A day in my pouch

My yesterday in post weight loss surgery meals...

Breakfast: Strawberries and Pineapple Cottage Cheese. The Farmer's Market strawberries this week were the sweetest this season.

Lunch: Shrimp Cocktail. Costco shrimp cocktail rocks when you want a quick, no cook meal (find near the sandwich trays, etc. in the refrigerator case) and a hunk of that Rosemary Asiago Cheese (not pictured) from Trader Joe's. My current favorite cheese. I have seen it at other stores so if you don't have a Trader Joe's nearby check your local better cheeses source I'll bet you'll find it. TJ's just always has the best prices on cheese.

Packed with protein (4 oz. serving of shrimp = 23 grams of protein) and I needed it. I cleaned the garage. I've got a trunk load of donations to take to the thrift and my trash and recycle bins this week are overflowing. I love a good garage purge. It hard to get psyched up to start but once I'm done I feel so good.

Dinner: These are sort of my low carb enchilada alternative. Another quick and easy meal. I used Turkey but these would be great with Roast Beef too.

Shelly's Green Chili and Cheese Tortilla-less Turkey Enchiladas

2 oz. Cream Cheese (or Laughing Cow Cheese)
1 (4 oz.) can Mild Green Chilies
Slices of Turkey Cold Cut (I like Boar's Head Low Sodium)

Drain and rinse chilies (I prefer Ortega Mild, Whole) and I seed and dice them. The already diced ones are full of seeds. Mix cheese and chilies together till well combined. Spread on slices of turkey and roll up. The above recipe makes about 4 roll-ups. Place in a Pam sprayed non-stick pan seam side down and saute till golden. Flipping once. I served them with sliced tomatoes (sprinkled with salt, pepper, oregano)

Snacks: Sometimes you just need chocolate. I made a batch of these mini chocolate protein muffins and ate 2 during the train wreck that is The Real Housewives of New York. Why do I watch that show?! It's just ALWAYS on when I turn on the TV. I also had a Sugar Free Vanilla Soy Latte from Bux during my travels during the day.

Shelly's Triple Chocolate Protein Mini Muffins

1 Egg, beaten
3 Tablespoons Milk
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
3 Tablespoons Big Train Low Carb Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix
2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa (I used Ghirardelli's - baking aisle)
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder (any, your favorite brand)
Pinch salt

Mix egg, milk, syrup and oil (applesauce or cottage cheese can sub for oil but 1 T divided between 12 muffins is really not a lot) and combine thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix Big Train's brownie mix, cocoa, 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.

Add something from the topping list to each one. Not too much. 1 cherry, 1 banana slice, 1/4 teaspoon peanut butter, sprinkle of coffee, 1/2 a strawberry, and I always leave a couple plain. This time I did 3 plain, 3 cherry, 3 banana, and 3 almond. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

Topping Ideas:
Frozen or Fresh Cherry
Unsweetened Coconut
Peanut Butter
Sugar Free Orange Marmalade
Sugar Free Candy Cane Bits
Slice of Banana
Sugar Free Malted Milk Ball
Macadamia Nuts
Sugar Free Caramel Topping
Instant Coffee Crystals
Frozen or Fresh Strawberry

More days in my pouch

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me,me, and me said...

How many servings in that bag of brownies? I just cannot fathom paying 10.00 for brownies! Do they have gold flakes in them?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

LOL that's funny. One bag makes tons. 3 Tablespoons makes 12 muffins. I've made a few batches now and haven't put even a small dent in the bag. It's very worth it... CHOCOLATE HEAVEN.

toNi :) said...

How much sugar is in them? It doesn't say on Amazon.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

toni: https://www.bigtrain.com/low-carb-brownie-mix-chocolate-chip-11oz-retail-bag-p-2470.aspx and I use 3 tablespoons of the total package for 12 mini muffins.

Lisa said...

Hey Shelly, was just wondering if the pineapple cottage cheese you buy is a sugar free version. I liked pineapple cottage cheese when I was younger, and thought about picking some up again, but the only brands my stores carry usually have as much sugar as a regular sweetened cup of yogurt.

Not Fat Nat said...

I recently found your blog & I am so thankful and grateful. I had RNY 7 months ago and was really losing my mind with ideas for food. You have been a God send. Can't wait to make those brownies. Thank you again.


mynewpouch.blogspot.com/ said...

Thank you for all your posts!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hey Lisa, Remember not all sugar is the same... so some of those #'s are milk lactose and some fructose from the pineapple. Natural sugar versus added sugars. Watch for compotes (those 2 compartment cups are compotes) and aim for real pineapple mixed in.

Aussie sleever said...

thank you so much for this blog. i just love your recipe ideas. you are an inspiration and i appreciate all your hard work

Heather said...

I could have used something like this during that train wreck episode too! No one in my family watches the Real Housewives (of all cities)...except me...(my guilty pleasure)... It's funny to hear you say the same thing I was thinking about it. LOL