Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A day in my pouch

My post weight loss surgery yesterday in food...

Breakfast: A couple of my Sausage Blueberry Pancake Bites with SF Maple Syrup. They reheat perfectly by the way, toaster oven till warm again.

Lunch: Filled my super cool bento box and ate it as I worked on a computer project.

Pink Box (top left): Boar's Head Lower Sodium Oven Roasted Chicken Cold Cut Roll-ups
Green Box (top right): Mini Brie Cheese
Blue Box (bottom left): a Cutie Mandarin Orange and a hunk of a Supreme Protein Bar - Peanut Butter & Jelly flavor
Orange Box (bottom right): Sliced Cucumber (I spread the Brie on these)

Dinner: Remember those great baby Patty Pan squashes I scored at the Farmer's Market this weekend...

They became a terrific side dish with this High Liner Sea Cuisine Basil Pesto Tilapia. A really great Costco find.

Super yummy. Great lunch or dinner with a veggie or broken up on a salad. 14 minutes in the oven on a foil lined baking sheet (clean-up is a breeze) at 425°

Nutritional Information:
Serving Size 3.6 Oz (about 1 Fillet)
Servings Per Container 9
Calories 120
Total Fat 5 g
Total Carbohydrate 1 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 18 g

$12.69/2 lb. box. at Costco (perhaps email the company for additional locations)

Verdict: Definitely adding them to my Eggface Pantry Essentials List. Makes a great protein packed quick dinner on days I need to get in and out of the kitchen. Shoot even the clean-up was easy. Perfect.

I served the Tilapia with a side of Stuffed Baby Patty Pan Squash. Soooo good.

Shelly's Stuffed Baby Patty Pan Squash

7 Baby Patty Pan Squash (zucchini or yellow crookneck would work fine too)
1 Yellow Onion, diced
2 Mushrooms, diced
1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
A few twists of Black Pepper
1 Egg, beaten
1/4 cup Feta Cheese, crumbled (I used Tomato Basil Feta)

Hollow out baby squash (I used a melon baller and it was super easy). Place in a Pam sprayed Pyrex baking dish and set aside.

Chop up the squash "guts" you remove in the hollowing out process. Saute onion, mushroom and those squash "guts" till golden. Add seasonings and cook 1 minute more. Set aside to cool slightly.

Add beaten egg and feta to slightly cooled veggies. Spoon into hollowed out squashes.

Bake for 45 minutes at 400° till fork tender.

You may have a little more filling or a little less depending on the size of your squash. For a little more: place in a small oven safe dish and cook along side. For a little less: just fill them less full.

Snacks: Finished the stuff in my bento box, oodles of coffee including an afternoon Sugar Free Cinnamon Dolce (no whip, no foam, extra hot) Soy Latte from Starbucks where they tried to torture me by playing insanely loud French versions of American songs. I sat there as long as I could thinking how people sitting in Starbuck's in Paris better be listening to insanely loud Justin Bieber songs for this ear assault to be anywhere near fair. I eventually had to leave. Had there been a baguette around I might have started whacking the speakers with it.

Other than the Starbuck's experience the day was great. Hope yours was too.

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Aliee said...

This looks, so good! I was just wondering if tilapia is a fishy fish because I have only eaten swordfish and Mahi Mahi, the latter I prefer, and am afraid to try any other fish... I know silly! Also, I know you plan out all of your meals, so they are balanced, and I was wondering how many grams of carbohydrates you allow yourself each day? Thanks so much!

Ms. Chunky Chick said...

Everything looks so yummy! I cannot wait to get off purees! Thanks for giving me hope that there is super yummy food that I can eat!

marisa said...

OOhh thanks for the heads up on the tilapia! I have a hard time with meats so fish is my go-to and this will be a nice change!

Pouch Party said...

Shelly, those sausage/pancake bites look heavenly. I could reach out and grab one of them! But I don't think my computer screen would taste that good :)

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hope you guys enjoy them.


Aliee, Tilapia is a mild, white fish (comparable to flounder, orange roughy) Not strong at all.

On the carbs... I try and stick to 50% protein, 25% good fats, 25% complex only carbs per day (on my plan, some people may need more carbs if they are more active running around after whipersnappers, do a lot of cardio, etc. but that ratio works for me)

sipsandsteps said...

everything looks fabulous!

CraftyJudyS said...

I'm so impressed with this fish. I was never a fish eater before but now its so much easier to eat than other meats. The pesto is wonderful - it cooks quick & isn't fishy at all! Thanks Shelly!

Anonymous said...

i just came across this site and had to weigh in on the Costco tilapia. My wife & I are not fish eaters at all, and I have to say, we tried that and now eat it a few times a week. we eat it with brown rice and some type of vegetable. it is the mildest fish you've ever tried. so give it a shot, it's also one of the few "safe" fish left, when you look at ocean contaminants.