A day in my pouch is a series of blog posts to show what a typical daily menu looks like in my post weight loss surgery world.
Breakfast: I took off to the Farmer's Market without having breakfast (bad I know) I did grab a latte at Starbucks. Not sure who Mychelle is but her Grande, 3 pump Sugar Free Vanilla, No Foam, Soy Latte was tasty ;)
My Farmer's Market haul: Onions (Red, Sweet Maui and Green), Garlic, Tomatoes, Avocado, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Peas, a few Persian Cucumbers and these beautiful Berries...
They will make great breakfasts this week: a few Greek Yogurt parfaits, in a few protein shakes and topping for oatmeal.
7 Protein Packed Grab and Go Breakfast Ideas
Lunch: I made a batch of my Quinoa Burgers. These heat up great and will make a quick and easy breakfast, lunch or dinner this week. To reheat: I nuke them for a minute and usually top with a slice of cheese and broil it till it's golden and bubbly.
I had one for lunch with a little Tomato and Cucumber Salad with a sprinkle of Parmesan, black pepper, and oregano and a dollop of Green Onion Parmesan Greek Yogurt Dip.
I sat outside and grilled a bunch of chicken, some for dinner and some for Sunday or Monday meals. I admired my really great purchase. Last year, I bought this cactus for $1 at the Farmer's Market and look at it now...
Dinner: I bought a small cauliflower at the market this morning I was going to make Cauliflower Pie later on in the week but it was a little too small for that but the perfect size for making Riceless Fried "Rice."
Shelly's Cauliflower Chicken Fried Riceless "Rice"
1 small head of Cauliflower
1/2 Yellow Onion, diced
2 Eggs, cooked, scrambled
1/3 cup-ish Cooked Peas
2 Green Onions, diced fine
1 cup Grilled Chicken, chopped
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 teaspoon Rice Wine Vinegar
dash of Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
Saute yellow onion till golden. Set aside. Break up the cauliflower into small florets. Pulse the florets in a food processor until reduced to the size of rice grains (about 2 cups worth after whizzing.) Place in a saute pan with a drizzle of olive oil and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, the cauliflower will become slightly golden when it's done. Add onions, cooked egg, grilled chicken, and all remaining ingredients. Cook till warmed through. This serves 3-4 people. I used peas because I had leftovers but sometimes I use bean sprouts or green beans, anything you have on hand or a combo.
Cooks Note: If you have a Trader Joe's around you might want to look for pre- riced cauliflower (in fresh and frozen), Green Giant makes one (fresh) as well. I have see it at Super Targets.
Check out an Italian very similar dish I make.
Snacks: Too much coffee as usual and as I grilled the chicken for dinner I sampled this Coco Libre Protein Coconut Water. The other day I spotted this at my local health food store (Organic Roots for the locals reading) and tossed it in my basket.
I tried the Almond flavor, it also come in Vanilla and Chocolate. 140 calories, 20 grams of protein, no added sugar, 22 vitamins and minerals. It might be a few too many carbs for the early post-ops, so remember when it doubt always ask your medical team. I would think it would be a winner for the post-op runners... coconut water is full of electrolytes. Verdict: It's really tasty. I'd get it again. It's nice to have a few Ready to Drink Protein Shakes in the fridge
especially when the summer heatwaves hit or in cooler on a road trip. Quick protein with no effort.
More days in my pouch.