8 Days of Eggs

October 15, 2015

I have never cooked breakfast regularly. I like cereal, and that is what I fed the children. Lev never ate breakfast. Eggs, with sides of lean meat and vegetables (!!!), are a big challenge. And while I never minded the monotony of cereal, I get bored with eggs in a hurry. Here are eight high-protein, low-carb recipes. I have learned that toast and other breads …

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Challenges of Healthy Cooking

October 10, 2015

Eating three healthy meals a day–five if you count snacks–when you live alone is a challenge. It requires time for planning, shopping, prep, cooking and cleanup. And fresh vegetables cost money. I can’t buy small enough quantities for one person for one meal, so I am stuck with either eating leftovers or throwing food away. So much easier to eat peanut butter and crackers when I don’t go …

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Taco Salad and More

June 28, 2015

I was leaving town for two weeks, and the refrigerator was full of all the healthy vegetables and dairy products I stocked up on the previous week. Perhaps the biggest time-management challenge for me on this diet has been to find time for prep and cleanup. Saltine crackers and Peter Pan peanut butter are far quicker. I took my first stab at taco salad, creating a taco …

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In Search of Healthy Italian Food

June 22, 2015

I find it a challenge to keep my meals from being monotonous when I am restricted almost completely to protein and vegetables, with a limited amount of dairy. Cooking for one is a special challenge if I don’t want to throw away a large portion of everything I buy. While fish and white meats are preferable to beef, I can have lean beef a couple …

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Facing the Truth About Weight

June 14, 2015

This started out as a friendly wager with my friend Mary Anne. The goal was to lose 5 pounds by end of summer and the loser would buy the winner dinner. The next thing I knew, Mary Anne had talked me into going to a medically-supervised weight-loss clinic with her. The average client is a 50-60-year-old woman who weighs 200 pounds. She loses 35 pounds …

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Durkee Deviled Eggs

June 7, 2015

Does anyone remember Durkee Famous Sandwich & Salad Sauce? Supposedly, Abraham Lincoln spread Durkee on his turkey sandwiches in the White House. My mother turned up her nose at Durkee (and Miracle Whip), believing that Hellman’s Mayonnaise was the only appropriate spread for sandwiches. My mother-in-law, on the other hand, kept Durkee on hand; and she made her deviled eggs with Durkee, just as her …

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2 More Meals to Fix

May 31, 2015

Do you remember my supper and simple salad for one, starting with rotisserie chicken, spinach, tomatoes and canned 3-bean salad, salad olives and artichoke hearts? I prepared two additional meals in 10 minutes recently—not counting boiling water while I watched the news. While I boiled a 9-ounce package of Buitoni Mushroom Agnolotti, I placed several handfuls of spinach in a colander, chopped remaining tomatoes and added …

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Simple Salad for 1

May 17, 2015

Once I was an excellent cook, even a successful cookbook editor; but cooking for one is no fun—perhaps because it is the prelude to eating alone. In addition, I waste so much food. None of my old recipes work particularly well for one person. Furthermore, since I always accept last-minute invitations to dinner—“never say no” is my motto—I throw away lots of half-cooked meals and …

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