We’re nearing the end of our second day of fasting, after a weekend of eating regular food. We had a much later breakfast than usual (around 10.30am) of one slice of toast each.

For lunch we had the remains of the roasted tomato soup I’d made on Day 1. Working from home makes it easy to stagger our mealtimes. For supper we had steamed shrimp and spinach with roasted vegetables.

Recipe for steamed prawns/shrimp and spinach with roasted vegetables (serves 2)
2 zucchini/courgettes, cut into chunks
4 tomatoes, quartered
2 small onions, halved
Spritz of olive oil
50g spinach, stalks trimmed
16 large raw shrimp/prawns
1 tsp soy sauce

Total calories per portion: 300

Method: Spray the zucchini, tomatoes and onions  with a spritz of olive oil and roast them at 375°F/190°C for around 50 minutes. Towards the end of this cooking time, steam the shrimp for 5 minutes, then add the spinach and cook for a further 5 minutes until the prawns are pink and the spinach wilted. Add soy sauce to taste.

For the non-fasters in the house, I stir-fried shrimp and cooked noodles.