I have been dabbling with the 5:2 diet (intermittent fasting diet) of late, the one where you only really have to calorie count on 2 days of the week to consume no more than 500 kilocalories and then eat normally on the other days. Getting through a day of fasting with water, coffee and miso soup is fine but the evenings are tricky and exceeding the limit is very easy to do.
So dabbling is the word for the time being, as I build up a repertory of low GI and protein rich meals to keep me going until bedtime. Meals that don’t take long to prepare – being in the kitchen and close to food on a fast day is a bad idea.
A good tip is concentrating the flavour per gram of food (herbs, spices and condiments) of your meals so that you do not feel deprived.
Here is one such dish. If you use precooked udon noodles, it is assembled in minutes and if you are as famished as me by dinnertime will be hoovered up equally quickly.
If you are not on a fast day or diet of any kind, feel free to add some crushed roasted cashew nuts for texture and oriental flavour.
Remember the crab does not benefit from spending too much time on the cooker – once the garlic and ginger are warmed up, add in and combine the ingredients as quick as you can.
- Half a teaspoon of olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic
- Half inch (1cm) cube of ginger
- 1 Red Pepper
- Half a red chilli pepper (small, birdeye or Thai chilli)
- 150g (5 oz) White Crabmeat
- 300g (10.5 oz) Cooked Udon Noodles
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon rice wine (mirin)
- 1 tablespoon chopped coriander
- Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan
- Crush the garlic and finely chop the ginger, scraping them into the pan and allowing them to soften up a bit.
- Chop the red pepper and chilli and add to the pan, then stir in the crab meat, using your spoon to break it up and coat it with the other ingredients.
- Add in the Udon noodles and flavour with a little soy and rice wine (I have suggested a teaspoon of each but feel free to add more)
- Stir in the chopped coriander
- Once all is combined, scoop the noodles into bowls and add a spritz of lime juice.