Forests and Pastures

I am a fan of foraging. In the summer we pick wild mushrooms in the woods. They are frozen to eat year ’round. Of course they find their way into omelettes on Thursdays. Sicilian shepherds, I’m told, forage for wild greens to make this salad. You can forage in the garden for greens and herbs and flowers.

Mushroom Omelette     291 calories         7.5 g. fat         10.3 g. protein              7.0 g. carbs        1½ two-oz eggs HINT: If you are serving one person, crack three 2-oz eggs into a small bowl or glass measuring cup. Whip up those eggs and pour half of their volume  into a jar with a lid and put it in the ‘fridge for next week.                                                                    ½ oz mushrooms:                                                                                                                                         ½ tsp grated Parmesan cheese                                                                                                                    mushroom omelette, apples1.5 oz apple [or 2.25 oz melon or 1.2 oz grapes]

Chop or slice the mushrooms and saute with a little water in a skillet.  Remove and set aside. Now whisk the 1.5 eggs with seasonings to taste. Pour into a heated skillet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Cook, tipping the pan and lifting the cooked eggs until the bottom is set but the top is still moist. Top with the mushrooms and cheese. Fold the eggs and plate. Serve with fruit, plus your beverage and fruit Smoothie. You are off to a good start.

Shepherds’ Salad      275 cal       15 g. fat        13.2 g protein         23.6 g carbs      Gluten Free  This delightful meal is from Lynne Rosetto Kaspar’s The Italian Country Table.  I have included a version of the original cooked salad dressing, but you may use a simple herbed vinaigrette made with 1 tsp oil, ¾ tsp red wine vinegar, and fresh herbsshepherd's salad.

½ oz salami                                                                                                                                                    ½ c white beans                                                                                                                                         2.5 cups [3.5 oz] lettuce                                                                                                                                 1 oz mozzerella                                                                                                                                              2″ celery, sliced thinly on the diagonal                                                                                                      1 radish, thinly sliced                                                                                                                                  2 tsp of boiled dressing

For the dressing: put 3 Tbsp olive oil, 4” rosemary, and 6 sage leaves in a pan and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Add 4 smashed cloves garlic and a pinch of hot pepper flakes. Stir for a few seconds. Add ½ cup red wine vinegar and boil down the whole recipe to 1/3 cup. Strain and cool. For this dinner, you will need 2 tsp/ serving. Put the remainder in a jar and store to use anytime.

Prep your toppings: slice the salami rounds into matchsticks; shred the lettuce; cut the cheese into strips about 1/4” square; slice the radish. Measure 2 tsp dressing into a serving/salad bowl and add the lettuce. Toss to coat with the dressing. Arrange the meat, beans, cheese, and radishes in decorative groupings. Hearty and delicious, even if you didn’t have to forage for it yourself.

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