Barbara

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.
Tomorrow will be the Feast of Saint Barbara.  I have always liked her as a saint, partly from college art history classes, seeing Northern Baroque pictures of a lovely young woman next to her tower; partly because my dear Sister In Law is named Barbara.  She [the saint, not my sister in law] was sent by her father to live in a tower, found religion, and was beheaded for her faith.                                                                                                                  In some cultures, barley or wheat is sprouted in shallow trays of soil on December 4, then used as a greenery around the Christmas crêche, then plowed into the fields in February to bless the crop. In that tradition, our breakfast features bean sprouts. Since a coastal city in California is named after her, we will enjoy “Santa Barbara Salad” from that fair realm for dinner.

Sprouted Bake:  270 calories   5.6 g fat   3.7 g fiber   13.3 g protein   36.8 g carbs   226 mg Calcium  PB GF   Time to get the sprouts out of the sandwiches and into the breakfast.Sprouted Bake w: B-berries

1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                                     ¼ c radish or alfalfa or mung sprouts                                                                                                                                                    1/2 oz avocado                                                                                                                                                          1 Tbsp low-fat cottage cheese                                                                                                                             ¼ cup blueberries                                                                                                                                              blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                   5-6 oz fruit smoothie, green smoothie or natural apple cider

Mash the avocado and mix with the cottage cheese. Heat the toaster oven to 350 degrees F.  Spritz a 1-cup ramekin with cooking oil or spray and put the sprouts in it. Whisk the egg with the avocado mixture and pour over the sprouts. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Portion the fruit and pour the beverages. Rich and smooth.

Santa Barbara Salad:  280 calories   13.3 g fat   5.7 g fiber   16.2 g protein   21.3 g carbs   105.8 mg Calcium   PB GF   From a Washington Post food column, this salad sings of California. Truly delicious. HINT: This amount serves 2 [two]. Invite a friend or save for lunch later in the week.Santa Barbara Salad

½ head Boston or buttercrunch lettuce                                                                                                            1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved                                                                                                                         ½ medium apple, cored and diced                                                                                                                   ½ cup diced chicken breast                                                                                                                                   ¼ cup chickpeas                                                                                                                                                                                 1 oz soft goat cheese                                                                                                                                                1.5 tsp pinenuts                                                                                                                                                          1 Medjool date                                                                                                                                                             1 hardboiled egg, sliced in rounds                                                                                                                                                            per serving: 1.5 tsp cinnamon dressing**                                                                                      **Cinnamon Dressing:                                                                                                                                                     ½ shallot [¾ oz]                                                                                                                                                             1 Tbsp olive oil                                                                                                                                                         1.5 tsp balsamic vinegar or raspberry vinegar                                                                                                 1/8 tsp cinnamon                                                                                                                                              Shake together in a jar. Refrigerate until needed.                                                                                  makes 4.5 tsp [you will have some leftover]

First prepare the dressing and refrigerate. Next, toast the pinenuts in a heavy skillet until they just begin to brown. Take off heat and set aside. Shred the lettuce and put in a bowl along with all the other ingredients. Toss with 1.5 tsp dressing per serving, sprinkle with pine nuts, and arrange the sunny sliced eggs on top.  Play a Beach Boys song and wear your sunglasses.

 

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  1. Thank you dear Sis! This looks like a truly yummy way to celebrate my name-day. Found it a little late to carry out today, so will store away recipes for next year…but will play Beach Boys right now! Cheers!

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