The Maine Thing

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.

The state to the East of us is Maine, The Pine Tree State. It makes most people think of potatoes, lobster, and hunting, but for us Maine is leisurely drives along rocky, wooded coastlines; the smell of sea salt and pine resin; family camping in the delightful Cobscook Bay State Park; and [of course] L.L.Bean in Freeport.  The food scene ranges from lobster pounds [like Young’s] to diners [like Moody’s] to fine restaurants [like Fore Street and Street & Co.] which feature local fruits, vegetables, seafood, meats, and game.                                                                                                           Our breakfast reflects the bounty of the farms and woodlands while the dinner is an homage to the tradition of the outdoors life and hunting.  Paul Bunyan was supposed to be from Maine, but we won’t eat like a lumberjack today.  For us, the main thing is that we continue the Fasting Lifestyle and stay healthy.

Fore Street Bake:   289 calories   8.6 g fat   3.5 g fiber   14.2 g protein   37.5 g carbs   256 mg Calcium  PB GF   One of our favorite restaurants in Portland, Maine is Fore Street. First time there, I ate a pizza from their wood-fired oven that featured a particular combination of flavors which I have loved ever since. Here’s that marvelous mixture in baked eggs.Forestreet Bake w: S-b

1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                                            1/3 oz blue cheese                                                                                                                                                                     ¾ oz leeks                                                                                                                                                                   ½ oz mushrooms                                                                                                                                                       1 oz strawberries                                                                                                                                                            blackish coffee, blackish tea, or lemon in hot water                                                                                         5-6 oz smoothie or natural apple cider

Slice the leeks and chop the mushrooms. Put into a Pyrex custard cup with a little water and cook in the microwave for 45 seconds. Spritz a ramekin with non-stick spray and add the cooked leeks and mushrooms. Whisk the cheese with the egg, then pour into the ramekin. Bake at 350 F. for 12-15 minutes. Portion the berries and pour the beverages and settle in for a taste of Portland.

Venison Stew:   250 calories   4.7 g fat   5.3 g fiber   25.6 g protein   26.4 g carbs   52.5 mg Calcium   GF  What a wonderful meal for an Autumn evening. Rich flavors and low calories – my kind of dinner. HINT: this recipe is for one serving. Double it and freeze half for another fine meal later or invite a friend to share it with you.Venison Stew w: roasted Veg

½ cup chicken stock                                                                                                                                                      2 Tbsp fresh cranberries [NOT dried]                                                                                                             2 oz mushrooms                                                                                                                                                      ½ tsp dried thyme                                                                                                                                                   ½ oz dried apples                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2.5 oz venison, cooked or raw                                                                                                                              1 Tbsp half&half   [blend cream]                                                                                                                                                    1 oz carrots, cut in coins                                                                                                                                                                  1.5 oz roasted cauliflower florets

If venison is raw, pan sear it 3 minutes on a side to undercook it a bit.  Slice into larger-than-bite-size pieces and set aside.  Spritz a small to medium cast iron pan with non-stick spray and add the carrots and cauliflower.  Spray the vegetables, sprinkle with salt and rosemary. Bake at 400° F. until fork tender.       Put the stock, thyme, cranberries and mushrooms in a sauce pan and simmer until the cranberries start to pop. Add the meat, apples, and half&half.  Simmer until all ingredients are warm.  Taste for seasonings.  Serve with the roasted vegetables.

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