Plain Yogurt Day

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.

Who makes these things up? ‘National This and That Day‘, carried to the Nth degree! But here’s one to get behind: Plain Yogurt Day. Seems its a thing… Yogurt is good for you. That is a fact. Not true are the old claims that eating it will lengthen your lifespan, as the old TV ad used to assert. High in Calcium, low in fat, high in protein, no added sugars: you can’t beat that! Substitute it for sour cream or mayonnaise or buttermilk. Use plain yogurt in dips and salad dressing and baking. Swap it out in marinades and smoothies. I have used it in numerous recipes on Fast Days, and I’m still finding new uses! Try it yourself on its Day, and other days throughout the year. Today’s menu uses a dollop of plain yogurt as a garnish and as an ingredient, just to ease you into the flavor. Then you can move on to Smoothies [such as the one cited in the breakfast] or parfaits [see Citrus, from February]. Making your own is very simple, if you use this recipe from the NYTimes cooking column.

Tomato-Curry ScrOmelette: 154 calories 7.9 g fat 3 g fiber 11 g protein 10.5 g carbs [9 g Complex] 90 mg Calcium NB: Food values shown are for the ScrOmelette and fruit only, and do not include the optional beverages. 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 flavors redolent of his years serving the Queen in India.

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 Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or lemon in hot water Optional: 5-6 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie[88 calories]

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. Top with a dollop of yogurt for the full effect. Prepare the beverages and plate the fruit. A rousing good start to your day.

Enchiladas Suizas: 293 calories 9.9 g fat 11.2 g fiber 31.6 g protein 43.4 g carbs 261.7 mg Calcium  PB GF Rick Bayless relates this recipe in his book  Mexico One Plate At A Time. The word ‘suizes’, meaning ‘Swiss’, refers to the dairy in the dish. Delicious and easy to prepare. Avoid assembling too far in advance, lest it turn to mush.

2 six-inch corn tortillas [50 calories each] 2 oz [½ cup] shredded cooked chicken breast ½ cup enchilada sauce: see SPICY II 12 Sept 2018 ¼ cup grated Cheddar or Monterey jack + dollop of plain, fat-free yogurt 1 oz broccoli florets + 1 oz cauliflower florets + ½ oz carrot

Heat oven to 350 F. On an ungreased heavy skillet, place the tortillas and cook them until they begin to brown on one side. Flip in the pan and continue until each tortilla is pliable and slightly fragrant. Remove to a cutting board or baking sheet. Stir the yogurt into the chicken. Distribute the chicken between the tortillas, then roll them up, and place each in an oven-proof dish, seam-side down. Spoon the sauce over and around and between the enchiladas. NB: you don’t have to use all of the sauce. Extra could be added to eggs or soup.Sprinkle with cheese and put into oven. Cook the vegetables, drain and dress with salt and a splash of red wine vinegar. So good!

ingredients for next week: 

Breakfast: single portion for Monday ………………… single portion for Thursday:

1 two-oz egg1.5 two-oz eggs 
1 crepe/galette + mushroomscelery + onions
bell peppers
chives + thyme
Tabasco sauce + cajun seasoning
optional smoothieoptional smoothie
optional hot beverageoptional hot beverage

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

6 felafel patties
1 cup ground roast beef
tomato + feta cheese
potato + low-fat beef gravy
2 portions side salad
peas or side salad with tomato
carrots + beets
Sparkling waterSparkling water


How this Fasting Diet works: Eat these meals, and only these meals, tomorrow.  Read the blog on Wednesday to see what we’ll eat on Thursday.  The rest of the week, eat what you like, but sensibly. If you are like me, you will see results.

Tomorrow will be the birthday of a fine man who was my cousin’s ancestor. Not mine, but I would be proud to be his descendant.  He was a true embodiment of the American Dream. Coming to America from Scotland with his wife and 6 children in 1849, he eventually built a tanning empire in upstate New York.  A model citizen, he was devoted to his wife and said that he ‘owed far more of his success to her than to any one: that in every important transaction, he consulted her, not only as an equal but as his superior.’ As an employer, a community-member, and a family man he seems to be one of those exemplary beacons for us all.  The Thanksgiving-inspired breakfast expresses my gratitude for his example.  The dinner is a Scottish meal which our family has enjoyed for years.  The dinner is a fine meatless dish, which goes with this article about the value of vegetables and fruit:

Turkey/Stuffing Bake: 279 calories  6 g fat        2.5 g fiber      15.6 g protein    38.7 g carbs  217.5 mg Calcium   GF- if using GF bread      Another in the dinner-for-breakfast series.Turkey-Stuffing Bake1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                             ½ oz turkey breast, cooked or uncooked, diced                                                                                                                                                   ¼ slice of 70-calorie whole-grain bread [¼ oz], diced                                                                                       1 Tbsp onions, diced                                                                                                                                             1 Tbsp celery, diced                                                                                                                                  rosemary + thyme + sage + salt + pepper                                                                                                       ½ tsp olive oil                                                                                                                                                            1 oz pear                                                                                                                                                                    5-6 oz fruit smoothie or green smoothie or natural apple cider                                                         nearly-black coffee or tea or lemon in hot water.

In a saute pan, cook the onions, seasonings, celery, and turkey [if it is raw] in a little water and a ½ tsp olive oil until vegetables are softened. Spritz a ramekin with non-stick spray [NB: this was prepared for 2 servings and was baked in an oval 5×7″ pan] and pour in the turkey mixture. Whisk the egg thoroughly and pour into the ramekin. Bake at 350 until puffed and starting to brown, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the pear and prepare the beverages. Be thankful for the start of another good day.

Rumbledethumps:   243 calories    10 g fat     4 g fiber     12.6 g protein     19.5 g carbs     171.4 mg Calcium     PB GF     Where do you get a recipe with a name like that? Sundays At Moosewood, of course. Hearty meals like this, made with winter vegetables are common in Scotland and Ireland. HINT: The recipe makes enough for 2 servings. Wrap half in cling-wrap and foil and freeze for another dinner.Rumbledeethumps w: salad

¼ pound potato                                                                                                                                                        3 Tbsp skimmed milk                                                                                                                                           1.5 tsp butter                                                                                                                                                                ¼ tsp ground mace                                                                                                                                                         2 egg whites                                                                                                                                                            ¼ pound cauliflower, cut into small florets                                                                                                   ¾ cup cabbage, chopped                                                                                                                                          ½ cup leek, sliced                                                                                                                                                 ¼ cup broccoli, chopped                                                                                                                                     1/3 cup cheddar, grated                                                                                                                                       per person: ¾ cup salad greens          1 oz tomato                 ½ tsp olive oil + ½ tsp cider vinegar

Cut potato into chunks. Boil until tender and mash with the milk, butter, and mace. Let cool. Steam the cauliflower, cabbage, leek, and broccoli until cooked. Take off the heat. Remove the cauliflower when it is very soft and mash it into the mashed potatoes. Whip the eggwhites until stiff and fold into the potato/cauliflower mash. Taste for salt and pepper. Gently stir in the remaining steamed vegetables. Smooth into a lightly-spritzed baking dish. [choose the dish with the idea that you will be dividing this into 2 equal portions] Sprinkle with the grated cheese and bake at 350 degrees F. until the cheese is bubbly and just starting to brown. Whisk the oil and vinegar together and toss in the greens. Serve the cool, crispy salad with the hot, creamy rumbledethumps. Scottish comfort food.



Still Fasting During Lent

How this Fasting Diet works: Eat these meals, and only these meals, tomorrow.  Read the blog on Sunday to see what we’ll eat on Monday.  The rest of the week, eat what you like, but sensibly. If you are like me, you will see results.

Lent is almost over,  are you still Fasting?  Do remember, it isn’t just about low calories [aka ‘calorie restriction’], it means low fat, low carbs, and high protein. Here are some meals that fill the bill.

Gravlax & Grannies:   267 calories   3.9 g fat     2.4 g fiber     15.6 g protein    43 g carbs    199 mg Calcium   PB GF    At the Inn at Saint Peters, we enjoyed their Smoked Trout with Apples. It occurred to me that this could be a fine breakfast for those who enjoy a savory/seafood taste in the a.m. I substituted mackerel gravlax for the smoked trout, just because that was on hand, but the lighter hue of the trout is more attractive.  NB: the high carb count for this meal is due to the fruit, so these are high quality, complex carbs.gravlax-apples

1 oz mackerel gravlax OR 1 oz smoked trout [DuckTrap brand is very good]                                     2 oz Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced; each slice cut into 1/2-moons                                                  ¼ c blueberries + 2 raspberries for color                                                                                                blackish coffee, blackish tea, or lemon in hot water                                                                                   5-6 oz smoothie or natural apple cider

Slice the fish with the grain to create thin slices. Arrange the fish and apples in overlapping slices around the plate. HINT: I did this the night before, covered it with clingwrap and put it in the ‘fridge. So quick the next morning!! Brew your hot beverage, blend or shake your smoothie, dish out those healthy blueberries, and breakfast elegantly.

Mediterranean Vegetables w/grains & cheese:    281 calories       7.1 g fat     10.4 g fiber   16.4 g protein   40 g carbs      332 mg Calcium PB GF – if using GF couscous or brown rice  This is how to use some of the same vegetable mixture which we prepared for breakfast on Monday.  HINT: If you have these delicious veggies in the freezer, then you are ahead of the game. Mediterranian Meal

2 cups eggplant, peeled & cubed OR 1 and 1/2 cup bell peppers, cubed                                              2 cups tomato, cubed                                                                                                                                            2 cups zucchini, cubed                                                                                                                                          2 cloves garlic                                                                                                                                                         1.5 tsp oregano                                                                                                                                                        ½ cup chickpeas, rised and drained                                                                                                             per serving: 1 oz mozzerella, shredded     +        1/4 cup brown rice or couscous, cooked

Prepare all the veg., and put them in a saucepan. Simmer, covered, until cooked through. If watery, remove lid and continue to simmer. Add oregano, salt and pepper to taste, and the chickpeas, and keep warm. Prepare the brown rice or couscous and place it on one side of the plate. Spoon 2 cups of the vegetables next to the couscous. Top with cheese and tuck into it!    [After cooling, freeze the remaining vegetables in serving sizes.]

Ingredients for next week:                                                                                                                 breakfast– portions for one

1 two-oz egg 1.5 two-oz eggs
Cooked turkey breast leek
¼ slice Whole-grain 70-cal bread Smoked salmon
Sage, rosemary, thyme Dill
Celery onion 1 oz Granny Smith apple or apple sauce
1 oz pear Light sour cream OPTIONAL
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– portions for one

3/4 c cabbage                  3/4 c  broccoli Pieces of roast lamb
1/4 pound potato             milk Apple Walnut halves celery
1/4 pound cauliflower lemon juice Mayonnaise horseradish buttermilk
 leek                  butter 2 cups lettuce
2 egg whites Hard-boiled egg
cheddar cheese                  ground mace parsley
 Sparkling water Sparkling water