National Holiday

Memorial Day is always on a Monday! [didn’t used to be, grumble, grumble…] So you can put off your Fast Day until Tuesday, or get in the spirit with these quick meals.

Buttermilk Baked Eggs:         283 cal    6.2 g fat     11.7 g protein        18.8 g. carbs                    In a rush this morning to get to the parade or go open the cottage? This is one Fast breakfast.  This recipe is from Marion Cunningham’s The Breakfast Book. All I added were the sides. Great book full of good recipes.buttermilk baked eggs:mixed berries 1 slice 70-cal whole-grain bread  [Nature’s Own]                                                                              one 2-oz egg                                                                                                                                                    2 Tbsp buttermilk                                                                                                                                         1 oz [¼ c.] mixed berries                                                                                                                         blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon juice & hot water                                                              5-6 oz of fruit smoothie or natural apple cider                                                                                              Cut out a hole from the middle of the bread, but this time  use a 2” star-shaped cookie cutter. HINT: put the ‘hole’ in a sandwich bag in the freezer. Save for Dutch Breakfast later on. Toast the bread lightly. HINT: this step could be done the night before. Or cut and toast the bread weeks in advance and freeze. Lightly spray an oven-proof pan with cooking spray and put the toasted bread in in. Break the egg over the bread so that the yolk lands in the hole. Carefully spoon the buttermilk over the egg and bread. Season to taste. HINT: you could prep this far and refrigerate over night. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Meanwhile put the fruit in a small dish, brew your beverage, pour your fruit smoothie and you have a terrific breakfast!

Hot Dogs & Beans 290 cal GF

Usually, we eat hot dogs on Memorial Day, so we won’t stop now.   Baked beans are high in protein, low in fat, so they fit right in with a Fast Diet.

1 dog per person {Hebrew National has a reduced fat hot dog at 100 cal each. And they taste good, too. }                                                       1/3 c baked beans [I use canned, low-fat beans if I can find them] HINT: You do not use all the beans in the can, so freeze the remainder for another meal. If you want them for this meal again, freeze in batches of 1/3 c, rather than the remains of the entire can together.                           mustard and/or pickle relish                    zucchini, sliced diagonally                          one 2-oz egg, hard-boiled                        11/2 tsp low-fat mayonnaise                           1 tsp prepared yellow mustard             celery sticks & carrot sticks

Cook the dogs in a little frying pan with a bit of water. [Of course you could grill the dogs.] Remove the dogs, add a tad more water and cook the zucchini in the same pan. [You could grill the zucchini, too.] That way they have a little sausage taste to them. Heat the baked beans [nuke ’em], cut up the celery & carrots. Peel the egg and cut it in half. Remove the yolk and mash it with the mayonnaise and mustard. Stuff the egg halves. NOTE: someone else will have to eat that other egg or save it as part of your lunch tomorrow. Fasting on a holiday just got easier. Have non-Fasters over for the picnic? Ask them to bring the side dishes [potato salad, green salad, but not chips & dip] and let your guests eat the side dishes.

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