After a week-end…

After a week-end, especially after a holiday, there might be regrets upon stepping on the scale on Monday. Never fear — help is here! We need some meals that are fast, fun to eat, and will get us back to healthy eating. Get back up on that horse, even if you have fallen off the diet yet another time.  Start over.

Baked Eggs Flamenco 286 K fat pro carb                            From Everyday Tapas, this recipe shows how a meal can go from being a dinner to being a breakfast. Similarly, any breakfast could also be a dinner.Flamenco eggs w: green smoothie 1 Tbsp tomato puree or 1/2 oz tomato, chopped                                                                                    1 ½ tsp parsley, chopped                                                                                                                                1 1/2 Tbsp onion, chopped [1 oz]                                                                                                                   1 ½ Tbsp bell pepper, chopped [1 oz]                                                                                                    salt & pinch cayenne                                                                                                                                    1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                       ½ slice 70 cal bread [I like Nature’s Own multigrain]                                                                                2 oz melon or 2 oz grapes or 3 oz apple                                                                                                blackish coffee or tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                          5-6 oz green smoothie or unpasturized apple cider

Spritz a small ramekin with cooking spray or olive oil. Put the tomato, parsley, onion in the ramekin. Microwave for 4-5 minutes to cook the onion. Add the pepper and seasonings, and microwave for another 4 minutes. [Alternatively, saute the above ingredients as described, instead of microwaving]. HINT: you can do this the night before. Remove from microwave and make a ‘nest’ in the cooked vegetables. Crack the egg into the nest. Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes. Toast the bread, brew your hot beverage, prep the fruit. Prepare the smoothie, or take the previously-prepared jar of smoothie from the fridge and shake it well before serving.

Feta Niçoise Salad   293 calories     22.9 g. fat         12.5 g. protein        10.7 g. carbs  GF  PB    This is another goodie from the Fast Diet book. It is lovely on a summer evening.  It also would be a delightful lunch on a Slow Day.  Unfortunately, I seem not to have a photo…                                                                                              1 and 1/2 romaine leaves — use the largest inner leaves                                                                                                            ¼ cup green beans                                                                                                                   1 scant cup cucumber, diced                                                                                                              1/2 c feta cheese, crumbled or diced                                                                                      1.5 black olives                                                                                                                               1 tsp olive oil                                                                                                                                  1 tsp white wine vinegar

Steam the green beans, cool and set aside. Slice the lettuce crosswise into 1” pieces. Prepare the other ingredients as described. Pour the oil and vinegar into a wide, shallow bowl and whisk briskly. Put all the other ingredients in the bowl and toss gently to coat with dressing. Welcome to southern France for fine dining.

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