A Different Feast

You know that the Pilgrims did not eat roasted turkey and pumpkin pie, don’t you? Sorry to burst your bubble….  With Thanksgiving on a Thursday, you have a dilemma: to Fast or to feast.  If you are really committed to Fasting, carry on. Your health may depend on it. Here is a suggested menu for Thanksgiving Thursday.

Vegetable Omelette     283 calories     9.5 g. fat       19.5 g. protein      30 g. carb          PB  GF if you eliminate the bread or use gluten-free bread.  Take advantage of the goodness of vegetables and use up some left-overs at the same time! Win-win.Vegetable Scramble w: toast, apple

1 ½ 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, crack three 2-oz eggs into a jar with a lid and put it in the ‘fridge for next week.                                                                               1/2 tsp Parmesean cheese, grated                                                                                                                          2 tsp red onion, chopped                                                                                                                                            1 oz cooked summer squash/ green beans/ broccoli/ HINT: prepare extra vegetables at dinner on Wednesday or Sunday and save for this meal the following Fast Day                                                                                                              ½ slice 70-cal bread                                                                                                                                              salt, pepper, herbs of your choice                                                                                                                      1 oz apple                                                                                                                                                        blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                5-6 oz green smoothie or fruit smoothie or unpasturized apple cider

Spritz a fry pan with olive oil or non-stick spray and stir the onions until they are soft. Chop the cooked vegetables and add to the pan to warm. Whisk the eggs and pour them into the pan, stirring to mix with the vegetables. As bottom of eggs begins to set, put the cheese, salt and pepper on the eggs. Cook to your liking, fold and plate with the fruit and toasted bread. Pour your beverages and have a great day.

Seafood Chowder   275 calories   11.2 g. fat   15.2 g. protein  15.9 g. carb GF This makes 10 one-cup servings. It freezes nicely, but it is great to share! My husband found the recipe in Yankee magazine. He prepares this every year. It is wonderful. The directions look long and involved but the results are worth it. HINT: this chowder should be made the day before.Seafood chowder on Wedgewood tile

4 strips thick-cut bacon, diced                                                                                                                               1 medium Spanish [yellow or white, not sweet] onion, finely diced                                                                             1 pound baking potatoes, peeled + cut in ½ cubes                                                                                          2 pounds steamer clams in their shells                                                                                                  one lobster weighing 1 and ½ pounds                                                                                                              1 pound scallops                                                                                                                                                            1 pound shrimp, peeled                                                                                                                                                     1 quart whole milk                                                                                                                                                     4 Tbsp butter                                                                                                                                                                  2 sprigs parsley, finely chopped                                                                                                                                  ¼ tsp paprika + salt + pepper to taste

In a medium skillet or saute pan cook the diced bacon until brown and crisp. Remove bacon and reserve. Pour off all but 1 Tbsp fat and add the onions. Cook slowly over low heat, stirring, until translucent [10 mins?].  Set aside with the bacon in a large bowl.

In a separate saucepan, cover cubed potatoes with salted water and boil until almost tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and add to the bacon/onions.

Put clams in a large pot and add 1 quart water. Heat to boiling, cover, and cook until clams open, about 3 minutes. Remove the clams but leave the liquid in the pot. Strain the liquid through a sieve lined with paper towel. Remove the clams from their shells and cut them into smaller pieces if necessary. Add to the potatoes, onion, and bacon.

Put the strained clam broth back into the empty pot and bring to a boil. Add the lobster head-first into the boiling broth. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Remove lobster and let cool. Crack the shell to remove the meat. Cut the meat into 1/2” chunks and add to the previous ingredients.

Heat the broth until boiling. Add the scallops and shrimp. Reduce heat to low. Simmer about 3 minutes, until the scallops + shrimp are just cooked through.

Add all the previously cooked ingredients, along with the milk, butter, parsley and seasonings. Heat until steaming but not boiling.

Cover and cool. Let the pot sit in the ‘fridge or on a cool back porch for 12-24 hours. This really enhances the flavors. When ready to serve, heat to steaming hot but do not boil. Freeze what is left over in freezer containers which are the same size as a serving.

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