Johanna Spyri

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: a simple way to lose weight and be healthier.

Johanna  Heusser Spyri was the author who introduced Heidi to the world. The author grew up in a prosperous, literary family near Zurich, Switzerland, and married a school chum. He heard the stories that she invented to entertain their son and encouraged her to write them down. Her first work was a short story of domestic abuse, printed in 1880 — a long way from Heidi, published in 1881. The book tells of an orphan girl [a very popular theme in the 1800s] who is left to live with her hermit grandfather on the side of an alp. The story of her idyllic life amid the flowering meadows and the capering goats struck a real chord with readers, for the book was an instant success. I remember being charmed particularly by a dinner of melted cheese on toasted bread, served to Heidi by the Alm Uncle, her grandfather. In the midst of Spyri’s success, her husband and son died three years later. Spyri continued to write, although nothing earned the raves or income from her first book. Johanna contributed much of her money to charities. Spyri is considered a national figure in Switzerland and Heidi has joined the pantheon of beloved children in literature.

Ordinarily, we would not serve two egg dishes in one day, but the goal was to highlight these meals. Raclette is a wonderful cheese for melting — you will enjoy it if you can find it. The dinner omelette is a real treat and features Switzerland’s own Gruyere cheese.

Raclette Bake: 146 calories 8 oz fat 1.4 g fiber 10 g protein 9 g carbs 134 mg Calcium  NB: The food values given above are for the egg bake and fruit only, not the optional beveragesPB GF Raclette is a cheese from the Swiss/French Alps which is melted to make the eponymous dish of the region, presented with bread or potatoes. Here it is used to give a wonderful flavor to baked eggs. Wow.

one 2-oz egg ¼ slice 70-calorie whole-grain bread 1/3 oz raclette cheese, grated ¼ cup blueberries  Optional:  5 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie [88 calories] Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or mocha cafe au lait [65 calories] or lemon in hot water 

Set the toaster oven at 350 degrees F. Toast the bread and cut into cubes. Put the bread in a lightly-spritzed ramekin. Whisk the egg with the cheese, salt, and pepper and pour into the ramekin. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Pour the beverages, portion the berries, and think about the Alps.

Souffle Omelette: 310 calories 16.5 g fat 2.5 g fiber 20 g protein 19 g carbs 222.5 mg Calcium PB GF SeriousEats provided the basic recipe, which I turned into a meal for two, with two sides. Delicious! HINT: Serves 2 [two] people. The calories are a tad high, but pair it with a 280-calorie breakfast and all will be well.

4 yolks from 2-oz eggs
pinch salt + black pepper
Beat egg yolks along with a generous pinch of salt and some freshly ground black pepper until well mixed.
4 whites from 2-oz eggsIn separate large mixing bowl, beat egg whites until firm, glossy peaks form.
Add half beaten egg whites to yolks and stir well until whites are thoroughly combined and soufflé base has a looser consistency.
½ oz grated Gruyere
2 Tbsp Minced fresh chives
Mix in cheese and chives. Add rest of whites, and gently fold into the soufflé base just until well combined.
Smear butter +PAMSmear butter in pan on medium heat. Scrape mixture into pan and spread into a smooth, even circle. Cover and cook until top is barely set. 
½ oz grated GruyereScatter cheese on top, cover until cheese starts to melt, ~1 min
Side Salad 1 oz sour-dough rye breadCarefully slide omelette from pan onto a warm serving plate, folding it over itself. Serve now.

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

1 two-oz egg + fish sauce1 two-oz egg  + garlic
garlic + scallionsscallion + mushroom
cooked spinachchicken liver pate + parsley
apple + sriracha3%-fat ham + strawberries
Optional smoothieoptional smoothie
optional hot beverageoptional hot beverage

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

shrimp + carrot + scallionbroccoli + cherry tomatoes
soy sauce + cabbagechicken breast meat OR ham
spring roll wrappersgalettes/crepes
olive oil + broccoliBechamel sauce with cheese
Sparkling waterSparkling water

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