Posh

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.                                                                                                          Welcome to Jovanna M who is now Following.

“Posh.” Does that make you think of a Spice Girl? or the rich and famous? or taking a boat to India?  My mother told me that the origin of the word was attributed to the best class of staterooms on passenger liners that sailed from England to India and back. To have your cabin in the shade, thus being cooler, for the whole trip, you wanted to be on the Port side going out and on the Starboard side coming back. A pretty story, but alas, untrue. The term has less to do with E.M. Forester and more to do with Conan Doyle. Remember the Persian slipper where Holmes kept his tobacco on the mantle? That type of slipper was possibly called a “papoosh” and it was considered to be ‘posh’ in Persia.

In honor of my mother’s spurious story, we will imagine that we are sailing to India for the first time.  We depart favoring sturdy English meals, like ham and mushrooms for breakfast.  But on the way home, the trunks are full of Indian silks and pajamas [!] and we are trying to figure out how to teach Cook to use curry and ketchup and other delicious condiments of India, as in our dinner of curried vegetables and turkey.

Ham & Mushroom Bake:  277 calories  7.2 g fat   5.9 g fiber   15.7 g protein  38 g carbs  221 mg Calcium   PB  GF  A hearty, flavor-packed breakfast begins with ham and mushrooms. Though these are flavors of autumn, they can be enjoyed any time, especially on a Fast Day.       Ham & Mushroom ScrOmelette w: plum                                                                                                                                                          One 2-oz egg                                                                                                                                                              1/3 oz mushrooms, chopped                                                                                                                                 ½ oz roast ham or 3% fat deli ham, chopped                                                                                                        1 Tbsp Gruyere cheese, grated                                                                                                                                                 ½ tsp ground sage                                                                                                                                                  ¼ tsp savory                                                                                                                                                             ½ cup raspberries                                                                                                                                                    5-6 oz fruit smoothie or natural apple cider                                                                                              blackish coffee or tea or lemon in hot water

Set toaster oven at 350° F. Spritz some cooking spray into a ramekin. Grate the cheese. Chop the ham and mushrooms, and put them into the ramekin. Whisk together the cheese, egg, and seasonings, and pour that in too. Bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on how well set you like your eggs. It will puff up and start to brown a bit. Heat your beverage, shake the smoothie, and portion the fruit. Off to a good start.

Indian Vegetables with Naan: 299 calories   13 g fat   6.3 g fiber   17.6 g protein  31 g carbs [28 g Complex] 78 mg Calcium PB   This delicious meal needs 2 things in advance: Rogan Josh Sauce and Naan breads. Dear Husband loved it.Indian Vegetables w: Naan

1 naan flatbread, 106 or fewer calories/piece: purchased or home-made                                                                                                     3 Tbsp Rogan Josh Sauce: purchased or home-made   

                                                                                                                                     ½ cup zucchini, in 1/2” dice                                                                                                                                  ½ cup cauliflower, in 1/2” pieces                                                                                                                         ½ cup tomato, in 1/2” dice                                                                                                                                        2 oz ground turkey [I had 15% fat but would have prefered less]                                                                    ¼ tsp Indian curry powder

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

Ingredients for next week:

Breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg 1.5 two-oz eggs
Camembert cheese eggplant   + onion
nutmeg   + Dijon mustard tomato sauce   +  herbes de Province
apples or strawberries pear
Whatever you need for your smoothie Whatever you need for your smoothie
Whatever you need for your hot beverage Whatever you need for your hot beverage

Dinner, single portion:

salad greens   + clementine watercress  +   canola oil
asparagus  +  shrimp  +  mango chicken stock  + onion  + celery
hardboiled egg  + mayonnaise garlic + potato  +  sweet potato
Srircha   + granulated garlic  + lemon juice chèvre   optional: mozzarella + tomato
Sparkling water Sparkling water

East of Suez

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.

In what has to be one of the most gripping and forlorn line in his work “Mandalay,” Rudyard Kipling wrote, “Ship me somewheres East of Suez where the best is like the worst.  Where there aren’t no Ten Commandments an’ a man can raise a thirst.”  We are not here to discuss religion or your drinking habits.  Rather, today’s topic is the food of India.  If the best is like the worst, then these meals rank right up there with the best.  And the worst must be pretty good too. Here’s hoping that today’s menus help you to reach your goals, and you don’t have to ship out to foreign lands to enjoy it.

Tomato-Curry ScrOmelette:   300 calories  8.2 g fat  4.0 g fiber  16 g protein   40 g carbs   392 mg Calcium  PB GF   This recipe was loosely inspired by Fifty Breakfasts, a book by Col. A. R. K. Herbert, detailing “dishes men like” and containing many foods redolent of his years serving the Queen in India.Tomato Curry ScrOmelette w: s-bs

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.                                                                                    1/2 Tbsp curry powder                                                                                                                                           2 oz fresh tomatoes, diced and drained                                                                                                       1.5 oz strawberries                                                                                                                                                   dollop of plain, fat-free yogurt                                                                                                                              5-6 oz fruit smoothie or natural apple cider                                                                                      blackish coffee or tea or lemon in hot water

Drain the tomatoes so that they are not too juicy. Combine with the curry powder and whisk with the eggs. Spritz a fry pan with olive oil or non-stick spray and pour in the egg mixture. Cook to your liking. Prepare the beverages and plate the fruit. Plop a dollop of plain, unsweetened yogurt on the eggs.  A rousing good start to your day.

Tandoori Chicken and Vegetables:   265 calories   4.8 g fat   9 g fiber   20 g protein   32.6 g carbs   99.5 mg Calcium   PB GF     TIP: You can buy jars of tandoori sauce in most supermarkets. Be sure it does not contain corn syrup or sweeteners. Aim for 70-80 calories/ quarter cupTandoori Chicken

2 oz chicken breast, cooked or raw                                                                                                                   ½ cup eggplant, cubed                                                                                                                                         2 oz broccoli                                                                                                                                                             2 oz bell peppers, cut in chunks                                                                                                                         2 oz zucchini, sliced or cubed                                                                                                                             2 oz carrots, sliced 1/4” thick or use ‘baby carrots’ cut in quarters                                                          ¼ cup brown rice, cooked    TIP: when I cook a batch of brown rice, I freeze some in 1/4 cup portions to use for recipes like this                                                                                                     ¼ c tandoori sauce:  purchased or use the recipe in the link                                                                                                                                                 2 Tbsp plain, non-fat yogurt

Cook the vegetables together in a little water until they are tender. Add the chicken and the sauce. Warm it all. If the chicken is raw, be sure to cook it through. Either stir the yogurt into the sauce or serve it atop the meal. Plate the brown rice [warm it if cold] and serve the chicken and vegetables on top. Perfect for eating on a hot night or a cold one.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg 1.5 two-oz eggs
 Crushed tomatoes  mixed fresh herbs [to taste]
 Anchovy    +   Pear 1/4 cup zucchini, raw or cooked
 Low-fat cottage cheese Jarlsberg cheese
 Tiny bit of cooked chicken peach
Whatever you need for your smoothie Whatever you need for your hot beverage
Whatever you need for your hot beverage Whatever you need for your smoothie

Dinner, single portion:

 4 oz halibut 3 cups grated zucchini + lettuce for salad
 Olive oil + chicken stock  Onion + garlic
 Onion + scallions + garlic  3 eggs + lots of herbs
 2 cups diced tomatoes  Whole wheat ‘bisquick’
 1.5 cups chickpeas, canned  2 oz chicken breast + Parmesan cheese
 2 wedges Laughing Cow cheese
Sparkling water Sparkling water