A day in my pouch

Yesterday: My post weight loss surgery day in eating.

Breakfast: I love cherry season! Mmmm this protein packed smoothie was a great way to start the day.

Shelly's Black Cherry Cottage Smoothie

1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk (you can use any milk)
1/2 cup Frozen Pitted Cherries
1 scoop Strawberry Protein Powder (20% off discount code info)
1/4 cup Cottage Cheese (I used storebought Pineapple Cottage Cheese)
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Black Cherry Torani Syrup

Whiz in blender till smooth. I swear, you will NEVER guess cottage cheese is in there. Top with Sugar Free Land o Lakes Whipped Cream, optional.

FYI: If you ever can't finish your protein shake I toss any leftover in these and make protein popsicles.

Lunch: If you love Falafel (Middle Eastern) or Panelle (Sicily) you'll love these. You could serve them with the traditional Tahini sauce or my lower fat, higher protein Feta Yogurt Dip. My vegetarian friends will love this one. Ummm so yeah, note to my veggie friends reading: you might not want to read past lunch ;)

Shelly's Mini Chickpea Sliders

1 can (15 oz.) Chickpeas, rinsed & drained
1/4 cup any Creamy Salad Dressing (I used Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette, creamy Italian or Caesar would be great too)
1 cup Shredded Carrot
1/3 cup Almond Meal*
1/4 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Whiz chickpeas and dressing in a mini food processor till smooth-ish.

Spoon into bowl. Mix in remaining ingredients. *Almond Meal is just finely ground almonds (storebought or you could do it yourself in a coffee grinder) FYI: Almond Flour is the same thing just using blanched almonds.

Shape into 12 small patties "slider" size and place on a non-stick baking sheet that has been sprayed with Pam.

Bake at 375 for 16 minutes. Flipping once halfway through baking time.

Serve with Feta Yogurt Dip.

Shelly's Feta Yogurt Dip

3 oz. Fage Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
2 Tablespoon Feta Cheese
a few twists of Black Pepper

Whiz ingredients in a mini food processor till smooth.

Dinner: Why is it everything tastes better wrapped in bacon? I grilled up a batch of Moink Balls (Moink = Moo "Meatballs" + Oink "Bacon") A BBQ outfit in my area makes these little suckers and I decided to try my own version at home. Verdict: Yum! I used the real deal pork bacon but you could do it with turkey bacon (lower fat), I trim any huge areas of fat and a lot of the fat drips away as it is BBQing. You only use 1/2 a piece for each cocktail size meatball. I ate 3 and was full. 3 Moink balls = 1 1/2 pieces of bacon = works for me.

Shelly's Moink Balls

Frozen Meatballs, Pre-cooked, storebought, cocktail size, slightly thawed
Bacon, sliced in half
BBQ Steak Seasoning (watch for sugar content)
Sugar Free Apricot Jam

Wrap each thawed meatball with a 1/2 slice of bacon. Thread onto a metal skewer and dust with BBQ seasoning. BBQ till bacon is cooked, flipping once.

Near the last few minutes baste with SF Apricot Jam.

I removed them from the large metal skewers and threaded them on little food picks for serving. I served them with grilled zucchini.

Snacks: Too much coffee as usual and an Apple PB&J sandwich - my bread-less ('cause that's how I roll) version of a PB&J sandwich. Peanut Butter & SF Strawberry Jam smeared on an apple slice. You can make them open faced or I top them with another apple slice.

It was a yummy day. Hope yours was too.


Anonymous said...

The Moinks sound really good! I'll have to try that out soon. Do you think they'd do as well in a pan, though? No grill...the downside to apartment living. :(

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hope you like 'em. I think that would work or better yet oven then maybe broil them for a few minutes just watch 'em once the jam goes on so they don't burn :)

Lois said...

I love the PB&J idea. I have been missing those since my surgery (in Feb) and now I know exactly how to have one! Lunch,anyone?

Christine said...

Hi!! I couldn't find an email address for you on your site, so I hope you don't mind me leaving this comment here. I've passed along a Beautiful Blogger award to you. You probably get awards all the time, but I'm loving your recipes and couldn't NOT pass the award on to you. You can see the award here:


Janice said...

Oh my...I just saw Christine's post about "Beautiful Blogger" award. I passed one on to you as well. I love your site! It makes me feel like I can cook. Thank you for all of your sharing! :)

battynurse said...

Dang and I missed the farmers market again tonight. I wonder if I'll manage getting up early enough to go to the other one tomorrow. That smoothie looks good. I also like the PB&J idea. Hmm.

battynurse said...

Ok and I just thought of a couple questions. If you were going to recommend any one particular flavor of the max protein powder which would it be? For instance if I was going to start off just buying one container? I would likely be using it to "make" things more than just as straight protein shakes. Also, if you're making shakes with it does it get thick really quick?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hepe you guys enjoy all you try.


Awww Thank you so much for the honor. You guys made my night! :)


Batty, I wish SEI had samples... I have asked them... many many times... still hoping one day. Flavor-wise its a preference thing... I love them all but here's so more details about each to help you decide...

Chocolate - tastes like a really yummy chocolate milk. To change it up good with banana, peanut butter, coconut, cherry, almond.

Vanilla - cake batter-ish. I use this in baking A LOT. To change it up add fruits, any SF Torani flavor.

Cookies & Cream - probably my favorite flavor. Sweetest. Tastes like oreos in milk. To change it up add SF Torani or Coffee tubes.

Chocolate Mint - tastes like an Andes Mint and I mean exactly like drinking Andes. I use this at the holidays mostly. Least versatile I think.

Strawberry - tastes like Nestle's Strawberry Milk. To change it up add different fruits. I use this in the summer a lot.

Hope this helps.

battynurse said...

Great. Thanks for the tips. I really want to get some and I'd like to start trying some of the recipes. I hope.

battynurse said...

Ok so I just took the plunge and ordered some of that protein powder. The web site has a special of buy 2 containers and get a third half price. Plus it let me use the coupon code from your blog! So I got 3 containers for $121. Thanks for the coupon code!

TraceyT said...

I had the PB& J on apple the other day and oh my it is to die for.... it helped my sweet tooth that I was having.....Thanks for all of the ideas.

Joyce said...

I made the "moinks" for husband and step-daughter last night... they proclaimed them DELICIOUS! They were even fighting over the last 2 Moinks. I promised to make more soon.

Kate said...

I made the chickpea slider this weekend and the whole family loved them. Mine were a bit dry though almost crumbly. I would try to think of a fix for that, but I am not a chef at heart so I will just enjoy them. Thanks for all the recipes!

Lori said...

Your recipes for mini chickpea sliders sound great. I'm still on a liquid diet now, but that will be one of the first recipes I try. Have you or will you be coming out with a cookbook? From what I've found online there's not much of a selection for WLS friendly cookbooks.
Thanks for sharing your recipes.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

@Lori Awww well thank you for the vote of confidence. I promised my Mum before her 80th b-day I'd make one for her... LOL gives me a few years to procrastinate. I put the PRO in procrastinate ;) When that day comes I'll make a few extra for my blog readers.

I love to cook and glad my passion could continue post-wls so passing on the love free and without killing trees has always worked for me ;) If I make one one day I won't ever ax the site. It keeps my head in the game blogging my journey so they will always be available in cyberspace.

Hope you enjoy all you try!

Thanks again :) & Best wishes to you in your journey!
~Michelle "Shelly"

Michelle "Shelly" said...

@Tracey, Yay I'm so glad! It gives me my PB&J fix too :)