Margaret Wise Brown

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.

The Runaway Bunny, 1942. The Little Fur Family, 1946.  Mr Dog, 1949. Goodnight, Moon, 1947.  Did you love those books as a child? Did you read them to your own children? [I read the Runaway Bunny so often to our older son that I memorized it.  Our younger son would not take a nap unless Mr Dog was read to him.] Those titles and almost 100 others are the work of the author Margaret Wise Brown who was born on May 23, 1910.  After college, she trained as a writer then became an editor of children’s books at Harper.  Although she famously once said, “I don’t particularly like children,”  she clearly understood the sort of book would appeal to them: books with adventure, independence, and the reassurance of home. And then there were the wonderful illustrations by Clement Hurd, Garth Williams, and others.  She was not, as an NPR article put it, “the quiet old lady whispering ‘hush’.”  Brown was ever questing and out of the box. Her love affairs might have shocked the parents who bought her books. Just as she was getting ready to settle down, she had emergency surgery in Nice, France.  Upon release from bed rest, she executed an exuberant high kick, dislodged a blood clot, and died. Good night, Margaret. And yet, as James ‘Pebble’ Rockefeller, her fiancé, said of her, “her light is burning ever brighter.”                                                                                                                            To celebrate her birthday, we will eat colorful foods [The Color Kittens, 1949] and foods from Southern France, which she toured before her death.

Spinach Fritatta: 131 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 Frittata

1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                               1 egg white                                                                                                                                                                            1 Tbsp cottage cheese                                                                                                                                                          1/4 oz Manchego cheese, grated                                                                                                                                        2 Tbsp scallions, chopped                                                                                                                        ½ clove garlic, minced                                                                                                                                     3 Tbsp cooked spinach pressed, drained, chopped                                                                                                     salt to taste + nutmeg  + garlic powder                                                                                                  2 oz kiwi/strawberry                                                                                                                                  Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or lemon in hot water               Optional: 3 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie [44 calories]

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° F.  Beat the eggs until broken up and frothy. Pour over the spinach/cheese mixture and bake for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the optional beverages and plate the fruit. Breakfast is great.

Chicken Ratatouille Galettes: 267 calories   7.6 g fat   5 g fiber   24 g protein   38 g carbs  321 mg Calcium     PB     Galettes/Crêpes are wonderful to have on hand for use with a variety of fillings. If you had the galettes/crepes and the filling previously-made, then the meal goes together in no time.Chicken Ratatouille Crepes

2 galettes [that’s the name for a buckwheat crêpe] [see Sidekicks I, Sept 17, 2017]                                                                                                                               1.5 oz chicken breast, cooked                                                                                                           ½ cup Mediterranean Vegetables [see SIDEKICKS II Oct 4, 2017]                                                      1 Tbsp goat cheese    +    1 oz mozzerella cheese                                                                                  herbes de Province OR tarragon

If making crepes/galettes from scratch now: prepare the batter and let stand 30+ minutes. If using frozen crêpes, put them in a plastic bag on the counter and let them thaw. Turn on the oven to 250 F.. Cut or shred the chicken into small pieces. Put into pan with the Med.Veg. and heat enough to warm the vegetables, to reduce the liquids, and to cook the chicken. Take off heat. Prepare the crêpes/galettes: either cook them now from batter or finish the thawing process by putting them in a warm oven. Add cheeses to mixture in the pan, and stir to combine. Toss in lots of herbes de Province or fresh herbs and taste for seasoning. Arrange the galettes on a cookie sheet and divide the filling among them. Fold over, pressing down gently. Heat in the warm oven.

Ingredients for next week:

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

1 two-oz egg 1.5 two-oz eggs  +  ham
1 buckwheat crepe cooked pork,
roasted green chiles Swiss cheese
pear dill pickle
Whatever you need for your smoothie Whatever you need for your smoothie
Whatever you need for your hot beverage Whatever you need for your hot beverage

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

halibut   + olive oil + scallion salad greens + chicken
spinach + shallot  + chicken broth grapefruit  + avocado
Thai red curry paste 1 egg +  lime-flavored oil
lite coconut milk + lime white wine vinegar
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Vasco da Gama

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.

On May 20, 1498, the first Europeans reached the Indian subcontinent by sea.  Vasco da Gama was the leader of the expedition under orders from King Manuel of Portugal. Up until then, no one had any idea of reaching India by sailing around Africa — but it worked.  By following the currents in the South Atlantic Ocean, da Gama rounded the southern tip of Africa [which the explorer Dias optimistically named the Cape of Good Hope] and then followed the currents up the east coast.  He took on a native pilot and arrived at Calicut [aka Calcutta, now Kolkata].  Da Gama’s return to Portugal with spices and silks earned him wealth and fame.  How did this sit with the Indians?  Not too well, aperently — he was sent back to put down a rebellion against Portugal and then returned as governor in 1524, when he died. Was da Gama’s arrival in India a good thing? Probably not — colonialism is rarely beneficial to the colonized people. But it established a link between ‘East’ and ‘West’ and perhaps some good has come from the mixing of cultures.                                                                                                                                                   The meals today begin with vegetables and Indian curry cooked into eggs. Appropriate since curry is a melange of spices the like of which the Europeans craved.  Dinner is purely Eurocentric: fish and chips with a Portuguese twist: just the sort of thing you get when cultures meet in the kitchen.

Curried Vegetable Bake: 123 calories   5 g fat  1.3 g fiber  7 g protein  11.6 g carbs [9.5 g Complex]   41.5 mg Calcium   NB: The food values given above are for the egg bake and fruit only, not the optional beverages.   PB GF   If you like the warm, spicy taste of curry, then feel free to add more to this dish.Curry Bake

one 2-oz egg                                                                                                                                     1/2  oz broccoli, cooked and diced                                                                                                              1/2 oz carrot, cooked and diced [HINT: use leftovers from a dinner]                                     1 Tbsp Indian curry powder -OR-  4 Tbsp curry sauce [see Sidekicks I, from Sept. 17, ’17] additional curry powder, salt, garlic powder, all to taste                                                                   2 oz applesauce                                                                                                                                  Optional:  blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                         Optional:  5-6 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie  [88 calories]

Spritz a ramekin with non-stick spray and set the toaster oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together the vegetables, seasonings, and the curry powder/sauce until well blended. Whisk the egg into the mixture and turn into the ramekin. Bake about 15 minutes while you portion the applesauce and prepare the optional beverages.

Portuguese Fish & Chips:   260 calories    6.3 g fat     4.7 g fiber   24 g protein    28 g carbs [27 g Complex]    60 mg Calcium    PB GF – if using GF flour  From our favorite dinner place in Souris, PEI, 21 Breakwater , comes this house specialty from the chef’s native cuisine. The batter is so light that it lets the lime-infused fish shine through. The recipe takes little time to accomplish. I have described it in detail so you can be successful.Portugese Fish & Chips

3 oz tilapia or hake or other firm-fleshed white fish                                                                                                                          1 fl. oz lime juice or lemon juice                                                                                                                    1 egg white + 1 egg yolk, separated                                                                                                  2 Tbsp white whole wheat flour                                                                                                3 oz sweet potato, peeled                                                                                                                 ½ tsp canola oil                                                                                                                                 ½ tsp granulated garlic     +   ¼ tsp paprika    +      black pepper                                                                                                                           2 oz asparagus or broccoli

Marinate the fish in the lime juice with a pinch of salt and pepper for up to 30 minutes. Set the oven to 425 F. Peel the sweet potato and cut lengthwise into 1/4” slices. Cut each slice into 1/4” sticks. Put the oil in the non-stick pan that you will use to cook the fish. Add the potato sticks to the pan and toss about to coat with oil. Combine the granulated garlic, paprika, and pepper, and sprinkle on the potato sticks. Toss to distribute the seasonings. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil with the dull side up. Spray liberally with non-stick spray. HINT: You could do this 1-2 hours in advance.Distribute the potatoes on the pan so they do not touch. Put in oven for 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile, put the asparagus on to cook. Take the fish from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Dredge lightly with flour. Whip the egg white into soft peaks. Fold in the egg yolk and remaining flour from dredging the fish. Heat the non-stick pan and spray with non-stick spray. Remove the fries from the oven and turn them over. Return to oven for 10 minutes more. Dip the fish in the egg batter so that it is coated on all sides. Cook the fish on one side over medium heat for 6 minutes, then on the other side for 6 minutes or until fork tender. When fries are done, turn off oven, open the door, and leave the fries in there for up to 5 more minutes. Plate all that good food and live it up.

Annie’s Stellar System

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.

Annie Jump Cannon was a computer.  In her day, a being a ‘computer’ was an occupation, not a device on your desk.  Like the women in the movie “Hidden Figures”, Miss Cannon was hired to do mathematical calculations and measurements. For 25 cents per hour. [Equal to $7.52 today]  She worked with stars, which she had learned to love while star-gazing at her mother’s knee. She was graduated from Wellesley College in 1884, with a degree in Physics and life-long deafness [caused by scarlet fever].  Returning to the academic world 10 years later, Annie became one of “Pickering’s Women”  — computers hired by Edward Pickering to help with his development of a new classification of stars.  It was already known that each star, when analyzed with a spectroscope, had a unique ‘spectrum.’  Annie Cannon was particularly good at reading and observing spectral emissions.  There was much disagreement within the team of computers on how to classify stars. Annie solved that by proposing a compromise: the stars would be put in categories named after letters [O, B, A, F, G, K, M]. B-type stars, like ‘Sirius‘, are very hot and luminous.  Because they are ‘young’ and hot, they give off a blue color. G-type stars, like our sun, are whitish-yellow, while M-type stars, like Betelgeuse, being cooler, appear red.  The letters are arranged in order from largest/hottest/brightest to smallest/coolest/dimmest.  To remember the order, AJCannon came up with the sentence “Oh Be A Fine Girl, Kiss Me.” Her system was accepted and she went on to catalogue almost 400,000 stars. On the way, she discovered 300 variable stars. Grudgingly, honors were accorded to her late in her totally stellar career. She died on April 9, 1941.                                                                                                                                   What shall we eat in honor of Annie Jump Cannon?  A breakfast of cornmeal stars and a dinner of differently-colored foods which are arranged in stripes, like stellar spectra. Of course.

Cornmeal Stars with Fruit Yogurt:  154 calories  4 g fat  4.8 g fiber  8.6 g protein  24 g carbs [17 g Complex]  71.6 mg Calcium  PB  Cornmeal and stars are SO American, that they SO perfect for Annie Jump Cannon.Cornmeal Stars with Fruit

Cornmeal Stars: 1 egg white 1 egg yolk, stirred 1 Tbsp white whole-wheat flour 3 Tbsp yellow cornmeal Whip the egg to soft peaks. Fold in the yolk, the flour, and the meal. Spray a non-stick pan with non-stick spray. Place your largest [3-4”] star-shaped cookie cutter in the center. Spoon the batter into the star, nudging it into the corners. Loosen the mold from the batter and remove it. Cook the star on one side until starting to brown, then turn carefully to cook the other side. HINT: This can be done a day or so in advance, storing the stars in a plastic bag.                                                                                                                              Per serving: 1.5 stars                                                                                                                               2 Tbsp fat-free French Vanilla yogurt                                                                                                    2 Tbsp blueberries  +  2 oz strawberries, sliced or diced [If frozen, they will need to be thawed and drained]                                                                                                                                    Plate the stars, slightly overlapping. Dollop the yogurt on top, then strew with fruit.

Mixed Sushi:  275 calories  11.6 g fat   4.9 g fiber  16 g protein  28 g carbs  39 mg Calcium PB GF   Our younger son introduced us to this recipe. Imagine: ‘Sushi’ without raw fish or seaweed. Good use for leftover beef, rice, and avocado. HINT: This serves 2 [two]. Invite a friend or save for lunch or dinner another day. Made to be served at room temp.Mixed Sushi

1 cup brown rice, cooked and cooled HINT: Make the day before and refrigerate or plan to have leftovers from a previous meal                                                                                          1 tsp rice wine vinegar                                                                                                                          1 egg    +     1 tsp soy sauce                                                                                                                                             3 oz avocado, in long slices                                                                                                               1 oz grilled beef, in long strips OR grilled chicken                                                                           2 oz smoked salmon, in long slices                                                                                                      2 oz cucumber OR zucchini in long slices

Combine the rice with the vinegar and let sit. Whisk the soy sauce with the egg and cook the egg as a flat omelette in a lightly-spritzed non-stick pan. Remove from the pan and cut into long strips. Slice the avocado, beef, salmon, and cucumber in long strips, but not longer than the diameter of the bowl in which you will serve it. Put the rice into two bowls with a wide diameter. Distribute the rice evenly over the bowl. Lay the other ingredients on top of the rice in what ever arrangement pleases you. Serve with extra soy sauce and enjoy a quick meal.

Ingredients for next week:

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

Next week will feature a discussion of 1.5 two-oz eggs
foods that are stuffed in other food. Hawayij spice
deglet noor dates
choose a favorite breakfast from
the Archives Whatever you need for your smoothie
Whatever you need for your hot beverage

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

Next week will feature a discussion of chicken thigh  +  chicken broth
foods that are stuffed in other food. Hawayij spice 
choose a favorite dinner from deglet noor dates
the Archives quick-cooking barley + watermelon
Sparkling water Sparkling water

 

Toussaint’s Rebellion

Lobster ‘Lambi’ & Plantains:  270 calories   8.3 g fat   2.8 g fiber  17.8 g protein   35 g carbs [34 g Complex]   51 mg Calcium  PB GF  A simple meal from Haïti. Easy any season of the year, as long as plantains are in the market. Ordinarily lambi is made with the meat of the Queen Conch, but if that is unavailable, try lobster tail instead. The plantains are delicious oven-roasted. Try them! Lobster Lambi w: plantains

3 oz lobster meat such as tail                                                                                                                                          3 oz plantain slices, from a ripe [yellow skin with some black spots] not green plantain                 ½ – 1 tsp olive oil                                                                                                                                  3 oz cantaloup melon                                                                                                                         1 lime, cut in half along the equator                                                                                               a few fresh spinach leaves

Peel the plantains and carefully slice them so they don’t get squished. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and sprayed with non-stick spray. Brush with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 425° F for 10 minutes, then turn the slices and bake for a further 10 minutes. If the lobster is uncooked, stick a skewer into the lobster tail lengthwise and grill it indoors or outdoors while you squeeze juice from half the lime on it. Cut it into bite-sized pieces. If the lobster meat is cooked already, cut it into bite-sized pieces and squeeze lime juice on it. Plate the lobster on top of the spinach, then arrange the melon and plantains. Keep the other half lime for more juice-squeezing to your taste.

 

 

Saint Brieuc

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.

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Briocus or Brieuc, as he is known in Brittany.  Coincidentally, today we are in Brittany, staying just a few miles outside of the city of St Brieuc in the Cote d’Armor region.  My ancestors were born here in the centuries prior to the 1400s, but the Good Saint was born in Ceredigion, Wales in the year 410.  Converted to Christianity and seized with missionary zeal, he left his home and family and set off across the English Channel to found a monastery.  In addition, he helped plague victims, had a power struggle with a relative, and subdued a pack of wolves with the Sign of the Cross. The monastery built a wooden church in the 6th century, then a stone version.  That structure was torn down to build a grand stone church, l’Elise de Saint Étienne, in 1220. [The site was marshy, but they built anyway.] It stands there today, despite the vicissitudes of war. In the 14the century, it was burned. Ditto in the 15th and 16th centuries. Each time it was rebuilt and the additions didn’t stop until the 1800s.  In the Cathedral of St Étienne in the city of St-Brieuc is his where some of the Good Saint’s bones lie.  Parts of St Guillaume are there, too.  How surprised Briocus would have been at his legacy!                                                                                                                                     Brittany is known for its seafood — mussels, oysters, lobster, scallops.  And also for its apples, artichokes, and onions.   The flavors of Brittany are present in the breakfast with the artichokes, spices, and apple.  Dinner features  two of Brittany’s most famous mollusks: mussels and oysters, cultivated in the bays and inlets of the north shore.

Breton Bake: 149 calories   6.5 g fat   3.4 g fiber  9.4 g protein  13.7 g carbs  103 mg Calcium   NB: The food values given are for the egg dish and the fruit only, and do not include the optional beverages.   PB GF  Delicious. Filling. Different.breton-baked-egg

1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                      2 Tbsp crushed tomatoes                                                                                                                                 2 Tbsp chopped artichoke hearts, fresh or canned or frozen                                                                           ½ tsp curry powder                                                                                                                           1 Tbsp fat-free ricotta                                                                                                                                 2 oz applesauce, unsweetened                                                                                                    blackish coffee [53 calories] or black tea, lemon in hot water                                                     5-6 oz  fruit or berry-yogurt smoothie [88 calories] or natural cider

Chop the artichoke hearts. Stir together the artichokes, tomatoes, curry, and ricotta. Whisk in the egg and pour into an oven-safe dish which has been spritzed with non-stick spray. Bake at 350° F. for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, brew your hot beverage; shake that smoothie; and portion the applesauce. Enjoy your breakfast on the Cote d’Armor.

Mollusk Gratin: 283 calories   14.6 g fat   2.3 g fiber    31.6 g protein    17.5 g carbs   216 mg Calcium   PB   GFif using GF flour   When we steam mussels for a feast, there are often some left over. Removed from their shells, the meat can easily be frozen in the cooled cooking broth. A wonderful item for a quick future meal. And a few shucked oysters are no trouble.Mussel Gratin w: beans

3 oz cooked mussels, removed from shells                                                                                              2 shucked oysters                                                                                                                                          4 Tbsp mussel broth [from cooking the mussels]                                                                              2 tsp flour [I use King Arthur unbleached or White Whole Wheat]                                                                                        ½ oz Gruyère cheese, grated                                                                                                              ½ tsp curry powder                                                                                                                            3 oz green beans

Warm the mussel broth and whisk in the flour. Heat over low until thickened. Add curry powder and cheese. Whisk until cheese is melted and sauce is well combined. Add the mussels and oysters. Spritz a ramekin with non-stick spray and scrape the mussels and sauce into the ramekin. Bake at 350° F. for 10 minutes while you cook the beans.

Ingredients for next week:

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

1 two-oz egg 1.5 two-oz eggs  +  blueberries
Haitian Chicken Filling [Food in Wrappers, 2  posted on 7-April-2019] white whole wheat flour
cantaloupe melon yellow cornmeal  +  strawberries
Fat-free French Vanilla yogurt
Whatever you need for your smoothie Whatever you need for your smoothie
Whatever you need for your hot beverage Whatever you need for your hot beverage

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

lobster tail one 2-oz egg   + avocado
fresh lime grilled beef  + smoked salmon
plantain + olive oil cucumber  + soy sauce
cantaloupe melon cooked brown rice  +  rice vinegar
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Morning to Night: Puttanesca

How this Fast Diet http://the fast diet.co.uk 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.

Probably everyone knows that the ‘origin of Puttanesca Sauce‘ is connected to Ladies of the Night. Or is it?? Some people say it is from Lazio [Rome], others say Naples.  It seems that the story behind it is as full of holes as an alibi by a philandering husband back from a week-end ‘conference.’  Where ever this sauce came from, it is delicious — full of bold flavors and very easy to prepare with ingredients from jars in the pantry.  Make up a big batch and freeze it in portions.  It is so versatile — on a Fast Day, we will use it at breakfast and at dinner;  on a Slow Day, you could serve it on pasta.

PUTTANESCA SAUCE: makes 5 cups            SAUCY, 6-Dec-2017                                              1 cup = 117 calories 3.6 g fat 5.2 g fiber 3.4 g protein 15 g carbs 125 mg Calcium                              1 Tbsp = 7 calories 0.2 g fat 0.3 g fiber 0.2 g protein 0.9 g carbs 8 mg Calcium                            1 cup chopped onion                                                                                                                            1 or 2 cloves garlic                                                                                                                                                            2 tsp olive oil                                                                                                                                        5 cups whole tomatoes, canned and drained                                                                                                                                  1 cup mushrooms                                                                                                                                  2 anchovies                                                                                                                                              ½ cup canned black olives                                                                                                                2 Tbsp capers

Cook the onions and garlic in oil and some of the tomatoes’ juice until transluscent. Add all the other ingredients, mashing the tomato to break into smaller chunks. Simmer uncovered for 1 hour to thicken.

Puttenesca Bake: 268 calories 6 g fat 2.5 g fiber 13 g protein 39 g carbs [34 g Complex] 231 mg Calcium   PB GF  Once you have Puttanesca Sauce in the freezer, preparing this breakfast is very easy.Puttenesca Bake

one 2-oz egg                                                                                                                                   1.5 Tbsp puttanesca sauce, drained of excess liquid                                                                        ½ Tbsp Parmesan, grated                                                                                                                  ¼ cup peaches canned in juice                                                                                                         5-6 oz green smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie [88 calories]                                                      blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or lemon in hot water

Set the toaster oven at 350° F.  Spritz an oven-proof ramekin or small casserole [if serving 2 or more] with non-stick spray. Whisk the eggs with the sauce and cheese. Pour into the baking dish and heat for 12-15 minutes. Portion the peaches and prepare the beverages. Que bella!

Mackerel Puttanesca: 298 calories  17 g fat  3.3 g fiber  22.6 g protein  7.6 g carbs  66.4 mg Calcium  PB GF  Pierre Franey is the source of this simple repast.  Such an easy meal, especially if your sauce is left-over homemade or from the supermarket shelf. Delicious and satisfying. [Don’t be concerned about the fat: it is from the mackerel which is high in Omega 3, so it is good fat] Mackerel Puttanesca

4 oz of mackerel [or other rich, oily fish] fillets                                                                                                  ¼ cup puttanesca sauce, homemade [see SAUCY, Dec 6 ’17] or from a jar                                        2 oz green beans

If using fresh fish, broil the fish for 4-5 minutes per side to cook it. If using mackerel which has been frozen after cooking, thaw to room temperature. NB: Mackerel does not keep well in the fridge uncooked. If you have to buy mackerel prior to the day you will serve it, filet the fish and broil it as soon as you get back to the kitchen. Then you can hold it for a day or two, or freeze it for longer. Mackerel does not freeze well uncooked.  Cook the green beans. Heat the sauce and mackerel together in a covered pan until warm. Plate. Done in minutes!

Passover

How this Fast Diet http://the fast diet.co.uk 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.

Imagine this: Your people have been living in a foreign land ever since a famine drove you from your homeland.  You are herdsmen and farmers, minding your own business and worshiping your own G-d. After many generations, the leaders of this country grow nervous about the size of your population.  They move you to the cities, make you take menial jobs, kill your sons, and restrict your movement in or out of the country.  What can you do to improve your plight? You pray to your G-d for help.  A leader arises from among you, who goes to the government and demands that you people be allowed to leave. The answer is no: you are worth more to the government as forced labor.  Plagues descend on the land, affecting millions of people, and still you cannot leave. At last a message is whispered from house to house: kill a lamb for your dinner tonight and daub its blood on the doorposts of your dwelling. Pack whatever you can carry, including food, and be ready to leave when the word comes. Do not even bake yeast bread, there isn’t time.  That night, children and livestock all over the country die mysteriously — but not in your house, for the evil passed over you. The next day, your people are allowed to leave and you march to the East, rejoicing that your G-d has set you free.  This is the story of Passover as told in Exodus Chapter I, verse 8 through Chapter 12, verse 39.                     In case you are running out of menu ideas, today’s meals are in keeping with the Kosher food traditions of Passover.  Breakfast is styled on the popular Reuben Sandwich, served on matzo, an unleavened bread.  The dinner is a simple soup made of a ‘bitter herb‘ — watercress.

Reuben Matzo Egg:  168 calories   9.8 g fat   1.3 g fiber  14 g protein  18.6 g carbs  [2.5 g Complex]  54 mg Calcium   NB: Food values shown are for the plated foods only, and do not include the optional beverages.   PB  The flavors of a Reuben but Kosher for Passover! What’s not to love? Delicious, filling breakfast. The original recipe is from Kosher in the Kitch.Reuben Matzo Eggs

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.                               ½ matzo cracker [14 g] [Streit’s brand]                                                                                                ¼ oz corned beef, sliced thinly and diced                                                                                            2 Tbsp sauerkraut [drained]                                                                                                            1.5 tsp Russian Dressing**                                                                                                      **Optional: black coffee with 1 tsp sugar [16 calories] or black tea or lemon in hot water Optional: 4 oz Kosher orange juice [56 calories]

**Russian Dressing    22 calories/1.5 tsp                                                                                                            1 tsp mayonnaise          ¼ tsp catsup              1/8 tsp hot sauce                                                    1/8 tsp Worcestershire sauce           pinch paprika 

Whisk the eggs vigorously, then stir in the corned beef and sauerkraut. Pour into a non-stick pan which was spritzed with olive oil. Scramble until done to your preference. Carefully break the matzo in two, then in half again: you will now have two quarter pieces. Spread most of the Russian Dressing on the matzo crackers, then top with the eggs. Garnish with a little corned beef, a dollop of the Dressing, and black pepper. Delish.

Watercress Soup:  157 calories   5.4 g fat   2.9 g fiber   8.4 g protein  22 g carbs  [19 g Complex]  63.5 mg Calcium  PB  GF   Jacques Pepin’s Good Life Cooking is the source of this recipe and the stream that runs onto the beach is the source of our watercress.  So low in calories, you can add an egg for more protein and a Caprese Salad on the side. HINT: This recipe makes 5 cups. Freeze the remainders.Watercress Soup

2 tsp olive oil                                                                                                                                          4 oz [by weight, not volume] watercress leaves and stemmer stems                                        1 cup celery, coarsely chopped                                                                                                            2 cups onion, coarsely chopped                                                                                                              2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed                                                                                                          2-1/2 cups very good vegetable broth [if not keeping Kosher, use chicken or beef broth]                                                                                                                                                       3/4 tsp salt                                                                                                                                             10 oz [weight not volume] potato, peeled and cut in 2″ chunks                                                  2 oz [weight not volume] sweet potato, peeled and cut in 2″ chunks                                       per serving: 1 Tbsp chèvre cheese

optional:  Caprese Salad — 46 calories  2.2 g fat  0.6 g fiber  3.9 g protein  2.6 g carbs  115.6 g Calcium  1/2 oz mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced       2 oz tomatoes, thinly sliced and sprinkled with salt    fresh basil leaves     There should be equal slices of cheese and tomato.  Arrange the cheese, tomato, and basil in over-lapping layers                                         optional: cut a hard-boiled egg length-wise into quarters and nestle them into the soup           70 calories    4.8 g fat   0 g fiber   6 g protein    0.4 g carbs   28 mg Calcium

Heat the oil in a sauce pan.  Add the cress, celery, onion, and garlic and stir-fry for two minutes.  Put in the stock, salt, and potatoes and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.  Cool slightly, then puree in a blender/food processor/immersion wand.  If not thoroughly pureed, run it through a sieve.  Heat the soup gently before serving.  After ladling into the bowl, put the chèvre in the center, let it soften in the heat, then swirl it into the soup with a knife. Serve with the optional additions.                                                  

Ingredients for next week:

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

1 two-oz egg 1 two-oz egg    + curry powder
puttanesca sauce [Saucy, 6-Dec-’17] crushed tomatoes
Parmesan cheese reduced-fat ricotta
peaches [fresh or canned in juice] artichoke hearts + applesauce
Whatever you need for your smoothie Whatever you need for your smoothie
Whatever you need for your hot beverage Whatever you need for your hot beverage

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

4 oz mackerel [or salmon] fresh mussels  + 2 fresh oysters
green beans mussel broth  +  curry powder
puttanesca sauce [Saucy, 6-Dec-’17] flour   + Gruyere cheese
green beans
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Colorful Veggies

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.                                                                                                                           Welcome to nutrifitvitamins who is now Following.

Time was, when it was late winter, vegetables were in short supply.  Home-canned green beans were an option or vegetables that had been stored in the root cellar: cabbage, turnips, potatoes, parsnips.  Carrots if you were lucky.  While there is nothing wrong with those plant products, what do you notice about that selection? Not much color variation. Now we have many more varieties of vegetables available most of the year ’round.  [Thanks, globalization.  Caution, locavores]  And now we know that the more colorful the vegetables are, the more nutrition they provide. Today we will celebrate the orange veg; the green veg; the red veg  — all served up in a riot of flavor.

Eggs In Sweet Potato Nests: 163 calories   9.7 g fat   1.2 g fiber  10.6 g protein  9 g carbs [8 g Complex]  137.5 mg Calcium  NB: The food values given above are for the egg/potato mixture and fruit only, not the optional beverages.  PB GF Saw this discussed on line and decided to try it. Preparation is a little fussy but it is done the night before making for an easy morning. HINT: this recipe serves 2 [two] people, each person gets 2 nests. I’m told these refrigerate well for the next morning.Eggs in Sweet Potato Cups

½ oz [¼ cup] grated sweet potato                                                                                                                  1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                       1 Tbsp grated Cheddar cheese                                                                                                           pinch or two garlic powder                                                                                                                  1 Tbsp chopped watercress or parsley to sprinkle on top                                                                 5 cherries                                                                                                                                      Optional:  blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                       Optional:  3 oz  fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie  [44 calories]

Grate the sweet potato and cheese. Toss thoroughly in a bowl with the garlic. Divide among 6 cups of a muffin pan and push it around, pressing up the sides a bit. NB: I used a flexible non-stick muffin pan which worked well with no sticking. If you don’t have one, use liners or spray the muffin pans very well.  Bake the cups in a 375° F. oven for 10 minutes. Whisk the eggs with some salt and pour over the baked sweet potatoes. Sprinkle the egg with chopped watercress or parsley. HINT: I left this on a cool counter/refrigerator over night.  Bake at 350° F. for 15+ minutes or until the eggs are set.  Let them sit just a bit to firm up before using a knife to loosen the egg nests, then removing them to the plates. Add cherries and the beverages of your choice and try this new flavor combo.

Red & Green Shakshuka:  220 calories  10.6 g fat  5.3 g fiber  11.6 g protein  16.7 g carbs [15 g Complex]   207 mg Calcium  PB GF   There is Red Shakshuka and there is Green Shakshuka. And here we have the combination: Christmas colors! It is delicious!Christmas Shakshuka

½ tsp oil                                                                                                                                                              ¼ c onion, chopped                                                                                                                          3 Tbsp chopped celery                                                                                                                      1 clove garlic, chopped                                                                                                                            1/3 cup red or green sweet pepper, chopped                                                                                 1.5 cups fresh spinach                                                                                                                       ½ cup mashed whole tomatoes                                                                                                      1/3 cup eggplant cubes, optional          If not using the eggplant, add more bell peppers.                                                                                                   cumin + paprika + oregano                                                                                                             1 egg                                                                                                                                                  1.5 Tbsp Feta Cheese

Use an 8″ cast iron or other oven-safe skillet that has an oven-safe lid. Set the oven at 375° F. Cook the onion and celery in the oil until a bit softened. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add the sweet pepper, tomato, and eggplant, along with the seasonings. Cook until tender. Put the spinach in the bubbling vegetables and stir/toss them until the leaves are softened but not limp. Make a slight indentation in the vegetables and crack an egg into it. Sprinkle with the Feta. Cover the skillet and bake it in the oven for 5 minutes. Check to see if egg is done to your liking. If not, recover and cook another minute or two. Serve in the skillet. NB: You could cook two eggs on top for one person if you wanted to boost the protein = 290 calories /15 g fat / 5.3 g fiber / 18 g protein / 17 g carbs / 235 mg Calcium

Blackthorn Winter

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, you ask, is Blackthorn Winter?  Well, in merrie olde England, this is the time of year that the Blackthorns [Prunus spinosa] bloom.  The creamy white blossoms are widespread and from a distance they look like snow or frost.  Further, the weather takes a colder turn, feeling more like Winter after a little taste of Spring. [Some say it is a corollary of Indian Summer in the Fall.]  In Autumn, the Blackthorn produces a blue fruit which is covered with gin to make a liqueur — Sloe Gin, anyone?  The thorns on the dark bark made this plant a good natural hedge for fencing in livestock.  Blackthorns grow all over Europe and they have been gathered and eaten for at least 5,300 years.

Although this is blackthorn winter, this is not “a winter of our discontent.”   April 10 marks the 6th anniversary of Fasting for us.  We think this is a great way to lose weight and to be healthier.  Here are two very different recipes for Fasting, from two places where Blackthorns are found. Sloes are native to Denmark and they have naturalized in the Eastern US, perhaps near Philadelphia.

Danish ScrOmelette: 140 calories 10.4 g fat 0.5 g fiber 12 g protein 5.6 g carbs [3 g Complex] 242 mg Calcium   PB GF  This breakfast was developed in honor of Tycho Brahe, famous astronomer and Denmark’s pride. The taste of the sea, the bleu cheese, the star in the apple: all sing praise to him.Danish Omelettte

1 ½ two-oz eggs HINT: If you are serving one person, crack three 2-oz eggs into a small bowl or glass measuring cup. Whip up those eggs and pour half of their volume into a jar with a lid and put it in the ‘fridge for next week                              1/2   oz Danish bleu cheese                                                                                                                          ½ oz herring marinated in wine                                                                                                         1 oz apple, sliced so you can see the star inside                                                                  Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                     Optional:  5-6 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie [88 calories]

Mince the herring. Crumble the bleu cheese and whisk with the eggs. Hold the apple on its side and slice it around the equator so that the star of seeds and core in the middle is revealed. Cut a slice parallel to your cut to end up with a slice that weighs 1 oz. Spray a frying pan with non-stick spray and put the minced herring in the pan. Quickly pour the egg-cheese mixture in the pan. As the egg begins to set around the edges, lift the egg with a fork or spatula and tip the pan so that uncooked egg flows underneath. Continue like that until the bottom is fully cooked and the top is set. [Flip the omelette if you dare, or put it under the broiler if you like your eggs well cooked.] Slide the eggs on to the plate next to the apple, pour the beverages, and meditate on the wonders of astronomy.

Philly Cheesesteak en Casserole: 264 calories 11 g fat   1.2 g fiber   33.7 g protein  11.3 g carbs [8.9 g Complex]  263 mg Calcium  GF   The iconic street food of Philadelphia has been made over for Fast Day.  By the way, provolone is the original cheese for this dish – NOT Cheeze-Whiz.Philly Cheesesteak en Casserole

2-1/2 oz rare roast beef, shaved  [get this in the deli section of the supermarket]                                                      0.8 oz provolene cheese [2 thin slices]                                                                                                    1 oz onions, sliced                                                                                                                                    1-1/2 oz broccoli florets                                                                                                                 1 slice 80-calorie whole-grain bread, from which you will cut a 3-4” bell using a cookie cutter

In a small skillet sprayed with non-stick spray, cook the onions in a little water until they are limp but not browned and set them aside. Take a slice of Martin’s whole-wheat potato bread and cut out a bell shape using a 3-4” cookie cutter. Lightly toast the bread. Add the beef to the pan and cook the meat while chopping at it with a metal turner. Add the onions when the beef is grey-colored and soft. Boil/steam the broccoli while the meat cooks. Lay the cheese over the meat and take off the heat. The cheese will melt onto the beef. Make room in the pan for the broccoli and top with the bread bell. Enjoy your taste of Philadelphia while you hum the theme to Rocky.

Ingredients for next week:

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

1 two-oz egg felafel  [Stocking Up   4-Jan-’17]
Sweet potato  + watercress or parsley pineapple or cantaloupe
cheddar cheese Greek-style yogurt
garlic powder   +   cherries mint leaves
Whatever you need for your smoothie Whatever you need for your smoothie
Whatever you need for your hot beverage Whatever you need for your hot beverage

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

olive oil  +  onion  + bell pepper + celery green split peas
spinach  + eggplant  + tomato + cumin 2 slices uncured bacon
paprika + oregano + feta cheese  + egg thyme
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Food in Wrappers, 2

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 rest of the week. That’s it. Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.                                                                                                                                  Welcome to Vilma who is now Following.

Here is a continuation of our series of foods from around the world which consist of meat/vegetables wrapped in something  — sort of the early idea of a ‘wrap‘.  This worldwide culinary occurrence is seen today in meals from New Mexican burritos, Danish cabbage rolls, and Haitain pate.  How interesting it is to me that such diverse cultures should share the same idea and interpret it in such diverse ways.  Food is fascinating. Cuisine is creative. Even on a Fast Day.

Breakfast Burrito: 225 calories 12 g fat breakfast burrito3.5 g fiber 11.7 g protein  29.4 g carbs 108 mg Calcium NB: The food values shown are for the tortilla, egg filling, and the fruit, not for the optional beverages.   Inspired by breakfasts enjoyed at the Frontier Restaurant in Albuquerque, N.M., this has all the tastes of the Southwest in a filling yet low-calorie meal.                                                one 6” corn tortilla, MUST be 65 calories per tortilla                                                       one 2-oz egg                                                                     1 oz roasted green chiles, available canned    under the ‘Hatch’ brand                                                                                                                               1 Tbsp carne adovada – this is boiled pork shoulder with hot spices. Make a batch and freeze it in small amounts or see if you can find it at a Mexican market.                                                Large pinch oregano, Mexican oregano if you can find it.                                                            [Hot sauce to taste]                                                                                                                               1 tsp cheddar cheese, finely grated                                                                                                      1 oz of apple                                                                                                                                   See the full recipe posted on June 26, 2016 in Street Food

Danish Stuffed Cabbage:  282 calories  5.7 g fat  5.7 g fiber  35 g protein  25 g carbs  125 Danish Stuffed Cabbagemg Calcium  PB GF  Craig Claiborne’s NY Times International Cookbook provided this recipe. Its history involves a Swedish king and the Ottoman Empire. Very royal origin for a common meal found all over, where cabbages are grown.                                                              4 oz turkey meat, raw                                                 2 oz pork meat, raw                                            2.5 oz veal, raw                                                           ½ cup fresh bread crumbs [from whole-grain 70-calorie bread]                                                                                                                             2 oz milk                                                                                                                                            1 oz egg white                                                                                                                                sage + salt + pepper                                                                                                                            4 whole cabbage leaves from a whole head                                                                                       1/3 c pickled beets  +   dab of mustard                                                                                      See the full recipe posted on 14-October-2018 in Diocletian.

Haïtian Chicken Pate Filling:   makes ~2 cup        1 Tbsp = 10 calories                                           One, as shown, wrapped in puff pastry:   64 calories  4.0 g fat  0.4 g fiber  1.2 g protein  6.4 g carbs   2.3 mg Calcium                                               1 habañero pepper                                             Haitian Chicken Pate                                                                             ¼ cup chopped onion   + 2 tsp garlic, minced                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ½ pound ground chicken                                                                                                               ¼ cup shredded carrot                                                                                                                     2 tsp no-salt tomato paste                                                                                                                      2 tsp lime juice   + 1 tsp cider vinegar                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 Tbsp chopped scallion  + 1 Tbsp chopped parsley  + 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ½ tsp pepper + ¼ tsp salt + 1/8 tsp ground clove + 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg                              Cut the pepper lengthwise and scrape the seeds out of one half. Chop both halves. Prepare a mise en place. You will be adding ingredients at rapid intervals, so do the prep now. Spritz a non-stick skillet with non-stick spray. Saute the pepper, onion, and garlic for 3 minutes until tender. Add the chicken and cook 5 minutes, stirring often. Add carrot and cook for 2 minutes. Add tomato paste and stir constantly for one minute. Pour in the lime juice and vinegar, then stir and add the scallion and all the seasonings. Stir, take off heat, and cool. Run it all through the food processor. Use in omelettes, bakes, quiches. Wrap in wonton wrappers or roll out purchased puff pastry and cut into 20 squares. Use 1 Tbsp filling per square, seal edges and bake at 400 F for 15 minutes.  Look for it on May 5 when the foods from Haïti will be featured.