes, salt & pepper) and start sautéing for 3 minutes. Then add the scallions for another 2 minutes. As we’re not using oil, you have to watch your rice like a hawk so that it doesn’t burn/stick to the pan (a little bit will probably stick). You can add a little bit of water to keep things moving, but not too much as the cauliflower will soak it up pronto and become more gummy-like.

Crack your egg in, mix it throughout & serve.

Use the same pan to cook your tuna steak. I like my tuna rare (as it doesn’t dry out!) so I literally sear it both sides for a minute or two, but if you prefer it well cooked then you may have to cook them for about 5 mins each side.

Serve with a side salad/pak choi/broccoli.

low calorie lime soy cauliflower egg fried rice

 

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^^^ The portion size for the rice is actually double this. I didn’t add it onto the plate (yet) because it would actually have been a cauliflower rice mountain.

This dish is perfect for those of us who like to have a substantial meal on our fast days, but it would also be perfect for a light healthy supper on our non-fast days. Enjoy!

Have you tried cauliflower ‘rice’ before? What other carb substitutes would you recommend for lighter meals?

{Fast Day} Day 8: Low Calorie Seafood Pasta Recipe

low calorie seafood pasta.PNGToday I have a delicious & ridiculously quick recipe for you!

But first things first…

Today was another fast day on the 5:2 diet meaning a total of 500 calories over the course of the day. I’ve been experimenting over my past fast days (today is my 4th!) & find that, so far, ‘saving’ my calories for my dinner works the best for me as opposed to having 2 meals a day (generally the norm). I figure I’m an ‘all or nothing’ type gal & spreading my calories over the day tends to taunt me rather than satisfy me. Which meant that my day was fuelled by americanos!

iced americano

I normally just make my own at work but a colleague brought in two boxes of krispy kremes (cry!) so I felt like I needed a ‘treat’ – which consisted of a blended iced americano with a shot of hazelnut sugar free syrup. I won’t lie, it sucked ass compared to a yummy glazed beautiful krispy kreme but pat on the back for some self-discipline (that said, I wrapped up one of the donuts for tomorrow ‘just in case’ I want it. Hell yeah, I want it.).

I had also meant to wake up early to go to the swimming pool but hey, I’m not a saint! The snooze button won today. I may do some lunges (LUNGE!) tonight if I’m feeling particularly perky.

Fast forward to dinner & I wanted something quick. But tasty. My reward for surviving on pure caffeine all day had better be good. Enter these:

eat water slim products

These Eat Water Slim products are the bomb. Utterly overpriced & a weird rubbery like texture (almost squid like?! Weirdly enough I love the consistency!) but a great way to bulk up a meal for minimal calories, and the perfect vessel to carry any sauces. No pressure but your sauce has got to be goddam moreish or else you’ll end up with a bowl of ‘blah’.

Recipe time!

Low Calorie Seafood Pasta

Calories: 482 calories

Ingredients

low calorie seafood pasta ingredients

  • A pot of tomato based sauce (I used Tesco’s Tomato & Basil sauce)
  • 230g seafood (Tesco’s Cooked Seafood selection pour moi)
  • 1 packet Slim Pasta spaghetti, fettucine, or penne (they all taste the same)
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 70g tenderstem broccoli to serve

Chop the carrots & celery & ‘water fry’ (put a little water into a hot pan & ‘fry’) until tender, add the seafood & sauce & simmer. Rinse the Slim pasta as per their instructions & dry. Mix together. Serve with blanched broccoli (stick the broccoli in a boiling pan of water for around 4 mins then drain).

low calorie seafood pasta 2

The resulting portion size is ginormous. ^^^ is less than half of what I ate (I just presented half of it for prettiness sake, I heaped it on good after I put the camera down) & I actually had to take a break two thirds into my meal before finishing off the rest (no way am I throwing away this bowl of deliciousness)!

If you find the cost of Slim pasta too steep (about £1.20 a pop), omit & bulk up the dish with more veg to create a steaming bowl of seafood ratatouille dreaminess.

low calore seafood pasta 3