Here are 5 of my favourite go-to recipes to break your fast with. Each of them detail a different aspect of breaking a fast, which I think are important.
Easy Cheesy Cottage Pie
Having a pre-prepared item like a pie, bake or stew, that you may have made the day before your fast, is a great way to prepare dinner without cooking and working through the inevitable pangs of hunger that come with smelling and seeing food being prepared. Our Easy Cheesy Cottage Pie is a great option to try.
A simple steak and slaw is a great meal to break your fast with for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s really quick and painless. As your steak is cooking (and resting!!) you can prepare the slaw. There are really great pre-prepared slaws available these days – just ensure you don’t use those sugary, weird dressings that they include in the slaw. A couple of spoonfuls of mayo or some mayo and vinaigrette are my favourite ways to dress a slaw.
The other good reason for eating slaw when you break your fast is to give yourself a boost of fibre. Fibre is great for you, regardless of whether you are fasting or on a LCHF diet. So, make sure you don’t forget about this important part of your diet.
Chicken Thigh Braised Thai Green Curry
- 500g skinless chicken thigh
- 1 400g can of coconut cream
- 3-4 tablespoons Thai green curry paste (Cock brand is awesome, or aroy-d)
- 1 cup of stock or water
- 3 cups frozen vegetables
Place chicken, coconut cream, curry paste and stock or water into a medium pot and braise for about 30 minutes until the chicken is tender and the spices have cooked out. Add the frozen vegetables and continue to cook for 5 minutes until the vegetables are piping hot throughout.
I like braising meat as it is particularly easy to digest and absorb. The slow, moist cooking begins to convert tough proteins into water soluble proteins that are easier for your body to absorb. I also like curries and stews for the ‘set-and-forget’ factor, you can get them up to a simmer and then get on with other important tasks like sorting the kitchen out, feeding the kids, or spending 23 minutes trying to find something on Netflix.
Simple, delicious and lends itself to delicious healthy fat-rich sauces. Once your fish is cooked, add a splash of cream to the pan and add a swig of white wine or lemon to the cream. Allow to reduce for 1 minute to make a delicious pan sauce that will be perfect with your fish and greens.
One benefit of fasting that I get immense pleasure from is the power it has to reset your ability to appreciate the simple pleasure of eating. The French call it “The Pleasures of The Table”. This includes every aspect of preparing and serving food. The French put a lot of value into the seemingly fiddly creations coming out of the kitchen in the same way we delight in sewing baubles into kid’s clothes or platting hair in elaborate patterns. It’s superfluous but it is a labour of love.
Another pleasure of the table is the space eating together creates in allowing for us to talk to each other and connect. I can’t think of a meal that fits the bill better than a classic Roast Chicken. You can prepare it in the morning or afternoon and you can get the rest of the family to help you prepare everything. I like the ritual of cooking and eating and I know Prof. Grant puts a lot of emphasis on dedicating yourself to doing activities together to live your happiest life.