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.                                                                                               Welcome to Daimary John who is now Following.

Tomorrow will be the birthday of Johannes Brahms.  My mother used to sing his Wiegenlied to help us get to sleep.  This is what I remember of her lyrics:

Lullaby and goodnight, /  With roses bedight,
With lilies o’er spread  /  Is baby’s wee bed.
Lay thee down now and rest, / May thy slumber be blessed.

Lullaby and goodnight, / Thy mother’s delight,
Bright angels around / My darling will stand.
Lay thee down now and rest, / May thy slumber be blessed.

Sweet as the song may be, I always misunderstood it: I thought that with all those heavenly beings around, I was supposed to stand up, out of respect. And I was so-o-o tired that I resented those angels who were going to visit!  But back to Brahms. Born in 1833, he grew up in a musical family.  Like his father before him, the young musician did musical odd jobs — playing in taverns and brothels.  He composed at an early age and conducted an orchestra when he was 11!  Brahms’ friendship with Robert Schumann really helped his career take off, as Schumann wrote an article praising the “New Path” that Brahms’ music was taking.  Brahms went on to compose, conduct, and perform numerous works for choir, violin, orchestra, and piano which place him among the “Three Bs” of Romantic Music. Are your ready to take a ‘new path’? One that will lead you to better health?  Try these menus: the breakfast is an homage to 10-year-old Johannes playing piano in the brothels of Hamburg.  The dinner is inspired by Brahms’ love of Italy, where he used to take long walks for inspiration.

Puttenesca Bake:  265 calories  6 g fat  2.5 g fiber  13 g protein  39 g carbs [34 g Complex]  231 mg Calcium  PB GF  Once you have Puttenesca Sauce in the freezer, preparing this breakfast is very easy. And the canned peaches are simple, too.Puttenesca Bake

one 2-oz egg                                                                                                                                                                   1.5 Tbsp Puttenesca sauce [see SAUCY Dec 6, 2017 for recipe]                                                                              1/2 Tbsp Parmesan, grated                                                                                                                                      ¼ cup peaches canned in juice                                                                                                                           5-6 oz green smoothie or fruit smoothie or unpasturized apple cider                                  blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water

Set the toaster oven at 350 degrees F. Spritz an oven-proof ramekin or small casserole [if serving 2 or more] with non-stick spray. Whisk the eggs with the sauce and cheese. Pour into the baking dish and heat for 12-15 minutes. Portion the peaches and prepare the beverages. Que bella!

Fish Parmigiana:   279 calories     8.2 g fat    4.8 g fiber   31.5 g protein    17.4 g carbs   337 mg Calcium  PB GF – if using GF flour Crunchy and flavorful: a real treat from the Canadian Cheese Board. Doubles or triples easily.Chicken Parmesan w: salad

2 Tbsp white whole wheat flour                                                                                                                         1 egg white + a little water                                                                                                                                     3 Tbsp fresh bread crumbs                                                                                                                                       1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated                                                                                                                         3 oz firm white fish filets, such as tilapia                                                                                                       1/4 cup crushed tomatoes                                                                                                                                         1 tsp capers                                                                                                                                                           lemon zest + basil leaves                                                                                                                                            1 oz mozzerella cheese, grated or sliced thinly                                                                                                  3 oz green beans

Set the oven at 400 F. Combine flour, salt, and pepper on a plate. Whisk egg white with a little water in a soup plate. Mix bread crumbs and Parmesan on a plate. Roll the fish in the flour, then roll it in the egg white, the roll it in the crumbs/cheese. Lay the fish on a piece of parchment paper large enough to cover your baking dish. Spray the fish with non-sick spray and bake 5-7 minutes. Turn the fish over and bake 5-7 minutes. Combine tomatoes, capers, zest, and basil. Spoon on top of the fish, then top with mozzerella. If you have any remaining crumbs/Parmesan, sprinkle that on the mozzerella. Return the fish to the oven and bake about 5 minutes until the cheeses is bubbly and golden.

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