Lotsa Love for Leftovers 2

Yesterday I was running around town all day and as evening approached the idea of prepping, cooking and especially cleaning up dinner just didn't appeal to me. So I cashed in a restaurant gift certificate to Red Lobster (Christmas gift.) It was pretty darn close to my original plan which I really did feel like eating (was gonna BBQ shrimp skewers and zucchini) but without the work. Woot.

My order was the Build Your Own Meal. I chose Shrimp Scampi and Snow Crab Legs and Broccoli as the side dish. It comes with a Garden Salad (I ask for no croutons and dressing on the side.) It also comes with those Cheddar Bay Biscuits. I used to devour those by the basketful pre-op, in fact, I dare say 1/4 of my pre-op ass could be attributed to my love of those suckers. Those I push aside, they are not an option for me (my choice.) My Mum who has the metabolism of a 14-year-old boy eats them or takes them home. If I'm alone they never come to the table.

I know my capacity pretty well now so I remove and box 1/2 my dinner and all of the broccoli (it's never cooked enough) right away. I ask for a box when I order, they look at you weird but I just say, "I'm not terribly hungry and I know I will need a box so can you just bring it with the food."

I brought the leftovers home and turned them into lunch and dinner today.

My lunch...

Shelly's Broccoli Beef Bites

5 eggs, beaten
1 Yellow Onion, diced
1/3 lb. Ground Sirloin
1 cup leftover Cooked Broccoli, chopped fine
1 1/2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1/2 teaspoon Garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon Ginger, minced
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Whiz the leftover broccoli in a mini food processor till finely chopped and set aside. Saute onion till golden. Add sirloin and saute till no pink is seen. Breaking it up into bite size pieces with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Add ginger, garlic, soy sauce and seasonings and cook 1 minute more. Set aside to cool. When cool mix all ingredients together. Spoon into lightly greased (Pam works great) mini muffin tins.

Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Makes 24.

Other Eggface Bites (crustless quiches)

and this is tonight's delicious dinner...

Shelly's Seafood Brodetto

1 Yellow Onion, diced
2 Zucchini, sliced
1/2 teaspoon Garlic, minced
1 cup Marinara Sauce (I used Rao's, jarred)
1/4 cup Roasted Red Peppers, (about 2 peppers, pureed)
1 cup of leftover Shrimp, Crab, Scallops, Fish (whatever you have)
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Whiz the roasted peppers in a mini food processor till pureed. Mix into sauce. Set aside. Saute onion and zucchini till golden. Add garlic, sauce, seasonings and leftover seafood. Cook till warmed through.

To think prior to having weight loss surgery and changing my lifestyle I would have eaten my entire dinner order, at least 2 or 3 (sadly... maybe more) biscuits, appetizers, several drinks, and then gone out for dessert.

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Pouch Party said...

Yeah, those cheddar bay biscuits are dangerous territory. I ask my family to skip them in solidarity with me. Someday I'll be where you are and be able to sit with someone who eats them. Until then...no...

Sara said...

What a great way to reuse leftovers...

Mariposa said...

You are incredibly talented. :)

Laura (wonderwife!) said...

Oh wow, those broccoli bites look so yummy! Definitely gonna make those soon! By the way I love your blog and your story is amazing :)

Jewelry Trinket Designs said...

Shelly, thanks for sharing all your information and ideas and your wonderful journey! I did want to ask you.......as I have noticed alot of your diet blogs showing your meals each day, and I must say it isnt much. DO you ever feel hungry on those portions and do you still lose weight or are you just maintaining?

And what are your goals each day nutritionally? Is it calories? protein intake? portions? I would love your advice to all of this. Thanks!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hope you guys enjoy them!



Thank you! So glad you enjoy the blog. Some days I get hungry, I call them endless pouch days... I just don't feed the beast. Then I have days when I don't want to eat at all. Every few days or so I actually have to force myself because I know I need the fuel. Mysteries of the pouch. LOL your comment made me giggle... I actually think I eat a lot. Anyway, I plan my meals so if its not on the plan it doesn't go in the mouth if I can help it. In my planning I aim for 50% protein (70 grams minimum), 25% complex only carbs & 25% good fats each day. I lose if I have big exercise weeks (a couple of hikes and I'm down a few #'s) or a big gardening project or the other week when I didn't eat (sick) and I tend to lose when traveling too and of course around that time of the month I'm up a little (water retention) but I'm not trying to lose in general I'm post plastics and at goal and pretty happy where I am at :)

JanBooth said...

I do enjoy your recipes and look forward to the days that I can try some of them. I am 17 days post op. My question, however, is what are the portion sizes for something like the little muffin items or something from a casserole? When you make the pizzas, are you eating the whole pizza or a portion? It all looks so very tasty!
Thank you,

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hey Janet, Congrats on your recent surgery. Portion size is something you will want to discuss with your Dr and/or nutritionist. It will vary based on how far out you are so I eat a couple of bites and a scoop of salad or veggies. though at 8 weeks I ate 2 bites and that was it. Time out from surgery and nutritional needs will change portion and vary from person to person and program to program.