Hot Times!

End of July…hot weather.  You probably know that spicy foods are eaten in hot climates.  Why? Because when you ingest hot spices, the skin reacts by flushing with heat. After that, your skin cools down and you feel cooler. Here are two of my favorite spicy Fast Lifestyle meals. They might make you feel cooler.

Baked Eggs Flamenco     286 calories                                                                                                         From Everyday Tapas, this recipe shows how a meal can go from being a dinner to being a breakfast. Similarly, any breakfast could also be a dinner.Flamenco Eggs 1 Tbsp tomato puree or 1/2 oz tomato, chopped                                                                                     1 ½ tsp parsley, chopped                                                                                                                                 1 1/2 Tbsp onion, chopped [1 oz]                                                                                                                   1 ½ Tbsp bell pepper, chopped [1 oz]                                                                                                      salt & pinch cayenne                                                                                                                                   one 2-oz eggs                                                                                                                                                           ½ slice 70 cal bread [I like Nature’s Own multigrain]  OR one slice of 35 calorie bread                            2 oz melon or 2 oz grapes or 3 oz apple                                                                                            blackish coffee or tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                            5-6 oz fruit or green smoothie or unpasturized apple cider

Spritz a small ramekin with cooking spray or olive oil. Put the tomato, parsley, onion in the ramekin. Microwave for 4-5 minutes to cook the onion. Add the pepper and seasonings, and microwave for another 4 minutes. [Alternatively, saute the above ingredients as described, instead of microwaving]. HINT: you can do this the night before. Remove from microwave and make a ‘nest’ in the cooked vegetables. Crack the egg into the nest. Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes. Toast the bread, brew your hot beverage, prep the fruit. Prepare the smoothie, or take the previously-prepared jar of smoothie from the fridge and shake it well before serving.

Seafood Tacos: 270 calories 2.1 g. fat 23 g. protein 36.4 g. carbs

seafood tacos w: slaw & salsatwo 6” corn tortillas  [I like Ole brand]                                                                                                       3 oz cooked fish at room temperature.  Hint: next time you grill or broil fish, cook an extra 3 oz for this recipe. Wrap it and label and store in freezer until needed.                                                                                                     ½ cup tomato, cubed                                                                                                                                     ½ cup cabbage, chopped                                                                                                                                 1 oz red onion, sliced thinly or chopped                                                                                                     1 Tbsp lime juice or salsa verde [Herdez brand is good]                                                               pinch [or more] chili powder                                                                                                                pinch [or more] cumin                                                                                                                                   1.5 Tbsp plain non-fat yogurt

Combine the cabbage, tomato, and onion in a bowl with the lime juice and spices. Heat a large griddle or cast iron pan and put the tortillas in it until they are warm, pliable, and beginning to brown. Remove to your plate. Spread the tortillas with the yogurt. Divide the fish between the tortillas and add a splash of lime juice or salsa verde. Top with the vegetable slaw. If there is too much slaw to fit into the tortillas, serve it on the side. What a simple summer dish!

After a week-end…

After a week-end, especially after a holiday, there might be regrets upon stepping on the scale on Monday. Never fear — help is here! We need some meals that are fast, fun to eat, and will get us back to healthy eating. Get back up on that horse, even if you have fallen off the diet yet another time.  Start over.

Baked Eggs Flamenco 286 K fat pro carb                            From Everyday Tapas, this recipe shows how a meal can go from being a dinner to being a breakfast. Similarly, any breakfast could also be a dinner.Flamenco eggs w: green smoothie 1 Tbsp tomato puree or 1/2 oz tomato, chopped                                                                                    1 ½ tsp parsley, chopped                                                                                                                                1 1/2 Tbsp onion, chopped [1 oz]                                                                                                                   1 ½ Tbsp bell pepper, chopped [1 oz]                                                                                                    salt & pinch cayenne                                                                                                                                    1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                       ½ slice 70 cal bread [I like Nature’s Own multigrain]                                                                                2 oz melon or 2 oz grapes or 3 oz apple                                                                                                blackish coffee or tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                          5-6 oz green smoothie or unpasturized apple cider

Spritz a small ramekin with cooking spray or olive oil. Put the tomato, parsley, onion in the ramekin. Microwave for 4-5 minutes to cook the onion. Add the pepper and seasonings, and microwave for another 4 minutes. [Alternatively, saute the above ingredients as described, instead of microwaving]. HINT: you can do this the night before. Remove from microwave and make a ‘nest’ in the cooked vegetables. Crack the egg into the nest. Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes. Toast the bread, brew your hot beverage, prep the fruit. Prepare the smoothie, or take the previously-prepared jar of smoothie from the fridge and shake it well before serving.

Feta Niçoise Salad   293 calories     22.9 g. fat         12.5 g. protein        10.7 g. carbs  GF  PB    This is another goodie from the Fast Diet book. It is lovely on a summer evening.  It also would be a delightful lunch on a Slow Day.  Unfortunately, I seem not to have a photo…                                                                                              1 and 1/2 romaine leaves — use the largest inner leaves                                                                                                            ¼ cup green beans                                                                                                                   1 scant cup cucumber, diced                                                                                                              1/2 c feta cheese, crumbled or diced                                                                                      1.5 black olives                                                                                                                               1 tsp olive oil                                                                                                                                  1 tsp white wine vinegar

Steam the green beans, cool and set aside. Slice the lettuce crosswise into 1” pieces. Prepare the other ingredients as described. Pour the oil and vinegar into a wide, shallow bowl and whisk briskly. Put all the other ingredients in the bowl and toss gently to coat with dressing. Welcome to southern France for fine dining.

Still With ME?

If you read ‘About this Blog’ on my first posting, you might have followed the links to Dr. Mosley and his Fast Diet. If you have, then you will see why I’m so excited about this lifestyle change. This has been very successful for us and it should work for you, too. Monday would be a good day to start Fasting…. try it on Monday and see how you like it.

Monday menu:       286 calories for breakfast         293 calories for dinner. 

Flamenco EggsBaked Eggs Flamenco:  Spray a small ramekin with non-stick spray. Put 1 Tbsp. chopped tomato or 1 Tbsp tomato puree into the cup along with 1.5 tsp parsley, 1.5 Tbsp onion, and 1.5 Tbsp bell pepper.  Stir in salt and a large pinch cayenne pepper. Microwave for 2 mins. Add one egg and bake at 350°F for 15-18 minutes, depending on how well you like your egg cooked. Toast either 1/2 slice of whole-grain 70 calorie bread [ex: Nature’s Own at Shaw’s or Demster’s Thins at Sobey’s] or bread that has 70 cals for 2 slices, which is shown. On the side are 2 oz  melon or 2 oz apple or 1 oz grapes.  I enjoy this with the smoothie described in the 1st blog and with almost-black coffee.  If you don’t want the smoothie, add the other half of the bread and double up on the fruit.      HINT: you could use that extra portion of fruit later in the day if the hungries hit.

Chicken Noodle Soup:  Usually we have a seafood meal on Mondays because we like fish and it is so good for you. But its been cold and this soup hits the spot.              HINT: This recipe makes enough for 2 servings. Invite a friend or freeze the rest for a meal in a hurry.   Heat 3 cups low-fat chicken stock and add 1.5Chicken Noodle Soup oz  [that’s 3″ at 1″ diameter] diced carrot. Cook until the carrot is almost soft. Add 2 oz chicken or turkey white meat, 1 oz broken spaghetti noodles, 1/4 cup canned white beans, 1.5 oz [1/3 c.] green beans and 1/2 oz [1.5″ x 3″] cubed Canadian bacon [back bacon for friends in Canada]. Simmer until the noodles are cooked, adding water if the soup looks too thick.  10.1 g Fat;  19.9 g Protein; 28.3 g Carbs

Start your Fast Diet on Monday and join me for a menu for Thursday, too.