the Rude Bridge

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.

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,                                                                                       Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,                                                                                               Here once th’embattled farmers stood                                                                                                   and fired the shot heard ’round the world.

Thus Ralph Waldo Emerson’s  Concord Hymn commemorated the events of April 18-19, 1776 in Massachusetts.  The British had decided the night before to march on Lexington to seize weapons and capture Samuel Adams who was a local fire-brand. They marched all night to surprise the local militia.  But William Dawes and Paul Revere were tipped off and they were “Ready to ride and spread the alarm/ To every Middlesex village and farm.” [Paul Revere’s Ride by H. W. Longfellow]  Farmers in that area were members of the Minute Men, so called because at a minute’s notice they could grab their rifles and be ready to fight. As a result, the locals were prepared.  Forty militia had a tense standoff on the village green against 240 English in Lexington. A shot was fired [no one knows by whom], followed by volleys of bullets on both sides. Seven ‘Americans’ dead, the Redcoats then continued to Concord.  At the Old North Bridge over the Concord River, they were met by 400 enraged residents who forced the English to retreat back to Boston. Sniper fire from the Minute Men killed dozens more English and showed the potential for guerrilla warfare.  Thus began the American Revolution. Those loyal Minute Men were backed up by wives and mothers who could keep a meal handy for a man who might leave or show up at all hours.  A pot of pork and beans could turn into a hearty breakfast.  Fish cakes could be made quickly to satisfy a hungry farmer or soldier. Read some Longfellow and be ready in a minute to change your life for better.

Pork ‘n’ Beans ScrOmelette:  297 calories   8 g fat   3.1 g fiber  17.4 g protein  36 g carbs   211 mg Calcium  GF  As for the inspiration for this combination, I thought, ‘Well, why not?’ And it tastes good, too – like a meal while camping.Pork n Bean Scromlette

1 ½ two-oz eggs HINT: If you are serving one person, crack three 2-oz eggs into a small bowl or glass measuring cup. Whip up those eggs and pour half of their volume, crack 3 2-oz eggs into a jar with a lid and put it in the ‘fridge for next week                                                        1 Tbsp baked beans, straight from the can                                                                                                                                  ¼ oz pork tenderloin, raw or cooked, left-over from a previous dinner                                                                 ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce                                                                                                                                   ¼ tsp HP sauce                                                                                                                                                          1.5 oz strawberries, thawed or fresh                                                                                                                 5-6 oz fruit smoothie or pure apple cider                                                                                               blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water

If the pork is raw, mince it and combine with the beans and a little water. Put in microwave for 45 seconds.                                                                                                                                                             If the pork is cooked, mince it and combine with the beans. Pour pork & beans to warm into a pan which has been sprayed briefly with cooking spray. Whisk the eggs with the two sauces and pour over the pork and beans. Scramble to taste, seasoning with salt and pepper. By now the beverage is hot, the smoothie is shaken, and the strawberries are looking wonderful. Sit, eat, enjoy your breakfast at camp.

Fish Cakes: NB: The Fish Cake recipe produces 6 cakes, each 1/3 cup in size.  Each cake = 92 calories   1.7 g fat   0.8 g fiber   8 g protein   11.8 g carbs   22 mg Calcium                                                                        NB: The Fish Cake recipe produces 8 cakes, each 1/4 cup in size.   Each cake = 69 calories   1.3 g fat 0.6 g fiber   5.3 g protein   8.8 g carbs   16 mg Calcium                                                                                                          212 calories  4.2 g fat  4.8 g fiber  9.6 g protein  34 g carbs   52 mg Calcium [food values for dinner using ONE 1/3 cup-size cake and side dishes. PB GF This recipe is from Legal Seafood Cookbook,  from the restaurant chain of the same name in Boston, Mass. Fish cakes have been popular where ever there are folk who want a little fish to go a long way.Fish Cake w: beets, salad

1/3 cup green or white onion, chopped                                                                                                                  1- 2/3 cup mashed potatoes [no milk, no butter]                                                                                         ¼ tsp dry mustard + salt + pepper                                                                                                                     1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                                2 Tbsp milk                                                                                                                                                                6 oz cooked fish [cod, haddock, flounder, tilapia, perch, salt cod, salmon or a mixture], flaked into small pieces 1 tsp butter ½ cup pickled beets 1 cup baby greens or sliced lettuce leaves + ½ tsp olive oil + ½ tsp vinegar + salt + pepper

Combine the onion, potatoes, egg, seasonings, and milk, stirring well. Stir in the fish, gently but thoroughly. Using a 1/3 cup measure as a mold, portion the fish/potato mixture into 6 cakes. Put on a plate or cookie sheet while the pan heats up. Heat a heavy fry pan, such as cast iron, and spray with non-stick spray. Cook the fish cakes on one side, flattening them slightly with a turner. Remove from the pan and add 1 tsp of butter to the pan. Spread the butter around, return the fish cakes, and cook them on the other side until they are browned. Serve while hot. What you don’t eat today, let cool completely, then freeze with waxed or parchment paper between the cakes.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg 1.5 two-oz eggs
 moussaka sauce: ground lamb, onion, Marinara Sauce [Spicy, Dec 6 ’18], eggplant  chicken or turkey gizzards
 feta cheese garlic
 applesauce
sage
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:

 grilled sirloin steak  pheasant meat
 mushrooms  cabbage
 red wine  carrots
 creamed onion  Arnold Multi-grain Sandwich Thin
 peas    +   thyme  onion
 puff pastry [purchased sheet]  pheasant or chicken gravy
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Passover

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 remember the first time I was old enough to understand the story of the Ten Plagues of Egypt.  I found it to be chilling and thrilling, and was so relieved when the Red Sea parted and the Children of Israel made their escape [beloved by movie makers]. These are the events that are depicted in the Passover Seder. The foods are all chosen to represent different parts of the story, and relevant parts of the Torah are read as the meal unfolds.  Our meals today pay homage to the flavors and ingredients of Passover, each integral to the meal and telling their own tale.  The roast lamb represents the lamb’s blood painted on the door frames so that the Angel of Death would ‘pass over’ those houses. [Vegetarians use a roasted beet.] Roasted egg is in place of a sacrificial offering at the Temple. Horseradish stands in for the bitter experience of slavery in Egypt.  Apples, nuts, and cinnamon are for the mortar made by Hebrew slaves.    Parsley and romaine are also foods with a bitter taste, in remembrance of struggles.  Salt water [for dipping hard-boiled eggs and parsley] represent tears. See how many of these are incorporated in today’s menus as you remember the tale of escape and the history which followed it. May you be inscribed for Good in the Book of Life.

Passover ScrOmelette:   290 calories   7.8 g fat   3.1 g fiber   15.3 g protein  37 g carbs   217 mg Calcium PB GF The flavor combinations of Passover are too good not to enjoy at breakfast.Passover ScrOmelette

1 ½ two-oz eggs HINT: If you are serving one person, crack three 2-oz eggs into a small bowl or glass measuring cup. Whip up those eggs and pour half of their volume, crack 3 2-oz eggs into a jar with a lid and put it in the ‘fridge for next week                                                     1 Tbsp diced beets [I used pickled beets]                                                                                                        2 Tbsp parsley, chopped                                                                                                                                              1 tsp horseradish        +  Kosher salt                                                                                                                                                          1.5 oz applesauce, sprinkled with cinnamon                                                                                                  5-6 oz fruit smoothie or pure apple cider                                                                                             blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water

Whisk the horseradish and salt/pepper to taste with the eggs. Pour into a pan which has been sprayed briefly with cooking spray. When the bottom of the eggs have just set, add the beets and parsley. Scramble to your heart’s content or fold like an omelette. When the coffee is brewed and the smoothie is smooth, the applesauce with cinnamon will be delicious with the sweet beets and tangy horseradish.

Seder Salad:  261 calories   14.8 g fat   2.8 g fiber  20.8 g protein  26 g carbs  85 mg Calcium   GF A previous dinner could involve a leg of lamb ….yummmmm. Save a few slices to make this salad. This meal is great for sharing with a guest: doubles well.Seder Salad

1 cup romaine lettuce                                                                                                                                                   1 Tbsp fresh parsley                                                                                                                                                 3 Tbsp celery, diced                                                                                                                                              1.5 oz apple, cubed                                                                                                                                                         2 oz cooked lamb, from the leg or other lean cut                                                                                          4 walnut halves                                                                                                                                                              1 hardboiled egg                                                                                                                                                   Kosher salt                                                                                                                                                                  1.5 tsp horseradish dressing — see SAUCY, Dec 6, 2017

Chop the walnut into large pieces and toast in a dry skillet until fragrant. Cut egg into wedges; slice the lamb and celery; cube the apples. Toss the greens, celery, apples, and parsley with the dressing and arrange other ingredients to suit the eye.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg 1.5 two-oz eggs
 green pepper  +  celery   apple or melon
 cottage cheese  +  onion  3%-fat ham
 cajun seasoning  + Tabasco sauce herbs to taste
 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:

 andouille sausage + cajun seasoning  romaine lettuce
 ham + onion + brown rice + chicken  green beans
 green pepper  +  celery  + garlic  cucumber or zucchini
 crushed tomatoes  + red pepper flakes  feta cheese   +  black olives
 Tabasco  + Worcestershire   + broccoli  olive oil
 file powder  + chicken broth  white wine vinegar
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Windy City

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 Barry & Kelly who are now following.

In 1837, Chicago, Illinois became a city.  The name ‘Chicago’ comes from a French corruption “Chicagou” of an Illinois-Miami Indian word meaning ‘wild garlic’ in reference to Allium tricoccum plants which grew all over.  From that culinary beginning the city acquired several monikers: The Windy City [due to blovating politicians or maybe the weather];  Second City [in comparison to New York];  That Toddlin’ Town [from a Frank Sinatra song]; the City of Broad Shoulders [from Carl Sandburg’s poem Chicago]. What with the architecture, the Fire of 1871, the sports teams, the music — there is a lot to say about this city.  But if I said, “Chicago food,” the answers that would matter most would be: “Deep dish pizza and Chicago Hot Dogs.”  The Pizza was developed by Pizzeria Uno in 1943, and is beloved by the native sons/daughters.  The Hot Dog has been a meal-in-a-bun since The Great Depression and is described as ‘having been dragged through the garden’ due to the many vegetable toppings that make up ‘the works.’  We are Fasting today, so we will forgo the crust of the pizza and the bun of the hot dog, but will retain all the flavors of those iconic meals.

Pizza Bake:  271 calories  6.8 g fat  2.5 g fiber  14 g protein  38.4 g carbs  267 mg Calcium  PB GF  Forget the cold slice served from a greasy box…. pizza for breakfast just got healthier and more delicious.pizza Bake

One 2-oz egg                                                                                                                                                         salt + pepper to taste                                                                                                                                             1.5 Tbsp crushed tomatoes                                                                                                                               1 thin slice pepperoni, minced                                                                                                                          ¼ oz mozzerella chesse, grated                                                                                                                               ½ oz bell pepper, chopped                                                                                                                                                ¼ cup blueberries                                                                                                                                                    5-6 oz fruit smoothie or natural apple cider                                                                                             blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water

Set the toaster oven at 350 degrees F. Prepare your beverages. Poach the bell pepper in a little water in the microwave for 30 seconds. Put the cheese, pepperoni, and pepper in a lightly-spritzed ramekin. Whisk the egg with the tomatoes, salt, and pepper and pour into the ramekin. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Pour the beverages, portion the berries, and consider how much nicer this is than a congealed wedge that tastes like cardboard.

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 bun, 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.

Massachusetts

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.

November 9th has some historical associations with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: in 1620, the people on the good ship Mayflower were delighted to spot land [the future Puritan colony of Massachusetts] and in 1872, the great Boston Fire began. In honor of the Commonwealth, our menus today feature baked beans and cod. Boston’s nickname “Bean Town” derives from Colonial days when housewives would whomp up a pot of beans and molasses on Saturday to cook overnight in the embers of the hearth. The contents of the pot would serve as breakfast and dinner on the Sabbath when work [like cooking] was prohibited. The codfish is such a symbol of the seacoast’s economy that in the Statehouse the ‘Sacred Cod‘ has hung since the early 1700s. Alas the bountiful cod are greatly depleted, but hand-caught cod is still available.

Pork ‘n’ Beans Scromelette:   286 calories   8 g fat   3.1 g fiber   17.4 g protein  36 g carbs  211 mg Calcium   PB GF  As for the inspiration for this combination, I thought, ‘Well, why not?’ And it tastes good, too – like a meal while camping.Pork n Bean Scromlette

1 ½ two-oz eggs HINT: If you are serving one person, crack three 2-oz eggs into a small bowl or glass measuring cup. Whip up those eggs and pour half of their volume, crack 3 2-oz eggs into a jar with a lid and put it in the ‘fridge for next week                                                   1 Tbsp baked beans, straight from the can                                                                                                            ¼ oz pork tenderloin, raw or cooked, left-over from a previous dinner                                              ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce                                                                                                                               ¼ tsp HP sauce                                                                                                                                                       1.5 oz strawberries, thawed or fresh                                                                                                                 5-6 oz fruit smoothie or pure apple cider                                                                                           blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water

Pour pork & beans to warm into a pan which has been sprayed briefly with cooking spray. Whisk the eggs with the two sauces and pour over the pork and beans. Scramble to taste, seasoning with salt and pepper. By now the beverage is hot, the smoothie is shaken, and the strawberries are looking wonderful. Sit, eat, enjoy your breakfast in old Massachusetts.

Chowdah: 294 calories    7.3 g fat      1.7 g fiber      33.6 g protein      17.2 g carbs       114 mg Calcium PB GF   Here in Northern New England, chowder is king. Cod or haddock is traditional but hake is more flavorful and lower in calories. If you can, make it one day and eat it the next day for richer flavor.

½ slice bacon                                                                                                                                                           ¼ cup onion, chopped                                                                                                                                          2 oz potatoes, 1/2” dice                                                                                                                                                               1.5 cups fish stock                                                                                                                                                    4 oz cod or hake fillets, cut into 1-1/2” pieces                                                                                                 ¼ cup 2% milk  [or 1% or skimmed]                                                                                                                 salt, pepper, parsley

 Cook the bacon until it is almost crispy, remove from the pan, blot dry of fat, and chop coarsely. Pour most of the fat from the pan and add the onions. Cook slowly until soft and transluscent. In another pan, boil the potatoes in water until tender. Drain and salt the potatoes. Put the fish stock, cod, potatoes, and milk in the pan with the onions. Heat slowly until warm. Add the milk and bacon. Add parsley and seasonings to taste. [TIP: Best if held in the ‘fridge for 8-24 hours before you heat slowly [do NOT boil] and taste for seasonings again.]

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg 1/4 cup rolled old fashioned oats
 Romano cheese cottage cheese, reduced fat
 WisPride Cheddar or Kraft Olde English Cheddar spread blueberries
prepare horseradish  cinnamon + nutmeg
 chives              fresh apricot or apple maple syrup
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:

 herring marinated in wine  potato     + skimmed milk
 beets, canned or cooked fresh  butter  + ground mace
 apple egg white
 white beans    +   onion  broccoli   +  cauliflower
 hard-boiled egg   +  dill pickle  leek   +   cheddar cheese
 vinegar    +   lettuce  salad greens + tomato + vinaigrette
Sparkling water Sparkling water

K.I.S.S.

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.

This is not an homage to a band wearing crazy make-up, but a return to the adage “Keep It Simple, Stupid.”  While some would bristle at the implication of being called an imbecile, I am aware that oft-times recipes can get rather involved and complicated.  If you don’t care for cooking or you don’t have time, a long-winded recipe can be daunting. In these early weeks of back to school, when getting into new schedules is anxiety-producing, I propose the most simple of menus.  Originally created for our friend Lillian, these should find a place in your menu rotation any time you need to Keep It Simple.

Breakfast125 cal           1 hardboiled egg +   1 oz ham, 3% fat   +   ½ cup strawberries  + lemon in hot water or black coffee or black tea

Lunch73 calories             ½ cup minestrone soup     [The soup could be served at dinner     instead of at lunch time]  Minestrone Soup: PB GF [if you use GF pasta]                                                      1/2 cup73 calories   1.5 g fat   2.6 g fiber   4 g protein   14 g carbs    43.2 mg Calcium                        1 tsp olive oil                                                                                                                                                          1 cup onion, chopped                                                                                                                                              2/3 cup carrot, chopped                                                                                                                                   ½ cup celery, chopped                                                                                                                                      2 cloves garlic, chopped                                                                                                                                    3 slices pepperoni [about 1/4 oz], chopped                                                                                                                              ½ cup sweet potato, cubed                                                                                                                                      ½ cup zucchini, diced                                                                                                                                             ½ cup mushrooms, chopped                                                                                                                           2 cups crushed tomatoes                                                                                                                                     ¾ cup small white beans, drained and rinsed if canned                                                                    lots of sage and rosemary, chopped                                                                                                                  1 cups water   + 2 cups chicken stock/broth, low sodium                                                                            1 oz pasta, all or some of it could be whole wheat if you are boosting fiber [orzo, dinetelli, broken spaghetti]                                                                                                                                                 salt and pepper to taste                                                                                                                                     2 tsp Parmasan cheese, grated                                                                                                                   

Put the olive oil, onion, carrot, celery, garlic and pepperoni into a sauce pan together and cook over medium heat until onions begin to wilt. Add the sweet potato, zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes, white beans, herbs, and water. Cook at a simmer for about 20 minutes. Add the pasta and cook until it is soft. Add remaining ingredients. Taste and adjust for flavor.    HINT:  This recipe made 4 cups for me – 3 future meals from this recipe!

Dinner80 calories            2 oz chicken or turkey    +     2 oz green beans

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

Next week, I will give recipes for side-dishes and oft-used combinations 1.5 two-oz eggs
 bell pepper
 celery
 onion
 Tabasco sauce + cajun seasoning
Whatever you need for your hot beverage
Whatever you need for your smoothie

Dinner, single portion:

 1.75 cups cooked brown rice
 Celery + bell pepper
 Onion + garlic
 Crushed tomato
 1.75 cups red beans, canned
 Green beans or green peas
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Lammas-tide

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.

Tomorrow will be Lammas, the old Celtic celebration on their solar calendar. Originally, the multi-day festival was in honor of Lugh, the Celtic craftsman god.   Lughnasadh (pronounced Loo-NAS-ah) is the Irish name for the festival.  It marks the half-way point of summer and it was the time for harvest festivals, leading to the old English origin of the name, ‘loaf-mass.’  In the modern calendar, lacking ties to our orbit around the sun or anything else in nature, people observe Lammas [sort of] by going to county fairs and getting in on back-to-school sales.  WE will honor Lammas by eating the foods of summer with meals which are easily made, if you have the right leftovers from previous summer meals. This is very circular, isn’t it: rather like the Earth’s orbit around the sun, although that is elliptical.

Pork ‘n’ Beans Scromelette:  286 calories      8 g fat       3.1 g fiber     17.4 g protein     36 g carbs 211 mg Calcium   PB  GF   As for the inspiration for this combination, I thought, ‘Well, why not?’ And it tastes good, too – like a meal while on a summer camping trip.Pork n Bean Scromlette

1 ½ two-oz eggs HINT: If you are serving one person, crack three 2-oz eggs into a small bowl or glass measuring cup. Whip up those eggs and pour half of their volume, crack 3 2-oz eggs into a jar with a lid and put it in the ‘fridge for next week                                                   1 Tbsp baked beans, straight from the can                                                                                                     ¼ oz pork tenderloin, raw or cooked, left over from a previous dinner                                                 ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce   +   ¼ tsp HP sauce                                                                                              1 oz strawberries, thawed or fresh                                                                                                                     5-6 oz fruit smoothie or pure apple cider                                                                                              blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water

If the pork is raw, mince it and combine with the beans and a little water. Put in microwave for 45 seconds to cook the pork.                                                                                                                                       If the pork is cooked, mince it and combine with the beans. Pour pork & beans to warm into a pan which has been sprayed briefly with cooking spray. Whisk the eggs with the two sauces and pour over the pork and beans. Scramble to taste, seasoning with salt and pepper. By now the beverage is hot, the smoothie is shaken, and the strawberries are looking wonderful. Sit, eat, enjoy your breakfast at camp.

Chicken Dinner:   284 calories     4.5 g fat     9.3 g fiber    31.6 g protein   34.2 g carbs  58.2 mg Calcium  PB  GF – if you omit the Finn Crisps.  Perfect use for left-over roasted or lemon-marinated grilled chicken breast. Instead of potatoes, enjoy the crunch of high-fiber crackers. So low in calories that you may even have some lovely fruit for dessert!chicken-dinner-w-beans-carrots

4 ounces roasted/grilled breast meat, without skin                                                                                   1/2 cup [3 0z] green beans                                                                                                                                               2 oz carrots, sliced as coins                                                                                                                                  2 pieces Finn Crisp crackers                                                                                                                              1/2 cup sliced strawberries

Cook the vegetables [fresh from your garden or the farmers’ market] and plate the chicken cold. How deliciously simple.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

On Sunday, I will discuss various items suitable for summer entertaining. 1.5 two-oz eggs
 Ham [3% fat content, from deli]
 Swiss cheese
 Cooked pork, left-over
 Mayonnaise [a dab] + dill pickle
Whatever you need for your hot beverage
Whatever you need for your smoothie

Dinner, single portion:

 4 oz bison burger
 90 calorie slider bun
 ½ cup coleslaw
 mushrooms
 catsup
Sparkling water

 

Quiche-Quiche

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.

Quiche used to be thought of as effete: “Real Men don’t eat quiche” was the quote of the day, due to its association with ladies at lunch.  Why not eat quiche? Lots of protein for muscles, Calcium for strong bones: it is designed to help keep Real Men healthy.             Did you read this?  10 Ways to Quickly Lose a Pound (or Two)  Good advice for eating any day of the week, Fast Days and Slow Days.      http://www.cheatsheet.com/health-fitness/10-ways-to-quickly-lose-a-pound-or-two.html/?ref=YF

Breakfast Quiche:   304 calories    0.9 g fat   9.1 g fiber     14.2 g protein     37.3 g carbs      362.4 mg Calcium      GF PB              Since the late 1960s, quiche has been the staple of the brunch table. Updated for our use as Fasters, it packs a lot of Calcium as well as tasting very good. NOTE: this makes enough for 2 meals. Invite a guest or triple the recipe and have a party.quiche w: melon-Bbs

For 4 [four] muffin-sized quiches – two for breakfast, two for lunch tomorrow.                                1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                               1 Tbsp + 1 tsp nonfat ricotta or cottage cheese, both drained                                                                          2/3 oz mozzerella cheese, grated                                                                                                                         2/3 oz Jarlsberg cheese, grated                                                                                                                                1 oz broccoli florets, steamed, chopped HINT: do this the night before or use leftovers from a dinner                                                                                                                                                       1/3 oz onion, chopped                                                                                                                              marjoram, salt, pepper                                                                                                                                          2 0z melon + 2 Tbsp blueberries

Steam the onion and chopped broccoli until cooked. Distribute among 4 prepared muffin tins. [I used silicone muffin pans. You could use cupcake papers as well. Both choices avoid added fat and calories.] Add the grated cheeses. Mash any lumps in the cottage cheese/ricotta and whisk in the egg. Spoon over each muffin cup, putting an equal amount in each. Sprinkle with salt and marjoram. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, until quiche filling is set. Prepare the fruit, the hot beverage, and the smoothie.

Mushroom Tart:    268 calories       10 g fat      3.2 g fiber      22.6 g protein      16.4 g carbs       241 mg Calcium   PB GF – if you eliminate the Arnold Sandwich Thin or substitute 25 calories of GF bread   The Gunflint Lodge Cookbook supplied this recipe. Then, of course, I altered it to suit our requirements. But mostly, it is their’s.mushroom-tart

1 small clove garlic                                                                                                                                                          ¼ cup leeks, white and/or green parts, sliced                                                                                                  6 oz mushrooms, cut into chunks or slices                                                                                                           2 Tbsp white wine                                                                                                                                                     two 2-oz eggs                                                                                                                                                                          3 Tbsp fatfree milk                                                                                                                                                ¼ cup Gruyère cheese, grated                                                                                                                                          1/2 cup lowfat cottage cheese, well drained                                                                                                   1 and ¼ oz carrots                                                                                                                                                         ¼ Arnold Sandwich Thin

Saute/steam the leeks, garlic, and mushrooms in a little water until soft. Add the wine and cook uncovered until the liquid is nearly gone. Season with salt and pepper. Put the vegetables into a lightly-oil-spritzed baking dish, and cover with the cheese. Whisk eggs, milk, and cottage cheese together and pour over everything in the baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees until the filling is set [knife stuck into center comes out clean]. Remove from oven and cool 15-20 minutes before eating. Prepare your carrots and slice the Sandwich Thin, toasting it if you wish. A tasty meal.

Marching Along

It is now March.  If you have been diligent about Fasting, then you are marching along toward your goal of a new-looking you. A long journey begins with a single step, and a quest to control your eating begins with a single meal. You have your ‘marching orders.’ For other menu suggestions, read https://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/fast-diet-recipes-low-calorie-meals-120306312–abc-news-lifestyle.html which is based on Dr. Mosley’s original appearance on Good Morning America in 2013.

Ham Bake: 286 calories   7.2 g fat   1.9 g fiber   15.5 g protein   35 g carbs   282 mg Calcium GFham-souffle

1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                                  ¼ oz 3 % fat ham from the deli, minced                                                                                                           1 Tbsp reduced fat ricotta                                                                                                                                       1 tsp Parmesan cheese, grated                                                                                                                        large pinch of crumbled sage + salt & pepper to taste                                                                                      ¼ cup blueberries or 2 oz unsweetened applesauce                                                                                     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. Vigorously whisk the egg, ham, cheeses, and seasonings and pour into ramekin. Bake 15-17 minutes until puffed, not until golden. Portion the fruit, pour the beverages and this will surely be a good day.

Lobster Thermador:   269 calories   13.4 g fat   5.5 g fiber   29 g protein   18.4 g carbs  130.5 mg Calcium   PB GF   Lobster is wonderful for the Fasting Lifestyle, whether you get it pre-cooked or raw. The damage comes when it is slathered in butter. I think that butter masks the clean, pure taste of the lobster, so I haven’t dunked my lovely crustacean in it for years. This recipe is so elegant yet lacks calories to such an extent that I have added a very French dessert course: fresh peaches and raspberries.lobster-thermador

¾ cup lobster, cooked and cut into chunks                                                                                                       1 Tbsp heavy cream                                                                                                                                                   2 Tbsp Béchamel sauce [see: 1789, posted on July 13, 2016.] HINT: I always keep Béchamel sauce frozen in small amounts.                                                                                                                         ½ tsp Dijon mustard                                                                                                                                                     flat-leaved parsley, chopped, for garnish                                                                                                         3 oz green beans                                                                                                                                                 dessert: 1 oz raspberries [fresh or frozen] +  2 oz peaches, cut into cubes [fresh or frozen]

Stir together the cream, Béchamel, and mustard. Lightly fold in the lobster. Heap into a ramekin, sprinkle on the parsley, and heat at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Cook the beans and put the fruits in a lovely bowl for dessert.

Lenten Fasting

Fasting is a tradition for the Lenten Season.  It shows a willingness to forgo some of life’s pleasures to atone for sins.  Fast Days used to be a staple in the old days:  the king or the Church would declare a day of fasting to drive away an invading army or to halt the spread of plague.  History does not say how well that worked, but I can tell you that if you stick to 2 Fast Days each week [and eat reasonably the other days], this diet will work for you.  Today at the start of Lent, meals which feature neither eggs nor meat.                   Are you up for a challenge?  If you haven’t yet begun a full 5:2 Fasting Lifestyle [dabbled around the edges but not ready to commit], try it for the next 6 weeks. You will find that by the end, it will be almost second nature.  Go ahead! Do it.

Red White and Blue  295 calories   1.4 g fat  3.8 g fiber     20 g protein   45 g carbs    504 mg Calcium   PB   GFif using GF bread    Ricotta is higher in protein and Calcium than cottage cheese, but you could substitute that if you wish.Red White & blue

½ cup fat-free ricotta                                                                                                                                                                 ¼ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen [if frozen, keep frozen until ready to use]                                              ½ cup sliced strawberries, fresh or frozen [after slicing, put in a strainer to drain the juices]                                                                                                                                                                            1 slice of 70-calorie multi-grain bread [Nature’s Own] cut into a star with the largest cookie cutter that will fit the bread                                                                                                                                            2 large pinches of cinnamon sugar                                                                                                       blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                 5-6 oz fruit smoothie, green smoothie or natural apple cider

Cut your slice of bread with a large star cookie cutter, freezing the scraps for use in Crab Cakes or Stuffed Clams or Crab-Stuffed Flounder. Sprinkle the bread with a small pinch of cinnamon sugar and toast it. Measure the ricotta onto your plate. Put the fruit on top. [I do not recommend stirring the fruit into the cheese, since it will ‘stain’ the cheese.] Top with a small pinch of cinnamon sugar and plate with the toast. Pour the hot beverage and the smoothie.

Felafel with Cucumber Raita:   276 calories   10.2 g fat   16 g protein   33.5 g carbs PB GF    The felafel is from the Eastern Mediterranean, while the raita is from India.  A happy blend of flavors and cultures.                           NO PHOTO                                                                                                                                                        5 felafel patties [see Because It’s June! June 1, 2016]                                                                                                    1 cup raw spinach                                                                                                                                                   1/2 tsp olive oil                                                                                                                                                       large pinch ground nutmeg                                                                                                                                          4 oz plain, non-fat yogurt                                                                                                                                         1 scant cup cucumbers, cubed                                                                                                                               1 tsp white wine vinegar                                                                                                                                         1 ½ tsp fresh mint, chopped or dried dill weed

Thaw out 5 of those felafel patties what we prepared last June 1. Heat them in the toaster oven or in a non-stick pan on the stove. Do not cook them in oil. Cut the spinach into a chiffonade [make a pile of leaves and cut thinly across their width]and put into a bowl. Cube the cucumbers. Stir together the yogurt, vinegar, and dill or mint. Add the cucumber cubes and stir gently to combine. Toss the spinach with the olive oil and nutmeg. Plate it and love it.

INGREDIENTS FOR NEXT WEEK’S MEALS: one serving size

Breakfasts

1 two-oz egg
¼ oz ham
Ricotta cheese, low-fat [or cottage cheese]
Parmesan cheese
sage, salt, pepper, rosemary, crushed red pepper
Applesauce [unsweetened], 2 oz [or pear]
Whatever you need for your smoothie
Whatever you need for your hot beverage

Dinners

¾ cup lobster meat
Cream or ½ & ½
Bechamel sauce, 2 Tbsp
Dijon mustard
Green beans, fresh or frozen
Raspberries, 1 oz
Peaches, 2 oz

Anything is Possible

I used to love to teach my students about Clyde Tombaugh. He was a Kansas farm boy with a high school education who wanted to be an astronomer. By pluck and luck, he ended up working for the Lowell Observatory and discovered the ‘planet’ Pluto. [Feb 18 is the anniversary of that]  His story shows that anything is possible if you work hard. So it is with losing weight and learning to eat a healthier diet. There is no magic fix: you have to work at it. But the result is worth it. You too can achieve your goals.  Think you won’t make it to dinner without breaking your Fast? Read this: http://www.cheatsheet.com/health-fitness/curb-your-appetite-5-ways-to-stop-feeling-hungry-so-often.html/?a=viewall                Welcome to Splendidfitness who is now following.

Breakfast Quiche:      304 calories       0.9 g fat      9 g fiber      14 g protein      37 g carbs 362.4 mg Calcium     GF PB     Since the late 1960s, quiche has been the staple of the brunch table. Updated for our use as Fasters, it packs a lot of Calcium as well as tasting very good. NOTE: this makes enough for 2 meals. Invite a guest or triple the recipe and have a party.  quiche w: melon-Bbs

For 4 [four] muffin-sized quiches – two for breakfast, two for lunch tomorrow.                            1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                               1 Tbsp + 1 tsp nonfat ricotta or cottage cheese, both drained                                                                         2/3 oz mozzerella cheese, grated                                                                                                                        2/3 oz Jarlsberg cheese, grated                                                                                                                              1 oz broccoli florets, steamed, chopped HINT: do this the night before or use leftovers from a dinner                                                                                                                                                           1/3 oz onion, chopped                                                                                                                                marjoram, salt, pepper                                                                                                                                               2 0z melon + 2 Tbsp blueberries

Steam the onion and chopped broccoli until cooked. Distribute among 4 prepared muffin tins. [I used silicone muffin pans. You could use cupcake papers as well. Both choices avoid added fat and calories.] Add the grated cheeses. Mash any lumps in the cottage cheese/ricotta and whisk in the egg. Spoon over vegetables in muffin cup, putting an equal amount in each. Sprinkle with salt and marjoram. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, until quiche filling is set. Prepare the fruit, the hot beverage, and the smoothie. 

Antipasto with Tuna: 252 calories   10.6 g fat   4.3 g fiber  20.6 g protein   23.7 g carbs  250.7 mg Calcium      PB   GF    This one is a keeper. Simple, off the shelf, pretty on the plate, good to eat. The photo shows enough for 2 people. Invite a guest who is Fasting, too.  The recipe is for ONE PERSON.amtipasto-w-herbs

1 oz roasted red pepper, without oil [I roast my own, slice and freeze them]                                          1 oz mozzerella, cut into ‘sticks’ [I buy blocks of mozzerells for slicing]                                             1/2 of a 5-0z can tuna, packed in water, drained and broken into large chunks                                       2.5 oz tomato slices                                                                                                                                                                    1.5 oz whole green beans, steamed, drained                                                                                                   3/4 oz marinated mushrooms                                                                                                                            3 Tbsp. garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained if canned                                                                                   2 black olives, pitted and sliced                                                                                                                              1.5 slices pepperoni, chopped                                                                                                                                  1/2 tsp flavored oil  +  salt  +  chopped fresh herbs: basil, chives, oregano

Prepare the ingredients and keep separate. Now combine the red peppers and olives.  Stir the pepperoni in with the garbanzos. On a platter, arrange the ingredients in rows as shown in the photo. Suit your own artistic nature as to what goes where. Be liberal with the fresh herbs.