The Maine Thing

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.

The state to the East of us is Maine, The Pine Tree State. It makes most people think of potatoes, lobster, and hunting, but for us Maine is leisurely drives along rocky, wooded coastlines; the smell of sea salt and pine resin; family camping in the delightful Cobscook Bay State Park; and [of course] L.L.Bean in Freeport.  The food scene ranges from lobster pounds [like Young’s] to diners [like Moody’s] to fine restaurants [like Fore Street and Street & Co.] which feature local fruits, vegetables, seafood, meats, and game.                                                                                                           Our breakfast reflects the bounty of the farms and woodlands while the dinner is an homage to the tradition of the outdoors life and hunting.  Paul Bunyan was supposed to be from Maine, but we won’t eat like a lumberjack today.  For us, the main thing is that we continue the Fasting Lifestyle and stay healthy.

Fore Street Bake:   289 calories   8.6 g fat   3.5 g fiber   14.2 g protein   37.5 g carbs   256 mg Calcium  PB GF   One of our favorite restaurants in Portland, Maine is Fore Street. First time there, I ate a pizza from their wood-fired oven that featured a particular combination of flavors which I have loved ever since. Here’s that marvelous mixture in baked eggs.Forestreet Bake w: S-b

1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                                            1/3 oz blue cheese                                                                                                                                                                     ¾ oz leeks                                                                                                                                                                   ½ oz mushrooms                                                                                                                                                       1 oz strawberries                                                                                                                                                            blackish coffee, blackish tea, or lemon in hot water                                                                                         5-6 oz smoothie or natural apple cider

Slice the leeks and chop the mushrooms. Put into a Pyrex custard cup with a little water and cook in the microwave for 45 seconds. Spritz a ramekin with non-stick spray and add the cooked leeks and mushrooms. Whisk the cheese with the egg, then pour into the ramekin. Bake at 350 F. for 12-15 minutes. Portion the berries and pour the beverages and settle in for a taste of Portland.

Venison Stew:   250 calories   4.7 g fat   5.3 g fiber   25.6 g protein   26.4 g carbs   52.5 mg Calcium   GF  What a wonderful meal for an Autumn evening. Rich flavors and low calories – my kind of dinner. HINT: this recipe is for one serving. Double it and freeze half for another fine meal later or invite a friend to share it with you.Venison Stew w: roasted Veg

½ cup chicken stock                                                                                                                                                      2 Tbsp fresh cranberries [NOT dried]                                                                                                             2 oz mushrooms                                                                                                                                                      ½ tsp dried thyme                                                                                                                                                   ½ oz dried apples                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2.5 oz venison, cooked or raw                                                                                                                              1 Tbsp half&half   [blend cream]                                                                                                                                                    1 oz carrots, cut in coins                                                                                                                                                                  1.5 oz roasted cauliflower florets

If venison is raw, pan sear it 3 minutes on a side to undercook it a bit.  Slice into larger-than-bite-size pieces and set aside.  Spritz a small to medium cast iron pan with non-stick spray and add the carrots and cauliflower.  Spray the vegetables, sprinkle with salt and rosemary. Bake at 400° F. until fork tender.       Put the stock, thyme, cranberries and mushrooms in a sauce pan and simmer until the cranberries start to pop. Add the meat, apples, and half&half.  Simmer until all ingredients are warm.  Taste for seasonings.  Serve with the roasted vegetables.

My Thai

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

If you are now thinking of fruity drinks with paper parasols, then stop it right now.  For the Faster, that would be ‘Tomorrow Food’ — the sort of thing you might dream about on a Fast Day, but can put off enjoying until tomorrow. Our real topic is the Thai food which is very much a part of the repertoire of our Son v.2.0.  The flavors are so bold and complex that they are a wonderful change of pace every time he cooks for us.  With a little rearranging, these tastes are perfect for the Faster, since flavor makes up for lack of calories.

Thai ScrOmelette:   279 calories      8.5 g fat      2.1 g fiber      16 g protein      36 g carbs     249 mg Calcium       PB GF      When our younger son prepared a marvelous Thai fried rice dinner for us, we were bowled- over with its flavors. Here are the same flavors, without the white rice. Still marvelous.Thai ScrOmelette

1 ½ two-oz eggs HINT: If you are serving one person, crack three 2-oz eggs into a small bowl or glass measuring cup. Whip up those eggs and pour half of their volume, crack three 2-oz eggs into a jar with a lid and put it in the ‘fridge for next week.                                     1 clove garlic, chopped                                                                                                                                                    3 Tbsp scallions, sliced                                                                                                                                           2 Tbsp cooked, chopped spinach [about ½ oz]                                                                                                    ½ tsp Thai fish sauce                                                                                                                                                           ¼ tsp Thai hot chili sauce                                                                                                                                     big pinch dried basil                                                                                                                                            1.5 oz melon OR applesauce, unsweetened                                                                                                  blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                    5-6 oz green smoothie or fruit smoothie or unpasturized apple cider

Combine the garlic, scallions, spinach, the 2 sauces, and basil. Spritz a fry pan with olive oil or non-stick spray and stir the vegetables until they are soft. Whisk the eggs and pour them into the pan, stirring to mix with the vegetables. Cook until done to your liking. Plate with the fruit and enjoy with the beverages.

Pork Pad Thai:    265 calories      7.3 g fat      4.7 g fiber     20 g protein       28 g carbs       94.4 mg Calcium   GF     This is our son’s recipe, with a few tweeks by me to make it fit our calorie requirements. HINT: This makes enough for 2 [two] servings. Share with a friend or pack it up for a later lunch or dinner.Pork Pad Thai

1 oz asian noodles [I used buckwheat soba noodles for the added fiber]                                               ½ tsp oil + 2-3 Tbsp water                                                                                                                               ½ cup onion, chopped                                                                                                                                          2 cloves garlic, chopped                                                                                                                                                2 cups sliced cabbage                                                                                                                                              1 cup mung beans or chopped celery                                                                                                              2 oz scallions [about 3], slice in 1” pieces                                                                                                       3 oz lean pork, cooked or raw, sliced into thin pieces about 1” square                                                      6 oz sugar snap peas, cut in half cross-wise one                                                                                                  2-oz egg                                                                                                                                                                       2 Tbsp Thai fish sauce                                                                                                                                        pinch hot pepper flakes                                                                                                                                          1 tsp sugar

Heat a wok or large cast iron pan. Stirfry all the vegetables in the oil and 3 Tbsp water for 3 minutes, adding more water if the vegetables ever stop sizzling in the pan. Boil the noodles according to package directions, drain, rinse, and set aside. If using raw meat, add to cooking vegetables after 2 minutes. Add the raw egg to the pan of vegetables and scramble it in. If using cooked pork, add it with the noodles to the wok and stir over the heat to combine and to warm the new additions. Mix well as you add the fish sauce, the sugar, and red pepper flakes. Pass the Sriracha for added kick.

 Ingredients for next week:    breakfast

1 two-oz egg Smoothie ingredients: berries, bananas, OJ
Crushed tomatoes OR apples, leafy greens, tomato juice
Artichokes, frozen or jarred OR plain yogurt, strawberries, banana
Curry powder ricotta cheese
Unsweetened applesauce
Whatever you need for your hot beverage
Whatever you need for your smoothie Whatever you need for your hot beverage


6 felafel patties
Full meal smoothies: tofu, plain fat-free yogurt,
Fresh tomato Strawberries, banana, [cocoa powder]
yellow or orange bell pepper
Red onion lemon juice
Sparkling water Sparkling water