My yesterday in post weight loss surgery eating.
Breakfast: A Frappe perfect for the Fall flavor-wise and frosty enough for those of us in Southern California who are still in triple digits. I heard today's the last of the nasty heatwave, we'll see. This has been the never ending summer.
Shelly's Fall Fit Frappe
1 cup Milk (any, I use soy)
1 scoop Vanilla Protein (I used 1 packet of Big Train Vanilla Fit Frappe)
2 Tablespoons Canned Pumpkin (not pie filling)
a few dashes of Pumpkin Pie Spice
a handful of Ice Cubes
Whiz in blender till well blended. I topped the smoothie with Homemade No Sugar Added Caramel Whipped Cream and a dusting more of Pumpkin Pie Spice.
Shelly's Homemade No Sugar Added Caramel Whipped Cream
1 cup Whipping Cream
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Caramel Torani Syrup (any flavor will do)
Whisk till well combined. Fill whipping cream to the fill line of the whipper. Screw on the top. Insert the CO2 cartridge till it empties, unscrew that. Put the nozzle on, shake a few times and squirt away. It makes a ton, store it in the fridge for up to 10 days just give it another few shakes before squirting. Soooo good.
Lunch: Filled my bento box with some leftover cooked shrimp from the night before (Costco shrimp cocktail tray saves me when I don't want to cook) and one of these delicious Sausage and Pepper Deviled Eggs.
Pink Box (top left): Shelly's Sausage and Pepper Deviled Eggs
Green Box (top right): Sliced Tomatoes with a sprinkle of oregano
Blue Box (bottom left): Cooked Shrimp & Lemon
Orange Box (bottom right): Salt & Pepper and (in the little blue container) Cocktail Sauce
Shelly's Sausage and Pepper Deviled Eggs
4 Hardboiled Eggs
1/4 cup of Cooked Crumbled Sausage
1 (2 oz. jar) Chopped Pimentos (found near olives)
1 Green Onion, diced fine
2 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt
dash of Oregano
dash of Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
Hard cook eggs. Cool. Cut in half. Remove yolks. Mash egg yolks with Greek yogurt. Add drained pimentos and chopped green onion. Add seasonings. Blend well. Spoon or pipe back into egg whites. Top with crumbled sausage.
These would be great for football or game night snacks. Some deviled eggs are girly like my Crab Deviled Eggs or Chickpea Deviled Eggs but these are manly man Deviled Eggs. So be sure to save some back in the kitchen before the guys get to them ;)
How I hard cook eggs: Place eggs in pot. Fill pot with cold water till 1" over eggs. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and cook for 20 minutes. Pour off hot water and cover eggs with very cold water. This is an extremely important step which prevents the greenish ring you sometimes see on yolks. When eggs are cool enough to handle. Crack & peel away shell. Chill.
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Dinner: This is seriously one of the best casseroles I have ever eaten. No, seriously. I was going to blog just about this dinner and label this post: The Best Fall Casserole Ever. That's how much I loved it. I hope you do too.
Butternut Squash is really good for you, it's high in vitamins A, C and E, it's also a good source of fiber and potassium.
Shelly's Butternut Squash Casserole
2 lb. Butternut Squash, cubed
1 Yellow Onion, diced
4 Large White Mushrooms, chopped
3/4 pound Ground Turkey
1 1/2 teaspoons Poultry Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
1/4 cup Pecans, chopped
1/4 cup Italian Blend Shredded Cheese
Preheat oven to 425. Place cubed squash on a baking sheet. Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with Kosher Salt. Toss to coat. Bake for 45 minutes turning 2 or 3 times during cooking. I cheated and bought already cubed & peeled squash from Costco (I've seen it at Trader Joe's, Fresh & Easy, regular supermarkets) because I value my fingers and butternut squash is a pain in the you-know-what to chop up. If you get the whole squash look for a medium one about 2 lbs in weight.
Saute onion and mushroom. Remove from pan and set aside. Brown turkey till no pink is seen. Add seasonings. Add onions, mushrooms, and pecans. Stir to combine. Remove from heat.
When squash is done. Reduce oven to 350. Mix squash into turkey mixture. Place in a Pyrex casserole dish. Top with cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese melted and lightly browned.
Snacks: A couple of cups of coffee and a cheesestick.
It was a very tasty day.