Summer Greens

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow. On Momday, eat the meals that will be posted on Sunday.  Eat sensibly the other days of the week.  That’s it.  Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.

I hope you have access to lots of fresh herbs and greens and vegetables this summer.  So nice to incorporate them into delicious meals. But a Fasting Lifestyle isn’t about eating ‘rabbit food,’ as some people might think when dreading the thought of dieting. There are many good things to eat without a steady diet of salads.  Dinner is based on salad — but what about all the delicious things on those greens? Wonderful!

Green Eggs & Ham   295 calories   8.8 fat   15.9 pro     25.1 carb                 GF        PBgreen eggs & ham w: apple

three 2-oz eggs of which you will use 1 ½ eggs per person HINT: If you are serving one person, crack three 2-oz eggs into a small bowl or glass measuring cup. Whip up those eggs and pour half of their volume into a jar with a lid and put it in the ‘fridge for next week.                                                                                                                                                       1 oz. ground or chopped ham                                                                                                                         1 green onion, chopped white and green parts or use fresh chives                                                    1 1/2 oz apple or ½ cup berries NB: Northern fruits are more healthy than tropicals. Andrew Weil said so.                                                                                                                            blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon with hot water                                                                     5-6 oz green smoothie or fruit smoothie or natural apple cider

Whisk the eggs with salt & pepper to taste. Put the white part of the onion into a hot pan sprayed with cooking oil. Stir around for a few seconds. Add the eggs. When bottom of eggs begin to set, sprinkle the ham & green scallions over the eggs, scramble to taste, and plate. Brew the beverage, pour the smoothie or cider, prep the fruit, and “Eat them! Eat them, here they are!”

Shepherds’ Salad        275 cal      15 g. fat      13.2 g protein          23.6 g carbs GFshepherd's salad

This delightful meal is from Lynne Rosetto Kaspar’s The Italian Country Table. I have included a version of the original cooked salad dressing, but you may use a simple herbed vinaigrette made with 1 tsp oil and ½ tsp red wine vinegar.

½ oz salami                                                                                                                                                       ½ c white beans                                                                                                                                              2.5 cups [3 oz] lettuce                                                                                                                                             1 oz mozzerella                                                                                                                                                    1 radish, thinly sliced                                                                                                                                      2” celery, thinly sliced on diagonal                                                                                                              2 cherry tomatoes or 2 large chunks of tomato                                                                                      2 tsp of boiled dressing

For the dressing: put 3 Tbsp olive oil, 4” rosemary, and 6 sage leaves in a pan and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Add 4 smashed cloves garlic and a pinch of hot pepper flakes. Stir for a few seconds. Add ½ cup red wine vinegar and boil down the whole recipe to 1/3 cup. Strain and cool. For this dinner, you will need 2 tsp/ serving. Put the remainder in a jar and store to use anytime.

Prep your toppings: slice the salami rounds into matchsticks; shred the lettuce; cut the cheese into strips about 1/4” square; slice the radish and celery. Measure 2 tsp dressing into a serving/salad bowl and add the lettuce. Toss to coat with the dressing. Arrange the meat, beans, cheese, and radishes in decorative groupings. Place the tomatoes on top. Hearty and delicious.

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