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Low Calorie Light Lunch Recipes

By: Meg Russell - Updated: 9 Nov 2012 | comments*Discuss
Low Calorie Recipes Low Calorie Lunch

Are you looking for a change from a soup and sandwich lunch? Or perhaps you want to try some weekend recipes which are a little bit different but still low calorie.

These recipes are all quickly prepared and easy to cook. They are satisfying meals, but light enough not to slow you down for the afternoon. At most they just need some crusty brown bread to accompany them.

Quick Spicy Fish

Fish makes for light, healthy eating and this lunch recipe is yet another quickly prepared, tasty lunch dish. It is a low 290 calories per serving.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 125 grams onion, roughly chopped
  • 350 grams leeks, trimmed and sliced
  • one-and-a-half level tsp mild curry powder
  • 175 grams courgettes, sliced
  • 125 grams celery, trimmed and sliced
  • 1.1 litres skimmed milk
  • 1 fish stock cube
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 level tsp tomato puree
  • 200 grams sweet corn
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 level tsp cornflour
  • 450 grams cod fillet
  • 1 tbsp sherry
  • 1 level tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • crusty granary bread

Heat the oil in a large pan, add onion, leeks and curry powder and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add courgettes and celery and cook for 2 minutes, stirring. Mix in the milk, crumble in the stock cube and add bay leaves, tomato puree and sweet corn. Season, bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring, for 5 minutes. Blend the cornflour to a smooth paste with a little water. Off the heat, stir the cornflour into the mixture. Bring to the boil, stirring and simmer gently until thickened.Meanwhile, skin the fish and cut into large cubes. Add to the pan and simmer gently for 5 minutes or until cooked through. Stir in the sherry and parsley before serving with bread.

Special Brandied Chicken

If you are having guests over for lunch and want a low calorie recipe that is light and special, this creamy chicken dish is a good choice. It is a low calorie 285 per serving.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 4 skinless chicken breast fillets (125 grams each)
  • 25 grams butter
  • 75 grams shallots or onion, finely chopped
  • 200 ml lager
  • 25 ml brandy
  • 175 grams button mushrooms
  • 50 ml double cream
  • salt and pepper
  • flat leaf parsley to garnish

Melt the butter in a flameproof casserole. Add chicken breasts two at a time, brown and remove with a slotted spoon. Stir shallots or onion into the remaining fat and saute for 1-2 minutes. Return the chicken to the pan with lager, brandy and mushrooms. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 20 minutes until the chicken is tender.

Remove the chicken to a warm serving dish and cover with foil. Boil the cooking liquor until reduced by half. Stir in the cream and seasoning. Remove the foil and cover the chicken with the sauce. Garnish with parsley.

Tartlets with Mushroom, Leek and Feta

This low calorie recipe uses light filo pastry and substantial vegetable and cheese fillings. These little tarts have around 380 calories per serving.

Ingredients(serves 4)

  • 3 level tbsp butter or margarine
  • 12 pieces filo pastry, each 12.5 cm square
  • 2 tbsp olive or sunflower oil
  • 225 grams leeks, trimmed and sliced
  • 350 grams mixed mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 tbsp vegetable stock
  • 1 level tbsp chopped, fresh tarragon
  • 175 grams feta cheese, crumbled
  • salt and pepper

Melt butter or margarine in a saucepan. Brush four 10cm tart tins with the butter. Layer the pastry squares in the tins, brushing between each layer, moving each pastry square round a quarter of a turn for each layer. Press well into the corners. Brush with remaining butter. Tarts should have a frilly edge.

Bake in the oven at Gas mark 6 (200 degrees Celsius) for 8-10 minutes until golden. Cool slightly and remove from tins. Meanwhile heat the oil in a saucepan, add leeks, cover and cook over a gentle heat for 5 minutes until beginning to soften.

Add mushrooms, stir and pour in the stock. Cover and cook gently for 5 minutes. Uncover, boil rapidly until liquid has almost evaporated. Stir in the tarragon and feta cheese. Season to taste and spoon mixture into the tartlets. Serve immediately. Experiment with your own low calorie recipes using different combinations of vegetables and cheese.

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Quick Spicy Fish is great. Oh my goodness, taste without the weight. Try it, it's worth it!
Johno Parkinson - 9-Nov-12 @ 3:28 PM
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