Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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. I'm 1/2 Sicilian. We celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, lots of seafood and not much meat. Growing up the menu was more traditional... Dried Salt Cod (Baccala) you have to soak in water for days. I prefer a bunch of "tidbits" especially post weight loss surgery, a variety of little bites versus big platters of food. My menu yesterday was heavy on the seafood not quite seven. I think we ended up with five...

Breakfast: Last year I won a recipe contest Silk Milk sponsored with this "Candy Cane Protein Shake" one of my favorites this time of year.


Lunch: I made some Bacon Deviled Eggs (basically this recipe but stuffed back in the eggs instead of made into a salad), Smoked Salmon Stuffed Celery (1/2 Salmon Cream Cheese, 1/2 Greek Yogurt, sprinkle of Dill), and my Red and Green Shrimp Cocktail (red: Spicy Cocktail Sauce - Cocktail Sauce and Salsa, green: Guacamole)




Dinner: Trader Joe's Bacon Wrapped Scallops and some Mini Crab Cakes I picked up at Costco the other day. I made a dipping sauce to go with: Lemon Dill Greek Yogurt Dip (3 oz. Greek Yogurt, heaping teaspoon dried Dill, a squeeze of Lemon, Salt and Pepper) Both were delicious.



and this Crab, Artichoke and Spinach Dip.


Shelly's Crab Artichoke and Spinach Dip

1 package Creamed Spinach (I used a Birds Eye® Steamfresh® Chef's Favorites Lightly Sauced, 11 oz.)
6 oz. can Crab Meat, drained
1/2 cup Marinated Artichoke Hearts, drained
2 Tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup (plus a Tablespoon for the top) Italian Blend Cheese, Shredded
a few twists of Black Pepper

Cook Creamed Spinach according to package instructions. Drain crab and add. Chop artichokes and tomatoes into bite sized pieces and add to cooked spinach. Add cheese (plus a little for sprinkling on top) and pepper and mix till combined. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes.

Our tree:



Snacks: Cookies and Cocoa that I shared with Santa ;) Sugar Free Torani Belgian Cookie flavored NSA Hot Cocoa packet and 2 Aunt Gussies Sugar Free Spelt Cookies which I jazzed up a bit by dipping them in melted cappuccino flavored Sugar Free Chocolate Bar.


Don't you love my little Homemade (Mum made) Knitted Christmas Tree Bottle Topper!? I need one for every holiday.  I have Thanksgiving. What's next... New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day. The day was filled with music. I had the Finale of "The Sing Off" DVR'd so we watched that and yay! My favorite group won!

I took a walk and looked at Christmas lights, burned a few of those cookie calories off and LOL I did post these Christmas Cookie Rules on my Facebook page so I'm going with those ;)

Hope everyone is having a lovely holiday filled with laughter and loved ones. If you know someone that might be feeling lonely or have lost someone they love recently give them a call or an email. It's amazing what a few kind words can do to brighten a person's day.

Today's plan... we are going to get some coffee and people watch at Starbuck's (my brother topped off my gold card thanks Rob) and then I have a Spiral Ham to cook. It's the smallest I could find and it's still huge so I'm going to cut a chunk off and cube it for some Split Pea or Lentil Soup or maybe a Casserole next week.

More Days in my pouch.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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3 comments:

fortworthtomemphis said...

Hi Shelly!

Just curious what you served the Spinach & Artichoke dip with? I'm always looking for healthy alternatives that aren't raw veggies (even though I know those are the best option).

Thanks!
Crystal

Michelle "Shelly" said...

I ate it as is sort of like a Spinach Gratin dish just with a fork no added cals. Leftovers would be great smeared on a low carb tortilla as the "sauce" for a tortilla pizza. It would be yummy with veggie dippers like celery or carrots or cucumbers. Cooked shrimp would be great dipped in it too.

Danny Lake said...

Thank you so much for sharing the recipes you use!

I will be trying them very shortly! =)