5:2 Fast Day Quinoa Stuffed Aubergine:
Adding yet more into my collection of 5:2 diet recipes with this easy vegetarian supper. For a while quinoa (pronounced key-naaw) was very much in vogue. I was keen to explore how it might work for a 5:2 fast day diet meal. Regarded by many as a ‘superfood’ it has a relatively high level of balanced protein (the body can get all of the essential amino acids it needs from quinoa in similar proportions to what is required) fibre and minerals. It has a low to medium level GI load too, so it should help you stay full for longer. And when it’s cooked it makes a good ingredient to use as part of a stuffing mix – finer than rice but with a texture that works very well mixed with chopped vegetables.
Generally in the past I’ve used Quinoa to make an alternative to couscous when I’ve had veggie friends visiting and have wanted to give them something a little more substantial. But, I’m trying to have one fast day a week when I stick to a vegetarian diet, so this particular dish was intended to let me do just that.
Anyway, the result was rather splendid, so I’m sharing the recipe in case anyone else is interested in making it. The stuffing mixture would work well in peppers, courgettes or marrow too. And if you like a spicier dish, add a few chilli flakes to the stuffing mixture – I know I will be trying that next time I make this dish. Oh, and if you are a die hard carnivore, you can always substitute half minced lamb or beef for half the quinoa (20g dry weight makes up to about 100g when cooked, so you will need 50g of meat) Just remember the calorie count will change!
My vegetarian stuffed aubergine recipe produces a substantial dish with around 300 calories, so serve it with a small green salad for a perfect 5:2 fast day supper