After Easter Come Sunny Days….

“After Easter come sunny days that will melt all the snow.” So says an Austrian walking song that I used to yodel to my students. After Easter also come left-overs and regrets for having eaten so much. Today we have a breakfast to use some of the left-overs and a dinner that is simple comfort food. And the calories are low, so the course of the Fast lifestyle will be re-corrected.  As for melting the snow….. we’ll see.

After Easter Breakfast   296 calories     8.9 g. fat    16.1 g. protein     18.6 g. carbs                            Easter BreakfastIt occurred to me that hard boiled eggs and ham have the makings of a quick breakfast. Throw in some mini-popovers, and it kicks it up to yummy.

1 hardboiled 2-oz egg                                                                                                                                             3/4 oz roasted ham                                                                                                                                                1/4 cup Yorkshire pudding batter HINT: This is part of the batter used in Toad in the Hole from March 25. Take the batter out of the freezer the night before to thaw.                                                                                                     one pinch Herbes de Province or thyme/basil                                                                                               1/4 cup mixed berries  — I used blueberries and cut-up strawberries from the freezer                                                                                                                                         1 mint leaf, optional                                                                                                                                                                5-6 oz  fruit smoothie [March 15] pull the ‘kit’ from freezer [last night] or shake the jar left over from last breakfast                                                                                                                                                         blackish coffee or tea or lemon & hot water

Heat the toaster oven to 400º.  Whisk the thawed pudding batter with the herbs. Spray 2 holes of a mini-muffin pan with oil. Pour the batter into the pan and bake when oven is hot. Bake for around 12 minutes. Meanwhile, warm the ham in a non-stick skillet. Chop the mint leaves and mix with the berries.  Prepare the smoothie, brew the beverage. Use the nice china and enjoy your Easter repeat.

Tuna Melt              274 calories            10.9 g. fat      24.7 g. protein       22.2 g. carbs                           Nothing like a little comfort food after a busy weekend.

1 slice 70-cal. bread                                                                                                         Tuna melt                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1/2 of a 5-0z can of white-meat tuna, drained                                                                                                  1 Tbsp onion, finely chopped                                                                                                                                   1 Tbsp celery, finely chopped                                                                                                                               1 pinch celery seed, salt, pepper                                                                                                                                                     1 and 1/2 tsp low fat mayonnaise                                                                                                                          1 slice Swiss cheese, the deli kind                                                                                                                       1/2 cup romaine lettuce, shredded                                                                                                                         1/2 tsp lemon juice & 1/2 tsp olive oil

Combine the tuna, onion, celery, celery seed, and mayo as you would for tuna salad. Toast the bread. Spread the tuna mixture over the bread and top it with the cheese. Toast or broil until cheese is melting.  In a wide bowl, whisk the oil and lemon. Toss the lettuce with the dressing and relax while you dine.

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