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. Welcome to Freelancer Remote Jobs who is now Following.

Around 4000 BCE, the Inca people of Peru were growing potatoes. Not only did they grow potatoes, they used selective breeding — as Luther Burbank did in the 1900s — to combine the traits of many varieties to improve them. Those tubers were small and multi-colored and they were a major part of the diet. Introduced to Spain in 1570, potatoes caught on there and in Ireland. Potatoes were once considered the best food for feeding the starving poor: they were easy to grow, stored well, and had a lot of carbohydrates to make one feel full. By some, they were scorned as ‘lazy man’s bread’ since the growing of potatoes was less trouble than wheat. A boiled or baked potato is a source of nutrients. But as they became ubiquitous in the Standard American Diet — as an ingredient in foods that were processed and fried — potatoes were blamed for causing weight gain. Potatoes have a high Glycemic Index: that is to say, they are easily converted to sugar in the body. Eating a lot of potatoes at a sitting [“Bet you can’t eat just one!” said a snack chip advert] can cause your blood sugar to soar. This is because the white potato contains simple carbohydrates when compared to other plant starches like whole grains. All of this makes potatoes a less than optimal choice for people who want to lose weight and avoid diabetes. Are potatoes good as food or are they bad? The answer, as always, lies in preparation and in portion size.

You can still eat your white potatoes, especially in combination with other vegetables. Presented here today, a Scottish combo of potatoes and turnips, and a Netherlandish dish of potatoes and carrots. More complex carbohydrates, more fiber, more flavor. Try them!

Neeps & Tatties:  ½ c = 76 caloreis 0.5 g fat 3.6 g fiber 3 g protein 14.5 g carbs 69 mg Calcium  PB GF  This classic side dish of Scotland and Northern England is best served with sausages, roast beef, or haggis.  HINT: makes 2 cups 

5 oz Russett potatoes, peeled and cubed 5 oz rutabega, peeled and cubed 1 tsp dry mustard powder [Coleman’s] salt & pepper ½ c scallions, chopped

Put vegetable cubes in water to cover and cook until tender. Drain, saving water for baking. Mash the vegetables, adding more liquid if you wish. Stir in the mustard, and add salt, pepper to taste. Either stir in the scallions or sprinkle on top.

Hutspot:  1/2 cup = 76 calories 0.6 g fat 3 g fiber 2 g protein 17.4 g carbs 29.6 mg Calcium   PB GF This is a revered national dish in the Netherlands where it is associated with the victory over the Spanish and the Relief of Leyden in the 1500s HINT: makes 1 cup

2 oz potato, peeled 2 oz carrots, peeled 2 oz onion salt and pepper to taste

Cube potatoes and put into a sauce pan with water half-way up. Cut carrots in coins and put on top of potatoes. Slice onions and put them on top of the carrots. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat. Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until all vegetables are soft. Drain, reserving the liquid. Mash vegetables, adding reserved liquid if needed. Season to taste. 


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.

The Spaniards brought the potato from the New World to Europe in 1500s. There, it was embraced as a good food source. In neighboring France and other nations, potatoes were food for swine. Antoine Auguste Parmentier trained as a pharmacist. In that role, he was serving in the French army when he was captured by the Prussians. As a prisoner of war, he was fed potatoes and grew to respect them as a wholesome, nutritious food. Distressed by the plight of famine-ravaged poor people, Parmentier set his mind to the growing of potatoes; ways to prepare potatoes; and a means to convince the French populace to eat them. The Hotel des Invalides was the military hospital in Paris where Parmentier worked after his release. He planted potatoes on the hospital grounds and posted soldiers around the plot night and day. Local people were curious about these strange plants, so he told them that the roots were special food for King Louis XVI. Just as the potatoes ripened, the guards around the plot disappeared. Naturally, the potatoes were ‘appropriated’ by the neighbors: they ate them, they loved them, and the King congratulated the pharmacist for having “found a bread for the poor.” Parmentier was untouched by the French Revolution and distinguished himself further through his work on vaccination and public hygiene before his death in 1813. Many dishes in French cookbooks have the word ‘Parmentier’ in the title if they contain potatoes, in honor of him.

‘French’ fries [which are actually Belgian] are on the menu of a well-known fast food restaurant chain, which serves a meal similar to our breakfast. No fries today, and none tomorrow if you know what’s good for you. The dinner shows the versatility of Parmentier’s favorite tuber, as found in a very French soup.

Egg-McArnold: 230 calories 6.5 g fat 5.6 g fiber 13.5 g protein 27 g carbs [15 g Complex] 91 mg Calcium  NB: The food values given above are for the egg sandwich only, not the optional coffee. This, of course, is the Fasting version of a fast-food favorite. Works well for eating on-the-run. 

1 two-oz egg 1 Arnold-brand multi-grain Sandwich Thin [or similar @100 calories] ½ oz Canadian Bacon or similar @20 calories/slice  2 oz grapes  Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or mocha cafe au lait [65 calories] or lemon in hot water 

Open up the ‘sandwich thin’ and lightly toast it. Fry or poach the egg to your liking and cook the Canadian Bacon in the same pan. Assemble, using salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy it with your coffee in a to-go cup but don’t eat in the car – sit down and slowly savor this Fast food.

Asparagus Soup:  278 calories  1.5 g fat  5.5 g fiber 22 g protein 27 g carb 277 mg Calcium GF PB  This fabulous soup is from Salute to Healthy Cooking and we have been loving it for years.  Despite its rich taste, it is very low in calories and fat. I ramped up the protein to make it suitable for a main course.  HINT: the recipe makes enough for 6 one-cup servings. Freezes very well for easy meals later. I serve it here with Finn Crisp crackers covered with melted cheese. If you want to eliminate them, go ahead.

One and a half pounds asparagus ½ cup onion, roughly chopped 1 cup potato in 1“ dice 5 cups chicken stock 4 oz raw chicken breast cut into 4 pieces ¼ cup white beans, rinsed and drained salt & pepper to taste  per serving:  optional 1 Tbsp Boursin Light cheese   optional 2 pieces of Finn Crisp crackers  optional  1 oz Swiss cheese [½ deli slice] 

Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus and cut spears roughly in half. Pour the chicken stock into a sauce pan. Add the onion and asparagus. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables so that it will steam/poach while the asparagus is cooking. Add the white beans. Bring the liquid to a simmer and put on a lid. Remove the chicken when it is cooked and put it in the blender, but do not process it. When the vegetables are cooked, remove them and put in the blender, but do not process. Put the potato in the pot and cook until soft. Pour the stock and the potatoes into the blender with everything else. Blend until smooth. Return to the pan and season to taste. Cool and divide into six portions: one for your meal today and five for the freezer.

To serve, warm the soup gently. Adjust seasonings. Cut the slice of cheese into 2 strips, 4” x 2”, and put a portion on each cracker. Warm in the oven until cheese melts. Plop a dollop of Boursin in the center of the soup in the bowl, and stir with a fork to melt the cheese and marble the soup. Delicious taste any time of year.

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

Next week, I will discuss potato1.5 two-oz eggs  + sauerkraut
side dishescorned beef + paprika
Find a new favorite breakfastmatzo cracker + Worcestershire
in the archives.mayo + catsup + hot sauce
Optional smoothieoptional smoothie
optional hot beverageoptional hot beverage

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

potatoes + onionsHam from a roast
carrots + rutabagas/turnips asparagus + Swiss cheese
scallionsBechamel sauce
dry mustard powderpopovers: 4 eggs + milk + flour + butter
Sparkling waterSparkling water

…not by bread…

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.

As it is my habit to link a new post to recipes in an older post, imagine my dismay when I discovered that the ‘Not by Bread’ post [from February 2018] had disappeared into the ether! Here I have resurrected it, as best I could, for your use.

The Good Book says that “Man shall not live by bread alone.” [Matthew 4, verse 4] Most people on a diet of any sort start by cutting down on bread and some diets cut it out altogether. With the Fast Diet, entire food groups are not eliminated: on a Fast Day, they might be minimized; on a Slow Day, they are fine to eat in moderation. Here are a few ‘breads’ that I use on Fast Days as part of a meal. You will notice that I usually use ‘white whole wheat’ flour instead of just plain white. The former is higher in fiber and slightly lower in calories, which makes it a better choice for a Fast Day.

BANNOCK:  each 2” bannock = 16 calories 0.5 g fat 0.2 g fiber 0.4 g protein 2.2 g carbs 4.2 mg Calcium  Bannock is part of the diet of the Scots, the way Soda Bread is to the Irish. This recipe makes the full batch, which yields 3 cups of dry mix. The dry mix keeps well in a sealed glass jar in a cool dry place. Splendid for breakfast [ex: Bannock & Bacon] or with a soup. NB: 1-½ cup of dry mix makes 16 [sixteen] 2” bannocks 

Bannock & Bacon with applesauce = an excellent start to the day.

1 cup flour ½ cup white whole wheat flour 1.5 Tbsp sugar 1 cup rolled oats, called ‘old fashioned’ in the US, as opposed to ‘instant’ 4 Tbsp butter at room temperature or cold pinch of salt 1 Tbsp baking powde

To prepare the dry mix: Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until well-incorporated. Measure out the amount you need into a bowl, and put the remaining dry mix into a jar for storage. To prepare the dough: Add milk a little bit at a time to the bowl of mix and stir with a fork. Add a little more milk until a stiff dough ball is formed. Roll out on a lightly-floured board until 1/3” thick. Cut out with a 2” round cutter. Gather the scraps together, reroll, and continue to cut out the rounds. Bake on a lightly-greased baking sheet at 400 F. for 10-12 minutes.

DUMPLINGeach = 70 calories 0.2 g fat 2.6 g fiber 3.0 g protein 23 g carbs 130 mg Calcium This savory dumpling is the type you cook over a stew, such as Chicken Fricasse. It comes from Fannie Farmer. HINT: makes 2, but the recipe can be easily increased.

Chicken Fricassee with Dumplings is one of our favorites.

5 Tbsp white whole wheat flour 2/3 tsp baking powder pinch salt + pinch sugar + spices or herbs 2 Tbsp/1 fl. oz milk 

Combine all the dry ingredients, then stir in the milk. The batter should be stiff but not dry. [add a little stew broth or water if needed] Bring your stew to a simmer. Spoon the batter onto the stew so that the batter is on not in the liquid: the dumpling should steam not poach. Cook uncovered 10 minutes, then cover and cook another 10 minutes.

PAN MUFFIN  each: 71 calories 2.5 g fat 0.8 g fiber 1.8 g protein 10.8 g carbs 8.5 mg Calcium These are a dandy little bread to add to a breakfast plate. You will see them in Roman Breakfast, and Cottage Breakfast with egg.

1 cup Bob’s Red Mill 10-grain hot cereal mix   
1-¼ cup buttermilk/soured milk
Combine cereal and milk in a small bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes, while preparing other ingredients.  
1/3 cup butter   1/3 cup sugar 1 two ounce egg Cream the butter and sugar, then mix in the egg. 
1 cup unbleached flour 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
Add the dry ingredients and the cereal/milk mixture. Stir until just combined. 
2 Tbsp batter for each pan muffinPortion the batter onto a hot griddle or flat-bottomed pan spritzed with non-stick spray. Cook on both sides.

YORKSHIRE PUDDING:  ¼ cup = 77 calories 0.7 g fat 0.6 g fiber 4 g protein 17 g carbs 25 mg Calcium 1/3 cup = 107 calories 1 g fat 0.8 g fiber 5 g protein 23 g carbs 35.6 mg Calcium On a Fast Day, Yorkshire Pudding and its sister, the Popover, are a delightful addition to a meal. On a Slow Day, this treat is still permissible in meals such as Toad in the Hole and Kippered Yorkshire Pudding.

Here are mini Toad in the Hole for breakfast near Christmas.

one 2-oz egg ½ cup white whole wheat flour 1/2 cup unbleached white flour ½ tsp salt ½ cup water ½ cup fat-free milk

Mix all the ingredients together and let the batter stand at room temp for 30-60 minutes or in ‘fridge overnight. You will need ¼ cup to 1/3 cup of the batter per person. HINT: The remainder can be frozen in 1 cup or 1/3 cup batches for future meals. When it is time to use the batter, beat it with a rotary beater until it is frothy.


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.

“Cornscateous” is one of the favorite weather words of the Old Farmer’s Almanac. They define it as ‘hot humid weather that is good for growing corn.’ Corn is native to the Americas and was cultivated extensively by First Nations people. Field Corn is for animal feed. Indian or Flint Corn is for grinding and for Autumn decorations. Sweet Corn, in all its variety, is for EATING! When I was a child, our family would have a ‘corn dinner’ every summer — the entire meal consisted of ears of sweet corn, all you could eat. Even the cat liked it.

Here are 4 recipes for corn: two for breakfast, two for dinner. Two made with fresh corn, two made with corn meal. Enjoy it while it is ripe.

Ham-Cup Egg with Corn: 140 calories 6.7 g fat 1.3 g fiber 10 g protein 11 g carbs [10 g Com-plex] 36.8 mg Calcium PG GF Ham and corn are such a grand combination. Easy to prepare ahead for a quick breakfast. 2-oz egg + red bell pepper + slice ham + fresh polenta + watermelon For the full recipe, see Scout + Jem

Hoe Cakes with Two Toppings 183 calories 5.6 g fat 5.4 g fiber 9.7 g protein 23 g carbs [17.4 g Complex] 44 mg Calcium PB GF This recipe harks back to Colonial Days in the Ameri-can South. Everyone from enslaved people to President George Washington ate hoe cakes. HINT: This recipe makes 6 hoecakes – enough for 2 servings. Originally this would be made with white cornmeal, but the yellow has more nutrition. NB: Hoe cakes were never ‘cooked on a hoe’ by farm workers, as some will tell you. Silly notion.

3 Tbsp yellow corn-meal [even polenta meal would do] 
2.5 Tbsp hot water 
Combine by stirring well to make a mush. Let sit for 15 minutes
1 oz egg white
¼ tsp yeast
Stir into the warm cornmeal mush and let sit for 1 – 12 hours This was 125 ml in volume
2 Tbsp cornmeal
2 Tbsp water
¼ tsp salt
Mix into the cornmeal mush. If you take some up on a fork, it will sit on top with a little batter dribbling through. If it is not like this, add more cornmeal or more water. This was ½ cup in volume.

Using 2 tbsp of batter per cake, drop onto a hot griddle sprayed with non-stick spray. This should make 6 cakes. Cook on both sides. Best if eaten while fresh.
¼ cup raspberries
1 tsp honey
one 2-oz egg
Put the fruit and honey in a small dish and microwave for 30 seconds. Fry the egg.
Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or tea or mocha cafe au lait [65 calories] Plate 2 of the Hoecakes with the egg and the other with the berry syrup.

FRESH POLENTA1 serving = 1/3 cup = 80 calories  fresh or frozen corn kernels + unsalted butter + freshly-ground pepper + salt From Jacques Pepin, this is excellent served with a simply prepared fish. For the complete recipe, see Second Fiddles I-9-’19

POLENTA: makes 6 slices 1 slice: 51 calories 0.2 g fat 0.6 g fiber 1.8 g protein 10 g carbs 26 mg Calcium A fine side dish for poultry or fish. Polenta corn meal + skimmed milk + Italian herbs For the full recipe, see SIDEKICKS II 4-Oct-2017

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

1 two-oz egg1.5 two-oz eggs 
tuna, fresh or canned + melonapple + cinnamon
frozen spinach + anchovy
light cream
mediterranean vegetables
sugar + butter
Optional smoothieoptional smoothie
optional hot beverageoptional hot beverage

halibut + spinach
pork tenderloin + broccoli
shallot + Thai red curry paste
apples + chicken stock
chicken broth + scallion
Bechamel sauce
light coconut milk + lime juice
carrot + thyme + sage
Sparkling waterSparkling water

Second Fiddles

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.

What does it mean ‘to play or to be a second fiddle‘?  It means to be the assistant to the leader or boss, which is a good role but it means that you may not get your full share of the glory or fame from what is accomplished. Originally, it referred to seating in an orchestra: the head honcho is the Conductor, of course.  The next most important person is the First Violin [the one who plays the ‘1st Fiddle’], and below that is the Second Violin.  That’s the 2nd Fiddle: close to the fame with important work to do, but often over-looked. Tomorrow will be the birthday of an over-looked man: Roy Disney.  He was co-founder and partner in the Disney organization, playing second fiddle to his younger brother, Walt the cartoonist and media visionary. Despite the fact that Roy was a financial wizard  who brought Disney World into fulfillment and put Orlando, Florida on the map, the only human who comes to mind when you say “Disney’ is Walt.                                                                                                  Side dishes play second fiddle to the main meal. That’s too bad as they can tend to be an after-thought: boil up some peas for something green on the plate. Let’s up our game and serve some side dishes that really add some zest to the meal.

Lamb Kabobs w: corn relish

CORN-TOMATO SALSA          makes 1.5 cups 87 calories per 3/4 cup serving                                                    1 cup corn kernels                                                                                                                                                       1 cup diced tomato                                                                                                                                                  2 Tbsp minced red bell pepper                                                                                                                           2 Tbsp diced red onion                                                                                                                                         2 Tbsp cider vinegar                                                                                                                                                1/4 tsp dry mustard                                                                                                                                                 1/8 tsp tumeric                                                                                                                                                          ¼ tsp sugar                                                                                                                                                                    2 dashes ground cumin

Felafel w: Cuke Raita

CUCUMBER RAITA               use as a side dish or in wraps                                                                                             1 cup non-fat yogurt                                                                                                                                                 1 Tbsp lime juice                                                                                                                                                      1 clove garlic, pressed                                                                                                                                              1 cup cucumber, seeded and diced                                                                                                                   ½ tsp ground cumin                                                      ¼ tsp salt                                                                          ¼ tsp ground pepper                                                                                       1 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped                                Combine all ingredients and use immediately or chill up to 30 minutes.

Fish Kabobs w: fresh Polenta

FRESH POLENTA          1 serving = 1/3 cup = 80 calories                                                                                                          1.25 cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen                                                                                                                      1 tsp unsalted butter                                                                                                                                         freshly-ground pepper + salt                                                                                                                                      Puree the corn in a blender until smoother in texture [it won’t be like whipped cream, but you shouldn’t see whole kernels]. Put butter in a warm pan, then add the corn, pepper and salt. Cook about 30 seconds or until it becomes thicker. From Jacques Pepin, this is excellent served with a simply prepared fish.

Haggis Spring Rolls

SIDE SALAD        Serves 1 = 36 calories, easily doubles or triples                                                                                           1 cup lettuce, slice into <1/2” strips if leaves are large                                                                                 ½ oz grated carrots                                                                                                                                                   1 oz tomato                                                                                                                                                               ½ tsp olive oil, plain or flavor-infused [ex: lime]                                                                                            ½ tsp flavorful vinegar                                                   salt and pepper to taste                                                                                                                                 optional: 1/2 oz boiled, cubed beets [adds 6 calories]  

Ingredients for next week:

Breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg1.5 two-oz eggs
1 felafel patty [Stocking Up 4-I-2018]salami, thinly-sliced
tomato puree or crushed tomatoespear
Whatever you need for your smoothieWhatever you need for your smoothie
Whatever you need for your hot beverageWhatever you need for your hot beverage

Dinner, single portion:

6 felafel pattiespork tenderloin + honey  + garlic
lettuce  + tomatoesfresh green beans  + red bell pepper
carrot  +  beets  +  feta cheesefresh ginger  + soy sauce + canola oil
white wine vinegar + flavored olive oilcrushed red pepper +   scallion
Sparkling waterSparkling water



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

Since variety is the spice of life, we like to mix it up in our household. On Fast Days and Slow Days, we try new recipes and new flavor combinations all the time. [And then we go back to the tried and true.]  Bold flavors make for good additions to the mealtime palette as many cultures have discovered. Often a cuisine based on bland main courses [the same stew served for days on end] will create an astonishing array of side dishes to vary the flavor. Try something new today.

Azorean-flavor Eggs w: pineapple

CHORIÇO PATE:   1 Tbsp = 87 calories  Use in eggs or soups or as a spread on Slow Days. 7 oz dried or bulk chorizo/choriço                                         1 tsp sweet paprika      + salt to taste                                             1 tbsp butter, softened            1 Tbsp port wine   +   2 tsp lemon juice                                                                                                                      If using sausage, slit the casing and take out the meat and cut it into small pieces. Toss the casing. If you can find bulk chorico, skip that step. Put the meat in the food processor with the other ingredients and pulse until it is a rough paste. Taste for salt and add more if it needs it. Continue to blend until it is a smooth puree.

Enchiladas w: winter medley

ENCHILADA SAUCE   1 cup = 75 calories       Great in eggs or for enchiladas, of course.  From Rick Bayless, so you can’t go wrong.                                                                                                                                          two 28-oz cans whole tomatoes                                                                                                                          2 jalapeno peppers                                                                                                                                                    3 tsp vegetable oil [canola]                                                                                                                                   1 cup chopped onion                                                                                                                                                               2 cups chicken broth                                       Roast the peppers in a dry skillet over medium heat about 5 minutes until splotchy with black areas. Put in a blender with the tomatoes and whirr until smooth. Cook onions in oil until golden, about 7 minutes. Raise heat and add tomato puree. Cook 10-15 minutes until thickened like tomato paste. Add broth, cover partially and simmer 15 minutes until slightly soupy. Season with ½ tsp salt.

Haggis Spring Rolls

HAGGIS [lamb sausage meat] makes 3.5 cups                                                                                                per Tbsp: 23 calories  1.3 g fat  0.2 g fiber  2.8 g protein  1.6 g carbs  2.6 mg Calcium   This is not the ‘original’ recipe: lamb lung, stomach, and heart are not readily available in the US.  Despite what it is not, it will do just fine.  Use in eggs or to prepare Haggis Springrolls.                                  8 oz lamb liver                                                                                                                                                                     8 oz ground lamb meat OR lamb hearts                                                                                                           1 cup onion, chopped                                                                                                                                               1 tsp or more coriander [I used whole, which I boiled with the meat]                                                       1 tsp or more black pepper +  salt                                                                                                                                        7/8 cup rolled oats                                              Put the meat, onions, and coriander in a pot and cover with water. Boil 20 minutes. Drain [saving the liquid] and mince it all in the food processor. Return the mince to the pot, adding the oats, drained water, salt and pepper. Boil 10 minutes, adding more water if needed. If the sausage filling is too loose, turn heat down and simmer longer to firm it up. I let mine cool, then sit over night to test the consistancy. Adjust the seasonings to taste. The cooled mixture should hold its shape when turned out of a spoon. Cover and refrigerate until you need it. Freeze what you don’t use.

Mexican Pickled Veg

MEXICAN PICKLED VEGETABLES:  NB: keeps in the refrigerator for several weeks. The longer it sits, the spicier it gets.  Superb as a side dish;  a nibble;  an ingredient.                      2 cups cauliflower florets                                                                                                                                        1- ¼ cup carrots, peeled and sliced 1/4” thick on the diagonal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ½ cup zucchini, sliced into 1/3” rounds                                                                                                             3 jalapeno peppers, sliced thinly                                                                                                                      ½ cup white vinegar   1 cup cider vinegar    +  1 cup water                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               3 Tbsp sugar  +  1 Tbsp kosher salt                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1.5 tsp dried oregano, Mexican if you can get it         +  1.5 bay leaves                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ¾ tsp peppercorns    +  ½ tsp coriander seeds       +     ½ tsp dried thyme                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ½ large onion, thinly sliced       +  3 cloves garlic, halved

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the cauliflower and carrot. When the water returns to a boil, boil the vegetables for 2 minutes. Drain the vegetables and refresh under cold water. Put the cooked vegetables in a large bowl with the zucchini and jalapenos and stir to combine. Put into a heat-proof one quart glass jar [ex: a Mason jar], and set aside on a cutting board. In a sauce pan, combine the vinegars, water, and all remaining seasonings. Bring to a boil, then simmer 5 minutes to blend flavors. Take off the heat and immediately pour over the vegetables in the jar. [I had a little left over, which I saved to pour in later] Let cool to room temperature, then put a lid on it and refrigerate until cold.

Fish salmon Roasted w: Vegetables

ROASTED VEGETABLES    Use in eggs or as a side dish even on Slow Days                                ½ slice American/streaky bacon                                                                                                                       2 oz carrots                                                                                                                                                                2 oz Brussel sprouts                                                                                                                                                2 oz cauliflower   OR broccoli                                                                                                                                                     3 oz cherry tomatoes                                                                                                                                           Set the oven to 450 F. Cook the bacon in a wide, heavy, oven-proof pan. [Cast iron is great] Remove the bacon, drain, and chop coarsley. Cut the vegetables to the size of the cherry tomatoes, except the Brussel sprouts which will be cut in half after the tougher outer leaves are removed. Put the vegetables in the pan and toss to coat with the bacon fat. Place the pan in the oven and roast for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and turn the heat down to 400 F. Stir the vegetables, then add the bacon, salt and pepper and whatever herbs or spices you wish: curry powder, garlic powder, hot pepper flakes.

Ingredients for next week:

Breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg1.5 two-oz eggs
brandade [St Bernard 19 August, 2018]zucchini
cottage cheese  +  granulated garlicmushrooms  + scallion
peach  +  blueberriesapples
optional smoothieoptional smoothie
optional hot beverageoptional hot beverage

Dinner, single portion:

4 eggs  + lots of herbsvenison  +  fresh/frozen cranberries
zucchini  +  onion  + broccoliblend cream  +  chicken stock
cottage cheese + plain yogurtcauliflower   + carrot
Parmesan + tomatoes  + cucumberthyme  +  mushrooms  +  dried apple
Sparkling waterSparkling water


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.

Variety’s the very spice of life, said William Cowper.  While it is true that some dieters eat nothing on Fast Days [aka water fasting] and some like to eat the same menu every Fast Day just to simplify things, we like to spice it up.  That’s why there are so many different recipes on this site.  Now the spices one adds to foods can transform something humdrum into something amazing.  There is no sauce in the world like hunger, said Cervantes.  That’s why on a Fast Day, good food tastes extra delicious because we go into those meals hungry, which is wonderful.   Spice a dish with love and it pleases every palate, said Plautus. And while you are at it, try some of the spicy items below.

AIOLI DRESSING   makes 3 tsp            cropped-senegalese-tunaavocado-salad.jpg                                                                                                             2 tsp olive oil mayonnaise                                                                                                                                           1 tsp Sriracha                                                                                                                                                                                    pinch granulated garlic                                                                                                                                                     2 tsp lemon juice                                                                                                                                            Whisk all the ingredients together until smooth. Store what you don’t use in the refrigerator.                                                                                            PERFECT FOR THE SENEGALESE TUNA-AVOCADO SALAD SALAD FROM DECEMBER 20 2017

Santa Barbara Salad

CINNAMON DRESSING:   makes 4.5 tsp                                                                                                          ½ shallot [¾ oz] , minced                                                                                                                                        1 Tbsp olive oil                                                                                                                                                         1.5 tsp balsamic vinegar or raspberry vinegar                                                                                                1/2 tsp cinnamon                                                                                                                                                  Shake together in a jar. Refrigerate until needed. Use often. JUST RIGHT FOR THE SANTA BARBARA SALAD FROM DECEMBER 3 2017

CLAM STUFFING: Makes 2 cups.         clam-stuffed mushrooms                                                                             1 cup clams, fresh or frozen                                                                                                   1 slice 70-calorie whole-grain bread                                                                                    5 oz tomato                                                                                                                          2 oz red bell pepper                                                                                                               3 turkey meatballs                                                                                                                    3 Tbsp plain yogurt                                                                                                                  1 Tbsp Parmesan, grated                                                                                                 thyme + garlic + salt                                                                                                            Pulse in food processor until diced.   EXCELLENT STUFFED IN MUSHROOMS FROM OCTOBER 1 2017

Chicken Momoas w: zucchiniGINGER-GARLIC PASTE     makes about 3 Tbsp                                                                                 2 oz garlic cloves, sliced                                                                                                                                         1 oz ginger root, sliced                                                                                                                                           ½ oz flavorful white vinegar                                                                                                                                   Put in a food processor and whirl it until paste-like. Scrape the sides often. Do not add water. Store remaining paste in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. ESSENTIAL FOR CHICKEN MOMAS FROM FEBRUARY 25 2018

VEGETABLE SALSA: Makes one heaping cup.    Falafel in pita w: veg                                                                                                    ½ cup = 22 calories   0.1 g fat  1.8 g fiber  1.2 g  protein   6 g carbs   14.7 mg Calcium                            ½ cup diced fresh tomatoes                                                                                                                                  1/2 cup diced red or yellow bell peppers                                                                                                             2 Tbsp red onion, chopped                                                                                                                                       1 Tbsp lemon juice                                                                                                                                             Toss all the ingredients together.   Feel free to add fresh herbs or whatever spices you wish.  FABULOUS WITH FELAFEL

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg 1 two-oz egg
 white whole wheat flour  Arnold multi-grain sandwich thin
 yellow cornmeal  Canadian bacon
 French Vanilla yogurt  grapes
 strawberries  +  blueberries
Whatever you need for your smoothie Whatever you need for your hot beverage
Whatever you need for your hot beverage

Dinner, single portion:

 hot dog [110 calories]  pita bread [140 calories]
 baked beans   + zucchini 6 felafel patties [Stocking Up, Jan 4 ’18]
 hard-boiled egg  Vegetable Salsa [Spicy, May 23 ’18]
 low-fat mayonnaise  + mustard
 celery  +  carrots
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Sidekicks II

 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.

Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers. Bogey & Bacall.  Roy & Dale.  These couples were meant to be together. Today would have been my parents’ 75th wedding anniversary.  They were devoted soul-mates and so I continue my series of foods that go with other foods.  Whether you are Fasting or enjoying a Slow Day, these foods, like my parents, are good sidekicks.

Tostada w: green smoothie

CHILI NON CARNE:  HINT: This is enough for 4 one-cup servings OR two 1.5 cup servings with 1 cup left over. Prepare it for dinner or use it for breakfast: Tostadas, Chili-chili Eggs.                                                                                     15-16 oz canned red beans, drained and rinsed                                                                                                   16 oz canned tomatoes – in chunks or diced, not drained                                                                       1 cup chopped onion                 1 green pepper, chopped                                                                                          2-3 tsp chili pepper, or more if you like         ½ – 1 tsp ground cumin                                                  Saute the onion and green pepper in some of the tomato juices until tender. Add remaining ingredients and cook gently until the stew is thickened. Taste to see if it needs more seasoning. 

Lime Chicken w: coleslaw

COLESLAW: Perfect with hot dogs, burgers, or grilled chicken. Makes ¾ cup                ½ cup chopped cabbage                                  2” carrot grated [makes ¼ cup]                celery seed       2 tsp Mayo Dressing made with olive oil 1.5 tsp cider vinegar pinch                                                                                      Whisk the mayo with the vinegar and toss with the vegetables. Sprinkle with celery seed and refrigerate 2 hours.

Mediterreanian ScrOmelette

MEDITERRANEAN VEGETABLES: Serve with eggs or folded into crepes. So versatile.                                      2 cups eggplant, peeled & cubed OR 1 and 1/2 cup bell peppers, cubed              1.5 tsp oregano  2 cups tomato, cubed                                                       2 cups zucchini, cubed                 2 cloves garlic                                                                              ½ cup chickpeas, rised and drained            

Prepare all the vegetables, 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. Use whatever amount you wish for this meal and freeze the remainder in 1/2-cup or 1-cup portions.

Ratatouille Chicken

POLENTA:   Serve with Chicken and Mediterranean Vegetables                                                  equipment you will need:                                                  >>metal bowl of 1 quart capacity                                                                    >>sauce pan that the bowl will sit on top of, like a double boiler                                                                        >>lid for the bowl OR aluminum foil                                                                                                                        >>5”x 2.5” loaf pan, lined with cling wrap                                                                                                               ingredients: ½ cup skimmed milk                                                                                                                         1 cup water                                                                              ½ cup Polenta corn meal                                                         1 tsp Italian herb seasoning                                                directions: Bring the water and milk to a boil. Pour into the bowl then whisk in the corn meal and continue to whisk until smooth. Cover with the lid or foil. Put hot tap water in the pan and bring to a simmer. Place the covered bowl on the pan of water to cook for 20 minutes, stirring twice. Cook for 30 minutes more, or long enough to make a stiff mush.                                                                                                     Scrape the mush into the lined loaf pan. Cool then refrigerate.  Cut into 6 slices. One for tonight. Wrap and freeze the rest.

Watercress ScrOmelette w:peaches

WATERCRESS SAUCE:  Terrific as an add-in for egg dishes or sauces.                                                8 oz watercress, rinsed and trimmed of tough stems                                1 medium-large onion       1 tsp olive oil                                                                                 1 cup vegetable stock

Put the onion in a food processor and run until completely chopped. Warm oil over medium heat and cook onions for 10 minutes or until softened. Process the watercress until finely chopped. Add to the onion and cook 5 minutes more. Stir in the stock and simmer for 15 minutes. Run through the food processor one more time.  Serve immediately or cool and store. I froze it in ice-cube trays and got about 18 cubes. The cubes were put in a bag for future use: .

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg1.5 two-oz eggs
 1/2 oz smoked salmon marinara sauce  + marinated mushrooms
 leek capers + black olive
 dab of low-fat sour cream or plain yogurtblueberries
 dill weed + lemon juice 
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Dinner, single portion:

 Cooked salmon3.5 oz chicken breast
 medium cucumber¼ cup marinara sauce
 watercress sauce [27 Sept 2017]Fresh bread crumbs
 Dijon mustard  +  leek Parmesan cheese
 4-bean salad [17 Sept 2017]Mozzerella cheese + cottage cheese
 Baby greens + carrot + vinaigrette
Sparkling waterSparkling water