My Fair Lady

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. Welcome to Foodquipo and healthtips953 who are now Following.

In 1913, G. Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion debuted. On March 15, 1956, the Lerner and Loewe musical version, My Fair Lady, debuted on Broadway. Initially, Shaw had not wanted to release the rights to turn his play into a “comic operetta.” Rogers and Hammerstein, the original choice to adapt it, backed out. After Shaw died in 1950, the rights were secured. A teenaged Julie Andrews was cast as ‘Eliza Doolittle,’ and a man who couldn’t really sing, Rex Harrison, was cast as ‘Professor Higgins.’ On the first night of previews in New Haven, Connecticut, Harrison was spooked by the idea of singing with an orchestra in front of an audience — he retreated to his dressing room, refused to go on, and the show was almost canceled. But he relented, all was well, and the rest was history. My parents bought the original cast album and I memorized every song. In the late 50s, they took my sister and me to see our first Broadway show: My Fair Lady. When it finally closed on September 29, 1962, it was the longest running play of all time, and Eliza had thrown the slippers for many miles across the stage.

If you were to ask Professor Higgins who the most important characters in the musical were, he would naturally say himself and his fellow ethno-linguist Colonel Pickering, formerly of Her Majesty’s Army in India. Thus, our breakfast is a very English combination of flavors for Higgins and our dinner would pique the taste memory of Pickering.

Ham-Cup Eggs: 143 calories 7 g fat 1.4 g fiber 11.6 g protein 9 g carbs [7 g Complex] 68 mg Calcium  NB: The food values given above are for the egg bake and fruit only, not the optional beverages.  GF  Easy to prepare ahead and easy on the taste buds.

1 two-oz egg 1 slice “Cottage Ham” [4” diameter thin slice of ham] I used North Country Smoke House brand at 21 calories/slice 1 Tbsp cottage cheese 1½ tsp Parmesan cheese, grated 2 oz apple  Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or mocha cafe au lait [65 calories] or lemon in hot water   Optional: 5-6 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie  [88 calories]

Fit the ham into an oven-proof container that measures 3½” in diameter and 1¼” deep. [I used a cleaned tuna can. It was perfect.] You will need to snip the ham on 2 sides and overlap the meat to make it fit better into the mold. Combine the cheeses and season with herbs/salt/pepper to taste. Whisk in the egg and pour into the ham cup.  HINT: I did this the night before and put it in the ‘fridge. Turn on the toaster oven to 350 F and bake the ham cups for 20+ minutes, until the filling is puffed and set. Prepare the beverages and the apple. Use a wide knife to loosten the ham cups from the mold before plating. Some of the egg will have oozed into the mold as it baked, but that is easy to remove too. This breakfast was a real hit.

Indian Vegetables with Turkey and Naan: 299 calories 13 g fat 6 g fiber 17.6 g protein 31 g carbs [28 g Complex] 78 mg Calcium  PB GF — if your Naan is gluten free  This delicious meal needs 2 things in advance: Rogan Josh Sauce and Naan breads, both of which you can purchase. In a few weeks, I’ll show you how to make your own Naan, which is fun and easy.

1 naan flatbread, 106 or fewer calories/piece 3 Tbsp Rogan Josh Sauce ½ cup zucchini, in ½” dice ½ cup cauliflower, in ½” pieces ½ cup tomato, in ½” dice 2 oz ground turkey [I used 15% fat but would have preferred a lower fat option] ¼ tsp Indian curry powder 

Cook the vegetables and turkey in a little water until vegetables are softened and turkey is fully cooked. Drain, saving the cooking water for baking or soup stock. Add the sauce and curry powder to the vegetables- meat, and heat gently. Warm the naan in the oven or on a hot, dry skillet. Plate to suit your preference — on the Naan, under the Naan, beside the Naan. W.o.w.

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