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
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) plain 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!