Nature’s Bounty

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.

This time of year, Nature seems to be determined to out-do herself.  She is in high gear, producing all sorts of wild food for us to enjoy.  Apples are ripening in the hedgerows along with wild cherries; mushrooms are coming up following recent rain; grain is golden in the fields; and the fishing fleet is out in force on the Gulf. Between mushrooms in the lawn and fish at the dock, meal planning is a snap.  And all this very natural food goes along with this article which I recommend:  What You Should Be Eating If You Want to Lose Weight 

And tomorrow, Nature puts on the Show of Shows: a total solar eclipse in North America!  “View” it if you can. Unforgettable.

Mushroom Bake:   280 calories   7 g fat  3.1 g fiber  15.2 g protein  38.5 g carbs  263 mg Calcium  PB GF   Natural goodness has everything to do with this delicious meal. Mushroom Bake w: peac1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                             1 Tbsp ricotta cheese, reduced-fat                                                                                                                                                     1 oz chantrelle or other ‘wild’ mushrooms [foraged or purchased at the supermarket]             1.5 tsp Parmesan cheese, grated                                                                                                                           1.5 oz peaches                                                                                                                                                  nearly black coffee or tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                                        6 oz green or fruit smoothie or natural apple cider

Spritz a ramekin [for 2 people, my husband prefers to use a 4×6” oval casserole] with oil or non-stick spray and set the toaster oven at 350 degrees. Chop the mushrooms and cream the cheeses together with the mushrooms. Whisk the eggs into the mushroom/cheeses and pour into the container. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Once you have prepared the beverages and fruit, you are ready for a bounteous day.

Mackerel Puttenesca: 298 calories  20.3 g fat [lots of Omega 3]   3.0 g fiber  22.8 g protein  7 g carbs  34 mg Calcium  PB GF Such an easy summer meal, especially if your sauce is left-over homemade or from the supermarket shelf.  Delicious and satisfying.Mackerel Puttanesca

4 oz mackerel [I fillet and broil the fish as soon as I get it home]                                                            ¼ cup puttenesca sauce, homemade or from a jar                                                                                    2 oz green beans

Cook the green beans. Heat the sauce and mackerel together gently until warm. Plate. Done in minutes!


Mushroom Season

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.

Every summer we are delighted to find wild mushrooms growing in the neighborhood: some in the woods, some right in the lawn.  Foraging for mushrooms is not something to undertake lightly since misidentification can be deadly.  We stick to the 8 varieties that we definitely know how to recognize and reject all others.  Mushrooms are super for the Fasting Lifestyle because they are low in calories, high in nutrients, and they pair deliciously with lots of different foods.  Today, we salute the noble mushroom.                       Start your day off right with these strategies for weight loss:

Ham & Mushroom Bake:   277 calories   7.2 g fat   5.9 g fiber   15.7 g protein  38 g carbs   221 mg Calcium  GF PB A hearty, flavor-packed breakfast begins with ham and mushrooms. Although these are flavors of autumn, they can be enjoyed any time, especially on a Fast Day.

One 2-oz egg                                                                                                                                                          1/3 oz mushrooms, chopped                                                                                                                             ½ oz roast ham or 3% fat deli ham, chopped                                                                                              1 Tbsp Gruyère cheese, grated                                                                                                                         ½ tsp ground sage  +   ¼ tsp savory                                                                                                                      ½ cup raspberries                                                                                                                                                    5-6 oz fruit smoothie or natural apple cider                                                                                      blackish coffee or tea or lemon in hot water

Set toaster oven at 350° F.   Spritz some cooking spray into a ramekin.  Chop the ham and mushrooms, and put them into the ramekin. Grate the cheese.  Whisk together the cheese, egg, and seasonings, and pour that in too. Bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on how well set you like your eggs. It will puff up and start to brown a bit. Heat your beverage, shake the smoothie, and portion the fruit. Off to a good start.

Clam-Stuffed Mushrooms:   205 calories   6.4 g fat   4.3 g fiber   18.4 g protein   20 g carbs  98 mg Calcium   PB  GF- if using GF bread So we had these small portobello mushrooms in the ‘fridge, and I thought “Stuff them!” and they were good! And very filling, despite the LOW calorie count.clam-stuffed mushrooms

3.5 oz mushroom caps [four 2-3” mushrooms]                                                                                               ½ cup clam stuffing from Stuffed Clams* [posted on November 27, 2016]                                             2 oz tomatoes, cherry-sized or sliced                                                                                                                          ½ oz SnapPea Crisps

*Clam Stuffing:  1 cup clams        1 slice 70-calorie bread                                                                      5 oz tomato            2 oz red bell pepper                    3 turkey meatballs                                            3 Tbsp plain yogurt          1 Tbsp Parmesan, grated                                                                    thyme  +  garlic  + salt                                                                                                                        Pulse in food processor until diced.      Makes 2 cups.

Poach the mushrooms briefly [2 minutes] in boiling water to cover. Using a paring knife, dig out any stem in the cap to create more of a cavity for the filling. Chop the stems and add to the clam stuffing. I used a 1-Tablespoon cookie-scoop to distrubute the stuffing into the caps. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 15-20 minutes. Plate with the cool tomatoes and the crunchy Crisps. Easy to prepare, a treat to eat.