The 5:2 Diet

I recently bought a copy of Jacqueline Whitehart’s 5:2 Diet Cookbook with a view to having another go at this diet as part of my training for the Bath Half marathon.  I did the 5:2 diet a couple of years ago and was hoping that Mr Pitt would join me.  I enjoyed following the diet and found it fairly easy to do.  But Mr Pitt decreed that 500 calories just isn’t enough to function on – and maybe he is right!  Being on my own on the diet though, I only did about four weeks and lost a couple of pounds. I am not very much over weight, and the less you have to lose the harder it is I think.  But there are definitely a few more pounds that could go!

So when I came across Jacqueline Whitehart’s new twist on the 5:2 diet I felt like giving it another whirl. This new version of the diet still has you eating normally on 5 days of the week and fasting on two days a week, but with 800 calories rather than 500.  I reckon we can both do that!  The book gives meal plans for the 800 calorie days so that makes it easy to do.

Jacqueline and I got into conversation about writing books and calorie counting recipes and Jacqueline agreed to calorie count my favourite dish for the 5:2 diet which I featured as a Store Cupboard Meal in Leftover Pie.

Here’s the recipe:

Bean Casserole

Serves 4

  • oil or butter (for sweating the onions if using)
  • 1 onion, chopped (optional)
  • 2 sticks of celery, chopped (optional)
  • 1 leek, chopped (optional)
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tins of any kind of beans such as borlotti, aduki, kidney beans, butter beans or 2 tins of mixed beans
  • chilli flakes or chilli powder (unless your beans are already in chilli sauce)

If you are using onion, leeks and/or celery, sweat them in the oil/butter. Once the onions are translucent, add the tinned tomatoes, and stir together, then add the beans and the chilli flakes/powder and heat everything through. Once it is all piping hot taste, season and you are ready to serve.

If you have the time let it heat gently, as that allows more of the flavours to come together. It works with or without the onion, leek and celery. If I have any I use it because I feel that adds in a bit more veg.

You can serve it with rice or with crusty bread if you are not calorie counting but I found it filling enough without.

I am looking forward to finding out how it measures up with Jacqueline’s calorie counting. This was my “go to” once-a-week recipe last time I did the 5:2.  But what will the expert have to say, I wonder?  I’ll keep you posted!

In the meantime, check out Jacqueline’s prize draw – do it now as there are just a couple of days left!  You could win four of her lovely books.

4 book JW collection

Let me know how you get on if you plan to join in with the 5:2 this January.

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