The problem with pies isn’t the meaty, muscle-building filling – it’s the carb-heavy, blood sugar-spiking dough it’s wrapped in. Unless, that is, you opt for the upgraded MF version, which swaps pastry for a brown rice and cheese crust. This means that – like all the meals and snacks in this plan – it contains slow-release carbs, which help to maintain healthy insulin levels and stop you from putting on weight. Just remember the ale is for pie-making purposes only.
Carrots contain betacarotene, which strengthens bones
Bacon contains zinc, which increases energy levels
Mushrooms contain fibre, which keeps you feeling full
Porridge oats with blueberries contains pterostilbene, a compound that helps the body break down fat.
Baked sweet potato with tuna and cheddar contains CLA, a naturally occurring fatty acid which reduces body fat.
Greek yogurt and strawberries contain immunity-boosting vitamin C and muscle-building protein.
Dinner: Steak and ale pie with brown rice crust
Ingredients (serves 4)
For the crust
75g dry brown rice / 30g cheddar cheese, grated / 2 large egg whites
For the filling
10g dried porcini mushrooms / 1kg braising steak, diced / 2 onions, diced / 4 carrots, sliced / 300ml dark ale / 2tbsp plain flour / 300ml beef stock / 1tsp thyme, chopped / 1tsp parsley, chopped / 1 bay leaf / 200g bacon, diced / 200g chestnut mushrooms, chopped / Salt and pepper / 4tbsp rapeseed oil
- Mix the steak with the flour, salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a pan and brown the meat over a medium heat for five minutes.
- Transfer the steak into a pot, add the onions and cook for ten minutes over a low heat.
- Add the carrots, ale, stock, porcini mushrooms, thyme and bay leaf. Simmer for at least two hours until the meat is tender.
- Meanwhile, cook the rice according to packaging instructions, then mix it with the egg whites and cheese to make the crust mix, keeping a handful of cheese in reserve.
- In a separate pan, fry the bacon over a medium heat for three minutes, then add the chestnut mushrooms and cook for a further three minutes. Stir the bacon and mushrooms into the pot.
- Pour the mixture into a pie dish and spread the crust mixture over it. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and then bake it in a pre-heated oven at 180°C/gas mark 4 for 40 minutes.
- Remove the pie from the oven, sprinkle the parsley over the crust and serve.
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