Thursday, November 14, 2013

Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

A day in my pouch is a series of blog posts (I try and post them every few days) to show what a typical daily menu looks like in my post weight loss surgery world. My menu yesterday...

Breakfast:  I was in the mood for pancakes and these are great because leftovers can be frozen between slices of wax paper or kept in the fridge a day or 2 and reheated (nuke 25 seconds) for breakfast during the week. Surprising good cold too. Leftovers usually get some SF jam, almond or peanut butter smeared on them, wrapped in foil and they become a great breakfast-on-the-go. Makes the rest of my week easy.


Shelly's Butterscotch Crunch Ricotta Pancakes

1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Butterscotch Instant Pudding Mix, dry
1 Egg
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (any flavor SF Vanilla, Caramel, etc.)
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix
1/4 cup Grape Nuts Cereal

Mix all ingredients (except cereal) together till well combined. I use whole milk ricotta, if you use part skim, drain it for an hour or so first. Spray pan with non-stick spray. Cook on low till golden, top with a sprinkle of Grape Nuts, flip, pat flat, cook till done. Serve each pancake with a drizzle of warm Sugar Free Maple Syrup, SF Jam or Marmalade or Fruit. Makes 4 small pancakes or 8 silver dollar size.

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More Grab and Go Breakfast Ideas

Lunch: The contents of my bento box lunch.



Pink Box (top left):  Turkey and Muenster Cheese Cold Cut Roll-up a few Peanuts 
Green Box (top right): Cucumber Slices (my crackers) 
Blue Box (bottom left): Red and Green Pepper Strips 
Orange Box (bottom right): Shelly's Greek Yogurt Hummus Dip (just equal parts Greek Yogurt and Roasted Garlic Hummus)

I love this dip. All the taste of Hummus but lighter in calories, fat and oodles more protein. It's great with steamed asparagus too.

More Bento Box lunches, FAQ's and an Online Source for them

Dinner: A bowl of my Chinese New Year Soup (Quickie Version) and Egg Foo Young Bites. This is one of my Mum and I's favorite chilly day meals. Cooking it makes the house smell amazing and it's so warm and comforting. Leftovers reheat great so today's lunch is easy peasy.


The Egg Foo Young Bites (really any of my Bites) make a great accompaniment for soup but they would be perfect as a weight loss surgery friendly holiday appetizer for a party.



More Eggface Bites (aka Mini Crustless Quiches)

Snacks: A little No Sugar Added Cocoa with a splash of Sugar Free Salted Caramel Torani Syrup and a squirt of Homemade No Sugar Added Chocolate Whipped Cream.


Shelly's Homemade No Sugar Added Chocolate Whipped Cream

1 cup Whipping Cream
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup
2 Tablespoons Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

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.

I broke out my Knitted Turkey Bottle Topper Mum made me. I've decorated for Fall a bit in the house because it's been crazy summer weather the past few days high 80's so Mr. Turkey is about the only way I feel like it's Fall. I heard the weather is going to change and we'll be in the 60's soon. I'm looking forward to it. I want to pull my sweaters out of the closet and make more soups. Remind me I said I wanted chilly weather when I'm shivering and using these suckers like they are out of style.


More Days in my pouch.

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5 comments:

Fat Chick said...

Thanks for the Egg Foo Young Bites recipe. It looks like something my husband would really like.

Melissa S said...

I just want to say thank you for your blog. I'm fairly new to it, but it was recommended by several people. I am inspired by your story! My RNY surgery is scheduled for November 25, and so I am currently on the 2 week pre-surgery diet, which consists of 3 bariatric advantage shakes and one Smart One or Lean Cuisine. I'm going to try some of your recipes though instead of the frozen meal. Thank you!

Colleen said...

Shelly, just wanted to let you know that I made your Cottage Stuffed Peppers for me and my family last night. I am 3 months out from RNY and trying to get my family to eat what I am eating as much as possible. They all loved them! Thank you for all the recipes. I think you are a rock star for putting out all the great ideas!

Denise H. said...

The pecan chicken looks awesome!

Lisamedinafw said...

I just tried the yogurt-hummus dip yesterday and it was WONDERFUL. My grown daughter loves it too! She's already trying some add-ins--fresh dill and red pepper flakes. It will be a great addition!