Cool Food

It is time for some food that requires a minimum of cooking. Yes, you could grill something, but even that is a hot activity and barbecue sauce is often loaded  with calories. We’re on a Fasting Lifestyle, remember? Today requires calorie restriction, low fat, low carbohydrates, lots of water, and foods which are delicious.

Cottage Cheese & Pears      290 K                                                PB              GFCottage Cheese & Pear

This is from the Fast Diet book. You can see some other good recipes there, too. I added the pecans to this for deeper flavor and more protein.

1 ripe pear                                                                                                                                                          ½ cup fatfree cottage cheese                                                                                                                       ¼ c. blueberries                                                                                                                                                   1 ¼ tsp pecans, finely chopped                                                                                                                   5-6 oz fruit smoothie or fruit smoothie or natural apple cider                                                 blackish coffee, blackish tea, or lemon in hot water

Section the pear into 12 slices and remove the cores. Do not peel the pears. Fan the segments on a plate in a circle. Place the cottage cheese in the center, sprinkle with the berries and nuts. Pour the smoothie and hot beverage of choice. Good stuff!

Tuna-Egg-Tomato Salad       248 cal        15.8 g. fat           23.4 g. protein           13.5 g. carbs                              PB                            GF [omit the bread, add more tuna or greens]Tapas Tuna w: egg & tomatoes

This is a Spanish-inspired meal from a cookbook called Everyday Tapas. I took out the potatoes that were called for and substituted garbanzo beans. The recipe is very simple and delicious as well – perfect to dress up with pansy blossoms [they are edible] to enjoy on a day in summer.  HINT: This makes enough for two meals. Invite a friend or enjoy it as a lovely lunch the next day. Today’s lettuce will wilt by tomorrow, so plan around that.

5 oz canned white-meat tuna in water                                                                                                           2 eggs, hardboiled and cut into 1/2” dice                                                                                                     4 oz tomato, cut into 1/2” dice                                                                                                                       ½ cup garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed                                                                                         1 cup baby salad greens                                                                                                                                   1 ½ tsp olive oil                                                                                                                                                   1 tsp white wine vinegar                                                                                                                          fresh parsley, salt, pepper                                                                                                                             pansy or violet flowers for garnish                                                                                                                    1/2 piece of 70-calorie whole grain bread, lightly toasted

Drain the tuna and flake the meat into 1” pieces. Whisk the oil and vinegar together and toss with the lettuce. Add everything else, except the flowers, and gently toss to combine with the salad dressing. Garnish with as many flowers as you wish. Serve at room temperature with the toast.

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