Some people find November to be dreary. Indeed, here in New Hampshire, the eleventh month is on average the cloudiest. This causes some people to over-eat: sort of pre-hibernation mode. DO NOT [yes, I know I’m shouting] fall into this mindset as it will derail any hopes you have of looking slimmer for the holidays. Instead, eat hearty, savory, flavorful food and perk yourself up that way. Stay the course.
Ham Bake: 286 calories 7.2 g fat 1.9 g fiber 15.5 g protein 35 g carbs 282 mg Calcium GF
1 two-oz egg ¼ oz 3 % fat ham from the deli, minced 1 Tbsp reduced fat ricotta 1 tsp Parmesan cheese, grated large pinch of crumbled sage + salt & pepper to taste 2 oz unsweetened applesauce blackish coffee, blackish tea, or lemon in hot water 5-6 oz smoothie or natural apple cider
Spritz a ramekin with non-stick spray and set the toaster oven to 350 degrees F. Vigorously whisk the egg, ham, cheeses, and seasonings and pour into ramekin. Bake 15-17 minutes until puffed, not until golden. Portion the fruit, pour the beverages and this will surely be a good day.
Zucchini Fritatta 300 cal 21 g fat 3.5 g fiber 23 g protein 20 g carb 402 mg Calcium GF PB HINT: serves two, so save half for lunches or dine with a friend. Inspired by a recipe in Fresh Ways with Vegetables, part of a Time-Life series.
3 two-oz eggs ¼ cup low-fat ricotta chesse thyme, salt, pepper to taste 3 oz mushrooms, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed ¼ c. onion, chopped ½ pound zucchini, grated 1 tsp lemon juice 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated 1 and ½ oz mozzerella cheese, grated
Whisk the eggs, ricotta, salt, pepper, and thyme together. Heat the broiler. Cook the mushrooms, garlic, and onion in an oven-safe pan for 2-3 minutes. Add zucchini and lemon juice and cook about 5 minutes, until vegetables are soft and all the liquid has evaporated. Turn the heat down to medium and stir in the Parmesan. Smooth the surface of the vegetables in the pan and pour in the egg/ricotta mixture. Cook on the stove-top for 1 minute. Sprinkle with mozzerella and put under the broiler for 2-3 minutes. Cut in half. Save that half for tomorrow or serve proudly to your dinner companion.