Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tidbits

I heart impromptu "Tidbit Parties" or "Carpet Picnics." A few yummy weight loss surgery friendly snacks + good friends and/or family = the perfect evening.

This evening the snacks were a few of my Bites (crustless quiches), a few tasty cheeses (not pictured) and this yummy spread...


Shelly's White Bean Artichoke Spread

1/2 a (14 oz.) can of Artichoke Hearts, water packed, drained
1/2 a (15 oz.) can Cannelini Beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
2 Tablespoons Storebought Pesto Sauce
1 Tablespoon Parmesan Cheese, grated

In a mini food processor whiz artichokes, beans, seasoning, salt & pepper till smooth.

Add pesto and whiz till evenly combined. Spoon into ramekin or mini casserole dish. Top with Parmesan and bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Serve with veggie dippers (cucumber slices, celery, carrots, bell pepper spears, jicama, tomatoes) and soy crisps. I ate this a lot during pureed phase on it's own.

Other perfect Eggface "Tidbit Party" snacks:
Shelly's Antipasto Skewers
Shelly's Bites
Shelly's Strawberry Cannoli
Shelly's Sweet & Savory Tartlets
Shelly's Cheesecake Dip
Shelly's Deviled Eggface Footballs
Shelly's Prosciutto-Wrapped Roasted Asparagus
Shelly's Bacon-wrapped Pesto Shrimp

Here's some more weight loss surgery friendly party suggestions:
Party Like a Rock Star Part 1 (the food)
Party Like a Rock Star Part 2 (drinks, desserts, tips)

I've got an hour till my shows come on... I started watching that new series FastForward. The first episode last week was heart pumping and of course it's Thursday so it's Grey's Anatomy. I sound like a TV addict but I really don't watch that much... 4 hours a week. Hardly worth that $90 a month DirectTV bill. Grrr. My favorite show is The Amazing Race (Sunday's CBS 8 PM) and I love love love Glee (Wednesdays 9 PM on FOX) The first episode they played two Journey songs... 2 in the same episode. I was sold. So there's my four hours oh and through osmosis I know what is happening at all times on General Hospital. My Mum loves GH so I get the 411 on Sonny, Luke and the gang in Port Charles whether I want to or not ;)

3 comments:

KrysTros said...

This looks great! Like something I'd serve company or make for when we watch sports. Thank you so much for posting all these wonderful recipes!

Anonymous said...

Hi Shelly! I just made the White Bean Artichoke Spread and OMG it was sooooooooooooooo good!! I took a pita wrap and baked it in the oven (70 calories) and used that instead of veggies and it was OUT OF THIS WORLD! Any guess on calorie count?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

KrysTros, Hope you enjoy it :)

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Anon, Mmmm sounds yummy. Glad you enjoyed it!

I don't put the nut info on my recipes because... nutrition facts can vary so widely... on my plan I use full fat cheese, full fat mayo, butter, olive oil, others may use low fat cheese or horrors that non fat toxic waste, what percentage % fat of beef, brand of protein, etc., etc. Plus serving size can vary what I eat as a 3+ year post-op is a very different amount than a 3 month, 6 month, or 4 year post-op. The numbers would swing like a pendulum.

What I do when I need to find the nut info is go to fitday.com type in each individual ingredient, add those totals and divide by the # of servings I get from the dish.

I understand sparkpeople and some other sites will give you nut info too but I've not used them.

Hope this helps,
~Michelle