Lunch: Keep hunger pangs away with these healthy and delicious dishes! 150 calories and under. Lose weight the 5:2 way. This healthy, quick and easy recipe is featured in the lunch section of the new 5:2 Starter's Guide to The 2-Day Diet. The book provides a selection of over 100 tasty recipes that meet the daily 500 calorie allotment for the 2 days of intermittent fasting, as required by the 5:2 Diet.


Recipe Summary

Serves 8. Ready in 30 mins.


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Blend the onion and celery in a food processor to make a chunky paste.

  • In a bowl, mix the turkey, cumin, chopped cilantro, lemon zest, egg, and breadcrumbs with 2 tbsp. of the celery paste, and plenty of salt and pepper. 

  • Shape into 24 small balls. Coat a pan with cooking spray, and cook the meatballs in batches for about 10 minutes, or until browned all over.

  • Coat another pan with cooking spray, and heat remaining celery paste and the garlic for 3 minutes. Pour in the chopped tomatoes, and cook for 5 minutes until thickened. Stir in the meatballs, and simmer until cooked through.

Chef's Notes

Smart tip: These meatballs keep well when frozen into portions. Serve with spiralized zucchini if your calorie allocation for the day allows.

Nutrition Facts

150 calories.