The Golden Door breakfast ideas

My husband was going through some of his book boxes and I got in there too and pulled out some healthy cooking ones. I found the Golden Door Cookbook from 1982. Of course the Golden Door is the very famous health spa founded by Deborah Szekely in 1959. It is located in Escondido, Ca. not too far from my city,but I won't be visiting. The fee for a 3 day "Summer Interlude" is about $3600!
There is quite a bit of information on her philosophy of health as well as recipes by the Chef Michel Stroot. Ms. Szekely stated her belief that a hearty breakfast was not necessary and only about 100 calories were devoted to it at the spa. Here are some of the breakfast ideas:


2/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats

6 sun-dried black Mission figs, chopped

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2/3 cup water

1/2 apple, medium size, with skin

1 banana, sliced

1 cup plain, low-fat yogurt

8 almonds or hazelnuts, freshly chopped

Combine oats, figs, and cinnamon,G cover with water and soak overnight. Before serving, grate apple and stir into oat mixture. Divide in 4 portions; trim each with banana slices. Top with 1/4 cup yogurt sprinkled with nuts. Other types of dry fruits, such as apricots, dates or prunes may be substituted for figs Serves 4 at 205 calories..

Papaya and Cottage Cheese

2 papaya, ripe

1 cup low-fat cottage cheese

4 teaspoons miller's bran unprocessed

4 teaspoons sunflower seeds, raw

garnish: strawberries and fresh mint sprigs

Halve papayas, scrape out seeds. Fill each half with 1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese. Sprinkle top with bran and sunflower seeds. Garnish and serve. Serves 4 at 103 calories.

Bran Muffin Nut Muffins

3/4 cup miller's bran, unprocessed

1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour

1/4 cup sun-dried raisins or dates, chopped

1/4 cup walnuts or almonds, freshly chopped

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup honey or blackstrap molasses (or combination)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 tablespoon plain, low-fat yogurt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Blend dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Mix together remaining ingredients, and pour over dry mixture. Stir until just blended.
Spoon into muffin pans lined with muffin paper, about 1 heaping tablespoon per muffin. Bake 12-15 minutes. Makes 10 muffins at 110 calories.

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