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5:2 The Fast Diet inspired meal and snack ideas

5:2 Fresh tomato soup with italian gremolata

It is supposed to be summer here in Sydney but it’s been cool the last few days and raining so I thought soup is in order and boy does this one have some flavour.  You’ll need:

For the soup

8 small to medium tomatoes – very ripe – cut in half

2 red capsicums – medium size – cut into quarters

2 cloves of garlic

1 large brown onion cut into quarters

1 tablespoon of olive oil

2 cups of chicken stock (homemade if possible – see my previous recipe)*

½ cup of water

Sprinkle of dried thyme

3 tablespoons of tomato paste

For the Gremolata

Small bunch of parsley

1 lemon

1 garlic glove

To make the soup: place tomatoes cut side up on baking tray lined with baking paper, add capsicum, onion and garlic. Sprinkle with thyme and drizzle with the olive oil.  Bake for ½ hour in a 200 degree oven.

Bring stock to the boil with tomato paste and water – add baked vegetables and juices on tray (remove garlic skin before adding).  Simmer for ½ hour over medium heat.  Blend, sprinkle with gremolata.

To make the gremolata: remove all stalks from parsley, chop finely, using a microplane grate skin of whole lemon and the garlic clove, mix together and you are ready to go.  Use immediately or within 24 hours stored in the fridge.

*If you’d like this to be a vegetarian dish just use vegetable stock

Serves 4 – 130 calories per serve

5:2 low calorie tomato and onion hash

This is something my father used to whip up for breakfast with fried eggs. This calorie controlled version is wholesome and filling.

You will need: 1 medium tomato and 1 small onion (both coarsely chopped), a small handful of flat leaf parsley and 1 teaspoon of olive oil.

Heat up oil in non stick pan, add chopped onion over medium heat and cook until golden, add tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes, add chopped parsley and salt & pepper to taste.  This serves 1 @ 75 calories.  Add an egg to make it a meal.