How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow, for a calorie total of less than 600. On another day this week, eat the meals from a different post, another day of eating 600 calories or less. Eat sensibly the other days of the week. That’s it. Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.
Now we are entering the 4th week of Lent and you might be running out of food ideas. When I was a child, my mother would always ask what my sister and I would “give up for Lent“. Sometimes it was candy or chocolate, but then we would always say bubble gum. [We were forbidden to chew gum of any sort, so that was said in jest. I’m sure my mother always hoped we’d stop bickering with each other.] Six weeks was a long time to a child. Adults sometimes vow to eat more plainly; to give up meat; or to practice other food-related abstentions. The idea of Lenten eating is to deprive yourself. Here are some ideas for meatless meals, for Lent or anytime you want to eat on a lower trophic level. You won’t feel deprived. Just virtuous.
10-Grain Pudding: 181 calories 1.3 g fat 5.4 g fiber 10.4 g protein 35 g carbs [29 g Complex] 43.5 mg Calcium NB: Food values shown are for the cereal pudding only, and do not include the optional beverages. PB V Delicious hot cereal for any day of the week. The applesauce and maple syrup give just the right touch of sweetness.
1/4 cup uncooked Bob’s 10-Grain Cereal 2 Tbsp cottage cheese 1 tsp maple syrup 1.5 Tbsp applesauce large pinch of nutmeg + large pinch of cinnamon blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or lemon in hot water 3 oz berry-yogurt smoothie [40 calories], green smoothie or natural apple cider
Put the cereal in 3/4 cup of boiling water, turn down to a simmer and cook, covered, for 8 minutes. HINT: Do this the night before. Cool the cereal, then mix in the cottage cheese, maple syrup, applesauce and spices until well-combined. Put into a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave for 30-45 seconds until hot through. Pour the optional beverages and you will have a warm, filling start to your day.
Codfish Brandade: 250 calories 5.8 g fat 5.7 g fiber 77 g protein 22.3 g carbs 270 mg Calcium PB GF Since salt cod is so popular all over southern France, it follows that Brandade is a favorite. The garlic, olive oil, and fennel mark this version as Provençal. [HINT: This batch serves 4. Either invite friends or use what you need and freeze the remainder.] The recipe is from Jacques Pepin.
8 oz salt cod ¼ cup potatoes in 1/2” cubes 1 cup cauliflower puree ½ cup milk 4 cloves garlic ¼ tsp fennel seed 1 tsp olive oil ¼ tsp pepper, more to taste per serving: 4 oz sliced tomatoes + 2 oz raw carrot, as coins or sticks + parsley leaves
Soak the cod in water for 8 hours. Drain and put in a sauce pan covered with cold water. Bring to a boil, turn heat to low and cook gently for 5 minutes. Drain. Pick over the fish to break it into 1” pieces, removing bones, skin. Put fish in a pan with potatoes, cauliflower, garlic, fennel, and milk. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and gently simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes until vegetables are tender. Pour it all into a food processor and process it for about 10 seconds. Add the pepper and add the oil with the machine running. Mixture should be smooth and thick. Adjust seasonings. Divide the brandade into 4 portions. Freeze the remainder. Slice the tomatoes and spread with brandade. Serve remaining amount in a bowl with the carrots stuck into it. Very traditional flavor.
Breakfast, single portion for Monday: …………………..single portion for Thursday:
|1 two-oz egg||1.5 two-oz eggs|
|cottage cheese + granulated garlic||Swiss cheese + cooked pork|
|cod brandade [St Bernard 19-Aug-’18]||3%-fat ham|
|peach + blueberries||dab of mayonnaise + dill pickle|
|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 for Monday: ……………………single portion for Thursday:
|zucchini + garlic + mozzarella||Ham chunks + fresh pineapple|
|roasted red peppers + Parmesan cheese||asparagus + Swiss cheese|
|1 slice polenta [Sidekicks II, 4-Oct-2017]||Béchamel sauce with cheese [Sidekicks I, 17-Sept-2018]|
|firm white fish + herbs de province||Yorkshire Pudding [Not by Bread.., 7-Feb- 2018|
|Sparkling water||Sparkling water|