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.
“Maundy Thursday” is the Thursday before Easter. Are you asking yourself “What’s a ‘maundy'”??? You might not be alone. On Maundy Thursday 33 AD [which that year was the first night of Passover], Jesus sat down to a Seder with his 12 closest friends. That ‘Last Supper‘ is what is usually celebrated on Maundy Thursday, with communion services at Christian churches reenacting the blessing and distribution of bread and wine by Jesus. What also happened at that dinner was that Jesus washed his disciples’ feet [to demonstrate selfless service to others] and gave them a new mandate: that they love one another as He had loved them. The latin word ‘mandare’ [to command or order] became corrupted into ‘maundy,’ and here we are today.
The foods we have for tomorrow are not what would have been eaten at the Last Supper. Rather, they are in tune with the type of eating that is traditional during Lent: meatless. In addition, they are simple meals — the sort that carpenters and fishermen might have eaten so many years ago. Felafel is typical of Palestine/Israel, and the soup is hearty peasant food from France. We like to eat plainly on Maundy Thursday.
Felafel Plate: 219 calories 5 g fat 4.8 g fiber 16.3 g protein 30 g carbs [25.7 g Complex] 165 mg Calcium NB: Food values given are for the main meal only, and do not include the optional beverage. PB GF V A simple meal, yet full of nutrition and flavor.
4 felafel patties [from your freezer or freshly-made] 4 oz cantaloupe melon or pineapple 3.5 oz fat-free Greek-style yogurt + ½ tsp mint leaves Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or lemon in hot water Warm the felafel patties or use at room temperature. Chop the mint leaves and combine with the yogurt. Prepare the beverage of choice and plate the food to please the eye.
Green Split Pea Soup: 262 calories 1.6 g fat 19 g fiber 20 g protein 46 g carbs [46 g Complex] 30 mg Calcium PB GF For years we have loved this soup from Picardy, France which comes to us via Anne Willen’s French Regional Cooking. The easiest recipe in the world!
16 oz bag dry green split peas 1 quart water 2 slices bacon 2 stems of thyme salt + pepper to taste
Put the dry peas in a bowl and add water to cover them by 2”. Let them sit and soften for 1.5 hours. Drain. [TIP: you will not need the water for the soup, but use it to water the houseplants] Put the peas, bacon, thyme, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil, then turn down the heat , cover, and simmer for 1.25 hours. NB: Not all the liquid will be used up.That’s fine. Remove the bacon and the thyme stems. Using a food processor, blender, or immersion wand, puree the soup. There should be 6 cups. Soup should be loose enough to run off a spoon, but not too thin. Add water, if necessary, to adjust thickness. Taste for seasonings. Cook the bacon in a saute pan until it is crisp. Crumble it and add to the soup. HINT: Makes 6 one-cup servings. What you don’t use today, freeze in serving-sized portions.
Ingredients for next week: Breakfast, single portion for Monday ………………… single portion for Thursday:
|prosciutto + melon||1.5 two-oz eggs|
|red onion pickle + balsamic vinegar||sauerkraut|
|mint or basil leaves||corned beef|
|Parmesan cheese||Russian dressing + Matzo crackers|
|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:
|tuna + canned white beans + tomato||canola oil + watercress + potato|
|feta + red bell pepper + garlic powder||celery + onion + garlic + chèvre|
|black olives + baby greens + olive oil||vegetable broth + sweet potato|
|lemon juice + herbes de Province + egg||optional: mozzarella, tomato|
|Sparkling water||Sparkling water|