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.

Breakfast: Celebrate Vitamins ENS Vanilla Cake Batter Shake in my blender bottle as I ran out the door. I had a million errands and at least I know I have 25 grams of protein in already... actually I had a bit more because I made it with 1/2 soymilk and 1/2 water.

Lunch:  Got home and made lunch. I packed up my bento box and took it outside on the patio. I munched on it as I weeded (this is a losing battle), planted 2 tomato plants (no big garden this year, but I must have warm from the sun tomatoes), disposed of a creature gift my neighbors cat brought me (lovely, glad I ate first) and caulked seams in the house (I lead the glamorous life.)

Pink Box (top left): Shelly's Strawberry Cannoli
Green Box (top right): Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil & Oregano Caprese-ish Salad
Blue Box (bottom left): Cold Cut Roll-ups (Ham & Turkey w/ Cheese), mustard for dipping
Orange Box (bottom right): Almonds, Peanuts, Pistachios

More bento box lunches

Dinner: Spotted this Grilled Chicken Cacciatore on my last trip to Trader Joe's. It is in the refrigerator section. Fully Cooked. Just heat & serve.

Serves 3 - $4.99
Calories - 150 per serving w/out additions
Protein - 20 grams
Fat - 6 grams
Carbs - 9 grams

You just pop a few holes in the bag it comes in and nuke for 4 minutes. I am always looking for quickie protein packed meals like this. I always have a meal plan but occasionally I get home later than I thought I would and the last thing I want to do is prep, cook and especially clean up afterwards. This was a perfect meal for a night like that. Here's what it looks like after you nuke it...

I jazzed it up slightly. While the chicken nuked, I sauteed some extra mushrooms (about 5, sliced) and added can of rinsed and drained cannelini beans and warmed those through. When the chicken was done I sliced it into strips and combined it with my beans and mushrooms. I sprinkled with a little Parmesan right before serving. It was just a few steps, about 10 minutes from start to a protein packed, restaurant quality dinner. Take that Rachel Ray... Whapow.

It would be tasty as is, with beans like I served it or with some zucchini "pasta" or sauteed onions. The way I prepared it, with beans and extra mushrooms it would easily serve 4. I'll be grabbing another on my next Trader Joe's trip.

Snacks: Coffee and an Apple w/ Dip while I watched American Idol (not feeling it this year.)

Shelly's Salted Caramel Cheesecake Apple Dip

1 wedge Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese
1 Tablespoon Ricotta Cheese
1 Tablespoon Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Salted Caramel (or any flavor SF Caramel, SF Cinnamon Vanilla would be yum too) Syrup
Optional: Squiggle of SF Smucker's Caramel Sauce 

Mix together till well blended. Dip apple slices.

More days in my pouch

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