Lammastide

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.

According to the ancient calendar of northern European pagan culture, we are now 5/8 through the solar year. Those worthy sun observers noticed 4 major astronomical events: 2 solstices and 2 equinoxes. Those were ‘Quarter Days’ and deserving of a festival. Split those in two, and you have the 4 Cross-Quarter Day.  There were calendars in most of the pre-Christian cultures, based on the sun and/or moon, marked often by the location of the sun over standing-stones. The parts of the year therefore have different names in different cultures: Thorri, Goa, Einmanudur, Harpa, in Iceland.  Imbolc,  Beltain,  Luignasa, and Samhain to the Irish Celts. Candlemas, May Day, Lammas, and Martinmas to the Christian peoples of England. Lammas is the harvest festival, marking the gathering-in of wheat or other cereal crops. Despite its Christian associations, it is steeped in pagan traditions: baking special breads, crafting corn dollies, feasting and dancing.

Baking bread with sprouted grain is part of a Lammas festival, so we will have sprouts in our eggs at breakfast.  The yield of the field will be evident in the dinner, made with fresh vegetables, wrapped in a grain-based crêpe.

Sprouted Bake: 270 calories  5.6 g fat  3.7 g fiber  13.8 g protein  36.6 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 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 an oven-proof dish 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.

Crêpes with Chicken Ratatouille: 249 calories  5.2 g fat  6.2 g fiber  27.6 g protein  32 g carbs 190 mg Calcium  PB   Crêpes are wonderful to have on hand for use with a variety of fillings. If you had the crêpes and the filling previously-made, then the meal goes together in no time.Chicken Ratatouille Crepes

2 buckwheat crêpes [see Sidekicks I, Sept 17, 2017]                                                                                    1.5 oz chicken breast                                                                                                                                                         ½ cup Mediterranean Vegetables [see SIDEKICKS II Oct 4, 2017]                                                                                                                        1/2 Tbsp goat cheese                                                                                                                                                         1 Tbsp low-fat cottage cheese                                                                                                                      herbes de Province OR tarragon                                                                                                                                      3/4 oz carrots

If making crêpes from scratch now: prepare the batter and let stand 30+ minutes.                                      If using frozen crêpes, put them in a plastic bag on the counter and let them thaw.                                 Turn on the oven to 250 degrees. Cut the chicken into <1/2” pieces. Put into pan with the Med.Veg. and heat enough to warm the veg, reduce the liquids, and cook the chicken. Take off heat. Prepare the crêpes: either cook them now from batter or finish the thawing process by putting them in a warm oven. Add cheeses to mixture in the pan, and stir to combine. Toss in lots of herbes de Province or fresh herbs to taste. Arrange the crêpes on a cookie sheet and divide the filling among them. Fold over, pressing down gently. Heat in the warm oven and serve with the happy crunchy carrots.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

On Monday, I will discuss Fasting while fresh, tart apple, such as Granny Smith
traveling if you eat at restaurants only. smoked trout
Blueberries/raspberries
Whatever you need for your hot beverage
Whatever you need for your smoothie

Dinner, single portion:

On Monday, I will discuss Fasting while trout fillet
traveling if you eat at restaurants only. butter
hazelnuts [filberts]
haricots or green beans
Sparkling water Sparkling water

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