Friday, January 31, 2014

Eggface's Post Weight Loss Surgery Pantry Essentials

Having these essential ingredients on hand will allow you to create oodles of super yummy weight loss surgery friendly meals. I use some other products too but these below are the ones I seem to reach for the most and are always on my shopping list. Most have links to a favorite Eggface recipe using the item and be sure to click on the search tab to find many more recipes using my pantry essentials.



Meats & Fish
Chicken
Ground Turkey, Beef, Pork
Turkey Meatballs (I call these lazy meatballs but some days you need them)
Uncooked Large Shrimp, peeled & deveined
Fresh Fish (Salmon is a fav)
Frozen Fish (I love the Tilapia Filets at Costco, also the Basil Pesto Tilapia and Tortilla Crusted Tilapia)
Chicken Asada (from Trader Joes)
Crab (Real & Imitation)
Ventresca Tuna
Tuna Packets
Canned Chicken
Cold Cuts

Beans, Nuts & Grains

Mission Carb Balance Fajita Size Whole Wheat Tortillas
Canned Beans (Cannelini, Chickpeas, Black Beans, Kidney Beans, Refried)
Lentils (precooked at Trader Joe's)
Red Quinoa
Multigrain Pancake Mix
Cream of Wheat (2 1/2 minute)
Oatmeal (Rolled Oats or Quick Irish or Plain Packets)
Spelt Flour
Almond Flour/Meal
Powdered Peanut Butter
Unsweetened Coconut
Nuts
Eggs, Cheese & Dairy
Eggs
Greek Yogurt (Plain Fage 2% & 0% or Plain Voskos are my favs and then I jazz them up)
Cottage Cheese (I also love those Knudsens Doubles)
Ricotta Cheese (I use Whole Milk)
Cheese (at any given moment I have 10+ types in the fridge, I'm a cheese-o-holic) but some standards are Parmesan, Provolone, Cheddar, Mozzarella Cheesesticks, Fresh Mozzarella
Milk (I'm a soy girl Silk Vanilla or Soy Dream Vanilla are my favs)

Fruits & Veggies
Onions (Yellow, Green, Red, Maui)
Garlic
Mushrooms
Zucchini
Cucumber
Baby Carrots
Baby Spinach
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Peppers
Tomatoes
Artichoke Hearts (canned in water)
Green Chilis (canned)
Canned Pumpkin
Apples
Bananas (1/2 them toss in freezer for smoothies or make smoothie baggies)
Strawberries (frozen when not in season)
Cherries
Frozen Fruit (Peaches, Blueberries, Mangoes)

Herbs & Spices Basics

Basil
Oregano
Italian Seasoning
Greek Seasoning
Cinnamon
Zaatar

Other
Marinara Sauce
Pesto Sauce
Bruschetta Sauce
Salsa
SF Jams
Protein Bars
Popcorn (some Dr's do not allow, ask)
Peanut Butter
Almond Butter
Bird's Custard Powder
Chicken Broth
Olive Oil/Pam
Vinegar (fruity one)

Protein Shakes & Smoothies and Protein Ice Cream Making Musts
Protein Powder (Currently in my pantry: Chike High Protein Iced Coffee Mocha and Regular, Celebrate ENS Vanilla Cake Batter, Big Train Fit Frappe, Matrix Chocolate Mint, Oh Yeah Vanilla Creme RTDs, a few more)
Sugar Free Torani Syrups
Sugar Free Pudding & Jello Mix
Sugar Free Caramel Sauce
My Trader Joe's List and My Costco List
Tips: most web sites have a product locator that will let you search by zip code for a store closest to you carrying an item. If there isn't a store carrying something you want ask the manager to start carrying it, most will order something at least once. For odd items I usually place an online source link (disclaimer: some of those are affiliate links and the blog gets a small % of the sale) in the recipe. If all else fails email me and we'll brainstorm a replacement product.

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