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. Today's healthy and delicious menu...
Breakfast: Farmer's Market Morning! I had a few items on list for recipes I plan on making this week. With the Convention over and cooler days coming I'm excited to cook and blog a bit more. Today's haul: cucumbers, zucchini and summer squash, peppers, onions, strawberries, raspberries, avocado, apples, cilantro, fig yogurt.
I had a free Starbucks coming (those early AM visits at the YWM2016 Convention added up) so I got my usual Sugar Free Vanilla Soy Latte, I got my Mum a coffee and a pumpkin muffin (I will have to make my version soon.) I had a Chai Spice Protein Ball that I had tossed in a snack sized baggie and into my purse before we left. These are soooo good...
Shelly's Chai Spice Protein Balls
1/4 cup Quick Cook Oatmeal, dry
1/4 cup Spiced Chai Protein Powder
1/4 cup Non-Fat Dry Milk, powder
1/4 cup Coconut Flour
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Orange Marmalade
2 Tablespoons Almond Butter
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (any will do but I used SF Vanilla)
Mix till well combined and sticky dough forms. You may have to adjust slightly if your almond butter is looser (I used fresh ground) just add a little more protein powder or if it's drier, add a little more SF syrup. Shape into quarter sized balls. Store in the fridge or freezer and pop out a few minutes to thaw before eating. Makes 18 quarter size (this batch I made slightly bigger and got 14.)
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I had an unexpected errand I had to run back out for... a first world crisis... my Keurig coffee machine kicked the bucket so I had to run the Costco to get a new machine (don't you love unplanned expenses) but me without coffee = a hazard to myself and others.
All's right with my world again. Now I just need to pay the bill ;) sigh.
My DIY Coffee Bar Project
Lunch: Leftovers. I made a new version of my mini meatloaves for dinner yesterday. I have found the trick to eating leftovers as a post-op is to keep things moist. I love this gadget for that. It's the kind where you put a couple of tablespoons of water in the base and it steam heats the food. Totally keeps foods from drying out. One of the best post-op gadgets in my kitchen.
Shelly's Asian Mini Meatloaf
1 1/4 pounds Ground Beef (or Turkey)
1/4 cup Oatmeal
1/4 cup Milk
1 Egg, beaten
1 (14 oz bag) Coleslaw Mix (cabbage & carrot)
3 Green Onions, diced
2 teaspoons Fresh Ginger, finely minced
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
a few twists of Black Pepper
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. Saute slaw mix and green onions for about 5 minutes till it just begins to get limp. Add ginger. Saute a minute more. Set aside to cool.
Add cooled veggies and all remaining ingredients. Mix till combined. Divide into 8 equal mounds. Form into mini meatloaves or if you have this super groovy pan like me use it. Bake for 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven. These freeze well either cooked or uncooked.
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Dinner: Today was so much cooler than it has been. I washed and deseeded the mini bell peppers I bought at the market and roasted them. It gave me an idea to make a spanish style "rice" dish. This will be on my menu often. It was delicious. You could add meat (chicken, turkey, beef, sausage, shrimp etc.) I didn't this time but I'm going to do this again this coming week with shrimp and sausage, a sort of a play on Paella.
Shelly's Spanish Style Cauliflower Rice
1 Yellow Onion, diced
1 Tablespoon Garlic, chopped
2 cups of Cauliflower, riced
1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
1 Teaspoon Oregano
a few twists of Black Pepper
1 cup (about 12 mini peppers) Roasted Peppers, chopped fine
1 cup Canned Diced Tomatoes, slightly drained
1-2 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese
Optional: 1 cup cooked whatever protein (chicken, turkey, beef, sausage, shrimp, etc.)
Saute onion till just golden. Add garlic cook 1 minute more. Add riced cauliflower. (Break up the cauliflower into small florets. Pulse the florets a few at a time in a food processor until reduced to the size of rice grains (about 2 cups worth after whizzing) or better yet find some pre-riced (Trader Joe's, Green Giant, make fresh & frozen, either is fine), soooo much easier/less clean-up.) Place in the saute pan with a drizzle of olive oil and saute for 5 minutes stirring often. Add seasonings and tomato paste. Stir till well blended. Add tomatoes, roasted peppers and cilantro.
If you are adding cooked protein I'd do that now. Cook for 5 minutes more. Stirring occasionally. Pour into an oven safe casserole dish, top with cheese and broil 2-3 minutes till melty and gooey.
Snacks: Well I had to break in my new coffee machine a few times of course and a slice of Pretty in Pink Microwave Protein Cake topped with sliced fresh Strawberries and No Sugar Added, Homemade, Whipped Cream is dessert as soon as I hit publish on this blog post.
Happy Labor Day weekend to everyone!
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