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Artichoke Parmesan Spread

Artichoke Parmesan Spread

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

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!

Roasted Cajun Turkey Thighs for 2 with Pan Gravy

Roasted Cajun Turkey Thighs for 2 with Pan Gravy

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

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!

Warm Brie with Preserves & Almonds

Warm Brie with Preserves & Almonds

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

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.

No Added Sugar EGGNOG - Ahhhhhh mazing!

No Added Sugar EGGNOG - Ahhhhhh mazing!

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/3/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

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.

Waldorf Turkey Salad - Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Waldorf Turkey Salad - Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/3/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

I roast my turkey breast side down, so it is very moist, plus the creamy Greek yogurt blended with a touch of mayonnaise for tang creates the right texture for a bariatric post-op. Grapes add sweetness and curry powder adds zestiness and snap!

Party Food At Goal!

Party Food At Goal!

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/2/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

There are fresh wonderful choices that tickle the taste buds now that we no longer inhale our food in front of a TV or from the styrofoam container. Make your new choices from protein and healthy carbs. Be happy about the great food you CAN have... don't be sad about not eating bad choice foods.

Hot Chocolate Bites

Hot Chocolate Bites

Susan Maria Nunziato Leach  /  10/1/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

They are sweet and chewy and have zero sugar and lots of flavor. I make them in silicon molds and after an hour in the fridge they pop right out. They are shiny and beautiful and it doesn't matter if you eat every. single. one. of. them.

Warm No Sugar Cranberry Sippers

Warm No Sugar Cranberry Sippers

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/30/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

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.

Old Fashioned No Sugar Apple Pie. Insanely Good.

Old Fashioned No Sugar Apple Pie. Insanely Good.

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/30/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

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. 

Turkey Gravy

Turkey Gravy

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/30/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

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.

Caramel Pecan Sweet Potatoes, Sugar Free

Caramel Pecan Sweet Potatoes, Sugar Free

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/30/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

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.

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/30/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

There's a reason why all fine restaurants have a Shrimp Cocktail on the Appetizer menu! Assemble this fabulous classic as your first course for the holiday meal - Easy, Delicious, Bariatric Friendly too!

Roasted Sweet Potato

Roasted Sweet Potato

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/30/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

When you simply roast a sweet potato until softened, the outside skin separates from the bright orange inside that turns soft and sweet with a caramelized flavor. It is superb for Holiday Dinners. Plain. Jane. Sweet. Potato.

BEST PINEAPPLE GLAZED HAM - NO ADDED SUGAR

BEST PINEAPPLE GLAZED HAM - NO ADDED SUGAR

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/30/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Sugar free pineapple orange glaze for Christmas ham that is perfect for bariatric or diabetic family table. Absolutely wonderful crispy edges, moist texture. much better than a commercially glazed ham... this tastes homemade. If you are Ham for Christmas kind of folks, you will LOVE this version.

Parmesan Creamed Spinach

Parmesan Creamed Spinach

Susan Maria  /  9/20/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Even those who say they don't like Spinach - this stuff is lick the plate good. If you are going to eat carbs, make them the vegetable kind. Use bites of this delicious dish to moisten your bites of turkey: a trick of bariatric eating.

Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie. To Crust, or not to Crust.

Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie. To Crust, or not to Crust.

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/19/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

I use Splenda as it works well in custards. No need to reinvent the wheel here folks. This is simple goodness at its best. Make this with a crust OR WITHOUT depending on your use. My husband does not think it is PIE unless it has crust, so for holidays I make this pie using a Pillsbury All Ready Crust and it looks super homemade. (gasp, I would never use a frozen stamped crust.)

Roasted Turkey - Breast Down

Roasted Turkey - Breast Down

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/19/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

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!

Crunchers Party Mix!

Crunchers Party Mix!

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/19/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

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!

Pumpkin Whip - Sugar Free, No Bake, No Cook, Fluffy Spiced Holiday Goodness!

Pumpkin Whip - Sugar Free, No Bake, No Cook, Fluffy Spiced Holiday Goodness!

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/3/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

The BEST no cook recipe on the planet. A big bowl of fluffy pumpkin spiced mousse that tastes like it took substantial effort... super delish, super easy and no one will ever know its sugar free! Serve in wine glasses. Use a plastic bag with the corner cut off to get it in there neatly! Place three Murray Sugar Free Butter Cookies on the plate for a little texture and good looks.