Tolkien

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.

J.R.R. Tolkien did not set out to be a world-famous fantasy writer. Born in South Africa on January 2, 1892, he became a professor of linguistics at Oxford. There he dabbled in writing with a group called The Inklings. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis traded ideas and critiqued each other’s work. [This is why both their fantasy series feature talking trees, elves, and Christian allegory.] At heart, Tolkien was a lover of the linguistic roots of modern English and of old myths.  He wanted to create an English mythology and produced The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Silmarillion, and many songs, poems, and short stories. Tolkien’s work is beloved the world over for the universal human insights set in a fantasy landscape.  The Quest and Coming of Age themes are compelling and the characters are memorable. The works may not be the history of England and its language, but they are worth reading at any age.                                                                                                                          Since Tolkien was such a devoted chronologist of all things English, today’s meals would please him as well as making sure that no Hobbits become fatter.  The mushroom breakfast is based on the casserole given to Frodo by Farmer Maggot’s wife. And the dinner is a classic meal from the 1700s.

FarmWife Mushroom Pudding:  300 calories   6 g fat   3.1 g fiber  14.5 g protein  34 g carbs [20.8 g Complex]  345 mg Calcium  PB  Having heard this described in books, I searched and searched until I found this recipe in Theodora FitzGibbon’s A Taste of England.

½ oz [around one strip] American/streaky bacon                                                                                                  ½ cup assorted mushrooms, chopped                                                                                                               3 Tbsp chicken stock                                                                                                                                               ¾ tsp white whole wheat flour                                                                                                                                                       ½ Arnold Multi-grain Sandwich Thin -OR-   1/3 cup Yorkshire Pudding batter […Not By Bread…Feb 7 ’18]                                                                                                                                                         1/2 oz pear

Cook the bacon partially, blot off the fat, and cut in strips. Pour off the bacon fat but return 1 tsp to the pan. Saute the mushrooms in the fat and remove them. Pour some of the chicken stock into the pan and sprinkle in the flour while whisking to prevent lumps as it thickens. Add the remaining stock and some pepper. Put the bacon and mushrooms into the sauce and cook over low heat. Pour into an oiled oven-proof dish and top with the Sandwich Thin or the Yorkshire Pudding batter. Bake at 425 F for 15 minutes [if using Sandwich Thin] -OR- for 2o minutes [if using the Yorkshire Pudding.] NB: you can serve it out of the dish or turn it out on the plate.  Enjoy with the pear and have a hearty day.

Pheasant Casserole: 250 calories   9.5 g fat   5.4 g fiber   22.5 g protein  21.6 g carbs [19 Complex]   86 mg Calcium  PB   This recipe is based on one from English Provincial Cooking by Elisabeth Ayrton and it dates back to the 18thcentury. Whole partridges were stewed with onion, carrot, and cabbage for 2.5 hours and served on thick slices of bread. Well, this is a modified version and it is delicious. This uses left over cooked pheasant meat and works well.Pheansant Casserole

2-1/2 oz cabbage, sliced 1-1.5” thick                                                                                                                   1.5 oz baby carrots, cut in half lengthwise                                                                                                            ¼ oz onion rings [which I forgot to put on the top]                                                                                     2 Tbsp chicken or pheasant gravy                                                                                                                      2 oz pheasant meat, cooked and taken off the bone                                                                                   ½ Arnold Multi-Grain Sandwich Thin

Prepare the carrots, cabbage, and onion and steam them for 25 minutes until the carrots are tender. If the cabbage is not yet done, leave it in the steamer with the lid on but off the heat until needed. Warm the pheasant in the gravy + 2 tsp of the water from the steaming liquid. Warm the Arnold Thins in the toaster oven. Plate the bread. Spoon a tablespoon of gravy on top. Place the meat atop the bread. Stir the warm vegetables into the warm gravy and plate them. Put the onion rings on top and pour any remaining gravy over the meat.

Ingredients for next week:

Breakfast, single portion

one 2-oz egg                                                       apple or strawberries Next week I will provide some favorite side dishes for Fast Days
whole-grain bread, 70 calories
blend cream/half&half
parmesan cheese Find a new favorite in 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:

Beef chuck steak +  green pepper
stewed tomatoes   + onion
white whole wheat flour
green beans   +  carrots Find a new favorite in the Archives
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Alice

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.

Alice in Wonderland? Alice Cooper? No, Alice Margaret Ziegler who was born on November 15.  Were she still with us, she would celebrate her 99th birthday tomorrow. My mother would not have wanted to see her 99th year.  When she was a young woman, she couldn’t imagine wanting to be 40!  Born, raised, and educated in Pennsylvania, she moved to Maryland, Texas, and Connecticut as my father changed jobs. “Whither thou goest” was high on her list of wifely priorities. She loved gardening, herbs, reading the classics, crossword puzzles, English history, Mozart, dancing, poetry, ice cream, hot dogs, and my father. I see her in a look in my sister’s eye.  We often quote her aphorisms. She is still with us.  Since she was a devoted Anglophile, she would approve of Kippered Eggs for breakfast. And for dinner, the meal I used to prepare for her birthday: Chicken and Dumplings.  Here’s to wonderful memories of my wonderful mother.

Kippered Eggs:  294 calories  9.4 g fat  2.7 g fiber  18 g protein  34 g carbs [31 g Complex] 217 mg Calcium  PB GF  Kippers are traditionally served with eggs, but why not have them in eggs? We did and it is terrific!Kippered Eggs w: cherries

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                                                                              0.4 oz kippered [smoked, salted, dried] herring                                                                                          ¼ tsp dried mustard                                                                                                                                                    1 tsp lemon or lime juice                                                                                                                                              4 sweet cherries                                                                                                                                                          5-6 oz green smoothie or fruit smoothie or natural apple cider                                                         blackish tea or blackish coffee or hot water with lemon

The night before: Soak the kipper fillet in warm tap water for 30 minutes. Mince the fish. In a small bowl, combine the juice and mustard, then mix in the fish. Leave it until morning. Next morning: Put the fish with its flavorings into a lightly-spritzed hot non-stick or cast iron pan and warm them. Whisk the eggs and pour over the fish. Let the eggs cook without disturbing them, then fold and plate with the cherries. The beverages are a nice counterpoint to the savory richness of the eggs and herring.

Chicken & Dumplings: 293 calories 6.8 g fat 4.6 g fiber 37.8 g protein 30 g carbs 67 mg Calcium PB  This was a real hit in my parents’ Central Pennsylvania home and it is still a favorite with us. Be aware that it is best made over 2 days, but it basically cooks by itself with a few busy bouts by you. Worth the time and effort. AND this recipe serves 4 [four] people, so have a party serving this great make-ahead meal. If you serve one or two, make the whole thing anyhow, package and freeze the remainder.Chicken & Dumpling w: peas

3 pound whole chicken, preferably a fowl although you will get more meat from a fryer                  ½ cup onion, chopped                                                                                                                                          1/3 cup carrots cut as coins                                                                                                                                  ½ cup celery, chopped                                                                                                                                                   bay leaf  + 3 peppercorns                                                                                                                                                           1.5 tsp Worcestershire sauce                                                                                                                                     2 Tbsp white whole wheat flour                                                                                                                              4 dumplings [see ..Not by Bread.. II-7-’18]                                                                                                            per person:   ¼ cup green peas 

Cut up a 3 pound chicken into leg quarters, breast quarters, back, wings. In a large pot, brown the chicken in a little oil on all sides. Add the vegetables, bay leaf and pepper and water to cover. Simmer on the cooktop for 45 minutes. Add 2 tsp salt, cover, and simmer for another 45 minutes. Strain off the stock and let the fat rise to the surface to cool. Discard the fat. Reserve the vegetables. Cool the chicken and remove the skin. Pull off the meat in chunks: you will use 17 oz meat by volume.   You could stop here.  HINT: save any remaining stock and chicken for excellent soup.  You could stop here.

Measure ¼ cup of stock and whisk in the 2 Tbsp whole wheat flour to form a paste. Meausre 1.5 cups stock and pour into a stovetop-safe serving dish along with the Worcestershire sauce. Add the flour water paste and stir to incorporate. Put the vegetables and chicken meat into the dish and adjust seasonings to taste. You could stop here. When ready to serve, prepare the dough for the dumplings. Heat the chicken mixture and place 4 dollops of dumpling dough on the warm chicken. Let it all bubble gently for 15-20 minutes, then cover the dish and continue to cook for another 15-20 minutes. Steam the peas and pour over the top of the dish before bringing to the table. Serve this simple classic proudly.

Ingredients for next week:

Breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg 1.5 two-oz eggs
oil cured black olive Parmesan cheese
Gouda cheese chive  +  kiwi fruit
mushrooms   +  applesauce ricotta cheese, reduced fat
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:

Vindaloo seasoning  + garlic chicken breast   +  Parmesan cheese
mushrooms   + pork  +  ginger fresh bread crumbs  + cottage cheese
canola oil  + onion  +  cider vinegar mozzarella  + salad greens + carrot
broccoli   +  brown rice   + sugar marinara sauce [see Saucy, 6 Dec-’17]
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Saint Crispin

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.

The first time I encountered the name ‘Crispin’ was in the Little Golden Book named Mr Dog.  The dog of the title named himself Crispin and lived by himself. I loved that book and so did our second son.  Years later, I found out that Crispin was a saint who’s feast day is October 25.  He and his brother Crispian were missionaries to France in the 3rd century.  They proselytized by day and made shoes by night to support themselves. They were killed on October 25, 256.  That date became associated with the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, when 30,000 French infantry and calvary got bogged down in the mud and let 6000 English archers and soldiers defeat them. Enter Shakespeare, writing the play Henry V. In Act IV, scene 3, Henry has the unenviable task of giving a pep talk to his out-numbered army. Of course it is the wonderful St. Crispin’s Day speech, made vivid by such actors as Lawrence Olivier, and Kenneth Branagh.                                        Now a Crispin is also an apple, so in honor of the Feast of St Crispin and of Agincourt, we will have meals with apples — starting with a very English breakfast and ending with a dinner one could find in France or England.

Bannock & Bacon: 284 calories  3.8 g fat  3.2 g fiber  18.7 g protein  43.6 g carbs [33 g from fruits/vegetables]  176.5 mg Calcium   PB   For years we have enjoyed this on Slow Days, only to find that it fits for Fasting, too.  We dip the bannock into the applesauce. Yummy!Bannock & Applesauce

3 two-inch bannock [see …not by Bread… 7 feb 2018]                                                                                              2 slices Hormel Canadian Bacon OR Jones brand [ back bacon of 60-70 calories]                            ½ cup applesauce, unsweetened                                                                                                                        blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                    5-6 oz fruit smoothie or green smoothie or natural cider

Prepare the bannock according to the recipe and bake. Warm and lightly brown the Canadian bacon. Plate the applesauce and pour the beverages. Simple and delicious.

Pork with Apples: 273 calories  8.1 g fat  4 g fiber  22.7 g protein   18.8 g carbs  84 mg Calcium PB   Long a favorite combination in lands where local meats and local fruits are blended in hearty meals. The flavor of pork with apples is a winner.Pork & Apples

3 oz pork tenderloin, raw or cooked                                                                                                                  2 oz round slices of apple, unpeeled + ½ oz cubed apples, unpeeled                                                    4 fl. oz chicken stock                                                                                                                                                         4 Tbsp Béchamel sauce, no cheese [see Sidekicks I, posted 17 September 2017]                             thyme/sage  +  salt + pepper to taste                                                                                                                       2 oz broccoli florets                                                                                                                                                   1 oz carrots

Poach the apple slices in the stock until they are tender. TIP: if cooking for 2, this may require poaching in 2 batches. Remove slices and reserve. Slice th pork into rounds about 1/4” thick. If pork is raw, braise it briefly in the hot stock, and remove from stock. Put 1 Tbsp stock in the oven-proof pan in which you will cook the dinner. Combine diced apples, Béchamel, seasonings, and remaining stock in the sauce pan, stirring until apples are soft and sauce is medium-thick. Adjust seasonings. Arrange alternating slices of pork and apple in the baking pan. Nap with the sauce and bake at 350 F. until warmed through, about 20 minutes. Steam the vegetables and enjoy a hearty winter meal.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg 1.5 two-oz eggs
one Tattie Scone   [not by bread… Feb 7 ’18] 2 shucked oysters
pear bacon
cherries
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:

Smoked haddock, aka: finnen haddie 2 corn tortillas, 65 calories each
onion Cheddar or Monterey jack cheese
potato Enchilada Sauce, see SPICY II 12-Sept-2018
butter + parsley + bay leaf cooked chicken
milk broccoli +  carrot  + cauliflower
asparagus or peas
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Preaching to the Birds

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 FashionCreative who is now Following.

Giovanni di Bernardone, nicknamed “Francesco” [the Frenchman], had a dilema. Should he pursue a life as a Christian preacher or leave the world to become a hermit?  He asked his spiritual advisors and they sent word that his path was as a preacher. He was on the road with friends when he received that message and knew he had to start preaching right away.  So he went into the field where a large flock of birds were assembled and to the amazement of his colleagues, Francesco began to preach to the birds about being grateful for the gifts which God had given to them. This incident was charmingly depicted in art by Giotto in 1297, in poetry by Seamus Heaney, and in music by Franz Listz. The preacher went on to become Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and ecology. I have always been fond of Francis and his simple view of faith and nature because he seems so genuine.  And as a lover of nature, I wish more people would think and act ecologically.  We will celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis tomorrow by eating eggs of birds with a popular Italian vegetable, melanzane [aubergine]. And for dinner, no animals will be harmed in the preparation of our watercress soup.

Aubergine ScrOmelette: 293 calories     8 g fat  4.2 g fiber   16 g protein  40 g carbs [35 g Complex]   226 mg Calcium   PB GF  Eggplant and tomatoes are such a part of late summer, that you want to eat them with everything. Eating local foods in season is such a treat.Aubergine ScrOmelette w: pears

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.                                                                                    1-1/4 oz tomato sauce, such as Hunt’s or use home-made sauce                                                                                                                            1-1/4 oz eggplant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ¼ oz onion     OR  1 garlic, smashed and chopped                                                                                                                                                              large pinch Herbes de Province  +  pinch crushed red pepper flakes                                                                                                                 1-1/4 oz pear                                                                                                                                                                                                        blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                       5-6 oz fruit smoothie or green smoothie or natural cider

Chop the eggplant and onion. Simmer the vegetables and herbes in the tomato sauce in a covered pan until they are tender. If too thick, add a little water. Whisk the eggs with the vegetables and put into a hot pan spritzed with cooking spray. Scramble or cook as an omelette. Slice the pears and prepare your beverages. Savor the summer.

Watercress Soup: 157 calories   5.4 g fat  2.9 g fiber  8.4 g protein  22 g carbs [19 g Complex] 63.5 mg Calcium   PB GF  Jacques Pepin’s Good Life Cooking is the source of this recipe and the stream that flows to the beach is the source of our watercress. So low in calories, you might want to add some Finn Crisp crackers for filling fiber or the Caprese Salad for more protein. HINT: This recipe makes 5 cups of soup which serves 4-5 people.Watercress Soup

2 tsp canola oil                                                                                                                                                                 4 oz [weight, not volume] watercress leaves and tender stems                                                                   1 cup celery, coarsely chopped                                                                                                                             2 cups onion, coarsely diced                                                                                                                               2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed                                                                                                                  2-1/2 cups good stock – vegetable/chicken/beef                                                                                             ¾ tsp salt                                                                                                                                                                   10 oz [weight, not volume] potatoes, peeled, cut in 2” chunks    OR  12 oz white potato total                                                                       2 oz [weight, not volume] sweet potato, peeled and cut in chunks                                                      per serving: 1 Tbsp chèvre cheese                                                                                                          optional: Caprese Salad46 calories 2.2 g fat 0.6 g fiber 3.9 g protein 2.6 g carbs 115.6 mg Calcium     PB GF   ½ oz mozzerella cheese, thinly sliced  +   2 oz tomato, thinly sliced and sprinkled with salt   +  fresh basil leaves There should be equal numbers of cheese slices as tomato. Arange the cheese, tomato, and basil in overlapping on the plate.                                                                                        Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the cress, celery, onion, and garlic, and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Put the stock, salt and potatoes into the pan and bring to a boil. [NB: my stock was very dark, which changed the color of the soup to a darker shade of green] Turn down the heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Cool slightly then puree in blender/food processor or with imersion wand. If not thoroughly pureed, run through a sieve. Heat the soup before serving. In the bowl, put the chevre in the center, let it soften a bit, then swirl it into the soup. Serve the salad on the side.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg 1.5 two-oz eggs
Mexican Pickled Vegetables [see SPICY 2, 12 Sept 2018] Pimenta da Queijo sauce
Cheddar cheese Gouda or Azores cheese
cumin  + oregano kiwi fruit
pear or apple
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:

2 all-beef hot dogs, 110 calories each Smoked ham hock
tomato   +  dill pickle spears sauerkraut
onion  + peperoncini garlic
hot dog relish canned red beans
yellow mustard red potatoes
celery seed  +  poppy seed raw spinach
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Antipodes

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.

Antipodes” is a word which I first encountered in Alice in Wonderland. As Alice fell down the rabbit hole, she wondered where she would end up — perhaps the antipodes..?  Of course for years I pronounced it ann’-tee-podes instead of ann-tip’-o-dees. But now I know better.  Once we sat down with our sons and an atlas to determine where the antipode of our NH community was.  It was in the Indian Ocean.  When I recently asked Google to do the search, the answer was that Boston, Massachusetts was the antipode [or at least the nearest community to it] of Augusta, Western Australia. Have fun figuring out your antipode.                                                                                                                                              Today’s meals represent the antipodes of Boston and Augusta. The breakfast is full of Boston references, while the dinner features chicken. I always associate Australia with lamb, but statistics show that more people prefer poultry in that sun-burnt country, so chicken is for dinner.

B-O-S-T ScrOmelette: 302 calories  7.9 g fat   3.4 g fiber  16.5 g protein  38 g carbs [33 g Complex]  220 mg Calcium  PB GF  The beans are for Boston’s nickname: beantown. The green onions are for the Green Monster at Fenway Park. The shrimp are for the strong maritime tradition. The tomatoes are because summer is too short.BOST 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.                                                                                        1 Tbsp white beans, preferable small ‘navy’ beans                                                                                       2 Tbsp green onion, green part of scallions sliced                                                                                     1/4 oz shrimp, preferably tiny Northern shrimp OR larger shrimp chopped                                          1 oz tomato, diced and drained in a sieve overnight                                                                                     1-1/2 oz nectarine slices                                                                                                                                   black coffee or black tea or lemon in hot water 5-6 oz green smoothie or fruit smoothie

Put the beans, onion, shrimp, and tomato in a warm non-stick pan spritzed with non-stick spray or olive oil. Cook until warmed. Whisk the eggs with salt and pepper and pour over the other ingredients in the pan. Scramble or cook as an omelette. Pour the beverages of your choice, plate the fruit, and plate the eggs.

Chicken Tetrazzini:   281 calories  5.6 g fat  3.9 g fiber   26.6 g protein   23 g carbs   103 mg Calcium PB  This well-known dish is infamously high in fat and calories…. Until now. Enjoy it without guilt.Chicken Tetrazzini w: broc:carrots

3 oz chicken breast                                                                                                                                                                   ¼ cup Béchamel sauce without cheese [see Sidekicks II, October 4, 2018]                                    1 tsp sherry wine                                                                                                                                                                     1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese                                                                                                                                                                         1 oz capelli d’angelli pasta [angel hair]  nb: 100 calories/1 oz                                                                                                                  1 oz carrot + 2 oz broccoli

If the chicken is raw, slice it thinly and poach it in water until it is just cooked through. Start cooking the pasta and the vegetables. [TIP: if you have a steamer, you could do it in the same pot at the same time.] Warm the Béchamel sauce, then add the sherry, Parmesan, and chicken. Taste for seasonings. Drain the pasta and stir into the sauce. Plate with the vegetables. Delicious.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg Left-over Salmon Quiche from Monday
watercress sauce [Sidekicks II, 4 Oct 2017]
ricotta cheese
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:

6 two-oz eggs sliced roasted chicken breast
cooked salmon BBQ sauce
zucchini 90-calorie slider rolls, whole wheat
onion  +  dill we coleslaw [see Sidekicks II, 4 Oct, 2017]
reduced-fat ricotta cheese
plain yogurt
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Robin Hood

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Sing along with me: “Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen./ Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men./ Feared by the bad, loved by the good/ Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood.” That of course, was the theme song to the TV series Adventures of Robin Hood, starring Richard Green.  I loved that show!  Yet even more, I was enraptured when watching the movie The Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn.  [There is NO BETTER movie about Robin Hood.]  Robin Hood was my childhood hero. I read the Howard Pyle book and everything I could get my hands on about “Robin of Locksley.”  Was he real or was he popular sentiment grown into urban legend? There are many ‘facts’ about him and his life, as well as many historians who say he is fiction. I certainly want to believe that his spirit is real and alive across time and space.

We will feast on foods associated with the good man: an egg dish named after him and a salad of venison, made from the King’s own deer of Sherwood Forest.

Robin Hood Egg:   291 calories   6.6 g fat   3.1 g fiber   20.6 g protein    55 g carbs [48 g Complex]  272 mg Calcium    PB   What this breakfast has to do with the legendary outlaw, I don’t know. At least no robbery is involved – you can keep your wallet and your waistline. Robin Hood Egg

½ Arnold multi-grain Sandwich Thin                                                                                                             one 2-oz egg                                                                                                                                                                1 slice Jones-brand Canadian bacon [round, 1 oz = 20 calories]                                                                  2 oz slice of tomato

Slightly toast the sandwich thin and plate it. Season the tomato slice and broil it. Lightly cook the Canadian bacon while you fry the egg in a pan spritzed with non-cook spray. Assemble the layers in your order of preference and pour the beverages. Tuck [not Friar Tuck] in with knife and fork.

Venison Salad:  270 calories  8.5 g fat  6 g fiber  31 g protein  33 g carbs [30 g Complex]  118 mg Calcium  PB GF  If you have access to venison, this is a great way to celebrate Robin Hood.venison-salad-w-tomatoes

3-½ oz roasted venison                                                                                                                                            ¾ oz marinated mushrooms                                                                                                                                      1 oz roasted red pepper                                                                                                                                                               1 slice dried pear, chopped                                                                                                                                 2 cups lettuce                                                                                                                                                            1 tsp olive oil  +   ½ tsp balsamic vinegar                                                                                                         3 oz broccoli, fully cooked or blanched and cooled                                                                                      2 oz tomatoes

Slice the roasted venison into pieces less than 1/2” thick. Whisk the olive oil and vinegar together, then toss with the lettuce and mushrooms. Place on a salad plate. Arrange the meat on the salad and arrange the red pepper, tomatoes, and broccoli on top. Dice the pear and sprinkle over all.

 

 

First in the Nation

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 OnlineHealthReview who is now Following.

New Hampshire, my home state, is proud of its “First In The Nation” status.  What that means is that we hold the first primary election of the presidential primary season in the USA. [For those of you overseas, the candidate who wins the most state primaries is usually the one who receives the nomination from his/her party to be the candidate to run for the presidency.  This is not parliamentary politics!] Today we celebrate other New Hampshire ‘firsts.’  On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the US Constitution, which made the Constitution the law of the land. Other states quickly fell in line, and our Federal Government was established.   Also, on June 21, in 1805, the Great Stone Face [later called the Old Man of the Mountain] in Franconia Notch was first seen by European-heritage people. This rock profile became the geologic symbol of New Hampshire and was a famous tourist site.  When the rock cliff collapsed in May, 2003, it was a sad day.  Our older son, in Michigan for Grad School, was approached by another student who said, “Sorry to hear about your Old Man.”  Our son wondered why the other lad knew something about his father that he didn’t know!  As for the Old Man, sic transit gloria mundi.

For today’s meals, we feature two recipes from one of New Hampshire’s premier chefs, Hayden Pearson from Greenfield, NH.  He was an executive chef in New York and had a well-read column in the Boston Herald.  We love his cookbook, full of local recipes and musings on rural life. Both the breakfast and the dinner are based on his recipes.

Rhubarb Pudding:  273 calories    g fat   g fiber    g protein    g carbs    mg Calcium PB GF – if using GF flour  Hayden Pearson has a wonderful dessert called “Blanche’s Super Rhubarb Pudding” in his iconic Country Flavor Cook Book. This is a scaled-down version that is fit for breakfast: slightly tangy, lightly sweet.Rhubarb Pudding

6 Tbsp cooked, mashed rhubarb                                                                                                                          1 two-oz egg + 1 egg white                                                                                                                                          1-1/2 Tbsp sugar                                                                                                                                                         1 Tbsp flour + 1 Tbsp cooked oatmeal OR 2 Tbsp flour OR 2 Tbsp white whole wheat flour                                                                                                                                                  2 Tbsp milk                                                                                                                                                                ½ tsp baking powder                                                                                                                                                          1 slice Canadian Bacon [½ oz back bacon]                                                                                            blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                5-6 oz fruit smoothie, green smoothie or natural apple cider

Cut up 1 cup rhubarb and stew it in a little water. Drain thoroughly and mash. Measure what you need and save the remainder for another use [add it to a fruit smoothie]. Whisk the egg and white, then add all the other ingredients [but not the bacon!] Spoon into a baking dish which has been sprayed with non-stick spray. HINT: I did all this the night before. A real time-saver.  Bake at 350° F. until the batter is firm to the touch, about 15 minutes. While the pudding bakes, cook the bacon and prepare the beverages. Delicious.

Red Flannel Hash: 249 calories   9.2 g fat   1.9 g fiber  12.6 g protein   17.8 g carbs [16 g Complex]  43 mg Calcium   PB GF    This is a venerable New England farm meal, with the recipe coming from Hayden Pearson’s Country Flavors Cookbook.Red Flannel Hash

1 cup cooked diced beets (1/3” dice)                                                                                                                                              1/3 cup diced potatoes (1/3” dice)                                                                                                                       ¼ cup diced onions                                                                                                                                                 2 slices Canadian Bacon/back bacon, diced                                                                                                  one 2-oz egg

Cook, peel, and dice the beets and set aside to cool. [HINT: do this the day before]  Peel and dice the potatoes. Put into a pan of tap water and put the pan on the burner. Turn on the heat and let the pan sit, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until the water starts to boil around the edges. Take off the heat and leave potatoes to cool in the water. Then drain and set aside. Dice the onions and bacon. Spray a saute pan with non-stick spray and add the Canadian bacon. Cook it as crisp as you wish, or not so crisp. Remove the bacon and set aside. Add the onions with 2-3 Tbsp water, and cook until the onions are transluscent and the water is mostly gone. Now put the potatoes in the pan with the onions, add salt and pepper to taste. Stir until the potatoes are cooked. Add the beets and bacon to the pan and continue to cook until heated through. Meanwhile, fry the egg: sunnyside-up or over easy as you prefer. Plate the hash and top with the egg. Ahh, good country dining.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

Next week, I will offer breakfasts 1.5 two-oz eggs
 for Fasters who don’t like eggs.  broccoli  + tomato
 black olive
 choose one!  cottage cheese  + Parmesan cheese
 strawberries
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:

 Next week, I will offer breakfasts for 65-calorie corn tortillas
 Fasters who don’t like eggs.  cheddar cheese     +  chicken breast
 enchilada sauce [1 cup = 75 calories]
 Choose a dinner from the archives  carrot
 broccoli
 cauliflower
Sparkling water Sparkling water

A & R

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.

Five years ago, our dear older son married his dear wife in a beautiful ceremony in the Garden of Old Roses at the Botanical Garden at Berkeley, California. As a couple and as individuals, they are committed to each other, to social justice, to good literature, and to good food. One of their avocations is traveling to far-flung locations, where they soak up the local culture and gobble up local flavor. Sounds like a good life to me and I wish them many, many more happy years of doing just that.

After a visit to Japan, our son perfected the breakfast that is featured below and taught me how to prepare it.  The dinner is a nod to their travels in South-East Asia and their enjoyment of curry.

Japanese Rolled Eggs:  290 calories  8.6 g fat  1.9 g fiber  36 g carbs  245 mg Calcium  PB GF Number One Son prepared these for us as part of a larger Japanese breakfast, and they are amazing. I added the crab and leek, since today this the eggs are the main attraction.Japanese Rolled Eggs w: leek & crab, S-bs

1 ½ 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                                                                                                      2 Tbsp crab meat, frozen or fresh                                                                                                                            2 Tbsp leek, finely sliced                                                                                                                                     ½ Tbsp soy sauce                                                                                                                                                     ¼ tsp sugar                                                                                                                                                               1.5 oz strawberries                                                                                                                                                   5-6 oz green smoothie or fruit smoothie or natural apple cider                                                   blackish tea or blackish coffee or hot water with lemon

Spritz a non-stick pan with non-stick spray. Cook the crab and leek until you can smell the leek, but don’t brown it. Remove from pan. Beat the egg with the soy sauce and sugar, and divide into 2 parts. Spritz the pan again and reheat. Put half of the egg in the pan and swirl/tip the pan to spread it out into a rough round. Distribute the crab and leek all over the egg. When top of egg is set enough that it is still moist but won’t jiggle much, roll the egg into a roll from one side of the pan to the other and leave it there. Pour the remaining egg in the pan and cook until almost set. Roll the roll across the pan again to incorporate the newly-cooked egg. Outside of the egg should be a little brown due to the soy sauce. Prepare the beverages and fruit and enjoy your meal from Japan.

Halibut in Thai Coconut Curry:  265 calories   14 g fat  1.7 g fiber  21 g protein  9.7 g carbs [5 g Complex] 139 mg Calcium PB GF  This is from Alaska from Scratch by Maya Wilson and it is delicious.Halibut w: Coconut Curry

1 tsp olive oil, separated:  1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp                                                                                                           2-3 cups spinach, lightly packed                                                                                                                           1 Tbsp shallots, chopped                                                                                                                                        3/4 Tbsp Thai red curry paste or more to taste                                                                                               1/4 cup chicken broth                                                                                                                                               3 oz light coconut milk                                                                                                                                           pinch sugar                                                                                                                                                                  3 oz halibut fillet                                                                                                                                                                        2 Tbsp scallion                                                                                                                                                         1-1/2 tsp lime juice

Heat ½ tsp olive oil in a wide saute pan with 1-2 Tbsp water. Add the spinach with salt and pepper and toss in the oil until greens just begin to wilt. Remove to a bowl and cover to keep warm. Put ½ tsp oil in the pan with the shallots and cook 2 minutes more. Add curry paste, chicken broth, coconut milk, and sugar. Whisk to combine and simmer on low until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Salt the fish and add to the broth in the pan, spooning some broth on top of the fish. Cover and poach 5 minutes per 1/2” of thickness. Put greens in the serving bowl and top with fish. Stir scallions and lime juice into broth, turn heat up briefly. Ladle broth over the fish and greens. Optional: ¼ cup brown rice.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg Next Thursday I will discuss some calculations involved in Fasting
 salt cod
 olive oil  Enjoy a breakfast from the Archives
 garlic
 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:

 cooked salmon  Next Thursday I will discuss some calculations involved in Fasting
 medium cucumber
 4-bean salad [Sidekicks I Sept 17, 2017]   Enjoy a dinner from the Archives
 Watercress Sauce [Sidekicks II Oct 4, ’17]
 Dijon mustard
 leek
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Mixed up

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 healthybodysupport who is now Following.

Do you have those days when things seem all mixed up and normal tasks don’t seem normal at all?  With luck, those are infrequent, although those who study the brain counsel us not to get in a rut.  Learn a new skill; go home a different way; eat with the other hand.  Shaking up the routine can build new neural networks in the brain, which is good for brain health.  Fasting is also good for brain health.  One study showed that mice who ate a calorie restriction diet actually grew new neurons!  I’m all for that.

Today’s meals mix it up a bit.  The eggs are flavored with the green chiles of New Mexico — but instead of rolling it in a tortilla, we’ll use a French buckwheat crêpe.  The dinner is a sushi which is not in rolls and does not contain raw seafood.  The word ‘sushi’ really means ‘sour-tasting rice’ and we do serve rice here with lots of delicious toppings as an Edo-style scattered sushi.

Green Chile-Egg Crêpe:     PB    The bite of the green chiles, the nutty taste of the crêpe, the rich taste of egg: what a remarkable flavor combination. Eat with a fork or pick it up in your hand.Green Chili-Egg Crepe

1 crêpe [see SIDEKICKS I, Sept 17, 2017 for recipe]                                                                                 one 2-oz egg                                                                                                                                                                    2 Tbsp roasted green chiles                                                                                                                                     1 oz pears                                                                                                                                                         blackish coffee, blackish tea, or lemon in hot water                                                                                  5-6 oz smoothie or natural apple cider

Whisk the egg with the chiles and pour into a 6” cast iron pan or small saute pan spritzed with non-stick spray. [If serving two, pour egg mixture into a 4×6” oven-proof dish spritzed with non-stick spray. Bake at 350 F. for 12 minutes] Cook the egg by gently lifting the edges to allow un-cooked egg to flow underneath. Meanwhile, gently heat the crêpe: wrap in a tea-towel and put in the microwave for 1 minute OR put in an un-greased saute pan over low heat for 1 minute, then turn over for another 30 seconds. Plate the crêpe with the fruit, put the egg on top of it, then fold over. Pour the beverages and put some zip in your morning.

Mixed Sushi:   286 calories  8.5 g fat   3.6 g fiber  18.8 g protein   33.7 g carbs   39 mg Calcium  PB GF   Our younger son introduced us to this recipe.  Imagine: ‘Sushi’ without raw fish. Good use for leftover beef and avocado. HINT: This serves 2 [two]. Invite a friend or save for lunch/dinner another day. Made to be served at room temp.Mixed Sushi

1 cup brown rice, cooked and cooled HINT: Make the day before and refrigerate or use leftovers from a meal                                                                                                                                               1 tsp rice wine vinegar                                                                                                                                                             1 egg                                                                                                                                                                              1 tsp soy sauce + pinch sugar [sugar is optional]                                                                                           3 oz avocado, in long slices                                                                                                                                   1 oz grilled beef, in long strips OR substitute grilled chicken breast                                                                  2 oz smoked salmon, in long slices                                                                                                                       2 oz cucumber OR zucchini in long slices

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

Mary Goes Over

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 bomihill who is now Following.

“If Mary goes over the mountain dry, she’ll come back wet.” When I heard my grandmother’s neighbor say that, I had no idea what she meant. Turns out, it is a venerable Pennsylvania Dutch weather-forecasting axiom.  Mary of Nazareth left her hometown on May 31 to visit her cousin Elizabeth.  Elizabeth was soon to give birth to her son [John the Baptist, born June 25] and Mary went to assist her. In ecclesiastical circles, this is called ‘The Visitation of Mary‘.  Mary was also pregnant, following the visit from the Angel Gabriel, who told her she would give birth to Jesus. [Mary was unwed at the time, and I always thought that she left town to discourage gossip.]   Mary returned to her hometown on August 18.  According to the formula, if there is dry weather at the end of May, there will be wet weather in mid-August. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Today’s meals are for travelers: portable foods you can eat while walking/driving/flying.  The breakfast is a home-made version of the familiar sandwich available at the Golden Arches. And the dinner is a commonly available street food in the Western Mediterranean where Mary and Elizabeth lived.

Egg-McArnold: 283 calories   6.8 g fat   5.6 g fiber   17.7 g protein  35 g carbs [22 g Complex]  249 mg Calcium  PB  This, of course, is the Fasting version of a fast-food favorite. It even works for eating on-the-run.Egg McArnold

1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                                         1 Arnold-brand multi-grain Sandwich Thin [100 calories]                                                                               ½ oz Canadian Bacon or 1 slice Jones Brand [20 calories/slice]                                                                                             1 oz grapes                                                                                                                                                     blackish coffee or tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                                 NO SMOOTHIE today

Open up the ‘sandwich thin’ and lightly toast it. Fry or poach the egg to your liking and cook the Canadian Bacon in the same pan. Assemble, using salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy it with your coffee in a to-go cup but don’t eat in the car – sit down and slowly savor this Fast food.

Felafel Pockets:  273 calories  5.5 g fat  7.8 g fiber  14 g protein  48 g carbs  90 mg Calcium PB  This preparation uses two pita pockets from one pita bread. Each serving is 1 and ½ pockets. [HINT: Save the other half for tomorrow’s lunch]Falafel in pita w: veg

1 whole wheat pita bread, about 140 calories                                                                                                           6 falefel patties total, 3 per pita pocket [see Stocking Up, January 3 ’18]                                                       1/2 cup vegetable salsa [see SPICY May 23 ’18]

Prepare the salsa and let stand while you warm the felafel. Cut the pita bread into 2 equal pockets. If frozen, warm the felafel. Put some of the salsa into each pocket, then add 3 felafel patties. Spoon the remaining salsa on top. Cut one of the filled pockets in half and eat that tomorrow.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg 1.5 two-oz eggs
 canned, roasted green chilis  sugar   + leek
 one crepe [see Sidekicks……  crab meat
 pear  soy sauce
 strawberries
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:

 !/2 cup cooked brown rice  halibut filet
 rice wine vinegar  olive oil    +   spinach
 one 2-oz egg  shallot   +  Scallion
 avocado     +  cucumber  Thai red curry paste
 grilled beef  chicken broth  +  lime juice
 smoked salmon  +  soy sauce  light coconut milk
Sparkling water Sparkling water