Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A day in my pouch

My yummy post weight loss surgery eating day...

Breakfast: Cheesy Bacon Scrambled Eggs. I tossed in a tablespoon of Real Bacon Bits and a sprinkle of shredded cheese as I scrambled.

Lunch: It was flipping cold by Southern California standards yesterday, 58°F high, so I needed something to warm me up. I grabbed a couple of things from the pantry and Speedy Sausage & Lentil Soup was born...

Shelly's Speedy Sausage & Lentil Soup

1 Yellow Onion, diced
4 oz. Pork Sausage (or a couple of links removed from casings would do)
1 (10 oz.) package Madras Lentils
1 cup (or so) Chicken Broth
dash Kosher Salt
Greek Yogurt

Saute onion till golden. Add sausage and cook till no pink is seen. Add lentils package. Thin with chicken broth till desired thickness and season with salt to taste. Simmer for 5 minutes on low. Serve with a dollop of Greek Yogurt.

Dinner: Another quickie. I made an adaptation of my Scallop Casserole. I added a few more sauteed sliced mushrooms and instead of the soy crisp topping, no Sea Salt or Garlic Soy Crisps on hand, I only had Apple Cinnamon and ewww that wouldn't work so I used a sprinkle of those crispy green bean casserole onions with the Parmesan.

Snacks: Oodles of coffee and tea (it was chilly) and during Glee and the Dancing with the Stars finale I made this... I only watched the first & last episode of DWTS, but I'm so jazzed Baby won, somewhere "Johnny" is smiling

Mmmm Burrata Cheese with Apple Compote. If you haven't tried this cheese yet. Seek it out. It's sooooo good. Save up some fat grams but it's well worth every one. It can be served savory with a bruschetta like topping of chopped fresh basil and fresh tomato but I think I prefer it paired with sweet things. In the summer I grill peaches on the BBQ, it's great with fresh figs, this apple compote was perfect. So fall.

Shelly's Apple Compote

3 Apples (I used a honey crisp and a pink lady), chopped
1/4 cup Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Caramel)
dash of Apple Pie Spice
2 Tablespoons Nuts, chopped (I used walnuts and pecans)
2 Tablespoons Raisins

Cook all ingredients, stirring occasionally till apples are softened but still whole. I serve some of the compote with fresh Burrata Cheese. The remainder of the apples makes a great topping for yogurt, ricotta, filling for crepes, topping for protein ice cream or cake, mixed in oatmeal, or eaten on their own.

Today I need to run out for a few Thanksgiving meal items. I'm trying something new this year. Soooo we will either eat really well or... it'll be protein shakes all around. If you see dinner on the blog Friday you'll know it worked out ;) we shall see. At least I'm sure dessert will be yummy. Deciding between Pumpkin Praline Ricotta Bake or some Pumpkin Protein Mini Muffins.

Is anyone doing the Black Friday up at the butt crack of dawn thing? I did it one year for work (worked at a school + killer playground ball sale at Target = me trying to squeeze 300 balls into my 2-seater car at 4 AM) I vowed never again. I'll be cozy & warm in my bed. If you are heading out in that madness be safe, hope you score some great deals.

I'll probably post manana but I know some of you are leaving to be with family & friends so I'll take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for you guys in my life.

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10 comments:

Anne H said...

Happy happy Turkey Day to you and yours!
I think you and your blog are real treasures.

Theresa said...

My vote would be for the Pumpkin Praline bake. And, yep I am one of those crazy's that is out there at 4:00AM on Black Friday. My girlfriend and I do it every year. You HAVE to do it with a friend otherwise the lines and crowds will get to you. We sit down the night before and map out our route and game plan, get the coffee ready and lay out the comfy clothes. We get all ready to hit the road and lines making sure to be very complimentary to the poor sales clerks that are working that day.

Anonymous said...

Hey Shelly!
I love burratta cheese. Well, at least the kind I've had in restaurants that's nice and gooey. I bought some from Whole Foods, though, and it tasted completely different. Where did you get yours and did you do anything to it once you had it? Thanks!
Bekah

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thank you Anne. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!

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Theresa, I'm leaning that way too. Good Luck Friday. Hope you get great deals! I do admit it was a fun crowd the one year I did it... bundled up, clutching Starbucks, all smiles.

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Bekah, Yes soft & gooey is best (fresh) I love Il Pavone brand http://theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.com/2010/07/birthday-burrata.html Look for that one and nope do nothing to eat but yum top it and gobble it up. I agree I had one they claimed was burrata from Trader Joe's I thought ummm nice cheese but not Burrata.

materialgirl522 said...

Surgery is less than a week away, I'm looking forward to when I can try some of your food recipes they look so yummy.
The image of you with all of those balls in your car had to be hilarious, I did the early morning thing once, and swore I would never do it again, it's crazy out there. People fighting and shoving to get one of the 3 electronic items in stock.
Have a happy Thanksgiving, as I enjoy my max protein and choc torani shake, for dessert a SF popsicle, or maybe sf jello. lol

Nella said...

I could bathe in BURRATTA!
Its so expensive here in Vancouver!
Do not fear, cause NELLA is heading south to SEATTLE for some BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING! Wooohoooo!
Whereabouts do you live in CALI? We just booked our fam trip for April 2011!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

materialgirl, So glad you are enjoying Max Protein. My fav :) Prayers for a smooth surgery & speedy healing!

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Nella, Hope you have a lovely vacation. I'm just north of San Diego.

Brooke said...

I WANT that cheese, thanks for the recipe, will have to make that :-)

leendadll said...

I'm a nightowl and had a lot of success with prior BlackFriday sales. But I have a feeling it will be a different story this year. IF I'm still awake at 3:30, I'll get dressed and see if there's a line at Target. If so, back home and to bed.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope your dinner turns out well!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your wonderful blog I go on it everyday to see your wonderful recipes