What is so rare as a day in June?

This June has been beautiful so far: warm, sunny, not humid, light zephyrs playing in the trees.  Bliss.  We are still on the Plant-Based Fast Lifestyle.  This means lots of whole grains, lots of vegetables, plant-based protein, and very little animal-based protein.  But twice a week we eat eggs. Twice a week we eat  fish and sometimes chicken is permitted.  I always enjoy a recipe challenge!

Shirred EggShirred Egg            284 calories           8.4 g. fat                 12.25 g. protein       25.7 g. carb                  I learned to prepare this dish when working on my Girl Scout ‘Cooking’ badge. I still eat it because it tastes so good. Peter says, “this is my favorite FAST breakfast!”

One 2-oz egg,                                                                                                                                                     1 Tbsp half&half or almond milk                                                                                                                                         1/2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese  or cheese alternative                                                                            half a slice of 70-calorie whole grain  bread, toasted                                                                                2 oz apple slices                                                                                                                                     blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water

Heat the toaster oven to 325. Spritz a 1-cup ramekin with cooking oil or spray. Break the egg into the cup, and pour the half&half on top. Sprinkle with cheese, add salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 12-15 minutes, then let sit 2-3 mins. Plate with the toast, apples. Serve with your choice of black-ish coffee or tea, or lemon in hot water.

venison chili w: melonChili non Carne:    The recipe is my mother’s, except that she used beef. And she served it on a heap of mashed potatoes, but we won’t do that on a Fast Day.

15 oz canned red beans                                                                                                                                16 oz canned tomatoes – in chunks or whole                                                                                       ½ cup chopped onion                                                                                                                                  ½ green pepper, chopped                                                                                                                               2-3 tsp chili pepper, or more if you like it hot                                                                                         ½ – 1 tsp ground cumin                                                                                                                                  1 Tbsp cheddar cheese, grated, as a garnish

Saute the onion and green pepper in some of the tomato juices until tender. Add remaining ingredients and cook gently until the stew is thickened. Taste to see if it needs more seasoning. One serving = 1 cup chili topped with grated cheddar.  I always think that cold, sweet melon is an excellent foil to hot, spicy chili.

This is enough for 2 one-cup servings. Save the remaining chili for a lunch or watch for the next posting to see how we use it for breakfast!

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