Today's Fasting Meals Are Sponsored By The Words Seasoned Bakeware

Warning! One of the following recipes contains meat.
Cripes! Meat! I almost forgot what that was like. And it was boring old turkey; I never eat turkey. And! And! It was actually rather yummy. Exciting times.

A good way to cut calories is to own some good quality, seasoned bakeware. With my pre-seasoned stoneware I can pop things in the oven and bake them without adding any oil. For some tips on seasoning your bakeware have a look-see here.

Pumpkin Frittata
Serves 2

140g pumpkin (36.4)
4 eggs (296)
60g leeks (15)
30g cheddar (147)
5 baby plum tomatoes (6)
Seasoning to taste
Total calories 500.4
Per Person 250.2

  1. Roast some pumpkin in a moderate oven, on some seasoned bakeware with some sprigs of rosemary and thyme and some garlic, or whichever herbs you fancy. Once the pumpkin is tender, add some leeks to the tray and bake for a couple of extra minutes.
  2. Whisk up your eggs, add a splash of water and season. You can either add the cheese to the egg mix now, or top your nearly baked frittata near the end of cooking.
  3. Pop all of your chopped up veggies in a round, oven-proof, seasoned dish. Pour your egg mix over the top and pop in a moderate oven for 25-30 minutes, or until set.

Spiced Turkey Breast & Miso Soup
Serves 2

200g turkey breast (210)
90g purple sprouting (17)
100g cauliflower (31)
50g rice noodles (183)
2 garlic cloves (8)
Miso stock (60) This is an over-estimate as it's hard to measure the calories in miso paste and water, but I'm fairly sure it would be less than this.
All spice
Cayenne pepper
I don't measure the quantity of spices or count calories for them, as I'm a by eye cook, and the amount you consume is negligible for calorific intake.
Total calories 509
254 per person

  1. Cut the turkey breast into bite-sized pieces, season, toss in the spice mix and leave in the fridge for a little while.
  2. Chop up your veggies and garlic, pop into some water, bring to the boil and cook until tender. Add the rice noodles.
  3. On some tinfoil, grill the turkey breast for 6-8 minutes on each size, or until cooked.
  4. Take the noodle soup off the heat and stir in the miso paste.
  5. Serve with added "mmmmmmm" noises.

Faux Fish & Chips
Serves 1

100g prawns (104)
140g swede (29.4)
2 garlic cloves (8)
Salt & pepper
Total calories 142

  1. Cut your swede into chips, lay on some...wait for's coming...seasoned bakeware(!), and roast in a hot oven, with the garlic cloves and some rosemary sprigs for 30 minutes or until desired crispiness is almost reached
  2. Add your king prawns and cook for up to 10 minutes.
  3. This one was a good lunch, surprisingly filling and I got to snack on an orange later due to it being so low in calorie count.

Vegetable Chili
Serves 2

1tsp olive oil (41)
60g onion (25)
100g swede (21)
240g drained kidney beans (224)
500g pasata (154)
1 red chili (4)
150g curly kale(49)
2 garlic cloves (8)
100g low fat, natural yoghurt (61)
Salt & pepper
Cayenne chili
Crushed chilis
Chili powder
Total calories 587
293.5 calories per person

  1. In a large, heavy saucepan gently sweat the onion. Once soft, add the chopped chili, kidney beans and swede. Add the pasata, top with a little water and season with salt, pepper and chili powders until you have reached desired taste. I also like to add some garlic and onion powder  and celery salt, but it's really down to you. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until kidney beans are soft and tender.
  2. In a separate pan, bring some salted water with the garlic cloves in to the boil. Add the chopped curly kale and cook until vibrant.
  3. Top with a little yoghurt to take the heat off- if you're anything like me and have loaded it with chili. Try not to scoff! Eating slower makes your body realise you're full before your greedy face and hands do.
Remember: I always over estimate. If you don't eat exactly half of the entire creation, you will be consuming less calories than you budgeted for, which for me is a likely story. Yay!


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