Coleridge

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.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge was raised as a lonely, bookish child in Devon, born in 1772. His pleasant years of companionship with his mother ended abruptly at age nine when his father died and his mother sent him as a ‘charity-boy’ to an orphanage-school for clergymen’s sons. Cambridge followed, along with recognition of his intellect, his gift for language, and increasing debts. Coleridge threw himself into many schemes: a self-written literary journal [twice], needy friendships, and a plan for a utopian commune in Pennsylvania where the men would work 3 hours each day on farming and providing, then retire for reading and educating their children. This was to be a photo-communistic Pantisocracy, but it never came to pass. It is part of the new Romantic ideas which Coleridge came to symbolize and to manifest in his poems. His Frost at Midnight, where scenes of the past, present, and future merge in a frosted window pane, shows Coleridge’s imagination, gifted word-smithing, and mysticism. Throughout his life, marriage, friendships, plans all fell apart, but his poetry continued and later he became one of the foremost literary critics of his age. For me, its the poetry. Kubla Kahn entranced and excited my sister and me as children. The Gustave Dore illustrations of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner are nightmarish and fabulous, just like the poem. Coleridge cannot be dismissed as an opium-addled crazy guy. He was a genius of word and imagery.

For breakfast, some country flavors reminiscent of Coleridge’s childhood. In the late 1700s, the East India Company in India started selling opium to China. In the mid-1800s, the British forced the Chinese to end their ban on the import/export of opium, to adjust a trade imbalance with China. When you read some of Coleridge’s work, you know he was ‘on something’ — and that something was opium. So a dinner influenced by China is appropriate.

Mushroom ScrOmelette: 142 calories 5 g fat 1 g fiber 9.6 g protein 8 g carb [6 g Complex] 64 mg Calcium  NB: Food values shown are for the ScrOmelette and fruit only, and do not include the optional beverages.  PB GF  Nothing says ‘Autumn’ like mushrooms, apples, and fresh eggs. 

1 ½ 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 and pour half of their volume, into a jar with a lid and put it in the ‘fridge for next week.  1/3 oz mushrooms 1 tsp grated Parmesan cheese 2 pinches rosemary 1½ oz apple  Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or mocha cafe au lait [65 calories] or lemon in hot water Optional: 5 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie [88 calories]

Chop or slice the mushrooms and saute with a little water in a skillet. Remove and set aside. Now whisk the eggs with seasonings to taste. Pour into a heated skillet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Cook, tipping the pan and lifting the cooked eggs until the bottom is set but the top is still moist. Top with the mushrooms and cheese, fold and plate. Serve with fruit, plus your beverage and smoothie. You are off to a good start.

Beef Egg Rolls:  per roll:  136 calories 4.6 g fat 1 g fiber 9.4 g protein 17.5 g carb 23 mg Calcium   PB Egg Rolls are fun to prepare at home, so there is no need to order take-out. HINT: This recipe makes 5 egg rolls. Two make a good serving, so this recipe serves 2 with one left over. 

2 oz lean beef steak, sliced in strips 1 Tbsp soy sauce ½ Tbsp oyster sauce 1 tsp. cornstarch 1 clove garlic 1 tsp ginger 1 cup cabbage, shredded ½ cup carrot, sliced ¼” thick 1 scallion, sliced ½ cup sliced onion 5 egg roll wrappers 1 tsp oil ¾ cup broccoli  Sriracha sauce + soy sauce

Combine the beef, oyster sauce, cornstarch, garlic and ginger in a small bowl. In a heavy-bottomed pan or wok, stir-fry the carrot, onion, and cabbage in ¼ cup water for 3 minutes. Add the beef with the marinade and cook until beef is done. Run the whole thing through a food processor to chop it coarsely. Following the directions on the wrapper package, fill and roll the egg-rolls. [if you end up with filling left-over, fill another wrapper and save for a lunch OR, if it is about ¼ cup, save it to make a ScrOmelette next week.] Turn the oven on to 400 F. Warm the oil in a clean, flat-bottomed, oven-proof pan. Put the egg rolls and broccoli in the pan and roll them to coat with oil. Cook gently over warm heat until warm and starting to brown. Put the pan in the hot oven and bake until the rolls are crispy. You may want to turn the rolls once while baking. Combine the Sriracha and soy sauce to use for dipping.

Ingredients for next week: Breakfast, single portion for Monday …………………………… single portion for Thursday:

2 two-oz egg + apples1.5 two-oz eggs 
whole wheat flour + saltcrushed tomatoes
skimmed milk + butterhorseradish + Kraft Cheddar spread
1 egg whiteclementine or apple
Optional smoothieoptional smoothie
optional hot beverageoptional hot beverage

Dinner, single portion for Monday:………………………….. single portion for Thursday:

3 oz fish, any type + 1 small eggolive oil + nutmeg + cucumber
cream + shallot + spinachplain non-fat yogurt + white vinegar
nutmeg + canned white beans6 felafel patties
Swiss chard + garlic powdermint or dill weed + raw spinach
Sparkling waterSparkling water

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