Yellow Gazpacho with Avocado Salsa and Elly Pear’s Fast Days and Feast Days DOUBLE GIVEAWAY!

Tomato, red lentil and nigella soup #vegan #52diet

Tomato, red lentil and nigella soup (page 106)

Just as the days become brighter for longer and the air sweet with spring flowers, this gazpacho is the perfect springtime lunch. This vibrant recipe hails from Elly Pear’s Fast Days and Feast Days, published on April 7th, bursting with healthful, colourful recipes.

Tomato, red lentil and nigella soup #vegan #52diet

The book is not an exclusively vegan book. However, most of the recipes are in fact vegan or easily adaptable to become so like by subbing non dairy products for dairy products. The book does contain fish but even some of those recipes still look great minus the seafood and if you’re in to that sort of thing, there are a number of vegan ‘fish’ alternatives on the market these days or you could season tofu with seaweed flakes for a sea like flavour and still enjoy these recipes.

Marinated Tofu and Brown rice bowl #vegan

Marinated tofu with greens and brown rice (page 146)

This book is based around the popular 5:2 diet. A diet I have toyed with now and again and came across some of the issues that Elly explains and de-myths so well. In case you don’t know, the diet is about eating normally for 5 days and semi fasting by consuming 500 calories for 2 days. Elly’s recipes are split between fast and feast days and the fast day recipes especially show that you don’t have to be starving on those days if you eat the right things and can still enjoy delicious meals.

golden amazing sauce  #vegan

Golden amazing sauce (page 220)

Marinated Tofu and Brown rice bowl with golden amazing sauce  #vegan

Unlike me, who when trying this diet, would get so hungry living off water alone that by 5 pm I would use all of my 500 calories on a greasy vegetable samosa. I’m not so sure that’s the point of the diet which is as much about cleansing the body as weight loss.

Tomato, red lentil and nigella soup #vegan #52diet Tomato, red lentil and nigella soup #vegan #52dietTomato, red lentil and nigella soup #vegan #52diet

Some of my favourite recipe’s from the book include the Tomato, red lentil and nigella soup (page 106), Marinated tofu with greens and brown rice (page 146) and Golden amazing sauce (page 220)

golden amazing sauce  #vegan

The tofu is killer, with just a few seasoning’s but in such perfect balance for gorgeous flavoured, crispy tofu. The Golden amazing sauce is aptly named and even without using the oil and a little water instead, the chickpeas and tahini make it super rich and comforting. The tomato and lentil soup, spiked with fragrant nigella seeds is so easy and so delicious and so nourishing. Whizz leftovers with a little non dairy milk or yoghurt to make a gloriously creamy tomato soup that’ll make you wonder why you ever loved Heinz.

Marinated Tofu and Brown rice bowl with golden amazing sauce  #vegan

Marinated tofu with greens and brown rice (page 146) topped with Golden amazing sauce (page 220)

Marinated Tofu #vegan

Luckily for you guys, I have got TWO copies of this book to giveway to UK readers! Simply click the link below to enter and make sure to gain more entries by using the social media options!


Yellow Gazpacho with avocado Salsa #vegan #52diet

Image courtesy of Fast Days and Feast Days by Elly Pear, published by HarperCollins 2016

Yellow Gazpacho with Avocado Salsa

Reprinted with permission from Elly Pear’s Fast Days and Feast Days

This is a Fast Day recipe at 110 calories per portion.

Serves 2


  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 60ml sherry vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander
  • 1/4 tsp Tabasco
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 200g yellow tomatoes
  • 140g yellow pepper, deseeded
  • 100g cucumber, deseeded
  • 30g ripe avocado flesh

For the avocado salsa

  • 4g red onion, finely diced
  • 20g cherry tomatoes, finely diced
  • 30g ripe avocado flesh, finely diced
  • flaked sea salt, to taste

Simply blend all the ingredients, except the avocado salsa, until totally smooth in your food processor or blender, and chill for at least 3 hours. Taste for seasoning.

Just before serving, combine the ingredients for the avocado salsa in a small bowl.

To serve, ladle the soup into a bowl and top with the salsa.


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70 Responses to Yellow Gazpacho with Avocado Salsa and Elly Pear’s Fast Days and Feast Days DOUBLE GIVEAWAY!

  1. Clare Bluett says:

    Homemade wild garlic hummous

  2. Tracey Belcher says:

    I think my favourite snack is Thai salad – certainly low calorie and tasty

  3. tracyknixon says:

    I practically live off salads – love them as they are healthy and colourful!

  4. Stacey Carnell says:

    Anything whizzed into a soup, particularly red pepper and lentil Mmmmm

  5. Jackie ONeill says:

    Cherry tomatos are my favourite snack

  6. Margaret Clarkson says:

    I love sliced apple drizzled with a little runny honey and sprinkled with cinnamon.

  7. I love Carrot, Celery and Raisin Salad

  8. Tracey Peach says:

    I love dried fruit as a healthy snack 🙂

  9. chefceaser says:

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

  10. iain maciver says:


  11. Miranda says:

    I love chia pudding as a healthy snack 🙂

  12. Harline parkin says:

    I love popcorn has a snack I make it my self it’s low in fat and nothing added but I do love my fruit and veggies

  13. andrea tinkler says:

    Love fresh fruit and vegetables

  14. Rich Tyler says:

    Dried Fruit & Nuts

  15. Maxine G says:

    A spicy vegetable stir-fry with optional tofu and home made kale crisps! – delicious and filling too

  16. Mark Palmer says:


  17. ashleigh allan says:

    I like pitta breads with chicken and salad!

  18. Very interesting to read about the book, I’m afraid that the mere thought of living on 500 calories for even a day turns me totally cold 😦 the recipes sound interesting though

    • Poppy says:

      Yes it’s not for everyone Elaine! I’ve tried before and failed miserably but considering trying again with the low calorie inspiration from this book!

  19. laura banks says:

    i snack on sunflower seeds

  20. pete c says:

    for me, its a baked potato with a few baked beans and some cottage cheese………..

  21. claire woods says:

    I love a jacket potato.

  22. Lucy Major says:

    my favourite low calorie snack is probably some passionfruit or a smoothie 🙂 so yum and healthy too

  23. Ruth Harwood says:

    I love slices of Golden Delicious apples 🙂

  24. Elaine Kidd says:

    I love frozen banana ice cream on a hot day.

  25. Helen Humphries says:

    Seaweed thins are delicious and curiously filling and bananas, although not generally together!

  26. Keith Hunt says:

    Mediterranean fish gratins

  27. Rachel Craig says:

    Chicken salad.

  28. Barbara Knight says:

    I like a snack of mixed seeds with a few raisins thrown in.

  29. Victoria Prince says:

    For low calorie snacks I love rice cakes! I’m very happy with a plain rice cake, doesn’t have to have any kind of topping or be flavoured at all!

  30. laura stewart says:

    apple i love them 🙂

  31. Solange says:

    Rice cakes with cream cheese and avocado.

  32. Selina F says:

    Vegetable stirfry

  33. Naz M says:

    I love hummus, It’s great with carrots or pitta bread.

  34. sheridarby says:

    Celery and apple slices

  35. EJ Dunn says:

    I love prunes

  36. Lauren Old says:

    Homemade vegetable soup

  37. Elizabeth Martinez says:

    home made vegetable soup

  38. carole nott says:

    All types of fruit

  39. Sarah Wilson says:

    Low fat houmous with carrot sticks 🙂

  40. Katie Witherington says:

    I love Quork mixed with highlights a nice chocolate desert/snack

  41. S Bufton says:

    Air popped popcorn without anything added

  42. Charmian Filewood says:

    Apple slices and peanut butter

  43. Jayne Kelsall says:

    I often pickle cucumber and onion together and it gives a kick to any salad.x

  44. Emilia nastaly-howard says:

    I love fruit snacks…. melon, apple, pear … 🙂

  45. Michelle Sykes says:


  46. Barbara Handley says:

    Fruit salad

  47. Helen A says:

    Love snacking on olives, any type I love them all!

  48. Emma Perry says:

    I love Rice Cakes topped with chopped black olives, sliced cherry tomatoes, finely shopped red onion and a pinch of salt!

  49. claire little says:

    baked potato 🙂

  50. Lyndsey says:

    love fruit salad

  51. ellie spider says:

    I like cashew nuts and sunflower seeds

  52. Adrian Bold says:

    I love fruits, but mainly snack on carrot sticks.

  53. Ruth Wollerton says:

    Carrots, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and peppers with homemade caramalised onion dip for a yummytastic energy boost. Thanks for the chance

  54. Kerry Webber says:

    Dried apple slices

  55. rebecca roberts says:

    love salad yum yum xxxz

  56. familyof7andstillcounting says:

    fruit salad

  57. Natalie Crossan says:

    Fruit salad xx

  58. Philip Underwood says:

    I love apples or bananas!

  59. Susan Carruthers says:

    I love a nice crisp and refreshing tuna salad

  60. Cristín Williams says:

    I love raw veg, celery, cauliflower, broccoli and carrots and dip

  61. fionajk42 says:

    I like watercress soup

  62. Lisa Mauchline says:

    Homemade soup

  63. Lisa Mauchline says:

    Homemade soup is my favourite

  64. Judith Hamilton says:

    I like natural yoghurt as a low cal snack

  65. Claire Ward says:

    Homemade soup

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