I challenge myself to make low calorie yet filling meals!


So, with a bit of internet searching and adapting various recipes, we had a successful meal last night (well I thought so anyway :))

Chorizo crusted haddock, with cheese sauce, carrot and swede rosti and roasted tomatoes, all for 580 cals!

Ingredients: (this made a decent sized meal for 2)

400g haddock fillets (349cals)50g chorizo (166cals)
one slice of bread with crusts cut off (56cals)
one lime, zest and juice (20 cals)
1 garlic clove (4cals)
5g parmesan cheese (25cals)
salt and pepper

some grated carrot and swede: as little or as much as you like-mine came up to 170 cals
1 garlic clove (4cals)
rosemary (you can use whatever you like though)
1/2 tablespoon oil (60cals)
plenty salt and pepper

200mls skimmed milk (68cals)
2 laughing cow light cheese triangles (50cals)
40g smoked cheese (130cals)
5g cornflour mixed with a little water (18)
salt and pepper
(i put a few dried onions in as well)

tomatoes (40 cals)

Total 1160/2= 580 cals each


1) Zest and juice the lime. Pour the juice ove the fish and leave to one side
2) grate root vegetables, add in chopped rosemary, plenty salt and pepper and one of the cloves of garlic. Use the half tablespoon of oil and sweat these down gently in a pan. Transfer to baking sheet and press down firmly (in hindsight, I think I would use an egg to bind next time, as my rosti didn't really stick together, although still tasted lovely. Maybe potato as well, but this would obviously increase calorie count). Put them in the oven until they're done :)
3) dry fry chorizo (has enough fat of it's own!) and add the piece of bread, torn into pieces. cook for a few minutes, then leave to cool for about 10 minutes.
4) blitz the chorizo/bread in the food processor, adding a clove of garlic, the parmesan cheese, lime zest and salt and pepper to taste
5) put your fish on a baking tray, along with the marinating juices and top with chorizo breadcrumbs. Throw some tomatoes on the tray and put in the oven. I cooked mine for 18 mins and if I'm honest, the fish was a little dry!
6) meanwhile, heat milk in pan and add smoked cheese, cheese triangles, salt and pepper and onions (if you like). Once melted, stir in the cornflour paste untilo thickened!

The fish recipe is adapted from the hairy bikers recipe-it's worth checking out some of their recipes, as many of them can be adapted to low cal!

If anybody gives this a try, let me know what you think!