How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow. On Thursday, eat the meals that will be posted on Wednesday. Eat sensibly the other days of the week. That’s it. Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.
I am fascinated by similarities among diverse cuisines from around the world. In geology, a layer of sedimentary rock can stretch for hundreds of miles. The source material was the same, but as it was deposited small variations creep in so that in some cases the further you follow that stratum, the more it looks like a completely different rock. Around the world there are meals made of food in wrappers. All with different fillings, all with different seasonings, all with different wrappings: yet all those ancient cooks had a similar inspiration: let’s take this and wrap it in an edible envelope! Today, we will look at four of these, involving corn tortillas, buckwheat crêpes, dumplings, and egg roll wrappers.
Enchiladas Suizas: 293 calories 10 g fat 11.2 g fiber 31.6 g protein 43.4 g carbs 261.7 mg Calcium PB GF Rick Bayless relates this recipe in his book Mexico One Plate At A Time. Delicious and easy to prepare. Avoid assembling too far in advance, lest it turn to mush 2 six-inch corn tortillas [50 calories each] 2 0z [½ cup] shredded cooked chicken breast ½ cup enchilada sauce: see SPICY II 12 Sept 2018 ¼ cup grated Cheddar or Monterey jack 1 oz broccoli florets 1 oz cauliflower florets ½ oz carrot The full recipe was posted on 31-oct-2018
Crêpes w/ Ham & Cheese, Street Version: 272 calories 9 g fat 2.4 g fiber 21 g protein 25 g carbs 212 mg Calcium NB: The photo shows a meal for 2 [TWO]. Or dinner today, lunch tomorrow. This is the familiar street-vendor lunch in Paris, except that the food values will not break the bank on a Fast Day. Very quick and easy to prepare if you had made the crêpe batter before and have it thawed out. HINT: can be prepared in advance and rewarmed later. Good for traveling or planning ahead. 2 crêpes [see Sidekicks I, 17 Sep-2017] 2 oz sliced deli ham 1/2 oz deli sliced Swiss cheese 1 wedge “Laughing Cow” [Vache Qui Rit] cheese at room temperature 2 oz tomatoes See full recipe posted on 21-May-2017
Beef Egg Rolls: per roll — 111 calories 1.7 g fat 1.2 g fiber 7.8 g protein 14.4 g carb 23 mg Calcium PB Lower in calories than carry-out and easier than you think to prepare. 2 oz lean beef steak, cut in strips 1 Tbsp soy sauce + 1/2 Tbsp oyster sauce 1 tsp. cornstarch 1 clove garlic + 1 tsp ginger root 1 cup cabbage, chopped 1/2 cup carrot, sliced in 1/4” thick rounds 1 scallion + 1/2 cup sliced onion 5 egg roll wrappers + 1 tsp oil 3/4 cup broccoli dipping sauce: Sriracha sauce + soy sauce see full recipe posted on 17-May-2017
Pork Dumplings Steamed with Bok Choy: 215 calories 8.5 g fat 2.3 g fiber 12.5 g protein 28 g carbs 190 mg Calcium PB Our older son suggested this ‘starter recipe’ to encourage us to prepare Asian meals. NB: the dumplings were purchased at an Asian market and were very low in calories. You will need to have or to improvise a steamer to cook this. NB: This recipe serves two. I ate 2 dumplings, Dear Husband ate 3.
5 pork dumplings [84 calories each] see above note for serving sizes 3-4 oz bok choy 1 Tbsp hoisin sauce, thinned to drizzling consistency with water dipping sauce: 2 oz black vinegar** + 2 oz soy sauce ** in lieu of black vinegar, combine equal amounts of soy sauce, rice vinegar, and water.
Set up the steamer [mine is a bamboo version which is used with a wok]. Trim the bok choy to remove the largest parts of the center vein, and arrange the leaves on the platforms of the steamer. Put the frozen dumplings on the leaves. Close up the steamer and position it in a dry wok. Add water to the wok so that it rises over the bottom edge of the steamer but not so much that the water level comes up to the bottom tray of the steamer. Bring the water to a simmer. Let it cook for 10 minutes. Mix the hoisin sauce with some water to thin it. Combine the ingredients for the dipping sauce. Remove the bok choy to the plate and drizzle the hoisin sauce over it. Place the dumplings on the plate and serve with the dipping sauce. Despite the low calorie count, this meal is very satisfying. Other vegetables could be added, as long as their steaming time is the same as the other ingredients.
Breakfast, single portion for Monday: single portion for Thursday:
|1 two-oz egg + flour + sugar||1 two-oz egg|
|ricotta cheese, reduced fat||Parmesan cheese|
|cottage cheese, low-fat||4″ diameter thin ham slice|
|banana + molasses||cottage cheese + apple|
|no smoothie||Whatever you need for your smoothie|
|Whatever you need for your hot beverage||Whatever you need for your hot beverage|
Dinner, single portion for Monday: single portion for Thursday:
|salt cod + fish stock||delicata squash|
|yellow bell pepper + onion||1 cup Chili Non Carne [4-Oct-2017]|
|tomato + scallions + garlic||melon|
|Sparkling water||Sparkling water|