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.

Saint Luke was an outsider. He was indeed included in the circle of preachers chosen to work with St. Paul, but he was different. By birth and upbringing, he was Greek and a gentile.  By training, he was a physician, a man of ‘science.’  His heritage made him valuable as a messenger to the non-Jews in any crowd and his training made him a credible witness when he wrote his Gospel and Acts of the Apostles. Much is attributed to him: interviews with Mary, mother of Jesus; the painting of her portrait; the long trip to Rome in company with Paul; preaching throughout the Mediterranean region.  I like Saint Luke.  His writing is descriptive and lovely. It is he who gives us the anecdotes of the Annunciation and the familiar details of the Nativity.  Where would Charlie Brown’s Christmas be without Linus reciting the famous passages from the Gospel of Luke?                        In honor of his Feast Day and of Saint Luke’s Little Summer, we will enjoy a ScrOmelette made with Greek flavors and an evening meals of lamb [lots of symbolism there!] with Summer vegetables.

Greek ScrOmelette:   291 calories  9.6 g fat   2.5 g fiber   18 g protein  33 g carbs [28 g Complex] 250 mg Calcium   PB GF  Feta cheese is so lovely with eggs.Greek ScrOmelette

1 ½ two-oz eggs HINT: If you are serving one person, crack three 2-oz eggs into a small bowl or glass measuring cup. Whip up those eggs, pour half of their volume into a jar with a lid, and put it in the ‘fridge for next week.                                                                                   1/3 oz feta cheese, reduced fat                                                                                                                                                  1 Tbsp tomato puree                                                                                                                                             large pinch of cinnamon + of oregano                                                                                                              1 Tbsp pomegranate seeds   -OR- 1.25 oz applesauce, unsweetened                                                                                                                                                             Blackish coffee or tea or lemon with hot water                                                                                           5-6 oz fruit smoothie or natural apple cider

Cream the tomato puree with the feta cheese and seasonings, then whisk in the eggs. Scramble or cook as an omelette.  ALTERNATIVELY, Combine the tomato-cheese-seasoning.  Whisk the eggs and pour into a hot pan. When the bottom of the eggs begins to set, distribute the tomato mixture over half of the egg.  Continue as for a folded/rolled omelette.   Prepare the beverages and spoon out the pomegranate/applesauce for a real taste of Greece.

Lamb Kabobs:  227 calories   6.2 g fat   5 g fiber   22 g protein  31.4 g Complex Carbs   41 mg Calcium  PB GF  This is so easy and so perfect for summer.Lamb Kabobs w: corn relish

3 oz lamb leg in cubes                                                                                                                                                 1 Tbsp tomato juice OR water + granulated garlic + crumbled rosemary                                               1.5 oz red bell pepper, in 1-1/2” chunks                                                                                                            1.5 oz zucchini, sliced 3/4” thick, then cut in quarters                                                                                    1 oz red onion, cut in chunks                                                                                                                               ¾ cup Corn-Tomato Salsa***

***Corn-Tomato Salsa    1.5 cups                                                                                                                                    1 cup corn kernels                                     1 cup diced tomato                                                                            2 Tbsp minced red bell pepper                        2 Tbsp diced red onion                                                      2 Tbsp cider vinegar                               1/8 tsp dry mustard                                                                        1/8 tsp tumeric       ¼ tsp sugar                      2 dashes ground cumin

Combine the tomato juice, garlic, and rosemary with the lamb. Stir to coat and set aside to marinate for 30-60 minutes. Prepare the vegetables and Corn Salsa while the meat sits. Impale the vegetables and lamb chunks on skewers, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat a grill pan [indoors] or an outdoor grill and cook the kabobs on all sides. The meat will brown and the vegetables will begin to char a bit. Plate with the salsa for a very colorful meal.

Ingredients for next week:

Breakfast, single portion

Next Monday, I will offer several  Bannock [not by Bread..  7 Feb ’18]
recipes for Smoothies and will Canadian or back bacon
discuss their health benefits applesauce
choose a meal from the Archives
Whatever you need for your smoothie Whatever you need for your smoothie
Whatever you need for your hot beverage Whatever you need for your hot beverage

Dinner, single portion:

ditto pork tenderloin   + baking apples
chicken stock      + thyme  + sage
choose a meal from the Archives Béchamel sauce [Sidekicks I, 17 Sept ’17]
broccoli  +  carrot
Sparkling water Sparkling water

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