Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A day in my pouch

Summer has finally arrived in Southern California. It hit 96 degrees here yesterday. Ughhh. I thankfully had a lot of indoor work to do so I only really felt it when I went outside to pick tomatoes and basil. I waited till late to BBQ. I only turned the oven on briefly and scored a few days of meals out of those 30 minutes so it was a win. All I wanted was easy and refreshing.

Breakfast: One of my super easy favorites Shelly's Strawberry Banana Breakfast Parfait

Lunch: My "Bites" (aka crustless quiches) are another one of my favorite post weight loss surgery foods. They are the perfect size. Great for breakfast-on-the-go, lunch or dinner with a salad, or weight loss surgery friendly party appetizers that both non-ops and post-ops will love. They are kid-friendly. Whippersnappers love them. I think because they are small like them.

Shelly's Turkey & Brie Bites

1 Yellow Onion, diced fine
2-3 White Mushrooms, diced fine
1/4 lb (about 4 slices) Turkey Cold Cut, chopped
1 oz. Brie Cheese, cubed
5 eggs
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Saute onions, mushrooms, and turkey till golden. Set aside to cool. Mix all ingredients (including cooled mixture) together.

Spoon into lightly greased (Pam non-stick spray works great for this) mini muffin tins.

Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Let them cool a few moments they pull away and pop right out. Makes 24.

Other Eggface Bites

Dinner: The tomatoes are picking up the pace. I love homegrown tomatoes. I think it may just be my favorite thing about summer. I picked a bunch, a few leaves of fresh basil (also doing very well this year), added fresh mozzarella, salt, pepper, oregano and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette to make this Caprese Salad to go with BBQ'd Lemon Pepper Chicken Skewers. I also made a Greek Yogurt Dip for the chicken (not pictured)

Snacks: Oodles of coffee (mostly iced) and a super refreshing Orange Pineapple version of my Fluff Stuff. It tasted like a creamsicle (those 50/50 bars) soooo good. I ate it while I watched "Deadliest Catch" I love that show. Sad one last night. Captain Phil RIP.

Shelly's Fluff Stuff

1 cup Boiling Water
1 box (4-serving size - the small one) Sugar Free Orange Jello Mix
3 1/2 oz. (half a small container) Fage Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla)
1 1/2 cups Pineapple, chunks (fresh, frozen or I use Dole Gold Pineapple Chunks in natural juice, drained)

Pour boiling water slowly over jello mix. Stir till dissolved. Set aside. Mix yogurt & syrup together till well combined. Add to Jello mixture. Beat with an electric mixer till well combined. I use this gadget.

Place in fridge for 1 hour. Remove from fridge and beat again for 5 minutes till fluffy. Fold in fruit. Put back in fridge and allow to set fully (about 2 hours)

I served a scoop with a squirt SF Whipped Cream. You can use any fruit (fresh, frozen defrosted or canned drained), any Jello flavor, any Torani Syrup flavor.

It's supposed to be even hotter today. Triple digits. Drink your water and stay cool everyone!


Trudging Along said...

Hi Shelly! Gotta tell you that your "Fluff Stuff" has become my absolute favorite breakfast/dessert/any-time-I-know-I-have-to-eat-something food. I tweeked your recipe a little bit to include more greek yogurt to up the protein content, as getting enough protein in during a work day proves to be a challenge. My favorite-flavor combination this week is "Orange Mango". I use SF Orange Jello, Greek Yogurt with SF Mango Torani Syrup, and some light Mandarin oranges. Yum! Thanks for all of your recipes and's made my first 6 months post-op a LOT easier, and more delicious! Greetings from San Diego...we're cooking out in East County too!

KLTTX said...

We had your fiesta bites last night (one of my favs) and both my kids (6 and 2) gobbled them up. That NEVER happens. My 6 year old said that he loved them. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes.

Jan said...

Just found your blog and am loving it so far. I'm a one-year post-op and still have 60 pounds to lose. Do you have a shopping list you use regularly? I think I could be happy eating with your recipes! Thanks.

Bronwen said...

Shelly, I love your recipes! Can I post a recipe request?
Im dying for some twinkies!

Anonymous said...

Everything looks sooooo good!!!!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

@Trudging Along Oh that combo sounds delicious. My Mum would love it especially. Ohhh I know that East County heat... Lived in Santee for years. I'm a Grossmont HS, Grossmont College & SDSU Grad.

@KLTTX Oh that is so cool. Thank you for sharing that. Made me smile.

@Jan I will post one.

@Bronwen LOL I used to love those little suckers too... unfortunately somethings just can't be replicated. I wish though ;)

@Anon Hope you enjoy all you try!

Theresa said...

Hey Shelly! Love your blog. One thing I would really like to see is a serving size. How many bites, slices of your pizza's, what you use as a "scoop" of your fluff. ;o)

Michelle "Shelly" said...

@Theresa Thank you.

Sorry. You won't see portions/amounts on my blog. That's something you & your surgeon and/or nutritionist decide. Remember too... portion for a 4 year post op versus a 4 month versus 4 weeks those are very very different #'s.

Ryan & Crystal said...

Can I ask how you drink so much coffee? I love love coffee but it seems like the acidity burns my stomach. I am a dont know if that makes a difference. I just miss having my coffee.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

You know nothing really bothers me... I have a pouch of steel LOL. drink 8-10 cups a day (hides in shame) less in the summer. The past couple of days I've been drinking iced coffee or iced tea lattes.