Slow Day: Lime-marinated Chicken

People who are new to Fasting often pose the questions:  “Can I really eat ‘anything I want’ on a Slow Day?” and “What should I eat on Slow Days?”   To answer those questions, I have decided to add some blog posts to show some of the foods we eat on what the world calls NFDs [non-fast days] but which, in our house, we call ‘Slow Days.’   This feature will appear sporadically.                                                                                                                              Now for the answers.  Can you really eat ANYTHING you want on a Slow Day? Not really. If you eat too many calories every Slow Day, you will not lose weight.  There are many questions asked on the FastDiet Forum which tell the tale.  But once in a while your can splurge, as long as it isn’t every day.  For what to eat on Slow Days, Dr. Mosley recommends a Mediterranean Diet.  As for how we eat,  an example follows.

Lime-marinated chicken came to us from our younger son and his friend Angela, both of whom are very handy in the kitchen. Lime marinade for chicken:pork    The marinade is simplicity itself, but the meat must sit in it for 4+ hours  — so plan ahead.  What seems to be a puny amount of marinade grows into a lot more as time goes on.  Use it for basting.  The chicken can be grilled or baked. note: I skinned half of the chicken to account for varying tastes.  Fine either way.Lime-marinated chicken, mise

Served with sliced tomatoes and potato salad, this is one of those prefect Summer meals.

Lime Marinated Chicken, plated

PS: We always use this for chicken, but our son says it is fabulous with pork, too.

Slow Days: pan bagne

People who are new to Fasting often pose the questions:  “Can I really eat ‘anything I want’ on a Slow Day?” and “What should I eat on Slow Days?”   To answer those questions, I have decided to add some blog posts to show some of the foods we eat on what the world calls NFDs [non-fast days] but which, in our house, we call ‘Slow Days.’   This feature will appear sporadically.                                                                                                                              Now for the answers.  Can you really eat ANYTHING you want on a Slow Day? Not really. If you eat too many calories every Slow Day, you will not lose weight.  There are many questions asked on the FastDiet Forum which tell the tale.  But once in a while your can splurge, as long as it isn’t every day.  For what to eat on Slow Days, Dr. Mosley recommends a Mediterranean Diet.  As for how we eat,  an example follows.

Pan Bagne means ‘bathed bread.‘  It is a layered sandwich which is ‘bathed’ in an olive oil dressing. Pan Bagne recipe    We like it for 2 reasons: a] it is delicious;  b] it should be made a day or two ahead of when you need it.  Easy to prepare, once you have assembled the ingredients, Pan Bagne makes a delightful meal for summer entertaining or for a picnic. Pan Bagna, mise    We especially like it as end-of-the-road food: for when we have traveled long hours to our vacation cottage.  After unpacking, the Pan Bagne is brought out [after 2 days of cooling], sliced, and served with a chilled drink and a sigh of relief. Here it is offered up with A Rossignol Estate Saint Jean White.Pan Bagne, plated

 

Groundhog Day

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow. On Monday, eat the meals that will be posted on Sunday.  Eat sensibly the other days of the week.  That’s it.  Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.

Ground Hog Day is a ‘cross-quarter day’ which falls equidistant between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox.  In pre-Christian times [and even beyond] it was the occasion for minor celebrations.  Our myth of the groundhog being a weather prognosticator goes back to old Germany.  Then there is the Bill Murray and Andie McDowell film, in which the anti-hero is doomed to relive the same day over and over until he gets it right.  In that vein, I will repeat myself and give you 12 tips for getting on and staying with the Fast Diet.

1. Watch the video of Dr Mosley’s program  Eat-Fast-Live which we saw originally on PBS.   http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x18a1b6_michael-mosley-eat-fast-live-longer_lifestyle     This is what inspired us to start this Lifestyle and it might help you too.

2. Plan ahead. We write on the calendar what Fast meals we want to eat in a week. Nothing ruins a diet like coming home and having no idea what to eat for dinner. That’s when the default foods come out [carry-out or pizza]. You can avoid that by planning.

3. Prep ahead. You see in many recipe the HINTS about preparing food ahead. This is a real time-saver in the morning. Want your spouse to help you to stay on the diet when you get home late? Write out the recipe, leave it on the counter, include info about where to find ingredients, and maybe the meal will be in progress when you come through the door.

4. Shop ahead. Now that you know what you want to eat, have the ingredients on hand. When Fast Day comes, you want to be ready.

5. Portion as you shop.  A recipe calls for 4 oz chicken breast: so when you get home, cut the chicken into the correct size. Wrap and label the part you need, save the trimmings for another use such as Chicken Curry or Chicken Noodle Soup. The same goes for vegetables: slice and chop those 2 oz of bell pepper that you will need.  It takes moments to do this as you unload the groceries, so do it to save time later.

6. Listen to Diane Rehm interview Dr. Mosley.  http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows /2013-03-13/dr-michael-mosley-fast-diet  Diane asks the tough questions and ends the conversation by saying that everyone on her staff can’t wait to try the diet!

7. Make the meal setting special. Instead of eating on the run or while standing over the sink, make a Fast meal an occasion. Use the good plates and flatware. Put the sparkling water in a nice glass with a twist of lemon. See the demitasse cup in the photo?Entire Breakfast It is the only one I have and it makes the breakfast table so pretty that it is saved for Fast days only.

8. Slo-o-o-ow down the meal. The other reason for the little cup at breakfast? By putting the coffee in a pitcher, I frequently have to stop to refill the cup. This bit of fussiness slows down the process. When you put food in your mouth, put down the fork. You don’t have to chew 30 times, but don’t simply cram the food in your mouth — savor it, taste it, and make it last.

9. Set goals by the clock.  After breakfast, vow not to put any calories in your mouth until noon. Then at noon, tell yourself that you can hold out for another 2 hours. Maybe setting a timer will help you: while the timer is ticking, don’t eat. This does not mean that you will eat when the timer rings! No. Set a new goal.

10. Distract yourself. After breakfast, I pour a large [1.5 cups] glass of water which I sip on until 2 pm. Then I have earned a hot cup of tea — something bold-tasting or soothing as mood dictates. A touch of honey in the drink provides a real lift. Mid- to late afternoon is difficult for me. Go for a walk [not to the kitchen or break-room!] or get involved in a long project to take your mind off eating.

11. Hide the temptation.  I stash the bowl of pistachios in the cupboard on Fast Days. Yes, I still know they are there, but out of sight, is out of mind.

12. Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow. This has a double meaning. 1] If you yearn for something on a Fast Day, tell yourself that you can have it tomorrow. It is not a promise that you have to keep. Tomorrow it might not be calling to you.  2] Tomorrow is the day that you will weigh less. Tomorrow is also weeks from now when you will be slimmer and thinking about new clothes. Tomorrow will come.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

Mediterranean Vegetables [See SIDEKICKS II posted on Oct 4, 2017] next week you will see recipes for bread-stuffs suitable for a Fast meal
1.5  two-oz eggs
tuna  Browse the archives for a breakfast menu
frozen spinach
clementine
Whatever you need for your smoothie
Whatever you need for your hot beverage

Dinner, single portion:

 3 oz cooked or raw fish, two varieties
 shallot  +   Spinach  leaves, fresh  Browse the archives for a dinner menu
 Swiss chard leaves
 egg    +  cream
 canned white beans
 granulated garlic   +  nutmeg
Sparkling water Sparkling water

A Fresh Start

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow. On Thursday, eat the meals that will be posted on Wednesday.  Eat sensibly the other days of the week.  That’s it.  Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.                                                                             Welcome to BeBlogger who is now Following.

This blog is about Fasting, aka: 5:2 Diet; IF.  “I’m not giving up eating!” you sneer. “Fasting is for ascetics who don’t enjoy life.”  If you really think that, then I want you to understand that this Lifestyle does involve eating [some really good food] and that there are many benefits beyond weight loss.  While on this Lifestyle [WOL], my husband and I have enjoyed lots of delicious food while losing a combined total of 50 pounds.  This Lifestyle is sustainable: you can do it week after week, year after year and not feel deprived.                                                                                                                                         What do you eat on the Slow [non-Fast] Days? What you want — WITHIN REASON.  Pigging out is not approved, but we go to restaurants and eat all sorts of foods. The key is learning the number of calories that you can ingest [TDEE] to get to the weight you want to achieve. This diet is not about counting calories, but you need to get a realistic sense of how much you are eating daily.  Weight loss comes with less food taken in over time and a resulting decrease in appetite.

WHY FAST?                                                                                                                                             “We all know how you are supposed to lose weight: eat low-fat foods, exercise more… and never, ever skip meals. This has been standard dietary advice for decades and though it may work for some people, levels of obesity continue to soar. So is there an alternative? We think there is. Intermittent fasting. Based on the work of leading scientists from around the world, this is an exciting new alternative to standard dieting.

“Intermittent Fasting does not mean stopping eating entirely. It means reducing the amount you eat, but only for quite short periods of time.

“In The Fast Diet book I outline my experiences of trying different forms of intermittent fasting, before settling on what I called a 5:2 regime. With 5:2 intermittent fasting you eat normally five days a week and diet two days a week, cutting your calorie intake for those two days to a ¼ of their normal level. This means that on, say, a Monday and a Thursday you will eat 500 calories if you are a woman, 600 if you are a man.

“If you stick to this plan then you should lose around 1lb (0.46kg) a week if you are a woman, slightly more for a man. Success also depends on not over-eating on your normal days.

“You should not only lose weight but also enjoy a wide range of health benefits. Studies of intermittent fasting show that not only do people see improvements in blood pressure and their cholesterol levels, but also in their insulin sensitivity.

“As one of the medical experts I interviewed put it: ‘There is nothing else you can do to your body that is as powerful as fasting.’

“Welcome to The Fast Diet and to the community on this site. We will keep you up to date with the latest in this exciting new field. You can read how others are managing this way of life and pick up lots of helpful tips. We hope it works for you.”                                              — Michael Mosley, originator of the Fast Diet

This blog is about recipes to eat on Fast Days.  Some of them appear in our regular diet on Slow Days because they are so yummy. Throughout 2018, I will be posting recipes which I hope will make following the Fasting Lifestyle as easy as A-B-C. There will also be tips for how to stock your freezer and your pantry to make it convenient to prepare the healthy, home-made food that we eat every week.

If you want to improve your health and lose weight, I recommend that you follow the Fasting Lifestyle. The New Year is a time for a fresh start.  Try Fasting.

Lenten Fasting

Fasting is a tradition for the Lenten Season.  It shows a willingness to forgo some of life’s pleasures to atone for sins.  Fast Days used to be a staple in the old days:  the king or the Church would declare a day of fasting to drive away an invading army or to halt the spread of plague.  History does not say how well that worked, but I can tell you that if you stick to 2 Fast Days each week [and eat reasonably the other days], this diet will work for you.  Today at the start of Lent, meals which feature neither eggs nor meat.                   Are you up for a challenge?  If you haven’t yet begun a full 5:2 Fasting Lifestyle [dabbled around the edges but not ready to commit], try it for the next 6 weeks. You will find that by the end, it will be almost second nature.  Go ahead! Do it.

Red White and Blue  295 calories   1.4 g fat  3.8 g fiber     20 g protein   45 g carbs    504 mg Calcium   PB   GFif using GF bread    Ricotta is higher in protein and Calcium than cottage cheese, but you could substitute that if you wish.Red White & blue

½ cup fat-free ricotta                                                                                                                                                                 ¼ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen [if frozen, keep frozen until ready to use]                                              ½ cup sliced strawberries, fresh or frozen [after slicing, put in a strainer to drain the juices]                                                                                                                                                                            1 slice of 70-calorie multi-grain bread [Nature’s Own] cut into a star with the largest cookie cutter that will fit the bread                                                                                                                                            2 large pinches of cinnamon sugar                                                                                                       blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                 5-6 oz fruit smoothie, green smoothie or natural apple cider

Cut your slice of bread with a large star cookie cutter, freezing the scraps for use in Crab Cakes or Stuffed Clams or Crab-Stuffed Flounder. Sprinkle the bread with a small pinch of cinnamon sugar and toast it. Measure the ricotta onto your plate. Put the fruit on top. [I do not recommend stirring the fruit into the cheese, since it will ‘stain’ the cheese.] Top with a small pinch of cinnamon sugar and plate with the toast. Pour the hot beverage and the smoothie.

Felafel with Cucumber Raita:   276 calories   10.2 g fat   16 g protein   33.5 g carbs PB GF    The felafel is from the Eastern Mediterranean, while the raita is from India.  A happy blend of flavors and cultures.                           NO PHOTO                                                                                                                                                        5 felafel patties [see Because It’s June! June 1, 2016]                                                                                                    1 cup raw spinach                                                                                                                                                   1/2 tsp olive oil                                                                                                                                                       large pinch ground nutmeg                                                                                                                                          4 oz plain, non-fat yogurt                                                                                                                                         1 scant cup cucumbers, cubed                                                                                                                               1 tsp white wine vinegar                                                                                                                                         1 ½ tsp fresh mint, chopped or dried dill weed

Thaw out 5 of those felafel patties what we prepared last June 1. Heat them in the toaster oven or in a non-stick pan on the stove. Do not cook them in oil. Cut the spinach into a chiffonade [make a pile of leaves and cut thinly across their width]and put into a bowl. Cube the cucumbers. Stir together the yogurt, vinegar, and dill or mint. Add the cucumber cubes and stir gently to combine. Toss the spinach with the olive oil and nutmeg. Plate it and love it.

INGREDIENTS FOR NEXT WEEK’S MEALS: one serving size

Breakfasts

1 two-oz egg
¼ oz ham
Ricotta cheese, low-fat [or cottage cheese]
Parmesan cheese
sage, salt, pepper, rosemary, crushed red pepper
Applesauce [unsweetened], 2 oz [or pear]
Whatever you need for your smoothie
Whatever you need for your hot beverage

Dinners

¾ cup lobster meat
Cream or ½ & ½
Bechamel sauce, 2 Tbsp
Dijon mustard
Green beans, fresh or frozen
Raspberries, 1 oz
Peaches, 2 oz

Hemispherical

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow. On Monday, eat the meals that will be posted on Sunday.  Eat sensibly the other days of the week.  That’s it.  Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.

A sphere, as we all know, is a 3-dimensional, round shape.  Some people might describe their body shape as spherical.   In geometry, a hemisphere is half of a sphere.  In geography, a hemisphere means dividing the globe into two parts: either northern vs southern hemisphere; or ‘eastern’ vs ‘western’ hemisphere. [I put those in quotes since they are a matter of perspective — where does East begin???]  We have been enjoying foods from several hemispheres while enjoying the fact that the body has become less spherical. Have you seen results, too?  Today’s foods celebrate hemispheres in their shape.  What shape would you like to be?

Spinach Fritatta:   267 calories   9.4 g fat    1.5 g fiber   17.2 g protein    24 g carbs    311.5 mg Calcium     PB   GF    Long an item in food magazine brunch articles, it was time to take it to the Fasting table. Worth the wait: delicious and filling.spinach-fritatta-w-grapes

1 and ½ two-oz eggs                                                                                                                                             1.5 Tbsp fat-free ricotta                                                                                                                                          1/3 oz mozzerella, grated                                                                                                                                         ½ oz mushrooms, chopped                                                                                                                                ½ clove garlic, minced                                                                                                                                          ½ cup cooked spinach, pressed and drained                                                                                             salt to taste + nutmeg                                                                                                                                           ½ oz grapes                                                                                                                                                      blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                                                                             3 oz green smoothie or fruit smoothie or unpasturized apple cider

Combine the cheeses, mushrooms, garlic, spinach, and flavorings. Spritz a 4” custard cup with non-stick spray and spread the cheese mixture evenly in the bottom. [I was cooking for 2 and used an oval 5×7” baking dish] HINT: do this the night before and leave on the counter. Set the oven for 375 degrees F. Beat the eggs until broken up and frothy. Pour over the spinach/cheese mixture and bake for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the beverages and plate the grapes. Breakfast is great.

Crêpes w/ Chicken & Broccoli     295 calories     8.8 g fat    3.4 g fiber     21.6 g protein    36.6 g carbs     190.3 mg Calcium    While not entirely GF, the crêpes are low in gluten since the buckwheat is gluten free.      This utilizes the crêpe batter which we made using the recipe from Sidekicks II [October 4, 2018] and froze for later.  SO easy when you have prepared ahead of time. If the Béchamel Sauce was also in the freezer, so much the easier.Chciken& Broc Crepes

1.5 oz broccoli, cooked                                                                                                                                                       1.75 oz chicken breast, cooked                                                                                                                                     3 crêpes prepared, or 3/4 cup crêpe batter                                                                                                     2.5 Tbsp Béchamel sauce, with cheese**                                                                                                                                        1/2 oz cherry tomatoes                                                                                                                                     Cook 3 crêpes and lay flat on a baking sheet. Warm the oven to 320 degrees. Chop the broccoli and dice the chicken. Stir together with the Béchamel sauce and measure out 2.5 Tbsp. HINT: freeze the remainder in 1/2 cup portions for future recipes.  Add salt/pepper/herbs to taste. Divide the mixture among the crêpes. Fold the crêpes over and press gently. Heat filled crêpes until warmed through, about 15 minutes, covered with foil so they don’t dry out. Plate with the tomatoes. Voila!

**Béchamel Sauce with cheese: makes 1.75 cups. Freezes well.                                                                                       1.5 cups chicken stock                slice of carrot                      slice of onion                                                                            3 Tbsp butter       3 Tbsp white whole wheat flour                                                                                      ½ cup skimmed milk                            ½ cup half&half                                                                                1 wedge Laughing Cow cheese

Cook the stock, carrot and onion for about 15 minutes until the liquid measures 1 cup.               In another saucepan, melt the butter and whisk in the flour.                                                          Slowly add the stock and whisk at a gently bubble until thickened.                                                Add the half&half and the cheese. Continue to whisk until thickened.                                       Freeze what you don’t use today in small portions for later.

Shopping list for next week’s Fasting:     [portions for one person]                                    Breakfasts

1 two-oz egg ½ cup low-fat ricotta
1 Tbsp crushed tomatoes Blueberries, ¼ cup
½ anchovy fillet, canned or jarred
¼ oz cooked chicken breast 2 Large pinches cinnamon sugar
thyme, salt, pepper, rosemary, crushed red pepper 1 slice whole-grain bread, 70-calories/ slice
Strawberries, 2 oz Strawberries ¼ cup
 1 Tbsp low-fat cottage cheese
Whatever you need for your hot beverage Whatever you need for your smoothie

Dinners:

3 oz shrimp, fresh or frozen olive oil
4-5 six” egg roll wrappers white wine vinegar
1 clove garlic          slice fresh ginger Fresh mint or dried dill
carrot        onion 1 cup  baby spinach
3 oz green cabbage 1.5 tsp Parmesan cheese, grated
oyster sauce, 1 Tbsp         1 Tbsp soy sauce Cucumber: cubed, 1 cup
canola oil  4 oz plain yogurt
3 oz tomatoes

dipping sauces:  Chinese mustard and/or 1 Tbsp wasabi or Sriracha  + 1 Tbsp plum sauce   [depending on your tolerance  for spicy-hot sauce

5 falafel patties – make ahead using recipe from March 20, 2016 or take from freezer pre-made     [1 can chick peas    tumeric                      1.2 cloves garlic     celery      scallions      egg tahini      cumin   cayenne   pepper     salt]

Anything is Possible

I used to love to teach my students about Clyde Tombaugh. He was a Kansas farm boy with a high school education who wanted to be an astronomer. By pluck and luck, he ended up working for the Lowell Observatory and discovered the ‘planet’ Pluto. [Feb 18 is the anniversary of that]  His story shows that anything is possible if you work hard. So it is with losing weight and learning to eat a healthier diet. There is no magic fix: you have to work at it. But the result is worth it. You too can achieve your goals.  Think you won’t make it to dinner without breaking your Fast? Read this: http://www.cheatsheet.com/health-fitness/curb-your-appetite-5-ways-to-stop-feeling-hungry-so-often.html/?a=viewall                Welcome to Splendidfitness who is now following.

Breakfast Quiche:      304 calories       0.9 g fat      9 g fiber      14 g protein      37 g carbs 362.4 mg Calcium     GF PB     Since the late 1960s, quiche has been the staple of the brunch table. Updated for our use as Fasters, it packs a lot of Calcium as well as tasting very good. NOTE: this makes enough for 2 meals. Invite a guest or triple the recipe and have a party.  quiche w: melon-Bbs

For 4 [four] muffin-sized quiches – two for breakfast, two for lunch tomorrow.                            1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                               1 Tbsp + 1 tsp nonfat ricotta or cottage cheese, both drained                                                                         2/3 oz mozzerella cheese, grated                                                                                                                        2/3 oz Jarlsberg cheese, grated                                                                                                                              1 oz broccoli florets, steamed, chopped HINT: do this the night before or use leftovers from a dinner                                                                                                                                                           1/3 oz onion, chopped                                                                                                                                marjoram, salt, pepper                                                                                                                                               2 0z melon + 2 Tbsp blueberries

Steam the onion and chopped broccoli until cooked. Distribute among 4 prepared muffin tins. [I used silicone muffin pans. You could use cupcake papers as well. Both choices avoid added fat and calories.] Add the grated cheeses. Mash any lumps in the cottage cheese/ricotta and whisk in the egg. Spoon over vegetables in muffin cup, putting an equal amount in each. Sprinkle with salt and marjoram. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, until quiche filling is set. Prepare the fruit, the hot beverage, and the smoothie. 

Antipasto with Tuna: 252 calories   10.6 g fat   4.3 g fiber  20.6 g protein   23.7 g carbs  250.7 mg Calcium      PB   GF    This one is a keeper. Simple, off the shelf, pretty on the plate, good to eat. The photo shows enough for 2 people. Invite a guest who is Fasting, too.  The recipe is for ONE PERSON.amtipasto-w-herbs

1 oz roasted red pepper, without oil [I roast my own, slice and freeze them]                                          1 oz mozzerella, cut into ‘sticks’ [I buy blocks of mozzerells for slicing]                                             1/2 of a 5-0z can tuna, packed in water, drained and broken into large chunks                                       2.5 oz tomato slices                                                                                                                                                                    1.5 oz whole green beans, steamed, drained                                                                                                   3/4 oz marinated mushrooms                                                                                                                            3 Tbsp. garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained if canned                                                                                   2 black olives, pitted and sliced                                                                                                                              1.5 slices pepperoni, chopped                                                                                                                                  1/2 tsp flavored oil  +  salt  +  chopped fresh herbs: basil, chives, oregano

Prepare the ingredients and keep separate. Now combine the red peppers and olives.  Stir the pepperoni in with the garbanzos. On a platter, arrange the ingredients in rows as shown in the photo. Suit your own artistic nature as to what goes where. Be liberal with the fresh herbs.

Happy Birthday #2

Tomorrow will be my husband’s birthday.  If ever there were a poster child for the Fasting Lifestyle, he’s it.  When nay-sayers look at diets, they say that fasting is probably unsustainable; that no-one would want to stay on that diet for very long.  We are almost to 4 years on the diet, and still follow it.  Even when I’m not home, my husband sticks to the diet.  Because he enjoys the food and he realizes the benefits of the plan.  I’m glad he’s on board, because I love him and want him to be healthy for years to come.  P, YTQ.

Rustica Scromelette:   292 calores  8.9 g fat      1.4 g fiber     16 g protein     33 g carbs       270 mg Calcium   PB GF   One of our favorite dinners for a Slow Day is Pasta Rustica. So why not enjoy those flavors at breakfast? The cheese, the herbs, and the eggs combine for a real WOW in the morning.rustica-scromelette

1 ½ two-oz 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, crack three 2-oz eggs into a jar with a lid and put it in the ‘fridge for next week.                                       ½ Tbsp crushed tomatoes                                                                                                                                  ½ Tbsp low-fat ricotta cheese                                                                                                                          1/8 oz mozzerella, chopped                                                                                                                                1/3 oz onion, chopped                                                                                                                                                  ¼ clove garlic, minced or pressed                                                                                                                     basil + oregano + salt + hot pepper flakes HINT: I combined the tomato, cheeeses, herbs and spices the night before.                                                                                                                             1 oz melon                                                                                                                                                             blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                 5-6 oz green smoothie or fruit smoothie or unpasturized apple cider

Heat a well-seasoned cast iron or non-stick pan and spritz it with oil or cooking spray. Add the prepared onion and garlic and stir to cook briefly . Whisk the eggs with the cheeses and seasonings and pour over the onions in the pan. Scramble to your favorite degree of doneness. Plate the fruit, prepare the beverages. You are in for a treat.

Turkey Picatta: 257 calories   5 g fat   1.3 g fiber   31 g protein   21 g carbs   28 mg Calcium GFturkey-piccata

4 oz uncooked turkey breast                                                                                                                             salt & pepper                                                                                                                                                          ½ tsp olive oil                                                                                                                                                              1 Tbsp white wine                                                                                                                                                    1/3 cup chicken stock                                                                                                                                            1.5 tsp lemon juice                                                                                                                                                         2 Tbsp shallots, minced                                                                                                                                 pinch garlic powder                                                                                                                                                         2 tsp capers                                                                                                                                                                      3 oz tomatoes, sliced                                                                                                                                            ¼ cup brown rice [saved from a previous cooking time and frozen — a great time-saver today since brown rice can take 40 minutes to cook]

Combine the wine, stock and lemon juice. Put your hand on the turkey breast and cut it parallel to your hand into 2 pieces. If needed, pound the pieces to even out the thickness. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat and cook the turkey on both sides until cooked through, adding a little of the stock mixture if needed. Remove turkey to a plate and keep warm. Add the stock mixture and shallots to the pan along with the garlic powder, stirring up the brown bits on the pan. Cook down until only 3-4 tablespoons of sauce remain. Lastly add the capers. Warm the rice [if using cooked left-over rice],  slice and plate the tomatoes. Plate the rice, drizzling 1 Tbsp sauce over it. Plate the turkey, pouring the remaining sauce on it. 

INGREDIENTS FOR NEXT WEEK’S MEALS, portions for one person:                                    Breakfast: NB: breakfast on Monday makes enough for a breakfast and a lunch.                  breakfast on Thursday makes enough for a breakfast and a lunch.

3 two-oz eggs + 1 egg white 4 Tbsp + 1 tsp low-fal ricotta
1.4 oz mozzerella cheese 1 oz mushrooms
1 clove garlic 2/3 oz Jarlsberg cheese
1 cup cooked spinach Broccoli, 1 oz could use left-over
Nutmeg, salt, pepper, marjoram, chives, Onion, 1 oz
Melon, 1- 2 oz Grapes, 1 oz or substitute melon
Blueberries, 2 Tbsp
Whatever you need for your hot beverage Whatever you need for your smoothie

Dinner:  NB: dinner on Thursday involves some preparation in advance

Roasted red pepper 1 0z Mozzerella 1 oz
3 oz canned tuna or 2 oz fresh, grilled Tomato 2.5 oz
1.5 oz whole green beans [could use leftovers] ¾ oz marinated mushrooms
Garbanzo beans 3 Tbsp Black olives, 2, oil-cured
1.2 slices peperoni Red onion 2 tsp chopped
½ tsp flavorful finishing oil Broccoli 1.5 oz
1.75 oz chicken breast meat, cooked Bechamel sauce 2.5 Tbsp from a larger batch
3 part-buckwheat crepes – make batter ahead using recipe from Holy Crepes, Oct 13, 2015    need: buckwheat flour, unbleached white flour, 2 eggs 1.5 c. chicken stock        carrot slice           onion slice     3 T butter      ½ c half & half                                 3 T white whole wheat flour                              ½ c skimmed milk                                                     1 wedge Laughing Cow cheese

 

New Look

On this day in 1953, Christian Dior presented his fashion collection which came to be called ‘The New Look.’  It featured a belted waist and a wide skirt, sans poodle.  Would you like your own new look?  More svelte, perhaps?  It is possible with the Fasting Lifestyle. Shop today for ingredients, and start working on your new look tomorrow.    And then read this review of the Fast Diet by WebMD.  http://www.webmd.com/diet/fast-diet-review

Sausage-Egg Bake:  303 calories   7.6 g fat     1.4 g fiber    17.2 g protein    32.7 g carbs    211 mg Calcium    GF      Quick and yummy: can’t beat that.sausage-egg-bake

1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                                1 chicken breakfast sausage, cooked [I like AlFresco frozen sausages, 50 calories/link]                                                   1 Tbsp low-fat cottage cheese                                                                                                                                                       pinch marjoram, salt, pepper                                                                                                                            ½ oz unsweetened applesauce                                                                                                                    blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                  5-6 oz fruit smoothie, green smoothie or natural apple cider

With the back of a spoon, mash the cottage cheese through a sieve to break up the lumps and make it smooth. Whisk the cheese with the egg and seasonings. Spritz a ramekin with oil or non-stick spray. Dice the sausage and put it into the ramekin. Pour the egg mixture on top and bake in the toaster oven 12-15 minutes, depending on how you like your eggs. Brew your warm beverage, shake and pour the smoothie, dish that sweet little dab of applesauce. Nice start to your day.

Crab-Stuffed Flounder: 273 calories      PB GF – if using GF bread      HINT: Serves 2 [two] but recipe could easily be cut in half.  Simply delicious.crab-stuffed-white-fish

½ cup crab meat                                                                                                                                                      2/3 ounce egg [white and/or yolk]                                                                                                                               3 Tbsp scallion, chopped                                                                                                                                                 2 tsp Dijon mustard                                                                                                                                             1.5 Tbsp fresh bread crumbs made using 70-calorie whole-grain bread                                              chopped parsley, salt, and pepper                                                                                                                     11 oz flounder or sole fillets. This must be as 4 [four] fillets if serving 2 diners                                  1 tsp butter                                                                                                                                                                       2 tsp shallots, chopped                                                                                                                                         ¼ cup white wine                                                                                                                                                per person: 1 cup lettuce dressed with ½ tsp olive oil and ½ tsp vinegar 

Combine the crab, egg, scallion, mustard, bread crumbs, parsley, salt, and pepper. Melt the butter in an oven-proof dish and add the wine. Lay two fish fillets in the dish and top with the crab stuffing. Lay the other fish fillets on top of the stuffing and lightly press down. Spoon some of the butter/wine on top of the fish. Sprinkle with the chopped shallots. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until the fish is cooked and opaque. Prepare the salad. When serving the fish, pour the pan sauce over top.

Iberian Itinerary

Last time we celebrated the cuisines of the Western Mediterranean, so let’s linger longer in this part of the world.  Today we will be in Spain. The breakfast is a variant of our old favorite Tapas dish, Flamenco Eggs. This time it appears in a ScrOmelette.  The dinner takes the same flavors of tomato and onion, combines them with garbanzos [Spanish word for ‘chickpea.’]  Several varieties of garbanzos are grown around Spain, coming from Andalusia, Extremadura, the Castilian plains, Zamora,  and Castile-Leon.  These are foods that Hemingway would have loved.  Enjoy your day in Espagña.

Flamenco ScrOmelette:     287 calories     7.7 g fat    2.7 g fiber     15 g protein     38.6 g carbs   225 mg Calcium     PB GF    Tapas flavors in your breakfast scramble. Very good.flamenco-scrom

1 ½ two-oz 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                                                                            1.5 Tbsp tomato puree                                                                                                                                          ¾ oz bell peppers, chopped                                                                                                                               1.5 Tbsp onions, chopped                                                                                                                                           pinch cayenne pepper + pinch parsley + salt to taste                                                                                                      1 oz melon                                                                                                                                                                     5-6 oz fruit smoothie or natural apple cider                                                                                     blackish coffee or tea or lemon in hot water

If stating the night before: Put the peppers and onions in a micro-wave safe container and nuke them for 1 minute. Stir in the tomato puree and the seasonings. Leave on counter overnight.   Next morning, stir the cooked vegetables in the sauce pan before adding eggs.                                                                                                                                              If starting at breakfast-time: Spritz a saute pan with non-stick spray and heat it. Put the chopped vegetables into the hot saute pan to cook, then add the eggs, seasonings, and tomato paste. Scramble together [or cook like an omelette] until the way you like it. Plate with the melon, pour the hot and cold beverages. Great flavors.

Chickpea Ragout with Beef**:                       GF   PB                                                                           nb: entire batch of Ragout has 484 calories, so divide the whole thing into portions                                    divided in 2:  242 calories   4.8 g fat    10.7 g fiber   11.7 g protein   40.3 g carbs   51.3 mg Calcium  divided in 4:   121 calories   2.8 g fat   5.3 g fiber    5.8 g protein    20 g carbs   26 mg Calcium This is from Jacques Pepin’s Fast Food My Way. Although he doesn’t mean my kind of ‘Fast Food,’ Pepin has long been a proponent of healthy cooking. He presents this as a side dish, but for our purposes is best prepared as a main course with  meat for more protein. [If you want to eat it without the beef, top it with some cheese.]  SORRY. NO PHOTO.

½ tsp olive oil                                                                                                                                                            ½ cup diced onions                                                                                                                                              ½ cup scallions, chopped                                                                                                                                      1 Tbsp garlic                                                                                                                                                              2 cups diced tomatoes, fresh or canned and drained                                                                                    1 and ½ cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed if canned                                                                              ½ cup chicken stock                                                                                                                                                                 ½ tsp salt +  ½ tsp pepper                                                                                                                                        ** 2 oz lean beef pieces, not ground beef

Heat the oil in a saute pan. Add the onion, scallion and garlic. Stir briefly over the heat then add the tomatoes, chickpeas, salt, and pepper. Cook over low heat until liquids are mostly evaporated. If using now, separate out your portion and keep warm. Cool the remaining ragout and freeze it in serving portions.   If the meat is previously cooked, mix in with the ragout to warm the meat.  If the beef is raw, add to the pan along with the tomatoes and chickpeas to cook it.

SHOPPING LIST FOR NEXT WEEK:   for one person servings                                                                                               3 two-oz eggs : 2 whole eggs + one white + one yolk                                                                                 1-2 shallots           1 slice onion            1/2 clove garlic            pinch  garlic powder                                                                                                                                                1 Applegate chicken sausage [33 cal]                                                                                                           1/4 oz mozzarella cheese                                                                                                                                     2 Tbsp ricotta or cottage cheese, low-fat type                                                                                                   2 0z fruit + 2 oz banana [for smoothie]                                                                                                                     basil             oregano              hot pepper flakes           parsley          salt                pepper                                                                                                                                       2 oz applesauce or 2 oz strawberries [or 1 oz of each]                                                                             1/4 cup crab meat                                                                                                                                                    1 scallion                                                                    1.5 tsp lemon juice                                                                                          Dijon mustard                                                         1/3 cup chicken stock                                                                                                                                                   1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs                                 3 oz tomato                                                                                                      4 oz [2 fillets] flounder or sole                            olive oil                                                                                               2 tsp butter or olive oil                                         4 Tbsp white wine                                                                          4 oz turkey cutlet                                                    1/4 cup cooked brown rice