Back on the 5:2 Diet – Summer Cod with Shrimps and a Vegetable Medley:
Having hit my target weight at the end of 2013 with the 5:2 diet, I’ve lapsed.
This year so far I’ve been to Puglia (lots of fabulous burratta – literally buttered cheese and pasta), to Costa Barcelona (sounds healthy till you realise the quantity of Cava and the preserved meats involved), to Antigua (rum punch anyone) and to Sarlat in the Perigord Noir (say no more). I’ve also enjoyed some fabulous meals out in London. And I’ve been going round all of the Christmas press shows eating my fill of mincepies and more. At times I haven’t been at home to cook even one night of the week.
I hopped on the scales a week ago and was horrified. I was 3.5kg more than my all time low. I’ve lost half a kilo now by doing two fasts during the week and cutting out any alcohol at home. Drastic action is clearly still needed though so, this weekend I’m fasting from Saturday morning to Sunday supper time. Only fasting in the 5:2 diet sense – I had my 500 calories yesterday and today I will have a low calorie lunch. I really enjoyed last night’s recipe of foil cooked cod with lemon, parsley and brown shrimps and a medley of summer vegetables. White fish is a great option for a low calorie meal – and cooking it in foil with just a tiny bit of oil and some lemon means that you don’t add calories through the cooking method.
The little brown shrimps are something that have only recently appeared in my branch of Waitrose. They remind me of my childhood by the sea when we’d set out with nets and buckets to go shrimping and come home with just a handful of tiny shellfish for supper. My mother used to make bread and dripping sandwiches and add the shrimps to that – the saltiness of the shrimps worked beautifully with the rich beef dripping. Be careful about when you add them to the dish, ideally you just want them to warm through as they are already cooked and will become chewy if you overdo it.
By cutting out high carb and high calorie ingredients like potatoes, I could make a summer vegetable medley that not only complemented the fish but provided me with a substantial plateful of food. Again, just a teaspoon of good quality olive oil to gently fry the vegetables.
For more inspiration if you are dieting, check out my 5:2 diet recipe collection