500 Calories or Less: Mushroom Risotto
This is one of our favourite less than 500 calorie meals. It’s perfect if you’re looking for 5:2 diet plan ideas or just fancy something lighter for dinner. The 500 calories fast days are obviously the hardest part of the diet. The point of the 5:2 diet is that you give your body 2 fast days and 5 days where you eat normally, albeit slightly healthier. The diet has become one of the nation’s favourite weight-loss options and the fast days needn’t be as scary as they sound.
This is a delicious easy mushroom risotto, packed with vegetables, so it can really help you and your family up your 5-a-day intake. The wild mushrooms and almonds make a delicious combination – both earthy and nutty – and with the added al dente texture of the arborio rice. If you have any leftovers, make sure you store them in an airtight container in the fridge. Use within 2 days and thoroughly reheat in the microwave or oven before serving again.
Being on a diet doesn’t mean missing out on your favourite treats. We’ve got lots of low calorie versions of classic meals including curry, stir-fries, sandwiches and more. And of course, we’d love to hear how you’re getting on with your 5:2 diet progress so feel free to comment below and let us know all about it.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Calories: 314 per serving
• 15g dried porcini mushrooms
• 30g butter
• 1 red onion, peeled and chopped
• 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
• A few sprigs of sage
• 150g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
• 150g arborio rice
• 300ml hot vegetable stock
• 300ml unsweetened almond milk
• 2 knobs of butter
• About 30g unblanched almonds, split in half
• 100g wild mushrooms, well rinsed
Add the dried porcini mushrooms to 150ml just-boiled water and leave to soak for 15 minutes. Strain, keeping the liquid, and chop mushrooms.
Meanwhile, warm the butter in a pan. Add the red onion, garlic and a sage sprig and fry for about 5 minutes. Next, add the porcini mushrooms with the chestnut mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes.
Add the rice, turn up the heat and pour in the mushroom soaking liquid. Let it cook until almost evaporated.
Pour in about a half of the stock, stir occasionally until it has been absorbed, then add the rest of the stock, stirring until absorbed.
Add the almond milk and stir until creamy and tender. It will take about 20 minutes. Season well and take out the sprig of sage.
Warm a little oil in a small pan, add some sage leaves and cook until just beginning to crisp. Take out and drain on kitchen paper.
Add a knob of butter to the pan, along with the almonds, and cook until browned, then tip them on to the paper. Add a little more butter and fry the mushrooms. Season well. Spoon mushrooms on the risotto and scatter the nuts and sage leaves on top. Enjoy!
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