NYC Restaurants

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow. On Thursday, eat the meals that will be posted on Wednesday.  Eat sensibly the other days of the week.  That’s it.  Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.

On November 13, 1927, the Holland Tunnel opened. Linking Manhattan and New Jersey, it was an engineering and transportation marvel: you could get to or from Manhattan Island without going over a bridge!  I remember all-night drives from our home in Connecticut to our Grandmother’s house in Pennsylvania.  My sister and I usually slept soundly while my father drove and my mother rode shot-gun, but once I remember going through a tunnel. It was other-worldly.                                                                                                                                             All this nostalgia makes me think of food in Manhattan, so let’s spend our Fast Day there.  For breakfast, we’ll head to Barney Greengrass on Amsterdam Avenue. Then for dinner, we’ll go to Lüchow’s the iconic German restaurant. Well, we would if we could: it closed in 1982, but I remember dining there with my parents in the 60s. Real German. Happily I have their cookbook to this day.  Let’s eat.

Horseradish-Cheesy Bake: 281 calories 7.8 g fat 3.1 g fiber 14.6 g protein 35 g carbs 240 mg Calcium PB GF David Rosengarten’s unusual cookbook It’s All American Food takes the reader on a tour of American ethnic and regional foods, and tells you how to make those treats in your own kitchen. This recipe is from the Manhattan restaurant Barney Greengrass, where they are renowned for their breakfasts.Greenglass Bake w: apricots

One 2-oz egg                                                                                                                                                           ¼ oz Romano cheese, grated                                                                                                                             1 Tbsp cheddar/horseradish spread***                                                                                                             1 Tbsp chives, minced                                                                                                                                                  2 oz apricots  OR 2 oz apple                                                                                                                                 5-6 oz fruit or green smoothie or unpasturized apple cider                                                           blackish coffee or tea or lemon in hot water

*** 2 Tbsp WisPride Cheddar spread OR Kraft Old English Cheddar spread                                      4 [or more] tsp prepared horseradish [the kind in a jar]                                                                   Cream together thoroughly.                                                                                                                             Save the rest for another day or another use. [stuffed celery?]

Set the toaster oven at at 350 degrees F. Spritz a ramekin with oil or non-stick spray. Vigorously whisk the egg, cheeses, and chives until well combined and pour into the ramekin. Put in the oven [it doesn’t need to be hot yet] and bake 12-15 minutes. Meanwhile, brew your beverage, shake the smoothie, and prep the apricots. This will kick-start your day.

Herring Salad:  260 calories   PB  GF    Lüchow’s will live in memory as long as a certain generation lives. And there was a lot to remember about it: the decor, the old-world service, the menu. TIP: This doubles easily to accommodate a guest or provide lunch for tomorrow.

1 1/2 oz herring marinated in wine, drained                                                                                 1/4 cup beets, cooked, cooled and diced                                                                                                        1 1/2 oz apple, peeled and diced                                                                                                                 1/4 cup white beans, drained and rinsed                                                                                                                                   2 Tbsp onion, minced                                                                                                                                   1/2 oz dill pickle, chopped                                                                                                                   pinch sugar                                                                                                                                                 2 tsp vinegar, or more                                                                                                                                1 cup lettuce, shredded                                                                                                                           1 hard-boiled egg, sliced

Put the vinegar and sugar  in a bowl and whisk until the sugar dissolves. Add remaining ingredients [except the egg] and toss gently until everything is well-incorporated. Taste to see if it needs more sugar or more vinegar.  Garnish with slices of egg.

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