Dinner: Tuck into these low-cal feasts, and you'll forget you're even on a diet! 250 calories & under. This healthy recipe is featured in the dinner section of the new 5:2 Starter's Guide to The 2-Day Diet. The book provides a selection of over 100 tasty recipes to help you meet the daily 500 calorie allotment for the 2 days of intermittent fasting, as required by the 5:2 Diet.
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
1 stick celery, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
12 oz. extra-lean ground beef
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1/2 cup red wine
14 oz. chopped tomatoes in natural juice
1 tsp dried oregano
4 small zucchini
How to Make It
Heat the oil in a large saucepan or frying pan with deep sides, and cook the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic over medium-high heat for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until softened.
Add the meat, and cook for 3-4 minutes, until browned all over; stir in the tomato paste, and cook for 1-2 minutes. Pour in the wine, and cook until evaporated; add the chopped tomatoes, oregano, and 2/3 cup water. Season with salt and pepper; lower the heat, cover, and simmer gently for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding more water if it seems dry, until the ragù is rich and thick.
Cut the zucchini into fettucine-style ribbons using a spiralizer, or cut into thin strips using a julienne-style peeler. Drop into a pan of salted, boiling water, and cook for 2 minutes, until just tender. Drain well, and heap into serving bowls. Top with the ragù, and serve immediately.
Smart tip: This makes four portions of ragù, so it can either feed the whole family or be divided into portions to refrigerate or freeze for future fast-day meals.
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