Happy October

On October first, even in Northern New England, we still have some fresh vegetables around to incorporate in meals. Fruit and vegetables are one of the key-stones of a Fast Diet.  They add bulk, texture, variety, and a bit of sweetness to a meal. Eat up.

Basquaise Omelette: 283 calories                                      GF  PB                                            This recipe, full of the flavors of the Basques region of SW France, comes to us from Saulte to Healthy Cooking, published by the French Culinary Institute. Wonderful book from which we cook all year long. Note that this is a baked omelette, so the method is a little different. Faites bien attention.Basquaise Omelette

3 two-oz eggs 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.                                                                 3 Tbsp tomato sauce, such as Hunt’s                                                                                                           2 Tbsp bell pepper, chopped                                                                                                                          ½ clove garlic, minced or pinch granulated garlic                                                                                2 tsp parsley, chopped                                                                                                                                     1 ½ tsp Parmesan cheese, grated                                                                                                                  3 oz apple or 4.5 oz melon                                                                                                                                                                      5-6 oz natural apple cider or green smoothie or fruit smoothie                                              blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water

Heat the oven broiler. In an oven-safe skillet, put the tomato sauce, peppers, garlic, parsley, and 2 Tbsp water. Cook gently until the veg are soft and the water is evaporated. Remove from pan. Add a spritz of non-stick spray and heat the pan. Whisk the eggs with 2/3 of the tomato mixture and pour into the pan. As the eggs cook, gently lift the edge of the eggs and let uncooked egg flow underneath. Do not flip or fold the eggs. Top the eggs with the cheese and put the skillet under the broiler to finish cooking. Prepare the fruit and beverages. Slide the omelette onto the plate and top it with the remaining tomato/pepper mixture.

Felafel with Cucumber Raita 276 calories   10.2 g. fat   16 g. protein   33.5 g. carbs     PB GF

5 felafel patties [see Sept 9]                                                                                                                                                             1 cup raw spinach                                                                                                                                           1/2 tsp olive oil                                                                                                                                             large pinch ground nutmeg                                                                                                                         4 oz plain, non-fat yogurt   if yogurt is runny, put it in a strainer and let it set for 15 mins                                                                    1 scant cup cucumbers, cubed                                                                                                                  1 tsp white wine vinegar                                                                                                                                 1 ½ tsp fresh mint, chopped or dried dill weed

Thaw out 5 of those felafel patties what we prepared on Sept. 9. Heat them in the toaster oven or in a non-stick pan on the stove. Do not cook them in oil. Cut the spinach into a chiffonade [make a pile of leaves and cut thinly across their width]and put into a bowl. Cube the cucumbers. Stir together the yogurt, vinegar, and dill or mint. Add the cucumber cubes and stir gently to combine. Toss the spinach with the olive oil and nutmeg. Plate and love it.

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