St Anthony

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.

If you say the name ‘Anthony’ to anyone from New England, it will generate thoughts of an old TV ad for a brand of pasta which showed Anthony’s mother calling him home to dinner. Or you may have heard of a St Anthony who’ll help you find lost objects.  In fact, there are 23 Saints named ‘Anthony’ in the ‘Saints & Angels‘ list on line. Tomorrow will be the feast day of the original Anthony, a hermit who lived in the 5th century in Egypt. He is best known for his severe fasting [eating only every 3 days] and sleeplessness in an effort to quell his inner demons. One of the most repeated themes in art is The Temptation of Saint Anthony.  Gustave Flaubert spent his life in the off and on writing of a novel by the same name.  Saint Anthony’s attributes [the things a saint is holding when depicted in art] are a pig [representing domestic animals of whom he is the patron saint] and a staff in the shape of a Tau cross [known as St Anthony’s cross].                                     In addition to farm animals, Anthony is the patron saint of salami-makers.  Going with that theme, breakfast is a scramble containing salami and dinner is a stir-fry of pork, for St Anthony’s Pig.

Salami Scramble:  299 calories  9.8 g fat   2.3 g fiber   18 g protein   30 g carbs   297 mg Calcium   GF   From the deli department to the breakfast table, salami makes for an easy breakfast.salami scramble

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.                                                                             ¼ oz thinly-sliced salami                                                                                                                               pinch of Moroccan spice  +  salt                                                                                                                         1.5 oz pear or apple slices                                                                                                                             blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                 5-6 oz green smoothie or fruit smoothie or unpasteurized apple cider

Slice the salami slices crosswise, then into squares. Whisk the eggs with the seasonings, then pour into a hot sauté pan which has been spritzed with non-stick spray.  Sprinkle with the salami before the eggs set.  Flip the eggs over to cook to your preference.  Slice the fruit, pour the beverages. Easy, yummy, satisfying.

Pork & Pepper Stir-fry:  211 calories   6.3 g fat   5.8 g fiber   24.3 g protein   16 g carbs [10 g Complex]  37.6 mg Calcium   PB GF  This stir-fry has a lot of preparation but the result is rich in the wonderful flavors of East Asia. The recipe does not include rice, but if you read on you will see totals with rice. HINT: This recipe makes enough to serve 2 [two] people. Food values above are for ONE serving.pork & peppers w: rice garnish

6 oz pork tenderloin, sliced as matchsticks                                                                                                  1.5 tsp dark soy sauce + 4 tsp dark soy sauce                                                                                                       ½ tsp honey + ½ tsp honey                                                                                                                                 ½ tsp minced garlic + another ½ tsp minced garlic  = one clove of garlic                                            1/8 tsp crushed red pepper                                                                                                                               1 tsp peanut butter                                                                                                                                                  ½ c carrots, cut as matchsticks                                                                                                                               1 tsp canola oil                                                                                                                                                                     5.5 oz green bell pepper matchsticks                                                                                                                  ½ lg red bell pepper matchsticks                                                                                                                      ½ tsp garlic    +     1.5 tsp minced fresh ginger                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               garnish:   2 sliced scallions                         Sriracha

First prepare a mise en place. Seriously — do it. Combine the pork, 1.5 tsp dark soy sauce, ½ tsp honey, ½ tsp minced garlic, and the red pepper flakes in a bowl and stir to combine. In a microwave-safe custard cup combine 4 tsp dark soy sauce, ½ tsp honey, and 1 tsp peanut butter. Microwave it briefly and stir to combine. Put the carrots in a small pan of boiling water and cook for one minute. Drain the carrots and save the water. Heat a wok or cast iron skillet over high heat and add the canola oil. Add the pork mixture and stir-fry for one minute. Remove the cooked pork to a clean bowl and stir in the soy-honey-peanut mixture. Put the carrot-cooking water in the dish that had the soy-honey-peanut mixture and swirl it around to get those flavors in the water. Pour the flavored water into the wok and add the red and green peppers. Stir-fry for one minute, adding more water to keep it sizzling. Add the carrots, ginger, and garlic to the wok and stirfry with the peppers for one minute more. Return the pork to the wok and stir-fry until heated, about 1 more minute. Plate with optional rice [if using – see below], top with sliced scallion and some Sriracha, if you wish.

If using ¼ cup medium-grain white rice as a garnish, then add these food values:                         50 calories   0 g fat   0.3 g fiber   1.0 g protein   11 g carbs [simple]   0 mg Calcium                             If serving with ½ cup medium-grain rice, then add these food values:                                            100 calories   0 g fat   0.6 g fiber   2 g protein   22 g carbs [simple]   0 mg Calcium

Ingredients for next week:

Breakfast, single portion Monday:                     Breakfast, single portion Thursday:

apple  +  melon Next week there will be an exploration of
plum  + date  + almond meal ‘foods in wrappers’
cider syrup  +  cinnamon
French-vanilla yogurt, low fat Choose a favorite from the Archives
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 Monday:                           Dinner, single portion Thursday:

lamb shoulder  + onion Several options will be offered or
dry red wine + tomato paste choose a favorite from the Archives
turnip  + carrot + potato
pearl onions + thyme + bay leaf
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Morning to Night: Felafel

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow. On Thursday, eat the meals that will be posted on Wednesday.  Eat sensibly the other days of the week.  That’s it.  Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.                                                                           Welcome to Trinity L. who is now Following.

Felafel is a ubiquitous street food in the Eastern Mediterranean and it should be healthy. But too often it is deep-fried, adding needless calories and fat. On a Fast Day good felafel can take you from morning to night with some delicious and satisfying meals. The origin of felafel goes back to the lands now called Palestine and Israel, but once called Sameria, Judea, Idumaea.  Let’s not get bogged down on who invented it — let’s celebrate how good it is and how easy it is to eat in a variety of forms. Felafel in eggs and a felafel-topped salad are fine forms of feasting. I’ll give you the basic recipe, then you can decide how to use it.

Felafel:       1 batch = 648 cal 25.4 g fat 21 g fiber 32.5 g protein 72 g carbs 214 mg Calcium  each patty= 30 cal 1.2 g fat 0.8 g fiber 1.6 g protein 4 g carbs 8.5 mg Calcium    GF PB  V  From the good old Moosewood Cookbook by Molly Katzen, these are easy to prepare and set you up for several servings of future meals.                                                                                                                                  2 cups canned chick peas     [I like Goya brand  TIP:  if you use dried chickpeas, you will get a grainer product. Factor in the time to reconstitute and cook them]                                                            1.5 cloves garlic, crushed [add as much as you enjoy!]                                                                                 ¼ cup celery, minced                                                                                                                                           ¼ c. scallions, sliced                                                                                                                                                    1 raw egg                                                                                                                                                                                            1.5 tsp tahini                                                                                                                                                                 ½ t. cumin    +   ½ t. tumeric   +   ¼ t. cayenne  + ¼ t. black pepper     +  1.5 t. salt                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Combine everything in food processor until ingredients form a uniform paste. Scoop into a bowl and chill 1 hour. Form into balls on a silicone mat or parchment paper on a cookie sheet. I used a 1  Tbsp scoop and then flattened the patties slightly. TIP: You don’t have to bake them now. You could freeze the patties on a cookie sheet, then put them frozen into bags to cook later.  Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. The patties should be heated through and have an outside ‘crust’ which is firm to the touch. In most recipes, you will cook them further. At this point you want them to be firm enough to store well. There will be about 25 of them. Use now or cool and freeze for later use.

Felafel Bake:  271 calories   6.6 g fat   3.1 g fiber   15.2 g protein  40 g carbs   198 mg Calcium   PB GF   Here we use 1 of the felafel patties which we prepared and froze earlier. Great time-saver! Amazing in eggs!Felafel Bake w: blueberries

1 two-oz egg one felafel patty, thawed [see Stocking Up I-4-’18]                                                                            1 Tbsp tomato puree or crushed tomatoes                                                                                                            ¼ c blueberries                                                                                                                                                                     blackish coffee, blackish tea, or lemon in hot water                                                                                   5-6 oz smoothie or natural apple cider

Spritz a ramekin with non-stick spray and set the toaster oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together the felafel and the tomato until well blended. Whisk the egg into the felafel and turn into the ramekin. Bake about 15 minutes while you portion the berries and prepare the beverages. What a simple, delicious breakfast.

Felafel with Mixed Salad: 295 calories   13.6 g fat   7.3 g fiber   15.5 g protein  29 g carbs [28 Complex]   174 mg Calcium   PB   GF   V    What a healthy plate of food! When you have felafel in the freezer, a quick meal like this is almost instant. If you prep the vegetables in advance, this would be a good ‘make-ahead’ meal for the end of a busy day.felafel w: mixed salad

6 felafel patties                                                                                                                                                           2 cups lettuce, I like to slice large leaves cross-wise into 1/2” strips                                                         2 oz tomatoes, cherry tomatoes or cut in 1/2” cubes                                                                                      1 oz carrots, grated                                                                                                                                                       1 oz beets cut in large dice [canned beets would be a real plus]                                                                1 oz Feta cheese in large crumbles                                                                                                                    ¾ tsp flavored olive oil   +  ¾ tsp white wine vinegar                                                                                    salt + pepper to taste

Thaw the felafel patties. If unbaked, heat in a 400° F. oven for 10-15 minutes. Prepare the vegetables for the salad. Whisk the vinegar and oil, then toss the salad vegetables in the dressing. Top with the felafel and feta crumbles.

Saint Lucy’s Day

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.

December 13 is one of our favorite days. I read the Swedish legend of Saint Lucy when I was in 6th grade and was charmed by the idea of a daughter taking breakfast in bed to her parents while wearing a wreath of candles in her hair. So I made a white robe [my mother never asked where that sheet went], and a pine-cone wreath, and wrote some new words to the tune of “Santa Lucia” — and the rest was history.  Saint Lucy visited our house annually when our sons were little [a new song was written then], and she will make an appearance this year too.  We devote the evening to decorating the Christmas Tree while enjoying an easy-to-eat dinner. It is possible to have a family celebration and still remain on the Fast Diet — try these menus.  Or, change your Fast Day to the day before the festival day or the day after.                                                                                                                     Since the original Lucy/Lucia was born in Sicily, we’ll prepare eggs with the flavors of that island.  For dinner we move to the Baltic region with a meal that followers of her northern version would recognize.

Sicilian ScrOmelette:  298 calories  11 g fat  2.4 g fiber  19 g protein  31 g carbs 290 mg Calcium PB GF  A protein-packed salad meets eggs for breakfast.Sicilian 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 into a jar with a lid and put it in the ‘fridge for next week.                                                                              ¼ oz salami sausage                                                                                                                                             ¼ oz mozzerella                                                                                                                                                         2 Tbsp chopped wild greens [ex: dandelion] or arugula                                                                          blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                                                                               5-6 oz green smoothie or fruit smoothie or unpasturized apple cider

Chop the sausage, the cheese, and the greens, and combine them gently. Heat a well-seasoned cast iron or non-stick pan and spritz it with oil or cooking spray. Whisk the eggs with salt and pepper, then pour into the heated pan. As the eggs set, sprinkle the sausage mixture over the eggs. Scramble or fold as an omelette and enjoy with the beverages of choice.

Herring Salad:   278 calories    6 g fat   6.8 g fiber  16 g protein   24 g carbs   103 mg Calcium PB GF     Luchöw’s Restaurant will live in memory as long as a certain generation still breathes. And there was a lot to remember about it: the decor, the old-world service, the menu. Not a hokey tourist trap – it was the genuine article. This is one of their fine Old World recipes. NB: if you take a MOIA anti-depressent, be aware that herring has high amounts of tyramine. 0-41 -1/2 oz herring marinated in wine, drained                                                                                                                   1/4 cup beets, cooked, cooled and diced                                                                                                            1 -1/2 oz apple, peeled and diced                                                                                                                       1/4 cup white beans, drained and rinsed                                                                                                       1/2 hard-boiled egg, sliced                                                                                                                                     2 Tbsp onion, minced                                                                                                                                          1/2 oz dill pickle, chopped                                                                                                                                    pinch sugar   +  2 tsp vinegar, or more                                                                                                                1 cup lettuce, shredded

Whisk the vinegar and sugar in a bowl until the sugar dissolves. Add remaining ingredients and toss gently until everything is well-incorporated. Taste to see if it needs more sugar or more vinegar. A herring-lover’s delight.

Ingredients for next week:

Breakfast, single portion

Search the Archives for a new Bob’s Red Mill 10-Grain Cereal
     favorite breakfast. cottage cheese   +   nutmeg
maple syrup    +  cinnamon
blueberries or raspberries
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:

Search the Archives for a new Haggis filling [Spicy II, 12-Sept-2018]
           favorite dinner. rice spring-roll wrappers
lettuce  +  carrot +  cherry tomatoes
flavorful oil  + good vinegar
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Crossroads: Atlantic

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow. On Monday, eat the meals that will be posted on Sunday.  Eat sensibly the other days of the week.  That’s it.  Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.                                                                                            Welcome to mybestlife who is now Following.

For millennia, the Atlantic Ocean was terra incognita, the uncharted edge of the world. Even though the Norse and maybe the Irish crossed the Atlantic, they left no record of their voyages. [Except the Voyage of Brendan, which is disputed.]  Then came the 15th century, when Prince Henry the Navigator sent out ships to find the way to Asia. Previously unknown islands became valuable jumping-off bases, for repair and resupply of ships, or as sites from which to control shipping lanes.  The Açores, Bioko, Madeira, Cape Verde, Saõ Tome & Principe — these specks on the map were mostly discovered by the Portuguese but changed hands many times as the other great powers vied for dominance.  The island of Bioko, for example, had an indigenous population, then the Portuguese took over, then Dutch, then Spain, then England, ending with self-rule by Equatorial Guinea. The cultural and culinary influences are noticeable in all these locales.                                                                                                                                                      Today we celebrate these cross-roads and their foods.  The Azorean breakfast features cheese [introduced by the Flemish], pimento sauce [the Portuguese], Kiwi fruit [from China via New Zealand], and tea [for the British taste].  Bioko [formerly Fernanda da Po] gives us a stew with ingredients from South America [beans and potatoes] and Europe [cabbage], combined in a local way.

Azorean Omelette:  250 calories   10.7 g fat  0.9 g fiber  17 g protein  13.5 g carbs [6 g Complex] 276 mg Calcium  PB GF When on vacation in the Azores, these local ingredients made for a wonderful breakfast. When at home, just as fine.Azorean Cheese ScrOmelette

1-1/2 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 oz Azorean cheese OR Gouda                                                                                                                                1 oz Pimenta da Queijo                                                                                                1 oz kiwi fruit                                                                                                                                                        blackish coffee [Portugese or Brazilian] or blackish tea [from the Gorreana Tea Plantation] or lemon in hot water

Grate/shred the cheese. Whisk the eggs with the pepper sauce and turn into a lightly-oiled nonstick pan. Sprinkle the eggs with the cheese and cook as you would an omelette. Plate with the fruit and serve one of those delicious beverages. Excellent.

Jota:  169 calories  4.5 g fat    7.4 g fiber   11.5 g protein  25.7 g carbs [23 g Complex]   83.5 mg Calcium  PB GF  The flavors of Africa and Portugal meet in this bean stew. Very satisfying. HINT: This recipe is enough for 4 [four] 1-cup servings.Jota w: spinach

1-1/2 cups sauerkraut, drained                                                                                                                            1-1/2 cups canned red beans, drained and rinsed                                                                                      bay leaf                                                                                                                                                                        4 oz red potatoes, cooked and diced                                                                                                                     1 clove garlic, crushed                                                                                                                                                   2 oz smoked ham hock, cubed                                                                                                                             ½ cup+ vegetable broth or water                                                                                                           Optional: 1 clove garlic, crushed + 1 tsp flour + 1 tsp oil                                                                           Optional: raw leaves of baby spinach

Spray a heavy sauce pan with non-stick spray and cook one of the garlics until golden brown. Add the sauerkraut to the pan with the broth, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes. In another pan, heat the beans with the bay leaf until warm. Remove half of the beans and put them in a food processor with the cooked garlic and half of the potatoes. Puree, adding water/broth to adjust the liquids. Add the puree, whole beans, potatoes, and meat to the pan with the sauerkraut. Taste for seasonings. Add some water/broth to bring the volume to 4 cups.                                                                                                                                          Optional: Simmer the other garlic clove in 1 tsp oil until brown. Remove garlic and whisk in 1 tsp flour, then add some stock to make a roux. Stir into the stew as a traditional thickener.                      Optional: When the soup is in the bowl, tear the spinach leaves into bits and poke them into the hot liquid to add some extra color, texture, vitamins.

Ingredients for next week:

Breakfast, single portion

pan muffin [see Not by Bread, 7 Feb 2018] 1.5 two-oz eggs
cucumber     +   medjool date feta cheese, reduced fat
chicken    +  radish tomato puree  +  cinnamon
pear pomegranate seeds    +   oregano
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:

veal  +  pork  + turkey cubed leg of lamb  + red bell pepper
milk  + sage  + cabbage zucchini   +  red onion  +  garlic powder
fresh bread crumbs  + pickled beets rosemary  + sugar  + corn + cumin
mustard tomato + cider vinegar  +  dry mustard
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Hot Time in the Old Town

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow. On Thursday, eat the meals that will be posted on Wednesday.  Eat sensibly the other days of the week.  That’s it.  Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.                                                                      Welcome to Fashion-Creative who is now Following.

“Chicago Fire.”  Those words could conjure a restaurant; a TV series; a soccer/futbol team; a popular children’s ditty; or an event from 1871. I never went to that restaurant, I don’t watch the TV show, and I don’t follow soccer.  But I did grow up singing that song and being told that a cow kicking over a lantern [due to the carelessness of the owner] was the cause of the Great Chicago Fire of October 8, 1871.  Chicago was a fast-growing city, buildings quickly thrown up with wood for framing and wooden sidewalks. Population density was high in the city center and some famous new buildings, like the storied Palmer House Hotel, had just opened. At 9 pm, a fire began in the southwest corner of the town. Fanned by a SW wind, the flames eagerly fed on the dry structures ahead of it and spread rapidly. By the time it was out, 31% of the population was homeless, and the city center was destroyed. The fire had consequences and beneficial outcomes: new building codes and architects flocking to the city to begin the ‘Great Rebuilding.’  This lead to the “Chicago School” of architecture, some of which is seen today during the delightfully interesting ‘architectural river cruise‘.

The foods today recognize post-fire Chicago.  Immigrants have flocked to the city, not always receiving a warm welcome.  But they helped the city to grow and flourish and they added their foods to the culture.  There are now more Mexicans in Chicago than in the city of Veracruz! So, the breakfast features Mexican Pickled Vegetables.  The dinner spotlights the famous Chicago Hot Dog, born of the stock yards and the German workers there.

Mexicali Bake:  271 calories  7 g fat  3.8 g fiber  13 g protein  38.7 g carbs  234 mg Calcium  PB GF  Remarkable how the bright pickle flavor and the creamy cheese compliment each other. Mexicali Bake w: grapes                                                                                                                                                                                    1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                                      2 Tbsp Mexican Pickles, chopped    [see Spicy II, 12 September, 2018 for recipe]                                                    2 Tbsp Cheddar cheese, grated                                                                                                                         pinch cumin + big pinch oregano [Mexican oregano if you have it]                                                                                     grapes                                                                                                                                                                                     nearly black coffee or tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                                                                        6 oz green or fruit smoothie or natural apple cider

Spritz a ramekin with oil or non-stick spray and set the toaster oven at 350° F.  Put the pickles in the ramekin and cook in microwave for 30 seconds. Sprinkle the cheese over the pickles. Whisk the egg and seasonings together, and pour into the ramekin. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Meanwhile, brew the hot beverage, shake your smoothie, and plate the fruit. What a bright and delicious day this will be.

Chicago Hot Dog:  272 calories  16.4 g fat   2 g fiber  11 g protein  14 g carbs  36 mg Calcium PB GF  This is the real deal: every single flavor found in a Chicago hot dog, without the bun. Delicious and filling, wherever you live.Chicago Hot dog

2 all-beef hot dogs [Hebrew National reduced-fat]                                                                                                                                     3 oz fresh tomato, sliced in 8 wedges                                                                                                                  2 oz dill pickle spears, you should have 2-5 pieces of pickle                                                                   celery salt                                                                                                                                                                                2 Tbsp chopped onions, raw                                                                                                                                2 tsp relish [neon green relish is traditional]                                                                                                          2 ‘sport peppers‘ –OR- 3 pepperoncini, sliced in two                                                                                   ¼ tsp poppy seed                                                                                                                                            yellow mustard

Cook the hot dogs any way you want. In a wide, shallow bowl place the hot dogs in the center.  Place pickle slices along side and between the hot dogs. Now arrange the tomatoes around the edge. Sprinkle it all with celery salt, especially the tomatoes. Dollop with relish and distribute the onions all over. Arrange the peppers on top and drizzle with mustard. Add the poppy seed. Wear your favorite Chicago team jersey and tuck in to the dinner.

Hobbiton Birthdays

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow. On Thursday, eat the meals that will be posted on Wednesday.  Eat sensibly the other days of the week.  That’s it.  Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.                                                                                Welcome to AHazard who is now Following.

September 22nd means one thing in our family: the birthday of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. “Hobbit Week” is a time in September that contains the 22nd, so we are celebrating. My Dear Husband and I both discovered J.R.R. Tolkien‘s books in high school and by the time we met, we were devotees. Naturally, we read the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to our children [then 5 and 3-yrs old] and were thrilled by how well they followed the plot and loved the tales. In our family, a book completed together meant a specially-themed meal and so the Rabbit Stew was developed.                                   Hobbits are always mentioning how chubby they are — Fasting might be in order even if it is a birthday. Today the breakfast is a homey Hobbiton meal involving the Hobbits’ favorite tuber: the potato [sweet potatoes in this case].  The dinner is one we have enjoyed for decades: the meal that Samwise Gamgee [the name of our current cat] prepared in Ithilien.  The rabbit [cony] was supplied by the duplicitous Gollum and the vegetables would have been foraged by Sam. He never got to have his po-ta-toes [watch  clip from movie!] in the rabbit stew, but we put them in anyway.

Eggs In Sweet Potato Nests:  304 calories  10 g fat  3.1 g fiber  15.7 g protein  38 g carbs  298 mg Calcium  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]. I’m told these refrigerate well for another morning.Eggs in Sweet Potato Cups

Grate the sweet potato and cheese. Toss thoroughly in a bowl with the garlic. Divide among 6 muffin pan cups 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. Use a knife to loosen the egg nests but let them sit just a bit to firm up before removing them to the plates. Add cherries and the beverages and try this new flavor combo.

Hobbiton Rabbit Stew: 286 calories  6.8 g fat  3.9 g fiber  24.7 g protein  30 g carbs [30 g Complex]  41 mg Calcium   PB GF   This foraged meal, cooked over a campfire in Ithilien, is so easily prepared in your kitchen. Purists will note that the dried fruit, a gift from Faramir, was given to the Hobbits later, but it adds a nice flavor note to the meal. Doubles well.LOTR Stew + fruit

4 oz boneless rabbit meat, cut into bite-sized pieces                                                                                   2 oz carrots, sliced or cubed                                                                                                                                 2 oz potatoes, peeled and cubed                                                                                                                       bay leaf + thyme + lavender buds  + sage                                                                                                                      2 dried apricots +  1 piece dried pear [which is ½ of a pear]

Put the meat, vegetables, and herbs in a sauce pan and cover with water or broth. Cover and simmer until all is cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with the dried fruit on the side. Long live Frodo!

Summer’s “End”

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow. On Thursday, eat the meals that will be posted on Wednesday.  Eat sensibly the other days of the week.  That’s it.  Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.                                                                              Welcome to somekindof50 who is now Following.

Labor Day, in the USA and Canada, is celebrated on the first Monday in September. [In Kazakhstan, it falls on the last Sunday.]  The purpose of the day is to honor workers by giveing them a 3-day weekend as a bonus. Picnics, cook-outs, trips to the beach, and week-ends away were popular ways to celebrate. It used to be that public schools and colleges  would not start up for the Fall Semester until after Labor Day. Now, alas, it is just another day: many workers are at work; children returned to school the week before; and you are lucky to get two of the 3 days to yourself.  But still, it marks the ‘end of summer‘ in a cultural way.  Summer resorts and cottages close down, and wearing seersucker is frowned upon.  Today’s menus are very simple: you can Fast well without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Plus, the dinner’s left-overs will be splendid for breakfast on Thursday — another time-saver.  Hope you are having a good weekend.

Watercress Bake:   278 calories  6.4 g fat  2.7 g fiber  14.2 g protein  35 g carbs [32.6 g Complex] 251 mg Calcium  PB GF  Watercress is so versatile and so healthy. When you see it in the market, turn it into the Watercress Sauce seen in SIDEKICKS II from Oct 4, 2017 and freeze in small amounts [from ice cube size to ½ cup] for use all year ’round.Watercress Bake

1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                               1 cube Watercress Sauce, drained                                                                                                                      1 Tbsp ricotta cheese                                                                                                                                               1/8 oz mushrooms   [about 1 Tbsp chopped]                                                                                                      1 oz fresh peach + ¼ oz fresh blackberries [4-5 berries]                                                                             5-6 oz fruit smoothie or green smoothie or natural apple cider                                                           nearly-black coffee or tea or lemon in hot water

The night before: take the cube of watercress sauce from the freezer and put it in a sieve over a small bowl overnight. Chop the mushrooms and cook in a little water for 15 seconds in the microwave. Next morning: Combine the cress, mushrooms, and ricotta. Spritz an oven-proof ramekin or other dish with non-stick spray. Whisk the eggs and add the cress mixture. Whisk again and pour into the prepared dish. Bake at 350 F for 12-15 minutes. Prepare the beverages and the fruit. What a simple, sumptuous meal.

Salmon Quiche:  serves 6  Per serving: 110 calories  6 oz fat  0.5 g fiber  9.6 g protein  3.5 g carbs  56 mg Calcium PB GF  This goes together so quickly and tastes so nice, that I urge you to serve it at your next luncheon or guest occasion. Save some for Thursday’s breakfast.Salmon Quiche

6 eggs                                                                                                                                                                            2 oz salmon, cooked                                                                                                                                                  1 cup grated zucchini                                                                                                                                              2 Tbsp reduced-fat ricotta                                                                                                                                                2 Tbsp plain fat-free yogurt                                                                                                                                ½ cup coarsly-chopped onion                                                                                                                            dill + salt + pepper to taste                                                                                                                                       salad, per serving:  48 calories   2.4 g fat  1.8 g fiber   1.3 g protein   6.2 g carbs   25 mg Calcium   1/2 tsp olive oil + 1/2 tsp flavorful vinegar                                                                                                           1 cup greens such as baby greens or mesclun                                                                                                  1 oz tomatoes, diced                                                                                                                                                               1 oz cooked, chilled beets                                                                                                                                        1/2 oz carrot, grated

Spritz an oven-proof quiche pan [I used one that is 8.5”diameter x 2” high] with non-stick spray. Crumble the salmon into the bottom of the pan and top with the zucchini and onion. Whisk the eggs with the ricotta, yogurt, dill, salt, and pepper. Pour into the pan and bake at 350 F. for around 30 minutes, or until puffed and set in the center.  Serve with a side salad and some local, seasonal vegetables.

Rosa of Lima

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.

Isabel Flores de Olivia was born on August 20, 1586, to a family of Spanish colonists in Peru.  To her parents’ dismay, she died with the name Rosa of Lima. Little did they suspect that she would become the first Catholic saint born in the ‘New World.’  The beautiful girl was slated for marriage, but defied her parents by wishing to become a nun.  They grudgingly agreed, permitting her to live a secluded life in a hut in their garden. There Rosa fasted, lived an ascetic life, and helped the sick and poor. Her elevation to sainthood was a boost to the faith of the inhabitants of Peru and all of South America.                                                                                                                                                Many foods we commonly eat today are from Peru, and in honor of Rosa, we will sample several. The breakfast contains tomatoes and anchovies, both typical ingredients which Rosa would have known.  The dinner contains Lima beans, of course, in a traditional meal of Western Hemisphere First Peoples.

Peruvian ScrOmelette:  289 calories  8.3 g fat   3 g fiber  17.4 g protein   37 g carbs [31 g Complex]  231.6 mg Calcium   PB GF  Traditional foods of Peru from land and sea combine with the new taste of coffee, now grown in the mountains.Peruvian 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                                                2 oz diced tomato, drained                                                                                                                                   ¼ oz [2 tsp] anchovies canned in olive oil, drained but not rinsed                                                           2 oz melon OR mango                                                                                                                               blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                              5-6 oz green smoothie, fruit smoothie or pure apple cider

Night before:After you dice the tomato, put it in a strainer over a bowl to reduce the moisture. In the morning:Chop the anchovies and add to the eggs. Spritz a non-stick pan with non-stick spray and add the tomatoes. This will cook them a bit and warm them. Whisk the egg/anchovy and pour into the warm pan. Scramble or cook as an omelette. Plate with the fruit, pour the beverages, and dream of the Andes.

‘Original’ Succotash:  270 calories  2.6 g fat   9.3 g fiber  18 g protein  50 g carbs [allComplex] 71 mg Calcium  PB GF  The Mystic Seaport Cookbook  contains many quaint and curious old recipes. What follows is my combination of two of them. It is ‘original’ because it gets us back to what succotash once was [a maindish, not a side] and because it is my own version. HINT: This recipe makes 3 cups of succotash, which could be 3 servings.Original Succotash w: Corn Mush

½ cup lima beans [Green Giant frozen Fordhook]                                                                                        ½ cup green/snap beans                                                                                                                                          ½ cup corn kernels                                                                                                                                                 ¼ cup canned navy beans                                                                                                                                       2 oz corned beef [New England style is grey because it contains no nitrates]                                        1 slice cornmeal mush aka: polenta [see SIDEKICKS II Oct 4, ’17]                                                  sage + pepper + salt to taste [mind that the corned beef might be salty]

Cook the vegetables until they are tender. Drain the cooking water and reserve ½ cup. Mash the navy beans and whisk into ¼ cup vegetable water. Put all vegetables and the meat into a pan along with the mashed beans. Add sage and pepper to taste and more vegetable broth if you wish, and heat.  If it needs more salt, add it too. In a non-stick pan, saute the corn mush on each side until it is warm. Start with one cup of succotash, as it is very filling.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1.5 two-oz eggs 1.5 two-oz eggs
tuna canned white beans [navy]
frozen spinach green onion   +   tomato
clementine shrimp
Mediterranean Vegetables [Sidekicks II, October 4, 2017] nectarine or peach
Whatever you need for your smoothie Whatever you need for your hot beverage
Whatever you need for your hot beverage Whatever you need for your smoothie

Dinner, single portion:

tuna steaks chicken breast
red bell peppers sherry wine    +  angel hair pasta
zucchini carrot  +  broccoli
cherry tomatoes sherry wine [not cooking sherry]
olive oil Bechamel sauce without cheese [Sidekicks II, October 4, 2017]
Parmesan cheese
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Salad Days

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.

Shakespeare coined the term ‘salad days‘ in the play Antony and Cleopatra in 1606. He used it to mean the time when we were callow, carefree, and young. Nowadays, it is used in the headlines of summer food articles, all touting beat-the-heat dinners.  Doesn’t Summer seem to be the very essence of the term ‘salad days’?  Indeed, we take advantage of the summer’s bounty and eat from the garden a lot these days, and salads seem cooler and lighter to eat when the weather is hot.  But beware! A nice healthy bowl of lettuces can be transformed into a danger zone by contaminated leaves [carrying Salmonella and other pathogens], not enough nutrition, and great lashings of fatty, sugary dressing.                                                                                                                                                Today we will eat a salad’s-worth of spinach at breakfast in baked eggs, since baking is a good way to kill bacteria. And for dinner a real salad with lots of nutrient-dense and delicious add-ins.

Spinach Fritatta:  276 calories  7.2 g fat  3.8 g fiber  16.4 g protein  35.6 g carbs [31.5 g Complex] 289 mg Calcium   PB GF  Whether it is breakfast or dinner, Spinach Fritatta checks off all the boxes.Spinach Frittata

1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                               1/6 cup [3 Tbsp] cooked spinach, squeezed and chopped    [equivalent of 2 cups raw spinach]                                                                                  1 Tbsp cottage cheese                                                                                                                                               1/8 oz [2 Tbsp] chopped scallions, white or green parts                                                                               ¼ oz Manchego OR Cheddar cheese, grated                                                                                             dash of grated nutmeg + dash of granulated garlic                                                                                             2 oz strawberries OR kiwi slice  + strawberry slice, as shown                                                           blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                  5-6 oz fruit smoothie, green smoothie or natural apple cider

Cook the spinach, drain it, and squeeze it in your hands to remove excess water. [TIP: save the drained water for baking or for cooking vegetables/pasta] Chop the spinach and mix with scallions, both cheeses, nutmeg, and garlic. Lightly spray a baking dish with oil or non-stick spray. Pour the vegetable-cheese mixture into the dish and arrange so it is evenly distributed. Whisk the egg and pour over the mixture. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes. Plate with the berries and pour the beverages.

Santa Barbara Salad: 280 calories   13.3 g fat   5.7 g fiber   16.2 g protein   21.3 g carbs   105.8 mg Calcium PB GF From a Washington Post food column, this salad sings of California. HINT: This amount serves 2 [two]. Invite a friend or save for lunch later in the week.Santa Barbara Salad

½ head Boston or buttercrunch lettuce                                                                                                                  1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes                                                                                                                                        ½ medium apple, cored and diced                                                                                                                         ½ cup diced chicken breast                                                                                                                                       ¼ cup chickpeas                                                                                                                                                          1 oz soft goat cheese                                                                                                                                                  1.5 tsp pinenuts                                                                                                                                                                   1 Medjool date                                                                                                                                                                                1 hard-boiled egg, sliced                                                                                                                                          per serving: 1.5 tsp cinnamon dressing see SPICY from 23 May, 2018

First prepare the dressing and refrigerate. Next, toast the pinenuts until they just begin to brown. Take off heat and set aside. Shred the lettuce and put in a bowl along with all the other ingredients. Toss with 1.5 tsp dressing per serving. Play a Beach Boys song and wear your sunglasses.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg 1.5 two-oz eggs
mushrooms tomatoes
1 crêpe [see Sidekicks II, 4 Oct, 2018] anchovies
mango or melon
Whatever you need for your smoothie Whatever you need for your hot beverage
Whatever you need for your hot beverage Whatever you need for your smoothie

Dinner, single portion:

salt cod  + garlic cloves lima beans
potato  + cauliflower canned white beans
milk  + olive oil green snap beans
fennel seed  + black pepper corn kernels
carrot corned beef
slicing tomato polenta [Sidekicks II, Oct 4, 2017]
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Izaak Walton

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.

I have laid aside business, and gone a-fishing.”  Sounds like a familiar sign tacked on the door of a poorly-run country store.  Those words were penned by Isaac Walton who was born on August 9, 1593. He was a successful London clothier who’s claim to fame was his love of fishing. He was active in his church who’s vicar, John Donne, was Walton’s fishing buddy.  In 1653, he published The Compleat Angler, in which the fictional character Piscator [Walton’s alter ego] instructs a companion about fish, fishing, and the need to preserve the environment to keep the fish healthy.  A man ahead of his time. Today the name of his book is widely known by anglers all over the world and places sacred to trout fishers are named after him.  In the USA, the Izaak Walton League brings together avid fishermen who also speak to environmental protection. May the same be said of all of us.                                                                                                                                    Today’s menus feature trout, the fish which most people associate with Walton. Smoked trout with crisp apples for breakfast and trout sautéed with nuts for dinner.  If you can catch them yourself, Izaak would be smiling. If they were caught in a pristine country stream, so much the better.

Trout with Apples:   267 calories  3.9 g fat  2.4 g fiber  15.6 g protein  43 g carbs   199 mg Calcium PB GF At the Inn at Saint Peters, we enjoyed their Smoked Trout with Apples appetizer. It occurred to me that this could be a fine breakfast for those who enjoy a savory/seafood taste in the a.m. I substituted mackerel gravlax for the smoked trout, just because that was on hand, but it was a grey-brown instead of the lighter hue of the trout or the pink of a salmon.gravlax-apples

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

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

Trout with Hazelnuts:  267 calories  18 g fat  3.3 g fiber  21 g protein  6.3 g carbs  75 mg Calcium   PB GF   From Savoie, France comes this recipe, via Anne Willem’s French Regional Cooking.  Hannibal is supposed to have dined on local trout as he crossed the Alps with his elephants. Very easy to prepare [the trout, not the elephants] and absolutely delicious.Trout w: hazelnuts + haricots

3 oz trout, skinned, boned and trimmed                                                                                                                                                           1 tsp butter                                                                                                                                                                        ½ oz hazelnuts, coarsly chopped                                                                                                                               2 oz French green beans [haricots]

Start cooking the beans. Heat a heavy saute pan and spray with non-stick spray. Put in the trout and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Slowly [slow cooking will keep the fish tender] cook the trout on one side for about 3-4 minutes. Add the butter to the pan along with the nuts. Continue cooking everything slowly until the fish is done, roughly another 3 minutes. Drain and season the beans, plate them with the trout, and top the fish with the nuts in butter. Enjoy your culinary visit to the French Alps.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg 1two-oz egg
avocado 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
70-calorie whole-grain bread scallions
cottage cheese + Cheddar cheese
kiwi fruit + strawberry
Whatever you need for your smoothie Whatever you need for your hot beverage
Whatever you need for your hot beverage Whatever you need for your smoothie

Dinner, single portion:

cooked and cooled brown rice Boston lettuce  + cherry tomatoes
1 two-oz egg apple  +  Medjool date
avocado  +  cucumber chick peas   +  chicken breast
grilled beef goat cheese + 1/2 hard-boiled egg
smoked salmon pine nuts  + shallot
soy sauce  +  rice vinegar cinnamon dressing [23 May, 2018]
Sparkling water Sparkling water