We all receive invitations to holiday mixers and gatherings and it is always a nice idea to walk into the door holding a dish of something to share with the revelers. I make it a point to take food that I am able to eat, BUT that tastes great so others can enjoy as well.
Since it is Christmas I get a little fancy pants with the menu but I do keep it within the bounds for low carb and high protein. It takes a long time to get over the urge to make every dish as high calorie as possible 'because its Christmas'. I think I have arrived at that place after twenty years post op, a horrific regain and fresh second round weight loss.
This version is so simple you don't even need the oven - you can leave out the liqueur and use an additional tablespoon of preserves for added moisture.
These are the Christmas Cookies that were always in a big tin on my grandmothers kitchen table. I remember baking them with my mother every year and even though she's gone, these are the holiday memories I hope you are making with someone that you love. They are also delicious, flaky and sugar free!
Classic buttery Christmas cookies. In my home, the holiday does not arrive with out this cookie! Truvia turns out a delicious and sugar free version for all to enjoy.
These are a blast to make! I picked up holiday candy moulds at Joannes Fabrics for two dollars and could not believe how great they turned out. Really perfect and FUN. I made them, then I ate them. Yummy.
An excellent sugar free, bariatric friendly, holiday party nibble. Serve with Famous Chocolate Wafers or Chocolate Pizzelles or Murray Sugar Free Butter Cookies. This easy dessert nails it for your holiday office party!
Another really fun craft meets cooking adventure. A couple of dollars for ingredients in a tin from the craft store to create a gift from the heart for a diabetic dad or grandma! Merry Christmas.
Nutty Nuggets, Crunchy, sweet, nutty, satisfying!
Bake these as small puffy powdered ‘sugar’ dusted rounds, or as traditional gingerbread men… either way these are a winner.
These sugar free cookies are excellent with a mug of YUM No Sugar Added Hot Chocolate on a chilly evening with your family! These cookies are not a calorie free food but they are an excellent holiday cookie to share with friends and loved ones.
I have a small 1 tablespoon 'ice cream' scoop that makes perfectly portioned cookies for this recipe. Nothing beats the wholesomeness of a homemade, four ingredient recipe.
These cookies taste so good that I have no desire to eat anything with real sugar on our family holiday table. Food this good is a pleasure and not a punishment or compromise. I live and love this lifestyle and so will you!
I have a bag of Pecan Meal in my freezer procured on a trip to a Pecan Grove in Georgia last fall that feature a touch of Southern Pecan goodness. You can choose any flavor of Jam you would like, I had half a jar of Smuckers Sugar Free Strawberry! So I made Strawberry Jam Bars in my kitchen.
A truly spectacular holiday or special occasion dessert that really is not that difficult if you follow the steps to create the components and then assemble. Its the worlds best 'no bake' dessert. Yep, its got some calories, but its as low sugar as a fab dessert can be.
When we were getting ready to trim our own Christmas Palm tree, I decided that we needed some warm Christmas bar cookies to nibble with a mug of warm Inspire Dutch Chocolate Cake protein fixed as hot cocoa. Sure it was 75 degrees here in Florida, but holiday spirit isn’t about the temperature.
These melt in your mouth!
This cake is moist and absolutely delicious – especially when you top it with some warm applesauce and whipped cream. This dessert gets my vote for top dessert to serve on your holiday table! It makes a small cake to cut into 9 squares - take this to your family gathering and watch it disappear.
It's not fun to arrive at a party or gathering to discover there isn't any bariatric friendly food for you to eat. It's hard enough staying away from Cape Cod Potato Chips, Frozen Deep Fried Convenience Food trays, Little Sandwiches, Party Sub Ring, Chicken Wing Platters, Sushi Roll trays OR ENTIRE TABLES OF COOKIES AND DESSERTS... but when you don't have a choice, you have effectively succeeded in sabotaging yourself.
This is a more flavorful lighter version of the hot dip on many menus. Mine is heavy on the artichoke and parmesan, contains ZERO cream cheese, yet tastes fantastic. All the flavors and creaminess of the original but without the five pound weight gain!
It is often just my husband and I for a holiday meal, so even the smallest whole turkey is too large, plus we both prefer dark meat. A perfect solution is to roast turkey thighs for our holiday dinner. Plenty for the meal and leftovers too!
This is such a simple dish to take to a party or to serve at home. It takes ten minutes to put together, and when served at a party with crackers, sliced mini bell peppers, cucumber rounds, or even thinly sliced apples it is both satisfying and delicious.
Just an old-fashioned glazed ham with a sweet spiciness that is perfect for your holiday party buffet table. Everyone will love this traditional ham! I like it thick sliced, each piece with a bit of glaze at the edge. The Maple Mustard sauce passed at the table kicks this main dish up at least two notches.
An impressive and delicious Turkey for a smaller Holiday Gathering!
Popovers are crisp on the outside, hollow and delicate on the inside – and not too sweet. Best served hot from the oven; don't worry if your popover centers collapse as that is typical.
Want to really WOW people this Holiday Season?
Stop using Cool Whip and that whipped cream in a can.
Something about a Cherry Cheesecake screams Merry Christmas to me! I make this for our holiday dinner every year.
Simmer the broth to soften the fennel and shallots then lightly poach the seafood just before serving. A perfect dish with the right texture for someone who has had bariatric surgery!
Everyone loves dip and gets excited when they see a big bowl of it on the party table. This is a healthy recipe that only tastes wicked.
The ultimate holiday main course. Super simple, tender & juicy. It's all in the roasting and allowing it to rest before cutting. Much easier than you think... get a $5 meat thermometer and fly! The Horseradish Sauce is made with Fage Greek yogurt but tastes just like sour cream.
Everyone will love these. Using almond meal in place of flour keeps the carbs low and makes these cookies gluten free as well! Make a batch to take to a holiday party or cookie exchange.
This tastes EXACTLY like the supermarket kind and takes 2 minutes. Make sure you buy a whole nutmeg to grate into and on top of this as that is the key to the flavor. There are packets of walnut looking whole nutmeg for .99 cents, Badia brand... in the spice section. Felix Navidad.
These are a crowd-pleaser for any special occasion and will be sure to put a smile on everyone's faces!
Once you make this, you won't be able to eat the grocery store stuff from a shelf-stable bottle ever again. This is the ultimate Blue Cheese Dressing/Dip and it's actually GOOD for you. Greek yogurt is the key!
One Perfect Bite! These are soooo good.
When you want the CRUNCH without the carbs.
All I have to say is wow! Serve this after a special occasion dinner and blow everyone's mind.
This one is so good, you will be famous for it. People will ask you IF YOU ARE BRINGING YOUR CHEESECAKE. Trust me.
A really nice holiday drink that makes everyone feel as if they are part of the festivities... bariatric and diabetics can be left out of all the 'sugared' goodies, but this warm drink is calming, soothing, and really delicious.
The BEST No Sugar Apple on the Planet. Old Fashioned Apple Pie to serve to everyone who comes to Thanksgiving dinner at your home, or take to your Grandmothers for the holiday dessert table. The best part is that it is INSANELY good and no one will explode from sugar alcohols or think there is anything but love baked into this beauty.
While you can buy gravy or gravy mixes, the really good stuff is made from scratch - this recipe is a foolproof hybrid. Soon you will be The Gravy Queen.
The dish stands on its own and goes beautifully with holiday turkey. The Starbucks Sugar Free Caramel Syrup adds incredible flavor without turning this into a high sugar, high calorie dish.
My signature dessert is CHEESECAKE and I am a Cheesecake Queen of sorts. This recipe easy to make and I promise that yours will turn out just like mine!
My husband is from Georgia and this was his request for Christmas dessert.
While sitting with my mothers sister Gail, who is a fabulous cook, she proclaimed 'Susan, this is the best pie I've ever had!' Wow, what a compliment!
The middle is California Roll Shrimp Bites and the dish on the left is Ham & Swiss bites with Honey Mustard.
Fully loaded with all the right flavors of 'sour cream', bacon, cheddar and scallions, this simple dish will be the first to disappear at your family holiday buffet table. THIS is what bariatric eating is all about - making a delicious dish that is easy for you to eat that the family will also LOVE LOVE LOVE.
This sauce is HEAVENLY! I start making it as soon as I see fresh cranberries in our market as it is wonderful blended with Fage Greek yogurt or spooned over pumpkin custard or cheesecake. I love tart-sweet and this is the best. Hard to believe just a couple of ingredients can taste this good!
Make a super moist turkey that everyone at the table will love and a Bariatric Post Op will be able to eat! The secret is UPSIDE DOWN... you have heard about it for years... this Thanksgiving give it a try. The difference is unbelievable!
Next time you've got a gathering of friends break out a pretty bowl of Crunchers Party Mix to nibble and enjoy enjoy enjoy knowing you aren't cheating, you are participating! Guests will love it too. Mmmmm, salty, sweet, a touch of spice, nuts... perfect!
We are not going to really fool anyone, but this is a delicious dish in its own right! Our Faux Potatoes are the perfect texture. Yum.
Do not tell anyone how you made this or that it is made with a box of Sugar Free Jello Pudding mix. A simple yet impressive holiday dessert or birthday pie! My husband LOVES LOVES LOVES this pie.
I've created a low fat creamy mushroom sauce to coat the fresh green beans. The Alexia Onions are optional, but a few add incredible flavor and crunch. This is a really delicious version of a dish I have always hated.
Follow the recipe step by step and you'll be proud of this wonderful dessert - and the smiles on everyone's faces.
Thin green beans called Haricot Vert and are super tender and perfect texture for bariatric. Cooked in boiling water for a minute and tossed with garlic seasoned olive oil they are perfection.
Everyone Loves Ranch Dip! In less than a minute you can transform plain yogurt into a delicious dip that EVERYONE will love! It's GUILT FREE. Scoop it up.
This is a simple, nicely moist, not too sweet, dark rich chocolatey single layer that’s easy to make and you likely have all the ingredients at home right.
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