Grateful

How this Fasting Diet works: Eat these meals, and only these meals, tomorrow.  Read the blog on Wednesday to see what we’ll eat on Thursday.  The rest of the week, eat what you like, but sensibly. If you are like me, you will see results.

Tomorrow will be the birthday of a fine man who was my cousin’s ancestor. Not mine, but I would be proud to be his descendant.  He was a true embodiment of the American Dream. Coming to America from Scotland with his wife and 6 children in 1849, he eventually built a tanning empire in upstate New York.  A model citizen, he was devoted to his wife and said that he ‘owed far more of his success to her than to any one: that in every important transaction, he consulted her, not only as an equal but as his superior.’ As an employer, a community-member, and a family man he seems to be one of those exemplary beacons for us all.  The Thanksgiving-inspired breakfast expresses my gratitude for his example.  The dinner is a Scottish meal which our family has enjoyed for years.  The dinner is a fine meatless dish, which goes with this article about the value of vegetables and fruit: https://www.yahoo.com/news/fruits-vegetables-linked-weight-loss-233030742.html

Turkey/Stuffing Bake: 279 calories  6 g fat        2.5 g fiber      15.6 g protein    38.7 g carbs  217.5 mg Calcium   GF- if using GF bread      Another in the dinner-for-breakfast series.Turkey-Stuffing Bake1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                             ½ oz turkey breast, cooked or uncooked, diced                                                                                                                                                   ¼ slice of 70-calorie whole-grain bread [¼ oz], diced                                                                                       1 Tbsp onions, diced                                                                                                                                             1 Tbsp celery, diced                                                                                                                                  rosemary + thyme + sage + salt + pepper                                                                                                       ½ tsp olive oil                                                                                                                                                            1 oz pear                                                                                                                                                                    5-6 oz fruit smoothie or green smoothie or natural apple cider                                                         nearly-black coffee or tea or lemon in hot water.

In a saute pan, cook the onions, seasonings, celery, and turkey [if it is raw] in a little water and a ½ tsp olive oil until vegetables are softened. Spritz a ramekin with non-stick spray [NB: this was prepared for 2 servings and was baked in an oval 5×7″ pan] and pour in the turkey mixture. Whisk the egg thoroughly and pour into the ramekin. Bake at 350 until puffed and starting to brown, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the pear and prepare the beverages. Be thankful for the start of another good day.

Rumbledethumps:   243 calories    10 g fat     4 g fiber     12.6 g protein     19.5 g carbs     171.4 mg Calcium     PB GF     Where do you get a recipe with a name like that? Sundays At Moosewood, of course. Hearty meals like this, made with winter vegetables are common in Scotland and Ireland. HINT: The recipe makes enough for 2 servings. Wrap half in cling-wrap and foil and freeze for another dinner.Rumbledeethumps w: salad

¼ pound potato                                                                                                                                                        3 Tbsp skimmed milk                                                                                                                                           1.5 tsp butter                                                                                                                                                                ¼ tsp ground mace                                                                                                                                                         2 egg whites                                                                                                                                                            ¼ pound cauliflower, cut into small florets                                                                                                   ¾ cup cabbage, chopped                                                                                                                                          ½ cup leek, sliced                                                                                                                                                 ¼ cup broccoli, chopped                                                                                                                                     1/3 cup cheddar, grated                                                                                                                                       per person: ¾ cup salad greens          1 oz tomato                 ½ tsp olive oil + ½ tsp cider vinegar

Cut potato into chunks. Boil until tender and mash with the milk, butter, and mace. Let cool. Steam the cauliflower, cabbage, leek, and broccoli until cooked. Take off the heat. Remove the cauliflower when it is very soft and mash it into the mashed potatoes. Whip the eggwhites until stiff and fold into the potato/cauliflower mash. Taste for salt and pepper. Gently stir in the remaining steamed vegetables. Smooth into a lightly-spritzed baking dish. [choose the dish with the idea that you will be dividing this into 2 equal portions] Sprinkle with the grated cheese and bake at 350 degrees F. until the cheese is bubbly and just starting to brown. Whisk the oil and vinegar together and toss in the greens. Serve the cool, crispy salad with the hot, creamy rumbledethumps. Scottish comfort food.

 

 

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