Recipes Under 600 Calories

Greek chicken skewers with hummus and pittas

 

Greek chicken skewers with hummus and pittas

Create your own mini Mediterranean spread with zesty oregano chicken skewers, creamy hummus and warm pittas
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 2
Calories 520 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 wholemeal pittas
  • 100 g hummus

SKEWERS

  • 2 chicken breasts cut into 4cm cubes
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • dried chilli flakes a pinch
  • 1 lemon juiced

SALAD

  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 110 g baby leaf salad bag
  • cherry tomatoes a handful, sliced
  • 2 spring onions sliced
  • cucumber ¼, sliced
  • red pepper ½, sliced

Instructions
 

  • Put the chicken into a bowl, season really well, add the olive oil, oregano and chilli flakes, and toss well. Spear the chicken pieces equally between 4 metal skewers.
  • Heat the grill to high and cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes on each side or until charred and cooked through. Squeeze over the lemon juice.
  • For the salad, whisk together the olive oil and vinegar with a little seasoning in a large bowl, then tip in the remaining ingredients and toss well.
  • Serve the chicken stuffed into pittas with hummus and the salad.

Spanish pepper and potato omelette

The ultimate comfort food which clears out the fridge too, try our best Spanish omelette recipe with red onion, red pepper and new potatoes. Serve with a rocket salad

Spanish pepper and potato omelette

Ingredients
  

  • new potatoes 200g sliced
  • red onion 1 small cut into thin wedges
  • red pepper ½ sliced
  • eggs 4 beaten
  • basil ½ small bunch shredded
  • watercress rocket or spinach salad ½ small bag, to serve

Instructions
 

  • STEP 1
  • Boil the potato slices until just tender, about 4-5 minutes.Cook the onions and pepper in a small deep frying pan in 1 tbsp olive oil until softened. Add the potatoes and cook for a minute. Season well, pour in the eggs and stir in the basil. Cook until set on the bottom then finish under a preheated grill. Cut into wedges and serve with the salad.

Notes

Adapted from olivemagazine.com

White bean soup with bacon

Brighten a miserable day with this healthy cannellini bean soup topped with a sprinkling of bacon, just 54 calories per serving. Serve with crusty bread and butter for the perfect lunch.

White bean soup with bacon

Ingredients
  

  • onion 1 finely chopped
  • carrot 1 finely chopped
  • olive oil
  • garlic 1 clove crushed
  • white beans or cannellini 410g tin rinsed and drained
  • chicken or veg stock 500ml
  • single cream 142ml pot
  • streaky bacon 4 rashers finely sliced and fried until crisp
  • parsley a few sprigs fried until crisp

Instructions
 

  • STEP 1
  • Fry the onion and carrot in a little oil until soft but not browned, add the garlic and cook for two minutes. Add the beans and cook until warmed through.
  • Push all the ingredients through a mouli back into a saucepan and add the stock and cream, bring to a simmer and season.
  • Divide between 4 bowls and sprinkle with bacon and parsley.

Notes

Adapted from olivemagazine.com

Tandoori salmon with spicy mango and cucumber chutney

In this original take salmon is cooked with tandoori spiced yogurt and served with chilli, mango and cucumber chutney. Plus salmon is packed full of vitamins and essential Omega-3 fatty acids!

Tandoori salmon with spicy mango and cucumber chutney

Ingredients
  

  • Greek yoghurt 100g
  • garlic 2 cloves crushed
  • tandoori or Indian curry paste 1 tbsp
  • lemon 1 juiced
  • root ginger grated to make 1 tsp
  • chilli powder 1½ tsp
  • salmon fillet 500g skin on
  • chutney
  • mango ½ peeled and finely chopped
  • cucumber ½ small finely chopped
  • red onion ½ finely chopped
  • green chilli 1 medium deseeded and finely chopped
  • mint chopped to make 1 tbsp

Instructions
 

  • STEP 1
  • Mix the yoghurt, garlic, tandoori curry paste, half the lemon juice, ginger and 1 tsp of the chilli powder together in a small bowl and season. Spread over the salmon and chill until using (at least 20 minutes).
  • STEP 2
  • Mix the chutney ingredients together. Add the remaining lemon juice and chilli powder, season and set aside.
  • STEP 3
  • Grill the salmon until blackened at the edges, about 6-8 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish. Serve with basmati rice, yoghurt, coriander and the fresh chutney.

Notes

Adapted from olivemagazine.com

Chicken with Puy lentils, lemon and herbs

The perfect nutritious, filling meal. This dish pairs chicken breast with cholesterol-blasting, peppery puy lentils seasoned with lemon, garlic and parsley.

Chicken with Puy lentils, lemon and herbs

Ingredients
  

  • chicken stock 650ml
  • Puy lentils 100g
  • olive oil
  • chicken breasts 2 skin on
  • garlic 2 cloves finely chopped
  • lemon 1 juice and zest
  • parsley a small bunch roughly chopped

Instructions
 

  • STEP 1
  • Put 500ml of the chicken stock into a pan. Add the lentils and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a non-stick frying pan.
  • Put the chicken breasts in skin-side down and cook until the skin is golden brown. Turn over and cook for 5-6 minutes add the garlic to the pan, stir for a minute, then add the rest of the stock, lemon juice and zest and simmer for a couple of minutes.
  • Drain the lentils and toss through the parsley. Slice the chicken and serve on a bed of lentils with the pan juices spooned over.

Notes

Adapted from olivemagazine.com

Rich tomato and thyme soup

Perfect for blowing the cobwebs away, this warming soup features plum tomatoes, carrot and thyme. Finish by stirring through crème fraîche and serve with plenty of crusty bread.

Rich tomato and thyme soup

Ingredients
  

  • Ingredients
  • onion 1 roughly chopped
  • garlic 2 cloves crushed
  • carrot 1 diced
  • olive oil
  • thyme leaves from 2 sprigs
  • chicken or vegetable stock 750ml
  • plum tomatoes 2 × 400g tins
  • tomato purée 1 tbsp
  • half-fat crème fraîche ½ 200g tub

Instructions
 

  • Method
  • STEP 1
  • Cook the onion, garlic and carrot in 1 tbsp oil until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the thyme, stock, tomatoes and tomato purée, and simmer for 15 minutes until slightly thickened.
  • Pour into a blender and blend until smooth. Stir in the crème fraîche and serve.

Notes

Adapted from olivemagazine.com

Mushroom and brown basmati pilaf

Our best pilaf recipe is easy as pie and light on the washing up; perfect mid-week. This recipe uses brown rice, mushrooms and cardamon; topped with yogurt and chives.

Mushroom and brown basmati pilaf

Ingredients
  

  • Ingredients
  • garlic 2 cloves crushed
  • onion 1 large halved and sliced
  • chestnut mushrooms 250g sliced
  • butter 25g
  • brown basmati rice 250g
  • vegetable stock 500ml hot
  • cardamom pods 4 bruised
  • natural yoghurt 6 tbsp
  • chives a small bunch chopped

Instructions
 

  • Method
  • STEP 1
  • Fry the garlic, onion and mushrooms in the butter for 5 minutes.
  • Add the rice, stock and cardamon, cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until the stock is absorbed and the rice is tender.
  • Mix the yoghurt with chives to serve.

Notes

Adapted from olivemagazine.com

Raphael Duntoye’s marinated lamb cutlets

Raphael Duntoye is chef patron at La Petite Maison in London. His delicious recipe marinated lamb cutlets make for a delicious, Mediterranean-inspired, low-cal dinner.

Raphael Duntoye’s marinated lamb cutlets

Ingredients
  

  • Ingredients
  • pitted kalamata olives 180g
  • acacia honey 1 tbsp
  • sherry vinegar 2 tbsp
  • smoked hot paprika a large pinch
  • cardamom powder a pinch
  • lamb racks 2 very well trimmed

Instructions
 

  • Method
  • STEP 1
  • Blend the olives in a food processor until smooth. Put in a bowl, mix with the honey, vinegar, paprika and cardomom and season with salt. Cut the racks into cutlets and rub the marinade all over the meat – leave for two hours in the fridge. Heat a griddle (chargrill) or frying pan to very hot. Cook the lamb cutlets for 2 minutes each side for medium. Serve with a few salad leaves and any pan juices.

Notes

Adapted from olivemagazine.com

Goat’s cheese and red onion tarts

Impress your guests by bringing out this delicious veggie tart made from scratch. Creamy goats cheese and sweet red onion is baked on top of shortcrust pastry with thyme and balsamic vinegar. A little effort but worth

Goat’s cheese and red onion tarts

Ingredients
  

  • Ingredients
  • shortcrust pastry 500g block
  • red onions 2 very large
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp
  • thyme leaves chopped to make ½ tbsp
  • goat’s cheese 6 slices from a small log or
  • English goat’s cheese with a bloomy rind 3 halved

Instructions
 

  • Method
  • STEP 1
  • Heat the oven to 200c/fan 180c/gas 6. Line 6 tart tins (about 10cm across) with pastry and prick the bases.
  • Line with parchment and baking beans and bake for 10 minutes or until the pastry starts to brown, lift out the parchment and bake for another 5 minutes or until the pastry is crisp, dried and cooked.
  • STEP 2
  • Meanwhile, slice the red onion thickly (you need 6 fat slices). Heat a little oil in a large frying pan (you may need to use 2 pans, or do it in 2 batches) and carefully fry the slices, without breaking them, on each side until they start to soften, about 15 minutes in total.
  • Add the balsamic and thyme and bubble together.
  • STEP 3
  • Lift a slice of onion into each tart and put a slice of goat’s cheese on top, against one side of the pastry so it is off centre.
  • STEP 4
  • Bake until the goat’s cheese begins to bubble and brown a little. Drizzle with a little olive oil before serving.

Notes

Adapted from olivemagazine.com