Foreign Trade

What do you say we trade the food you were going to eat on Monday for some meals that are delicious and will help you to become  healthier?  Both of these meals are from other countries, so the ‘foreign trade gap’ will result only in a loss of weight. Come on.  Try fasting with me!

Dutch Breakfast       308 calories           6 g fat            10.7 g protein          22 g carbs
Dutch b-fast, h-b eggThis meal is inspired by a breakfast I enjoyed in Amsterdam in 1969.  How can I remember a meal from 46 years ago??  Because it was so good. Husband’s opinion? “This is my favorite Fast breakfast.”

one 2-oz egg, hard-boiled or coddled HINT: hardboiled egg can be made days before                                       ½ oz ham, preferably 97% fat free                                                                                                          ½ of an Arnold Multi-grain Sandwich Thin [50 cal] OR ½ slice 70-cal bread [35 cal] OR one “Holland Rusk” [35 cal] OR one 2” round of bread from Buttermilk Baked Egg [20 cal]                                                                                                                                                                   1/8 oz [1/2” cube] cheese if you used less bread, you could have more cheese                          2 oz melon or apple or pear                                                                                                                          5-6 oz green smoothie or fruit smoothie or unpasturized apple cider                                  blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water

Warm the ham in a skillet, toast the bread, brew your beverage, slice the fruit, cube the cheese. Prepare the smoothie or take the other half of the smoothie recipe from ‘fridge and shake it to mix.

Langostino with Garlic: 281 calorieslobster:garlic:tomatoes:spinach

I wish I knew the source of this recipe, because I really like it. Langoustine is either a large shrimp or the tail of a Norway lobster, according to LaRousse. Sometimes you find them frozen and when I see them, I buy them. HINT: the amounts shown serve TWO people. This is a good meal to share because it is more difficult to cut down for one serving. If you are into leftovers, make the whole thing and enjoy it for lunch on a Slow Day.

1 tsp olive oil                                                                                                                                    1 clove garlic, chopped                                                                                                         pinch of hot pepper flakes        salt & pepper                                                                                                     5 oz langustino chunks or 4.5 oz cleaned shrimp                                                                     5 oz asparagus , cut into 2” pieces                                                                                            2 Tbsp dry white wine                                                                                                                 15 oz tomatoes, coarsley chopped                                                                                                ¾ c white beans                                                                                                                             1/3 cup fish stock                                                                                                                         1 cup cabbage, sliced [3 oz]                                                                                                     1 oz spinach

Heat the oil in a saute pan. Add the garlic and hot peppers and stir for 15 seconds. Add the asparagus and saute for 2 minutes. Pour in the wine, then sprinkle in the salt and pepper. Cook to reduce the wine to almost gone. Add the beans, tomatoes, cabbage, and fish stock. Cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 6 minutes. Add the langostine and cook further to thicken the broth. In another pan, blanch the spinach. OR add the spinach with the langostine, in which case the spinach will cook and mix with the broth. The prep is fussy, the cooking is quick, the result is delicious.

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