Sunday, June 26, 2011

A day in my pouch

My yesterday in post weight loss surgery eating...

Breakfast: I hit the Farmer's Market, my typical Saturday morning routine. I missed the market last week between the Ghirardelli Competition and preparing for Washington DC life was just too crazy and I as a result I used a lot of my pantry supply and needed to buy garlic and onions desperately. A Sicilian without onions and garlic in the house?! Unheard of.

My haul: Garlic, Red, Yellow & Green Onions, Avocados (Mmmm been dreaming of Turkey Avocado Melted Roll-ups), Peaches (going to make a peach version of my Baked Pancake), a ton of different squashes (a few will be grilled to make my Pasta-less Manicotti), and a basket of blueberries and strawberries which I came home and turned into this breakfast...

A parfait of fresh blueberries, strawberries and Sugar Free Torani sweetened Ricotta Cheese. Soooo good.

Nothing exciting in the AM, lots of errands and chores when I was ready for a break and lunch I took off to the park near my house.

Lunch: The yummy contents of my super cool bento box. I BBQ'd some chicken on Friday night for dinner and tossed a few extras on the grill to have for meals this week (Mmmm Chicken Salads) and I just love to dip cold grilled chicken in a Greek yogurt based dip... talk about PROTEIN PACKED! Dips are key for me successfully eating meats post weight loss surgery especially chicken :) Keeps everything heading in the right direction if you know what I mean ;)

Pink Box (top left): Grilled Chicken (BBQ'd with a brush of olive oil and sprinkle of Greek Seasoning found in spice aisle)
Green Box (top right): Shelly's Cilantro Yogurt Dip
Blue Box (bottom left): Shelly's Apple Cinnamon Walnut Protein Mini Muffin (in little blue silicon cup) The first Tomatoes from my garden!
Orange Box (bottom right): Sliced Cucumbers

First tomatoes from my garden 2011

Shelly's Cilantro Yogurt Dip

3 oz. Greek Yogurt (I used Plain Fage 2%)
1 teaspoon Mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons fresh Cilantro
a dash of Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Whiz in a mini food processor till thoroughly blended. Great for dipping meats/kabobs, veggies, it's a great low fat, high protein salad dressing too. Don't like cilantro use basil, mint, dill, any fresh herb will do. Refrigerate unused portion for a few days, stir if it separates slightly.

Shelly's Mini Apple Cinnamon Walnut Protein Muffins

1 Egg, beaten
3 Tablespoons Milk
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Caramel Torani Syrup
2 Tablespoons No Sugar Added Applesauce
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix
2 Tablespoons Almond Meal/Flour
1/4 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
Pinch salt
a few chopped Walnuts for the top

In a measuring cup mix egg, milk, syrup, and applesauce and combine thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix pancake mix, almond meal/flour (almond meal is just finely ground almonds in a coffee grinder), spice, protein powder and salt. Tip dry into wet and stir till combined. Pour into a non stick mini muffin pan that has been sprayed with Pam.

Optional: Place a few pieces of walnut on top of each muffin. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, until knife inserted comes out clean. Makes 12.

Dinner: Came home to more boring chores though I did have Pride & Prejudice (the BBC version) playing in the background.

"You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever."

Mr. Darcy. Swoon.

Anyway back to dinner. I sauteed some of the squash from the market with some onions and mushrooms topped it with some cheese (a little mozzarella and Parmesan) and popped it in the oven till it was bubbly & golden (about 25 minutes) and served that with a piece of that yummy Basil Tilapia from Costco.

Snacks: Another one of those yummy Mini Apple Cinnamon Walnut Protein Muffins and lots of coffee including a Sugar Free Cinnamon Dolce Soy Latte, no whip, no foam from Starbucks where speaking of swooning... I got to admire the rock star hottie again. I need to work up the nerve to say something. I just goofy grin smile at him. He probably thinks I'm a recently released mental patient.

So it was a yummy ;) Saturday in more ways than one. Hope everyone is having a GREAT weekend. It's the last weekend of my 30's Eeek. Well, I can't really complain I feel better now than I did at 30. If fact this before picture was taken 2 weeks before my 35th birthday. So yeah... I'm not stressing 40! Bring it on!

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Oh P.S. Local pals: I've got something super exciting to announce on Tuesday! Just a heads up... SAVE THIS DATE: July 30th!


Veronica said...

I just bought a bento box, and I will admit that it overwhelms me to try to think of something good to carry in it. Thank you for sharing so much with us!!

Becky said...

Your blog is such an excellent resource! I'm thrilled with every post and the links within them. My family LOVED the Red, White, & Blue strawberry cannoli's for Memorial Day. Thank you for all your time and hard work on this blog. It is tremendous!

leendadll said...

I'm kinda local (Long Beach), so I'll keep July 30 "saved"

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Veronica, You will have a blast filling it... some ideas:


Thank you Becky :) What a nice comment to wake up too. Thanks for starting my day with a smile.


leendadll, Yay! I will post all the details on Tuesday evening... just waiting to sign some paperwork :)

Jaydens Mom said...

I'm so jealous of your bento box. I think it's going to have to be a surgery present from me to me :)

banded bella said...

love the sqaush...yummy. I have been making the strawberry cannolis and you are right everyone loves them.....I have recently found that my last fill has left me tight more so in the morning and am having to resort to shakes in the morning as I am hungry but real food just isn't happening. I have been using some of your ingredeants for my morning shakes....thanks.

Beth said...

A friend got me connected to your site. I'm very excited about this resource for I am going to have gastric bypass THIS THURSDAY!!!
I've got your site saved in just
about every way possible. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us.

Jo said...

Love all your posts and recipes, Shelly. I got the Bento box, but am having trouble finding the larger silicone baking cups. Ordered some from Amazon, but they are just normal "cupcake" sized. Any ideas?

Lisa_Gibson said...

Love your bento box. And I think Mr. Hottie is checking you out! I'm just betting he is and when you do work up the nerve to say something, you two will wind up getting together. :) Ah, summer love.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

LOL Lisa, A girl can dream ;)


Jo, Mine are standard size from Amazon too. They spread a bit with stuff in them so appear bigger but they are just the normal cupcake size.

marisa said...

Finally tried the Basil tilapia and very good! I can only have it a few times a week because I get sick of fish so fast. Can't do chicken really so fish it is.

I love squash. My fave veggie and this recipe is going to be sooo good. Thanks so much for posting a new way for me!

Ok one more thing :) I have been wanting a bento box so bad but was afraid if I filled it up than I would over eat. So i made my own from little teeny boxes from a Japanese market. It really helps with my portions and forces me to have a variety.

I can't eat too much at a sitting still so the idea helps. Thanks

Andrea Brooks said...

Yum! Can't wait to try the cilantro yogurt dip!

The BBQ Store said...

Now I want to have my own super cool bento box! You mentioned BBQ Chicken - I almost melted - that's my favorite!

Tiferet said...

Thank-you for inspiration! I love these recipes!