Flavor-Full

You should know by now that here we like food that packs a punch of flavor.  Not because of lots of salt or MSG or some fake additive, but because the food is made with good ingredients that taste great.  Eating food that is full of flavor can make the Fast Day meals something to look forward to.  I think that you will find that today’s menus leave nothing to be desired in the full-of-flavor category. Go on: enjoy your food!     And then read this article from England for some more encouragement: https://www.yahoo.com/style/we-tried-the-52-fasting-diet-and-the-results-were-surprising-085517013.html

Chicken Provinçal Bake:  280 calories    5.4 g fat   3 g fiber   15 g protein   39 g carbs    220.7 mg Calcium  PB GF   What wonderful flavors! Based on the dinner of the same name. chicken-provincal-bake

1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                                  2 Tbsp crushed tomatoes, slightly drained                                                                                                  ½ anchovy, [use canned fillets, rinsed and chopped]                                                                                         1 Tbsp low-fat cottage cheese                                                                                                                                      ¼ oz cooked chicken breast, minced                                                                                                      thyme  +   rosemary  +  pinch red pepper flakes                                                                                            1 oz strawberries                                                                                                                                                      5-6 oz fruit smoothie or natural apple cider                                                                                        blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water

Spritz a ramekin with non-stick spray and set the toaster oven for 350 degrees F.   Whisk together the first 6 ingredients [not the berries!] and pour into the ramekin. Bake for about 15 minutes while you portion the berries and prepare your beverages. Great way to start the day.

Shrimp Egg Rolls:   238 calories     3.5 g fat       2.5 g fiber      15.6 g protein      28.8 g carbs   45.8 mg Calcium  PB   I learned to make egg rolls when I worked for Jerry Willis. These have always been a favorite. But they are NOT deep-fat fried, which keeps their calories and fat down to permissable levels. HINT: This recipe makes 4 rolls and one serving = 2 rolls. Put 2 in the freezer for another day or eat for lunch later in the weekshrimp-egg-rolls-w-tomato.3 oz shrimp, fresh or frozen, shells removed                                                                                              1 Tbsp oyster sauce                                                                                                                                              1 Tbsp soy sauce                                                                                                                                                      one slice of ginger, minced                                                                                                                                ½ garlic, sliced                                                                                                                                                         2 oz carrot, sliced                                                                                                                                                     1 oz onion, sliced                                                                                                                                                     3 oz cabbage, sliced                                                                                                                                                4-5 six-inch egg roll wrappers                                                                                                                                1 tsp canola oil                                                                                                                                                           3 oz tomato slices                                                                                                                                       dipping sauce:  1 Tbsp plum sauce + 1 Tbsp hot sauce [wasabi or Sriracha]

If shrimp are frozen, thaw them in advance. Then slice in half across the body and mix with the oyster and soy sauces, the garlic and onion. Prepare the vegetables and put them all into a hot wok or wide saute pan with ¼ cup water and a squirt of Sriracha. [If the pan gets too dry, a a bit of the marinade combined with a few spoonsful of water.] Stir-fry the ingredients for 4 minutes or until the vegetables are just a little shy of done. Add the shrimp and marinade and stirfry about one minute longer – shrimp should be thoroughly cooked. Put everything from the wok into the food processor and run until coarsely chopped. [If a lot of liquid remains, cook it down some more until it is thick and add back to the ingredients.]                                                                                                            Lay one of the wrappers on a flat surface and moisten the edge farthest from you with water. Measure out 1/3 cup of the filling and roll up the wrapper. There are usually diagrams on the back of the package to show you how. [NB: If you end up with extra filling, either roll another roll or put it aside to mix with eggs for a breakfast.]  Put the oil in a clean, flat-bottomed pan and heat it. Put the egg rolls in the pan and roll them around to coat with the oil on all surfaces. Heat until the rolls are beginning to get brown and blister-y on one side, then turn to cook on the other side. HINT: Take the rolls you are not eating tonight and cool them.  Then freeze for another meal later. Don’t try to freeze them without the cooking-in-oil step.  You could continue cooking in this way or you could put the pan in a 375 degree oven until they are crispy. Plate with the tomato slices and the dipping sauce.

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

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.

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.

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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.

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.]  

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

Ground Hog Day

In the movie of that title, the main character relives the day over and over until he gets it right.  So I’m going to repeat some advice which I’ve printed before, in the hope that it will get you over the hump on a Fast Day so that you can maintain the Fasting Lifestyle.   Stick to those resolutions made in January.          [No ground hogs were harmed in the making of this Blog]

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.  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.  The 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 [Feb. 11] or Chicken Noodle Soup [Jan 19]. 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? It is the only one I have and it makes the breakfast table so pretty that it is saved for Fast days only.special coffee cup

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, 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.

Chinese New Year

Happy Year of the Fire Rooster. May it bring you luck and joy. In honor of the 5-day festival, I invite you to partake of Chinese recipes, one is an old favorite, one is a new favorite.  Both fit the requirements of the Fasting Lifestyle which goes to show that Fasting can fit into any cuisine.  It is possible to celebrate a variety of cultures without sacrificing a healthy diet.

Chinese Pancakes ‘Jian Bing’:     300 calories     6 g fat   3.5 g fiber    15 g protein   59 g carbs  202.7 mg Calcium         PB   This delicious treat is popular Chinese street-food. And now it is popular in our household. Quick to cook and fun to eat. The crisp tart apple is a nice foil to the salty-spicy food. HINT: this recipe makes 4 of which 2 will do for the breakfast. Save the remaining 2 to eat cold for lunch tomorrow.jian-bing-w-granny-smith

1/3 cup all-purpose flour                                                                                                                                      1.5 Tbsp white whole wheat flour                                                                                                                       1 Tbsp semolina flour                                                                                                                                                         1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                                        ½ cup water                                                                                                                                                               ¼ cup chopped scallions, white and green parts                                                                                          1 egg, whisked                                                                                                                                                Kosher salt                                                                                                                                                                 2 tsp Sriracha sauce + 2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce [or more to taste]                                                 per person: 1 oz tart, crisp apple                                                                                                                     blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon juice & hot water                                                                                5-6 oz fruit or green smoothie or natural apple cider

Whisk together the flours, one egg, and water until lumps are gone. Hint: this can be combined the night before. Whisk again in the morning. In a separate bowl, beat the other egg thoroughly. In a custard cup, combine the hot sauce and soy sauce. Using a good non-stick pan, add 2 brief puffs of non-stick spray, then wipe with a paper towel. [Keep the paper towel handy.] Heat the pan and add 3-4 Tbsp of batter, swirling the pan quickly to distribute the batter evenly to make a thin pancake that coats the bottom of the pan. Let cook for a minute or 2, then spoon some of the egg on top and smear it around. Sprinkle with a small pinch of salt and one quarter of the scallions. Cook until the egg on top is a bit set, then flip the pancake over. Brush the hot sauce mixture on top. Cook for 30 seconds, fold the pancake in 4ths, and plate. Use the paper towel to wipe the pan and repeat until all the batter and scallions are gone. Nb: I had whisked egg left over. If your hot beverage is brewed, your apples are sliced, and the smoothie is ready, then you are set for a real good start to your New Year.

Shrimp Spring Rolls:     281 calories      6.5 g fat      4.5 g fiber      22.4 g protein     29.4 g carbs 125.9 mg Calcium     GF PB     Spring rolls are always a treat for Chinese New Year, for they represent luck. The Spring Roll wrappers look like 8” disks of opaque plastic, but after soaking for 10-15 seconds in water, they become clear and very pliant. If you are not accustomed to wrapping spring rolls or egg rolls, you might want to practice using wonton wrappers which are easier to manipulate.Shrimp Spring Rolls

3 oz raw shrimp, cut in half across the body                                                                                                         2 oz carrot, peeled and sliced into thin coins or cut as julienne                                                                        2 oz green cabbage                                                                                                                                                       1 oz chopped green onion                                                                                                                                 1.5 tsp soy sauce                                                                                                                                                                 1 tsp olive oil                                                                                                                                                                3 eight-inch Spring Roll wrappers                                                                                                                    2 oz broccoli, steamed                                                                                                                                Sriracha sauce

Chop and prepare all the ingredients and put them in small dishes near the stove-top. Heat a cast iron skillet or wok until hot and add the oil. When it is hot, add the carrot and cabbage. Stirfry for 3 minutes on heat high enough to keep the vegetables sizzling. If the pan becomes dry, add some water. This is supposed to be a no-no in stir frying, but we are cutting down on oil, OK? Add the shrimp and stir fry about 1 minute, until it is cooked. Add the green onion and soy sauce. Stirfry a bit longer until all is mixed and warm. Take off the heat. Remove the cooked mixture to a bowl. [if you want to, run it briefly through the food processor. This step is optional but it can make the mixture easier to roll.]  Steam or stir fry the broccoli separately.

Put a pie plate of warm water on the counter. Add one of the spring roll wrappers. When it is clear, remove it and lay it flat on a dish towel. Spoon 1/3 of the mixture onto the wrapper. Roll up a bit, then fold in the sides, then finish rolling. Put the roll in the warm pan. Repeat with the other rolls.  Wipe out the pan and put a mere film of oil on it. Turn on the heat to medium-low.  In the pan, turn the rolls until they are warm and slightly browned.                 Serve with hot sauce for dipping.

 

Nellie Bly

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.

Nellie Bly was an intrepid investigative journalist.  Among other stories she pursued, she was sent to see if one really could go around the world in 80 days, as described in the Jules Verne book of the same title. Tomorrow is the anniversary of her return in 1890, breaking the ‘record’ set in the fictional narrative.  And so I offer meals from the ends of the earth: Europe and Asia. In other words, around the world in less than 600 calories!

‘Pan Bagne’ ScrOmelette:   303 calories   9.5 g fat   2 g fiber   15 g protein   36.3 g carbs   236 mg Calcium     PB   GF   Pan Bagne is a wonderful layered sandwich which we enjoy in the summer. Each of the 7 layers is a distinct yet complimentary flavor. This recipe combines several of the components, without all the oil, tuna, and bread. The result is delicious.pan-bagne-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 3 2-oz eggs into a jar with a lid and put it in the ‘fridge for next week                                               1/2 black olive, pitted and chopped                                                                                                                   1/2 Tbsp chevre cheese                                                                                                                                           1 Tbsp crushed tomatoes                                                                                                                                    1/2 Tbsp spinach, cooked and chopped                                                                                                         ¼ tsp dried basil                                                                                                                                                      ½ oz apple                                                                                                                                                                 5-6 oz fruit smoothie or pure apple cider                                                                                                  blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water

Stir and cream the olive, cheese, tomatoes, spinach, and basil until nicely blended. Whisk the eggs with salt and pepper to taste. Continue whisking as you add the vegetable/cheese mixture and blend as thoroughly as possible. Scramble to taste. Brew your beverage and shake the smoothie. Slice the apple and settle in for a flavorful meal.

Chicken Stirfry:    268 calories    7 g fat    6.5 g fiber     28 g protein    21 g carbs     113.4 mg Calcium    PB GF    From the official FastDiet.com website!Chicken Stirfry

4 oz chicken breast                                                                                                                                               1.5 Tbsp lemon juice                                                                                                                                                      2 tsp soy sauce                                                                                                                                                            1 tsp olive oil  + 2 Tbsp water                                                                                                                                 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced                                                                                                                                    1 clove garlic, crushed and chopped                                                                                                               1.5 cups cabbage, sliced                                                                                                                                          1 cup carrots, julienned                                                                                                                                           ½ cup snow peas OR 2 oz asparagus OR 2 oz bell peppers OR 1 oz broccoli

Cut chicken into strips and marinate in lemon juice and soy sauce while you prepare the vegetables. Stirfry the vegetables in oil and 2 Tbsp water for 3 minutes. Add garlic and ginger. Count to 30 and add the chicken with the marinade. Stirfry 1-2 minutes more to cook the chicken through.

Pork & Poultry

We enjoy a variety of foods, and why not?  “Life is a cabaret, my friend” as the song says, or in a food metaphor, life is an endless buffet.  But then it comes down to the choosing: which foods? which combinations? what results from those choices?  If your goal is truly to lose weight and be more healthy, then follow along with the menus presented here.  Eat from these recipes twice a week and see the results of your good decisions.   And here’s an article from the LA Times, about eating less: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-eat-less-feel-better-20160502-story.

Rounds:   273 calories      4.4 g fat     1.7 g fiber       12 g protein    39.4 g carbs    210 mg Calcium PB   HINT: Prepare the ham patty** the day [or more] before and use one of the ‘pan muffins’ from “Remember When…” Dec. 11, 2016rounds

1 ham patty**                                                                                                                                                                           1 pan muffin                                                                                                                                                              2 oz sliced apple, such as Granny Smith                                                                                                      blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                   5-6 oz green smoothie or fruit smoothie or unpasturized apple cider

** Ham patty: 1.5 oz lean ham, chopped                                                                                                         ¼ cup low-fat cottage cheese, drained                                                                                                              1 egg white [1.5 Tbsp]         ¾ oz whole-grain 70-calorie bread, shredded                                                            sage, salt, pepper to taste                                                                                                                          Combine and let sit for about 30 minutes to moisten all ingredients.                                           Portion out using a 2 Tbsp coffee  measure. Makes 5 patties.                                                            Spritz a medium-hot pan with oil and cook until firm.                                                                   Freeze or store in ‘fridge.

So if both the ham patty and pan muffin were prepared before, this goes together before you can brew the coffee! Slice the apple into rounds, rather than the usual wedges. Arrange everything on the plate, heat your hot beverage, shake your smoothie. Shazam – breakfast in no time.

Chicken Provinçal: 270 cal   7.6 g fat   24.4 g protein   19.4 g carbs   GF    This recipe is from the Culinary Institute of America, with a few tweeks by me.chicken-provincal

3 oz chicken breast, boneless & skinless                                                                                                         1 Tbsp flour  + salt + pepper                                                                                                                                 1 tsp olive oil                                                                                                                                                             1 garlic clove, minced                                                                                                                                          1 anchovy fillet, oil rinsed off                                                                                                                               1 Tbsp dry white wine                                                                                                                                       ½ c tomatoes, chopped, drained,  juice retained                                                                                                            2 Tbsp chicken stock                                                                                                                                              2 cured black olives, sliced                                                                                                                                   2-3 oz broccoli/cauliflower florets

Fillet the chicken breast meat by cutting it along the thin side to create 2 slices. These will cook faster, as well as looking like more food on the plate! Sprinkle the flour over the chicken to coat it lightly. Heat the oil in a small non-stick skillet and cook the chicken on one side. Turn once to cook the other side, remove from pan. Put the garlic, anchovy, tomatoes, and wine in the pan, mashing the solids with a spoon as they heat. Momentarily, add the chicken stock and olives to warm them and cook until the sauce thickens. Return the chicken to the pan to heat it briefly. If the sauce is in danger of cooking off, add some tomato juices or water or more stock. Cook the broccoli and enjoy your meal from southern France.