Saturday, April 14, 2012

Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

My post weight loss surgery day in eating...

Breakfast: It was the Farmer's Market this morning. Today's haul: Zucchini (I've got yummy plans for dinner tomorrow), Apples, Strawberries, Onions, Garlic, Feta Cheese, and Olive Oil. Went for a walk after the market and when I came home I cut up all the strawberries for breakfasts, protein shakes and maybe a batch of protein ice cream this week (it's supposed to be in the 80's by Tuesday.)

Ate a few for breakfast with a dollop of sweetened ricotta and toasted almonds...

Protein Weight Loss Surgery Bariatric Gastric Bypass Sleeve Recipes Cooking Menus

Shelly's Strawberries with Vanilla Bean Sweetened Ricotta

1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (any flavor, I used SF Vanilla)
scrapings of 1/2 a Vanilla Bean
Strawberries, chopped
sprinkle of Toasted Almonds

Mix ricotta, syrup and vanilla bean seeds till well combined. Spoon over strawberries. Top with nuts.

Lunch: Yesterday was filled with workmen and writing checks ugghh so everything on yesterday's to do list moved to today (or fell off the list, hence no Friday Five post.) The work... last month (not sure if I blogged it) we had a roof leak in the garage that destroyed the water heater causing it to leak and flood part of the garage. Fun times. So yesterday the new water heater was being moved from the temporary position to the permanent position now that the roof repair has been tested by substantial rain.

I finished about half my to-do list, gave up and made lunch. Mmmm. Turkey Avocado and Cheese Roll-up (browned in the pan till all warm and gooey) and a simple Salad of Romaine, Tomato, and a store bought Vinaigrette. These melted cold-cut rollups are a go-to lunch for me. If you are jonesing for a grilled cheese try them...

Bariatric Gastric Bypass Sleeve Recipes

Just take a slice of turkey, a slice of cheese, a slice or 2 of avocado. Roll it up. Spray a non-stick pan with Pam. Set the roll-up in seam side down, cook till golden flip till done.

When the garage flooded tubs of "stuff" were moved to the safety of my dining room. For the past few weeks my dining room could have been featured in one of those hoarders shows on the Discovery Channel. OK maybe it wasn't THAT bad but I will be so glad to not have to apologize for the mess and explain to everyone that comes over. I made a start at getting things back to normal this afternoon. It's going to take a few days.

Dinner: For dinner I made Cauliflower Pie. For my fellow non-pasta eating, low carb pals you'll love this. You really get the feel of eating an Italian pasta dish.

Weight Loss Surgery Bariatric Cooking Recipes Vegetable Vegetarian

Shelly's Cauliflower Pie

1 head of Cauliflower, cooked and mashed
1 Yellow Onion, chopped
3 Eggs, beaten
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated (divided use)
1 Tablespoon Oregano
1 Tablespoon Fresh Basil, chopped
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Marinara Sauce (I use jarred - Rao's is my fav)
Sliced Provolone

Break up cauliflower florets (my cauliflower was medium to large but the recipe is forgiving and slight size variations won't matter) and cook in salted water till fork tender. Drain. Mash. Saute onion till golden. Mix remaining ingredients together (hold back 1 Tablespoon of the Parmesan.) Pour into a 8 x 11.5 x 2 (2 qt) Pyrex casserole dish that has been sprayed with Pam non-stick cooking spray. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes and place under the broiler for 5 more minutes to brown.

When done I cut the pie into squares (I get 8-10 squares from the pie.) You can eat it as is but I top each square with a Tablespoon of Marinara Sauce and a slice of Provolone and it goes back under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Mmmm.

Weight Loss Surgery VSG WLS Sleeve Gastric Bypass Cooking Food Blog Menus
Weight Loss Surgery Menus Food Recipes

Snacks: Too much coffee and while I was trapped in the garage working I nibbled on a bag of Kay's Naturals Cookie Bites. Nom.

Now I'm having a cup of tea (my current fav), surfing the net (BTW I'm on Pinterest be my pal) and thinking about this week's menus. I swear by menu planning since weight loss surgery. It really helps me balance my day (protein, carbs, fats) and make the best use of pantry ingredients and leftovers with little waste. Hope everyone is having a nice weekend.

More day in my pouch posts.
post signature


Theresa said...

Love the Cauliflower Pie ♥♥♥

RNLeslie said...

This looks delicious! I'm glad you're on Pinterest... I'll have to look you up. I've been pinning your recipes left and right to remind myself what I want to try once I can get back to eating solid foods again. They think I have a stricture... endoscopy for me Monday. Yay for versed anyway, haha!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hope you enjoy it Theresa :) I'm a big cauliflower fan too.


:) Leslie, Ughh hope that it is a quick fix and you are feeling 100% soon. I have had a few pals with them and most feel soooo much better after they go in. Darn scar tissue.

csmith2884 said...

Made this tonight, regular pasta for the kids. This for us mmm very nice thank you.

Debbie said...

Loved the cauliflower dish. Perfect timing for some leftovers

Irma B said...

Hi Michelle,

Tonight I tried your turkey/avocado/cheese roll up! I used smoked chicken instead of turkey, but mmmm it was delicious! Together with the ratatouille-leftover from the other day, it was a great dinner!

Thx for sharing all those great recipes!

Best regards from the Netherlands,


Irma B said...

And ohhh, the cauliflowerdish was great too!

B R from the Neds,


Vanessa said...

Woot Cauliflower!!! i love the mash now to make this. i can't wait. Thanks so much ! i stalk your site for ideas and inspiration! now a year and a half and i am way past half my size. keep up the great work!

Drive it like you STOLE it!! said...

Well, the real litmus test is if the 10 year old diva will eat it, and she ATE it! Woot! I had the leftovers in my lunch the next day with some shredded rotisserie chicken in it for extra protein and it was SO good. Another win, Shelly.

Dana said...

Shelly -

If I want to shortcut the recipe and use the cauliflower that you can steam in-bag in the microwave, how many bags should I use for this recipe? (Sometimes the fresh cauliflower in the store isn't so beautiful...)

Thanks, as always,


Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thank you guys.

Dana, A couple probably though I think they may be a bit to soft. I love them but cauliflowers texture after freezing changes. I'd go with fresh.

Dana said...

Thanks - I'll pick up some fresh the next time I see some good ones at the market!

Anonymous said...

I made the cauliflower dish tonight and at the last moment tossed in some leftover rotisserie chicken to the mixture. Turned out great. Thanks for the recipes.

Kierie said...

Have you tried to freeze this? I'm looking or some make ahead meals to make post baby

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Most casseroles I make are fine to freeze won't be company pretty after defrost (water content in some veggies) but just as tasty I think.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Congrats on the baby too :)

Angela said...

How do you mash the cauliflower? I use my Ninja to make mashed cauliflower, do I want it that mashed up or just a rough mash? Can't wait to try this! I got some Italian sausages to try with it!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

I use a potato masher :) rough-ish mash not too many huge chunks left.