How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow, for a calorie total of less than 600. On another day this week, eat the meals from a different post, another day of eating 600 calories or less. Eat sensibly the other days of the week. That’s it: a simple way to lose weight and be healthier.
Muhammad ibn Abdullah was born into a prosperous family in Mecca in the year 570 CE. He hardly had a chance to know his family. His father had died before he was born. For his first five years, he lived with a nomadic Bedouin family in the desert. One yer after he returned to his mother, she died. Two years after that, his guardian grandfather died. Then he went to live with an uncle. There he learned to manage camel caravans that plied the trade routes — the ancient Arabian equivalent of owning a long-haul trucking firm. Muhammad became wealthy and gained a loving wife, Khadijah. She herself was rich and influential and 15 years older than her husband. As a respite from his busy life, Muhammad would visit a cave outside of town to meditate and relax for one month each year. In the year 610, when he was in the cave, Muhammad dreamed that an angel came to him, insisting that the man “Read!” Not knowing how to read, Muhammad said that he could not. Finally, the angel dictated a verse which Muhammad said became imprinted on his heart. He hurried home in a state of fear to tell his wife what happened. She comforted him and took the tale to her uncle. Uncle Waraqah was a Christian and a Hebrew scholar. He assured his niece and her husband that the angel was Gabriel and that the message was from The God [known in their language as Allah]. Muhammad began to speak his revelations to his family, and later his friends. All believed him, becoming the first adherents of Islam. His teachings that there is but one God, put him in conflict with local Quraysh tribe, those who guarded the Kaaba. Tradition said that the Kaaba was built by Abraham [patriarch of Judaism and Christianity] and his son Ismael to house a Black Stone that fell from heaven and was given to them by Gabriel. The site was holy to the Bedouin tribes and the building was decorated with statues to many gods. Muhammud and his followers were persecuted and driven from Mecca to Medina. There many more people followed the new religion of Islam, calling themselves Muslims. A treaty with the Quraysh, who had gathered 40 assassins to kill Muhammud, permitted Muslims to make their annual visit to the Kaaba. When the the bargain was broken, the Muslims attacked and gained the city. The gods of the non-believers were thrown out. Expecting death, the Meccans were astonished to be released. From 610-632 CE, Muhammad received words from Allah which he wrote down in the Quran. The final verse was received and recorded within a few weeks of the death of the Prophet on June 22, 633. Islam spread rapidly from the Arabian Peninsula, reaching from China to Spain within 90 years. It is the second largest religion in the world. At the core of their faith are the Five Pillars. Throughout the centuries, Muslims valued knowledge and became great scholars during the time that Europe was in the Dark Ages. It is a pity that the three religions that stem from Abraham cannot see eye to eye, since they preach essentially the same messages.
Islam began in the Levant, so we begin our day with a meal of Levantine ingredients. The Prophet and his initial followers were Arabs, so our dinner contains ingredients that they would have enjoyed.
Levantine ScrOmelette: 142 calories 8 g fat 1 g fiber 10 g protein 5 g carbs 50.5 mg Calcium NB: Food values shown are for the ScrOmelette and fruit only, and do not include the optional beverages. PB GF These fine ingredients yield a flavorful result. The sun rising in the East will smile on you.
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. 1 Tbsp mediterranian vegetables, chopped 1.5 tsp hummus** 1 black olive, minced 1 oz strawberries Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or mocha cafe au lait [65 calories] or lemon in hot water Optional: 5 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie [88 calories]
Whisk the eggs, then stir in the hummus and vegetables. Pour into a saute pan which has been spritzed with non-stick spray and scramble to your taste or prepare as an omelette. Pour the optional beverages and plate with the berries.
**HUMMUS: makes 2 cups 1 Tbsp = 27 calories 1.5 g fat 0.6 g fiber 0.5 g protein 3 g carbs 1 mg Calcium ¼ c = 108 calories 6 g fat 2.4 g fiber 2 g protein 12 g carbs 4 mg Calcium PB GF Recipe from Mollie Katzen’s Moosewood Cookbook.
1 can chickpeas, drained + rinsed 4 cloves garlic, smashed 1½ tsp salt 4 tsp lemon juice 5 T tahini pepper + cayenne ¼ c chopped scallions/onions
Put everything in the food processor and whizz until smooth. Taste for seasonings. Freezes well. Variation: Add a few slices of cooked beet to obtain an amazing pink color.
Arabian Spiced Chicken: 297 calories 4 g fat 5.4 g fiber 24.4 g protein 46 g carbs 35 mg Calcium PB GF Using ingredients originally from the region, it is possible to craft a very authentic meal that could have been enjoyed by ancient Arabs. They would have eaten by grasping the stew with the flat-bread called fatir — but on a Fast Day, we will choose a fork. TIP: This recipe makes enough for 2 [two] meals.
6 oz chicken thigh meat, boneless, skinless 2/3 cups water 1/3 cup chicken broth 1.5 tsp Hawayij spice 1/3 cup dry quick-cooking barley Per serving: 5 oz watermelon on baby spinach leaves OR 3 deglet noor dates + 5 oz watermelon cubes
Skin and bone the chicken thigh and cut it into 1” chunks. Heat a non-stick skillet and spritz it with non-stick spray. Sprinkle the chicken with the spice and saute it until partly cooked. To the pan, add the water and heat it, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom. Stir in the dry barley. Put a lid on the pan and simmer for 10-12 minutes. Add the chicken broth and stir gently until everything is heated through. Plate with the dates and watermelon on the side. Sprinkle the stew with more Hawayij if you like. The peppery stew is fabulous with the cool, crisp melon and the sweet, musky dates. What an Arabian Delight.
Ingredients for next week: Breakfast, single portion for Monday …………………………… single portion for Thursday:
|1 two-oz egg||2 two-oz eggs + sweet onion|
|Vache qui Rit/Laughing Cow cheese||beef or chicken stock|
|herbs — fresh or dried||soy sauce + mirin + scallion|
|ricotta cheese, lower fat + melon||Japanese dried soba noodles [190 calories/2 oz]|
|optional hot beverage||optional hot beverage|
Dinner, single portion for Monday:………………………….. single portion for Thursday:
|white whole wheat flour + egg white + scallion||dried buckwheat Japanese noodles with yam + onion|
|tomato + shrimp + lobster or crab + flounder/fish||sesame oil + carrot + celery + cabbage|
|soy sauce + rice vinegar + chives||soy sauce + spinach + raw shrimp|
|garlic + red pepper flakes + sugar||S&B Japanese curry brick|
|Sparkling water||Sparkling water|