Healthy Portobello Mushroom Burger:
OK, I fibbed just a bit. You probably CAN’T quite have your burger like this on a 5:2 diet fast day. The bread roll adds a wopping 150 calories. But, it’s just as delicious (though not quite as photogenic) without the bread, or with just the base, like a burger open sandwich.
And, portobello mushrooms make excellent meat substitutes. There’s nothing particularly difficult in this recipe and it’s perfectly acceptable to mix and match the toppings according to your own personal preference. I used a slice of low calorie leerdammer cheese which melts beautifully and has around 50 calories a slice but you could crumble a little blue cheese or add a slice of grilled bacon. It’s up to you!
The mushroom itself has around 30 calories. You will be adding a little oil to marinade and grill it and of course the mixture of toppings. So the final dish, without bun and using just mustard and low calorie mayo is around 200 calories. Add the bun and you are still only hitting 350 calories. It just doesn’t feel like diet food though.
It’s for that reason that I’m calling this a 5:2 diet plus recipe. It’s quite nice enough to have on a fast day, without the bun and being ultra careful with the toppings. But, honestly, would you question this on your dinner plate any day of the week?