5-2 Diet Seafood Spelt Pancakes

Seafood Spelt Pancakes for the 5-2 Diet and a Review of Jessica’s Recipe Bag:

When I was asked if I’d like to review Jessica’s Recipe Bag for ‘Spelt Week’ I was intrigued.  I’ve never tried cooking with Spelt, in fact I really didn’t know what to expect.  Except that it would be healthy!  And, although I am not a great fan of ReadyMeals, the idea that all the ingredients you might need to cook for your family or just for two of you for a few meals would be delivered in a convenient bag, together with recipes to make, seemed very sensible.  I’m sure I DID mention that there’s only one of me.  But somehow, I know I got the family bag!  And while I can feed a friend and pretend to be a couple, there’s no way I can magic up a couple of hungry children and a partner!

spicy seafood spelt pancakes for 5-2 diet

I’m not going to list out the contents, which came in two large carrier bags, but it included 600g of chicken thighs, 350g of prawns and 500g of lamb mince.  And enough vegetables to feed me for at least 3 weeks!   Because it was spelt week there was also pearl spelt (a bit like pearl barley) spelt pasta, spelt flakes, spelt flour, spelt oats and a couple of boxes of breakfast cereals with spelt and fruit.  All excellent quality, this comes from Sharpham Park, an organic farm in Somerset.

spelt goodies from Sharpham Park

Anyway, luckily I have some hungry friends who were delighted to have  half  of pretty much all the meat, fish and vegetables.  I kept some of everything, so that I could try some of the recipes and explore how the bag might work for a family or couple.

I also kept the spelt for myself because actually it is something that I think might be good for me.  High in fibre and with a more easily digestible form of gluten than conventional wheat products, it is also high in vitamins, iron and zinc and a good source of complex carbohydrates.  Now, I need to be careful about cholesterol levels  and associated heart disease, and spelt is something that should help with that.  It’s also important as a way of preventing bowel cancer, diabetes, breast cancer and even migraines.

oxo pancake kit

My second challenge was that I had an Oxo Good Grips pancake kit to review that had arrived just a little too late for pancake day.  I really wanted to try it out.  There’s an excellent flat pancake ‘slice’ that is rather wider than a conventional fish slice and perfect for someone like me who can’t flip.  And a lovely red heat proof silicon whisk.  That with a helpful white mixing bowl with measures on the inside making it perfect for mixing and then pouring pancake batter (the bowl has a small lip)

And, my third challenge was the 5-2 diet.  During the week I tend to be fasting on any day when I am not going out at the moment.  So, I was hoping there would be something that would work as supper on a 5-2 diet day without too much adjustment.  In fact I ended up making a spicy tomato filling for my spelt pancakes rather than the lush sounding bechamel based one that Jessica recommended.  But I will try another of her recipes later this week.

Without more ado, here’s what I came up with.  I’ve used prawns because that was supplied in the bag, but any white fish or shell fish would work well in this recipe:-

5-2 Diet Spelt Pancakes with Spicy Prawn Filling

Serves 2
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 10 minutes
Allergy Egg, Milk, Shellfish
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Hot

Ingredients

pancake

  • 50g Spelt Flour
  • 1 Small Egg
  • 150ml Skimmed Milk
  • 2-3 shots 1-cal oil

filling

  • 125g Mushrooms (chopped and tripped)
  • 175g Cooked or Green Prawns
  • 1 Shallot (finely diced)
  • 1 tin Chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Chilli sauce (I used gran luchito, but any hot chilli sauce will do. Use less if you are using a hot sauce)
  • 20g Parmesan (finely grated)
  • 1 teaspoon Olive oil

Directions

pancake
Step 1 Sift the flour into a mixing bowl with a pinch of salt
Step 2 Make a well in the middle of the flour and break the egg into the well
Step 3 Mix together, gradually adding the milk until you have a mixture about the consistency of single cream
Step 4 Put to one side and allow to rest for 30 minutes
Step 5 Heat a large crepe pan and spray with 1cal
Step 6 Add about 2/3 of a ladle of batter and spread around by tilting the pan till you have a thinnish pancake
Step 7 Cook on one side until the pancake moves easily, then turn using a flsh slice (unless you are brave and want to toss the pancake!)
Step 8 Continue till you have four pancakes
filling
Step 9 Make up the filling by chopping the shallot and sweating gently for 5 minutes in a heavy based pan with 1 teaspoon of olive oil
Step 10 dice the mushrooms, removing any woody parts of the stems. Add to the shallot and cook for 2-3 minutes
Step 11 Add in the chilli and tomato and cook for around 20 minutes till the mixture is reduced by about a third. Stir in the prawns.
Step 12 Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Step 13 Fill and roll the pancakes and place in a baking dish. Sprinkle with the parmesan and place in a preheated oven at 200c 15 minutes or until the parmesan is golden brown
Step 14 Serve

They were delicious.  Two pancakes with this filling comes in at around 370 calories and makes a substantial 5-2 diet main meal.  And, the spelt adds a nice nutty flavour to the pancakes themselves as well as improving the GI of this dish and helping you to feel full for longer.

5-2 Diet Seafood Spelt Pancakes

 

I will be experimenting with some of my other spelt goodies over the next few weeks in addition to cooking more of the recipes in Jessica’s Recipe Bag.  While I don’t see myself ordering a regular bag, I do think Jessica’s Recipe Bag offers a sensible way to ensure your family eats healthy meals. The food really is excellent quality and I believe the cost is quite reasonable (although of course I don’t normally shop for four people!).  If I did have a young family and was a working mum, I’d really appreciate having my shopping done for me and supplied complete with recipe leaflet.

While this is just a little higher in calories than my normal recipe for a 5-2 diet fast day, I think it’s healthy and very tasty.  I just made sure that I ate less during the day, in the form of a very low calorie broccoli soup for lunch.

 

Disclaimer:  I was sent a Jessica’s Recipe Bag and an Oxo Good Grips Pancake kit to review.  There was no obligation from either supplier to write a review and all views expressed are my own.

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. How did the spelt taste compared to wheat? I am curious about texture, taste, and how it blends with other things. I would switch.

    • honestly, not much different. A little nuttier. Someone told me it’s not so good for baking bread because it absorbs too much liquid, but in a pancake batter it was fine.

  2. I’ve never tried spelt before, but it was intriguing that it’s known to prevent migraines! May have to give it a go for this reason alone! And high-five on the creative recipe!

  3. Goodness that is a lot of challenges in one but they do look delicious. One to save as I get more into spelt too.

  4. This is a great one. How do you work out how many calories are in it though? I need to learn a quick way to do this!

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