Think Spring!

Yup, Spring arrived last week-end.  Are you ready? Have you lost a few pounds? Are you working towards healthier you? Keep at it! Here are some recipes that make me think of Spring. And they fit into the Fasting Lifestyle by keeping the total calories for the day at 600 calories or less.

Shrimp Spring Rolls    281 calories       6.5 g fat         4.5 g fiber        22.4 g protein                     29.4 g carbs         125.9 mg Calcium       GF     PB                                                                                       OK, so spring rolls have nothing to do with the season of Spring, but I couldn’t resist. The Spring Roll wrappers look like 8” disks of opaque plastic, but after soaking for 10-15 seconds in water, they become clear and very pliant, more like cling-wrap. If you are not accustomed to wrapping spring rolls or egg rolls, you might want to practice using wonton wrappers which are easier to manipulate.Shrimp Spring Rolls

3 oz raw shrimp, cut in half across the body                                                                                                2 oz carrot, peeled and sliced into thin coins or cut as julienne                                                               2 oz green cabbage, shredded or sliced                                                                                                              1 and 1/2 tsp soy sauce.                                                                                                                                                  1 tsp olive oil                                                                                                                                                              1 oz chopped green onion                                                                                                                               Thai hot chili sauce                                                                                                                                               3 eight-inch Spring Roll wrappers                                                                                                               2 oz broccoli, steamed

Chop and prepare all the ingredients and put them in small dishes near the stove-top. Heat a cast iron skillet or wok until hot and add the oil. When it is hot, add the carrot and cabbage. Stirfry for 3 minutes on heat high enough to keep the vegetables sizzling. If the pan becomes dry, add some water. This is supposed to be a no-no in stir-frying, but we are cutting down on oil, OK? Add the shrimp and stirfry about 1 minute, until it is cooked. Add the scallion or cooked broccoli and soy sauce. Stirfry a bit longer until all is mixed and warm. Take off the heat. Remove the cooked mixture to a bowl. [if you want to, run it briefly through the food processor. This step is optional but it can make the mixture easier to roll.] Wipe out the pan and put a mere film of oil on it. Turn on the heat to medium-low.

Put a pie plate of warm water on the counter. Add one of the spring roll wrappers. When it is clear, remove it and lay it flat on a dish towel. Spoon 1/3 of the mixture onto the wrapper. Roll up a bit, then fold in the sides, then finish rolling. Put the roll in the warm pan. Repeat with the other rolls.  In the pan, turn the rolls until they are warm and slightly browned. Serve with a dollop of hot sauce or Thai curry sauce mixed with soy sauce.

Antipasto with chicken   282 calories      GF            This one is a keeper.   Simple, off the shelf, pretty on the plate, good to eat. The photo shows enough for 2 people. Invite a guest who is Fasting, too.Amtipasto w: herbs

2 oz roasted red pepper, without oil [I roast my own, slice and freeze them]                                       2 oz mozzerella, cut into ‘sticks’ [I buy blocks of mozzerells for slicing]                                           2 oz roasted Chicken, shredded                                                                                                                          5 oz tomato slices                                                                                                                                                                  3 oz whole green beans, steamed, drained                                                                                                      1 ½ oz marinated mushrooms                                                                                                                             1/3 c. garbanzo beans, drained if canned                                                                                                           4 black olives, pitted and sliced              sprinkle on the red pepper                                                                                                                          3 slices pepperoni, chopped                     sprinkle on the garbanzo beans                                                                                                                         1 tsp flavored oil, salt, chopped fresh herbs

Prepare the ingredients and keep separate. On a platter, arrange the ingredients in rows as shown in the photo. Suit your own artistic nature as to what goes where. Be liberal with the fresh herbs.

Read this to help you to stay on track with Fasting and healthier eating:

1. They don’t associate food with guilt or shame   Following a diet means that you’re following a strict set of rules that determine what, when, and how much you can eat. Maybe you can eat protein, but have a no carbs, no sweets rule. When you get off track, eat the wrong thing, or have a moment of weakness, you may throw in the towel and go on a full on binge or feel so guilty for getting off track that you put undue pressure on yourself. Effortlessly slim people don’t eat perfectly and are just as likely to delve into the doughnut box from time to time, but the difference is that they don’t dwell on their poor choices. Sure, they realize that they probably didn’t need to eat that fourth piece of pizza, but they don’t beat themselves up over one poor choice. Taking off the pressure removes the guilt and shame commonly associated with eating and allows you to quickly move on from mistakes and get back on track.


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