Saint Dorothy

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.

Dorothy lived in Asia Minor [modern Turkey] during the early Christian Era. She was a convert, which was against the law, and pledged to be married only to Christ, who lived in Paradise where flowers and fruits are ripe all year long. Put on trial for her refusal to renounce her faith, she was sentenced to death. The prosecution lawyer, Theophilus, gloated over his victory and mocked Dorothy. As she was lead away to die, Theophilus called out, “Hey! Bride of Christ! Send me some fruit from your bride-groom’s garden in Paradise!” The crowd heard him and laughed heartily at the jest. Here the story diverges. In version 1) Dorothy takes off her head-dress before being beheaded and gives it to a small boy, bidding him give it to the scoffing lawyer. When the head-dress is delivered, it smells divinely of fruit. In version 2) Dorothy is killed. Soon afterward, a small boy finds Theophilus in the crowd and gives him a basket of fruit and flowers even though it is February. (I love Version 2.) At any rate, Theophilus was moved to recognize that Dorothy was a holy person; that her religion was better than his; and that he had to become a Christian forthwith. He declared his change of faith and of heart, was arrested and put to death. All of this happened on February 6, 311 CE. Dorothy was a popular topic for artists in the Renaissance. In paint and wood-cuts of Dorothy, her sweet story was told. Maybe she never lived at all. She is the patron saint of gardners, fruit growers, and brides.

We will celebrate Saint Dorothy with flavors from warmer climates: curry and coconut. Eat vegetables and fruit today.

Curried Vegetable Bake: 123 calories 5 g fat 1.5 g fiber 7 g protein 11.6 g carbs 41.5 mg Calcium  NB: The food values given above are for the egg bake and fruit only, not the optional beverages. PB GF  If you love the warm, spicy taste of curry, then feel free to add more to this dish.

one 2-oz egg ½ oz carrot, cooked and diced [HINT: use leftovers from a dinner]  ½ oz broccoli, cooked and diced 1 Tbsp Indian curry powder -OR- 4 Tbsp curry sauce  additional curry powder, salt, garlic powder, all to taste 2 oz applesauce   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

Spritz an oven-safe dish with non-stick spray and set the toaster oven to 350 F. Whisk together the vegetables, seasonings, and the curry powder/sauce until well blended. Whisk the egg into the mixture and turn into the dish. Bake about 15 minutes while you portion the applesauce and prepare the optional beverages. 

Halibut in Thai Coconut Curry: 258 calories 14 g fat 2 g fiber 21 g protein 10 g carbs 139 mg Calcium  PB GF  This is from Alaska from Scratch by Maya Wilson and it is delicious.

1 tsp olive oil, separated 3 cups spinach, lightly packed 1 Tbsp shallots, chopped ¾ Tbsp Thai red curry paste or more to taste ¼ cup chicken broth 3½ fluid oz light coconut milk pinch sugar 3 oz halibut fillet 2 Tbsp scallion 1½ tsp lime juice

Heat ½ tsp olive oil in a wide saute pan with 1-2 Tbsp water. Add the spinach with salt and pepper and toss in the oil until greens begin to wilt. Remove to a bowl and cover to keep warm. Put ½ tsp oil in the pan with the shallots and cook 2 minutes. Add curry paste, chicken broth, coconut milk, and sugar. Whisk to combine and simmer on low until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Salt the fish and add to the broth in the pan, spooning some broth on top of the fish. Cover and poach 5 minutes per ½” of thickness of the fish fillet. Put greens in the serving bowl and top with fish. Stir scallions and lime juice into broth, turn heat up briefly. Ladle broth over the fish and greens.  Optional: ¼ cup brown rice.

>>>Have you seen this from the CBC? https://www.cbc.ca/radio/whitecoat/intermittent-fasting-1.6725799 Lots of good facts about Fasting and its benefits for your body.

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