5:2 Diet Recipes – Mushroom Goulash:
Mushroom Goulash is rightly a mainstay of those following the 5:2 diet. Despite having a rich, earthy meaty taste, mushrooms are naturally low in calories and so long as you avoid frying them in too much butter or oil, perfect for a 5:2 diet fast day. I love homemade soup for the 5:2 diet. I’ve made so many varieties of low calorie homemade soup 5:2 diet recipes that I am beginning to wonder if I should set up a soup kitchen. But, unlike champagne, diamonds and louboutins, a girl can only have so much soup. To be honest, I’d hoped that by now, the middle of April, the weather would be perfect for salads. Maybe it is for the hardy folk out there, but I still want comfort food on my 5-2 fast days. Warming, substantial, spicy dishes that fill me up. This Mushroom Goulash is a very lightly adapted version of one of my favourite vegetarian meals – to make a very low calorie version I simply replaced the oil with 1cal spray. And, because spice is good on fast days (it helps speed up the metabolism), I added a few chilli flakes too, though you could easily leave those out. And, I didn’t have fresh tomatoes or a red pepper, if you have one or both, then they do add to the overall flavour.
The recipe makes enough for two good servings. And the dish is lovely with rice, very fresh soft bread or a small jacket potato. Here I’ve served it with an 80g portion of white rice (about 85 calories) and I was so keen to eat that I forgot to take a photo once I’d dolloped on a teaspoon of low fat creme fraiche.
Calories are ridiculously low. The entire meal is under 200 calories including rice and creme fraiche. So I will be making this again for a 5-2 diet fast day. At least until the weather cheers up a bit! And next time I will try with brown rice or possibly pearled spelt because both of those have lower GI than white rice or potatoes and in theory should help to keep me feeling full for longer. Not that I was in any way hungry after this meal.