National Holidays

Tomorrow will be Labor Day, so let us not labor in the kitchen too much. Simple meals are the key to happiness if you are intent on enjoying your long weekend. In the Fasting Lifestyle, we can enjoy celebrations without blowing our diet.  We can eat  good food and still follow our Monday/Thursday plan of calorie restriction and healthy eating.

National Holiday French ToastNational Holiday French Toast

HINT: This recipe makes 4 [four] slices of French Toast. Prepare all 4, but put the other 2 in a bag in the freezer for a really fast breakfast later.                                                 4 slices 70-cal whole grain bread                                                                                                           one 2-oz egg                                                                                                                                                        2 Tbsp fat-free milk                                                                                                                                            2 oz strawberries, fresh or unsweetened frozen                                                                                      1 and 1/2 tsp maple syrup                                                                                                                           one 60-cal sausage I like Al Fresco brand sage breakfast links                                                         nearly black coffee or tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                  5-6 oz green or fruit smoothie or natural apple cider

THE NIGHT BEFORE: Whisk the egg and milk together. Cut the pieces of bread into shapes like maple leaves or large stars using a cookie cutter. [This step is important for the calorie count to come out right, so don’t skip it even if it seems too much like ‘crafty food.’] Put the bread into a pan with a rim which is just big enough for the 4 bread pieces. Pour the egg/milk mixture over the bread, making sure it is all wetted. Let stand OVERNIGHT. Also combine the strawberries and syrup in a micro-waveable bowl. Mash the berries a bit

The next morning, cook the batter-soaked bread in a hot non-stick pan with a spritz of non-stick spray. Cook until browned on both sides. Cook the sausage, too.  Microwave the berries and maple syrup enough to warm them, and spread onto the plated toast. Enjoy with the sausage, hot beverage of choice, and green smoothie. 

Bison Burger    293 calories                                                                              GF

bison burger, curried catsup, mushrooms, green beans, beets
one 4-oz bison patty [not beef. Venison is a good substitute if you have it]                          1 oz sliced mushrooms                                                                                                         1.5 tsp of catsup                                                                                                                          ½ cup green beans                                                                                                                    2 oz pickled beets
Sprinkle a small, hot skillet with Kosher salt.  Cook one 4 oz bison burger  on one side for about 3 minutes. Flip it and cook until done as well as you’d like.  Put on a plate to stay warm. Sides: Add some water to the pan and stir/ cook the mushrooms until soft.  Meanwhile cook the green beans until soft.  To serve, put the ketchup on the burger, top with mushrooms. Arrange those colorful sides on the plate and get ready for some good eating.  I enjoy sparkling water with Fast dinners.

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