Something Veggy

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow. On another day this week, eat the meals from another post.  Eat sensibly the other days of the week.  That’s it.  Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.

This post is for all the veggie-lovers and plant-based dieters who wish they could follow the Fasting Lifestyle but thought the plan couldn’t accommodate them.  This doesn’t pretend to be a posting for vegans, but there are lots of vegetables on the menu today.

Zucchini Egg Soufflé:   299 calories    7.2 g fat      1.8 g fiber     19.7 g protein    23.6 g carbs      109 mg Calcium   PB GF   When zucchini are plentiful, this is a good way to use them.Zucchini Breakfast Souffle

¼ cup zucchini, grated, steamed, patted dry                                                                                                 ¼ cup fatfree cottage cheese, strained to drain out extra liquid                                                                one 2-oz egg                                                                                                                                                              2 tsp Parmesan cheese                                                                                                                                   pinch garlic powder                                                                                                                                              a few strawberries, or rasperries, or blueberries                                                                                         5-6 oz fruit smoothie or green smoothie or natural apple cider                                                                       nearly-black coffee or tea; or lemon in hot water.

Grate the zucchini on a box grater and steam it over water or ‘saute’ it in a pan with enough water to prevent sticking. Transfer it to paper towels to dry off excess liquid. HINT: steam it the night before and let it drain in a strainer over night. Combine with the cheeses and garlic, and stir in the egg enough to break the yolk and mix all ingredients. Bake at 350 until puffed and starting to brown. Prep your beverages, add the fruit, and there you are: enjoying your veggies.

Red Beans & Rice    295 calories     1.2 g. fat    13 g. protein    57.5 g. carb   PB GF      This is the old classic recipe for the ‘perfect protein’. I used to be afraid that we wouldn’t like it, since it sounds bland, but it is good. Yeah, you’re right, the carbs are way out of control, but for a once-in-a-while this is really good. And besides, these are complex carbs, the best kind. HINT: This is enough for 4 servings! Either have a gathering or cut the recipe or freeze for later.Red Beans & Rice w: gr. beans

1 and 3/4 cups brown rice, cooked                                                                                                                                                          ½ cup celery, chopped                                                                                                                                                      ½ cup sweet yellow or other color pepper, diced                                                                                         1 cup onion, chopped                                                                                                                                            2 cloves garlic, minced                                                                                                                                         ¾ cup crushed tomato                                                                                                                                              oregano +   black pepper                                                                                                                                       1 and 3/4 cups red beans, drained and rinsed [Goya brand is very good]                                      per serving:    ½ cup green beans or peas

Cook the rice. Saute the celery, pepper, and onions for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 5 minutes more. Add the tomatoes and seasonings. Stir in the red beans and heat through. When the rice is done, add 1 and 3/4 cups to the mixture. HINT: if there is extra rice, it freezes well. Serve with the cooked green vegetable.


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