Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

My yesterday in post weight loss surgery eating...

Breakfast: This has been my breakfast for the past few days. It's delicious. I'm thinking this needs to become a protein ice cream maybe with some fresh peach chunks or raspberries mixed in. Nom.

Shelly's Peach Melba Protein Shake

1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk (or Regular Milk)
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Raspberry Torani Syrup
1/4 cup Peaches (fresh, frozen, canned)
2-3 cubes of Ice

Whiz in blender till smooth. Top with a squirt Homemade No Sugar Added, Whipped Cream, optional.

Lunch: Packed up the super cool bento boxes in our great bento bags we made last year and spent most of the day at the park near my house. It has some great walking areas and my Mum has been using them to recuperate from that fall she had a few month back. Here's what I bought along...

Pink Box (top left): Shelly's Lentil & Edamame Salad
Orange Box (top right): Sliced Cheese & a Babybel
Blue Box (bottom left): Turkey Cold Cut Roll-up
Green Box (bottom right): Sliced Cucumber

Shelly's Lentil & Edamame Salad

1 bag (12 oz.) frozen shelled Edamame, cooked & cooled
1 1/2 cups cooked Lentils
2 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro, chopped
1 Tablespoon Lemon Infused Olive Oil
(or Regular Olive Oil w/juice of 1/2 a lemon)
Kosher Salt to taste
a few twists of Black Pepper

Cook edamame (boil in salted water for 5 minutes, drain). Edamame (young soybeans are found in the frozen bagged veggie section) Cool them in the fridge. When cool combine will all other ingredients and refrigerate for several hours before serving.

I used pre-cooked lentils from Trader Joe's (find in the refrigerator section) but you could just soak dry ones and cook then chill.

Lentils and edamame are especially good for us weight loss surgery folks high in protein, iron, calcium, vitamins B1, A, C. These pre-cooked ones at Trader Joe's are fabulous just cut open the package and they are ready for use in salads, soups, stews, or just eaten on their own. Very convenient.

Dinner: I came home and made my Philly Cheesesteak Casserole. This is one of my favorite casseroles.

Shelly's Philly Cheese Steak Casserole

1/2 a Maui Onion, diced
1 Large Green Pepper, diced
6 Mushrooms, sliced
2 small Zucchini, sliced
a little under a 1/2 lb. (about 7 slices) Roast Beef Cold Cut Meat, chopped
1 can (10.5 oz.) Cream of Celery Soup, unconstituted
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 cup Shredded Colby Jack Cheese, divided use (any good melter will do)
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Saute onions, green peppers & mushrooms till golden. Remove from pan. Add zucchini and saute till golden and fork tender. Add back veggies. Add beef, soup, Worcestershire, 1/4 cup of the cheese & seasonings. Mix to combine and melt cheese. Pour into Pyrex casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Snacks: Too much coffee, leftovers from my bento, and a bag of Classic White Cheddar Crunchy Cheese.


battynurse said...

Ok I'm just jealous of the fact that it looks like you've gotten to see the sun. Up north and inland a bit I haven't seen the sun in way too many days. I'm thinking on my next stretch of days off I'm going to have to head to the coast for a bit of sunshine and get away from this dang fog and clouds.

Anonymous said...

Hi Shelly,

Love the casserole idea but I am not a big zucchini fan. Do the other indredients mask its flavor?


Michelle "Shelly" said...

Batty, WE have had amazing weather, the other night I was outside with no jacket at 9 PM staring at the stars... felt like summer. Come on down ;)

Selanda, Try it, I think you will love it. I do a lot with Zucchini (bulk without carbs) and even veggie-haters love them :)

Sheila said...

You are so sweet to pack a lunch for your Mum too!

Anne H said...

I am so much not a cool kid. *sigh*
But if I were, I would have a Bento Box.
Now, however, I am in love with the shake!

Libby said...

Just made the shake...another tasty tasty one!

Anonymous said...

On the way to buy this stuff. Dad's coming over for dinner and had his surgery in January. Really, really wants to try this.


Anonymous said...

I am 6 weeks out and you just saved me. I couldn't take another day of boring bland food and this casserole was amazing. I am anxious to try others now. I actually ate and enjoyed dinner! Thank you!!!


KATHY K said...

This looks delicious and I want to try it. How much of the casserole did you eat? Surely not the entire amount?!

Kathy Kenney

Michelle "Shelly" said...

A big scoop :) I eat about 3/4-1 cup of most dinners at my stage... depending on the density... all meat waaaay less. Your Dr will let you know appropriate portion size for your current goals and stage.