Saturday, October 10, 2015

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. Yesterday's healthy and delicious menu...

Breakfast: I love this egg cooking gadget. I got it for my Mum to use (no need to turn on stove) but I have used it more than her I think. Squirt a little non-stick spray inside, sprinkle some bacon bits (teaspoon, not even really, 2 dashes, I used Hormel Real Bacon Sprinkles, found them at Walmart), crack egg on top, put the lid on tight. Microwave, times will vary and you have to play with that... I have a small 700 watt and over hard (Egg McMuffin texture) takes 1 minute. Take out of microwave (careful when opening the sucker is hot) and flip onto a plate. It's like a Mini Bacon and Egg Omelet. I sometimes sprinkle with a Tablespoon of shredded cheese.

More of my favorite Egg Recipes
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Lunch: I had a couple of yellow squashes from the last Farmer's Market trip that needed using, I sliced and sauteed them with an onion. Sprinkle of salt and pepper. Topped it with a dollop of Ricotta Cheese and a sprinkle of Parmesan. The heat of the squash and onion warmed the ricotta and Parmesan and it spread like a sauce throughout. Simple and delicious. This was actually one of my first veggies post weight loss surgery... without the onion.

Dinner: Leftover mini meatloaf. I love these little meatloaves. We use a couple for dinner then wrap the others individually in foil or plastic wrap and place them in a gallon-size freezer bag. Then we can pull them out and nuke them anytime we need a stress-free lunch or dinner well really even breakfast with an egg. You can also defrost and crumble them and use them in soup, in a lettuce cup or as a topping for a salad or tortilla pizza. I reheated mine (in this little steamer, love this for leftovers) and ate it with sliced tomatoes.

Shelly's Mushroom, Onion & Bacon Mini Meatloaf

1 pound Mushrooms, chopped
1 Yellow Onion, chopped
1 pound Ground Beef (or Turkey)
1/4 cup Oatmeal
1/4 cup Milk
1 Egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

1 slice of Bacon

Saute onion and mushrooms till golden. Set aside to cool. Soak oatmeal in milk for 1 minute (you can use almond meal or bread crumbs if you do bread) Beat egg. Add egg and soaked oats to ground meat. Add all remaining ingredients including cooled veggies. Mix till combined.

Divide into 8 equal mounds. Form into mini meatloaves or if you have this super groovy pan like me use it. Place 1 slice of bacon on the top of each loaf. Bake for 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

More Mini Meatloaf Madness

Snacks: Too much coffee, a hunk of one of those Limited Edition Quest Pumpkin Pie Bars and I made a yummy frosty Protein Shake in the hottest part of the afternoon, despite the calendar saying it's Fall we kissed triple digits yesterday and it's supposed to be hotter today. This totally cools your whole body down. I used Celebrate Vitamins yummy Caramel Vanilla Swirl Protein 20 Powder and added things to make me feel like it was Fall.

Shelly's Pumpkin Caramel Vanilla Swirl Protein Shake

1 scoop Celebrate Vitamins Caramel Vanilla Swirl Protein 20 Powder
8 oz. Milk (I used 1/2 Almond Milk and 1/2 Soy Milk)
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Caramel)
a dollop of Pumpkin Puree (not pie filling)
a sprinkle of Pumpkin Pie Spice
a few ice cubes

Whiz on high in a blender. Sprinkle with a little more pie spice.

More Eggface Protein Shakes and Smoothies

Oh in case you were wondering if you can make cookies out of the Pumpkin Quest Protein Bars... You can but they aren't like regular Quest bars they have a coating so when you press them down in the cookie making process it gets a little messy... tasty messy but not as easy or pretty as the regular Quest Bar Cookies. Check it out below they were an insomnomnomnia cooking project one night last week. My favorite Quest Bar Cookies are the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars with a Pecan pressed in.

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Thistle said...

Thanks for the mention of the egg cooker! I've been wanting to add eggs to my diet, but having to clean a pan each time really puts me off. I just ordered one from Amazon.

The Quest "cookies" seem like such a great idea, but I haven't tried them yet. I love the Quest bars so much, I have a hard time sticking to one a day (my breakfast at work), I don't need a way to make them even better. :P

Heddi said...

OMG. I just came across your blog via thinnertimes forum. I just had bypass on Tuesday 10/13 and I can't get enough of your webpage. Such wonderful information, and it's very encouraging to see the variety of foods and recipes that I can look forward to in the months and years to come.

I love cooking, and I'm pretty good at it. My husband (not overweight...actually underweight) was sad at the thought of me not cooking again - not just for his enjoyment that he gets from my food, but I enjoy it tremendously. I guess even though I had a list of "sample menus" from my nutritionist and other sources, it seemed like a pretty bland diet of roasted chicken and protein powders for life. I was willing to make that sacrifice for my health, but you have opened up a whole new WORLD for myself and my husband. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I am still on clear liquids - Yeah broth! So your recipes are still way down the road for me to try. I appreciate the TJ and Costco list -- my 2 favourite stores, actually.

I can't tell you enough what a great resource this page is.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hi Thistle, I hope you give those Quest Cookies a try... I eat 2 and my sweet tooth is satisfied. So 1 bar does me 4 snacks. The egg cooker has been a godsend for my Mum I hate for her to cook on the stove when I'm not home... just freaks me out... if she forgot or whatever... and then LOL I fell in love with it. Let me know whatcha think of the cookies :)


Heddi, Oh I am so happy for you. LOL Yay broth... but it will get better sooner than you think in a few months you will be eating most anything from the blog (ask Dr for sure when in doubt) but most I was cleared for at 8 weeks. Please check in from time to time... I'm on Facebook "The World According to Eggface" Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram too. would love to hear how you are doing and what you try from the blog when you are chewing ;) again. Speedy healing!

Thistle said...

@Michelle "Shelly": I'm thinking it would be useful for that, yeah. I'd like to eat half a bar sometimes, but it's so hard to stop! If I made them into cookies, and prepackaged them into smaller amounts, that should work for me.

@Heddi: Our dates are close, just a year and a month-ish apart! I had mine September 15th of last year. :) A big CONGRATULATIONS to you! While I know I'm eating differently now, I feel like I'm eating basically the same as I used to -- I don't feel like I'm missing out on much. Just hold on through the early days, soon "everything" food-wise will open up to you! (Even though it's not really everything, somehow it feels that way. I guess after a while you kind of forget about things you can't have.) You'll be back to cooking soon!

fullange said...

Hi, I too had my surgery on 10/13. I was just wondering how your feeling. I joined a support group online at Bariatric Look it up. Send me a friend request if you think it's something you might want to do. I'm fullange. ..hope all is well. .