Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

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: If you haven't tried Big Train's Fit FrappĂ© Protein Drink Mix get yourself some. It comes in a ton of great flavors. As a drink you can make it iced or blended with ice or frozen fruit.  One of my favorite Fit Frappe flavors is Spiced Chai Latte. Chai is a traditional drink of India, flavored with black tea, vanilla, honey and spices like cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, clove. I especially love it in warm milk on a chilly evening. It's not only for drinking though... I've made waffles and crepes with it and these Spiced Chai Ricotta Pancakes, a packed with protein breakfast.


Shelly's Spiced Chai Ricotta Protein Pancakes

1 Egg, beaten
1/2 cup Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix
1 Tablespoon DaVinci Sugar Free Syrup (any flavor)
1 scoop Fit Frappé Spiced Chai Latte Protein Drink Mix

Mix all ingredients together till well blended. I use whole milk ricotta, if you use part skim, drain first.


Spray pan with non-stick spray. Cook on low till golden, flip, pat flat, cook till done. Serve each pancake with a drizzle of warm Sugar Free Maple Syrup, SF Jam or Fruit. Makes 8.


These 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. I rarely reheat, my leftovers usually get some almond or peanut butter smeared on them, wrapped in foil and they become a great breakfast-on-the-go.

Lunch: This will be going into permanent rotation at my house. It's easy (only a few minutes to prepare), cheap (it is tax time, about $1.25 per serving), protein packed (chicken, beans, cheese, yogurt) and Mmmm tasty (onions, cumin, salsa... muy muy delicioso!


Shelly's Black Bean Burrito Bake (Tortilla-less)

1 Yellow Onion, chopped
2 Green Onions, diced (divided use)
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
1 teaspoon Oregano
1 (15 oz.) can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
1 (12.5 oz.) can White Meat Chunk Chicken, drained
1/2 cup Salsa (I used a Medium Roasted Tomato, any heat you prefer)
1/4 cup Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese (Colby Jack)
Greek Yogurt for serving

Saute yellow onion and most of the green onion till golden, save a Tablespoon or so of diced green onion back. Add cumin and oregano and saute 1 minute. Break up chunk chicken with a fork a bit. Add all ingredients. Stir and heat till warmed through. Spoon equally into 4 shallow oval gratin dishes. Sprinkle each with a Tablespoon of shredded cheese and remaining chopped green onion. Broil a few minutes till cheese is bubbly and golden. Top with a dollop of Greek yogurt.

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Dinner: I tossed a pre-cooked frozen burger patty on the BBQ. Topped it with sauteed mushrooms and a 1/2 a slice of Swiss cheese. Broiled it till melted. I ate it as is but it would be great with a small green salad, sliced tomatoes or veggie.


Snacks: Lots of coffee and sliced Strawberries with Homemade No Sugar Added Whipped Cream.


More Days in my pouch.


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10 comments:

Luka Beth said...

The burrito bake looks delicious--will deffinitely be trying this weekend! Wonder if adding fat free refried beans would enhance the burrito factor?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

You could use those instead of the black beans sure... yum! Hope you enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

The burrito bake sounds delish! I am curious though, how many servings do you personally get out of that dish? I am one yr out of WLS and sometimes have trouble with portion sizes.

Lane Akin said...

Hi Shelly,
I am 5 weeks out now. I ordered the max choc and vanilla protein powder and like them better because they are sweet and thin (not too frothy): however, I can't believe I'm saying this but all ur recipes for shakes I have made with it are too sweet for me and make me feel sick. Can't believe it because I love sweets. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!
Elaine

Michelle "Shelly" said...

That will probably change Elaine... the first few weeks are very different tolerance wise... check the sugar (natural or otherwise) of your milk that might be adding to the issue... I did soy/water combo in the first months.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Pictures are deceptive those are individual dishes (the recipe makes 4 dishes) so I ate what is pictured about 3/4 of a cup. Portion sizes though should ALWAYS be discussed with your medical team and will vary based on lifestyle, activity, time out from surgery.

Anonymous said...

Normally I make at least 1 change to any recipe I am following. I made the burrito bake with absolutely NO modifications and it was fabulous! Thanks!!

Tracy M

Anonymous said...

The burrito bake do you think they could be frozen before baking?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

I think it would be fine frozen. Some casseroles don't freeze well... cream sauces or watery veggies like zucchini not that they taste different but texture and look changes this would be fine I think. Let me know how it goes! I'll experiment with it next time too.

polartwist said...

Avocado would be amazing too!