Spicy 5:2 Diet Fish Tagine
Sometimes on a 5:2 diet fast day I get a real yearning for a spicy dish. I think spice helps to reduce hunger pangs and stop you craving sugar too. Curries and Tagines can be quite high in calories – if you want to make a low calorie version, you need to be very careful with the amount of oil you use and use a tomato or onion based sauce without much cream or coconut milk. But it can be done!
In this particular fish tagine, inspired by the food of Morocco, I cut the oil used both for the chermoula and for the main tagine and the result was a dish that is around 320 calories per serving (including the chermoula). That makes it perfect for the 5:2 diet.
Of course it is a fish tagine using white fish – which is both low in calories and fat (although still reasonably high in Omega3 oils). One of the nice things about this recipe is that you can easily make it for one person – or scale up the ingredients to make larger quantities.
It’s actually an adapted version of my chicken tagine, but by using the wonderful, fresh fish from DelishFish, I’ve got a recipe that will work well for a 5-2 diet fast day. If you can’t find preserved lemons, don’t add whole fresh lemons instead – the preserved ones are smaller and not so acid. A better solution is to juice and zest a fresh lemon and use half in the chermoula and half in the tagine itself.
This particular recipe is quite spicy, but you can use half the chilli or even leave it out altogether if you prefer. Let me know if you try this 5-2 diet fish tagine for yourself.