Ides of March

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

The ‘Ides of March‘ are much a part of our vocabulary yet some are not sure what that means.  To the Romans, every month [there were 10 months prior to Julius Caesar] had a day called the Ides, which marked the middle of the month.  The psychic’s warning to Julius Caesar, that he should beware the Ides, presaged his assassination on March 15 in 44 BCE.  Our observance includes what the patricians would have had available on the table for breakfast [plebians ate porridge]. Pears were popular in Rome, where they had choice of 40 different varieties! Bread was important in that era [‘Bread & Circuses’ came later].  Poultry was the most common meat, so we will use it in both meals.  And then there is Caesar Salad:  NOT named for the first Caesar of Rome, nor his followers, but for Cesare Cardini, a restauranteur in Tijuana, Mexico who invented it in the 1920s.

Roman Breakfast:  270 calories  3.5 g fat  4.2 g fiber   14.2 g protein  41 g carbs [– g Complex Carbs]   187 mg Calcium  PB  Though a bit unusual, this is a very good plate of breakfast, based on foods available to Romans in the 1st century BCE.  It is satisfying and flavorful. Roman Breakfast

1 Pan Muffin [see ..Not by Bread.. Feb-7-’18]                                                                                                    1 oz pear                                                                                                                                                                          1 oz cooked chicken                                                                                                                                                  1 oz radish                                                                                                                                                                   1 oz cucumber                                                                                                                                            [optional: ½ medjool date, chopped = ¼ oz; adds 20 calories]                                                                                      blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                5-6 oz green smoothie or fruit smoothie or unpasturized apple cider

Dice all the fruits and vegetables. Add a good finishing salt and gently stir to combine. HINT: I did this the night before and refrigerated the mixture. Prepare the pan muffin [the night before] or take from freezer with time to thaw/heat. In the time it takes to brew the coffee, you can plate the muffin and the fruit-veg mixture. Romans did not drink smoothies or coffee, but we will. Hope you’ll enjoy your throw-back breakfast.

Cesare Salad:  240 calories   9 g fat   3.9 g fiber   32.7 g protein  5.4 g carbs  106 mg Calcium GF   Straight out of the Fast Diet book, with quantities changed a teensy bit. Large portion, good flavor.Cesar Salad

2.5 slices Jones brand Canadian bacon  or what Canadians call ‘back bacon’                                      3 oz chicken breast, left over from a roast                                                                                                      2.5 c chopped romaine or 2.5 c. mesclun                                                                                                          1 T grated Parmesan                                                                                                                                             salad dressing: 1 tsp olive oil + 1 tsp lemon juice                                                                                   Mexican oregano [Cesare Salad, after all, is of Mexican origin, not from Roman rulers]                          3 oz tomatoes

Heat the bacon on a hot, ungreased griddle until it begins to brown. Remove and slice into strips. Cut chicken meat into strips or chunks, as you wish. Roughly chop or tear the romaine, if using. Whisk the oil and lemon juice in a salad bowl. Add the lettuce and toss to coat with the dressing. Plate the greens and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and oregano. Arrange the meat on top of the greens. What a big meal!

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg 10-Grain Cereal, Bob’s Red Mill
 onion   +  feta cheese  pumpkin puree
 canned whole tomatoes  maple syrup  +  cinnamon
 orange or red bell pepper  raspberries   +  pecans
 cayenne, paprika, cumin  ricotta cheese  +  nutmeg
Whatever you need for your smoothie Whatever you need for your hot beverage
Whatever you need for your hot beverage Whatever you need for your smoothie

Dinner, single portion:

 sauerkraut  lima beans
 canned kidney beans  corn kernels, canned or fresh
 potato  green beans
 garlic  canned white beans
 smoked ham hock corned beef
 flour  +  oil
Sparkling water Sparkling water

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