With all due respect, you overcook chicken, rendering it dry and tough and hard to digest. Open your mind, follow a simple tip or two and you will be amazed by the difference in your very first attempt. I have this one covered!
Ask an Italian... Calabro is by far the best brand, followed by Polly-O... Sargento is grainy.
Remember that Deviled eggs can be lightened up by using Plain Greek Yogurt in place of the Mayo.
Here is an easy one if you are one of those post ops who cant finish a restaurant meal.
THIS ONE IS ASSEMBLED ON THE FLY FROM THE FRIDGE. ANOTHER PERFECT BARIATRIC SMALL MEAL!
There are times when everyone has had to resort to counting change from the can in the closet. Whether rich or poor, we still have to put supper on the table. These are from my budget files for times when I need to stretch too few dollars into some big meals.
Remember when you were a kid and you hung onto that dollar because you wanted to make sure you spent it on something good? Same thing here. You don't want to spend your valuable pouch space on bread when the tuna is the protein star.
When you want the CRUNCH without the carbs.
Mindless eating is a problem of obesity. It's not fair to just say 'DON'T SNACK' as that is not a realistic way to think people can live. It is more constructive to come up with things we can eat when everyone else is eating popcorn balls. This is a great snack food that doesn't slow weight loss and as a bonus has a lot of protein.
Protein keeps us full, fuels weight loss, and gives us long lasting slow burning energy. We all know how it feels to hit the wall at 2 o'clock and protein snacks are the best way to keep moving. Here are some of our favorite bariatric friendly protein mini meals and snacks. We promise you wont get sick of any of these choices.
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.
This is my ‘go to’ meal for breakfast, lunch, or supper. Yum. I also make this by substituting a big handful of baby spinach for the peppers.
A few fresh ingredients copycat that wonderful sweet & tangy Sloppy Joe flavor but the technique for cooking the meat is GENIUS. Soft tender beef that is the ideal texture for a bariatric pouch.
These brownies are over the edge for rich fudgy flavor and they are high in protein and low in carbs as they do not contain flour! They are actually healthy, but you don't want to tell anyone that. People judge.
I am a very fast cook. I put my protein on the counter, find a few complimentary ingredients and make a great dish!
We all look for that fast healthy tasty meal for a busy weeknight. This is it. Heaven in a bowl.
Super simple and delicious soft food for bariatric post-ops.
We all look for a supper that is fast, delicious and has some nutritional merit. This is a wonderful meal even if you were not running short on time - that you can throw it together in five minutes is a gift.
A great Sunday backyard and poolside plan for the grill. Sausages, a trio of sauces and a big fresh flavorful salad... everyone eats well and loves your food!
The flavors of Pizza in a high protein meal IN LESS TIME than if I heated up a store-bought cauliflower or that other kind of low carb pizza from an overpriced box in the freezer. Make this one FRESH instead!
Pop a ham and egg cup into your microwave - 15 seconds twice, plate and eat!
Super Easy and reheat beautiful as long as you microwave them just 15 seconds at a time until warm. Be Gentle!
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.
IF I ate this every day for a month I bet I'd lose 20 pounds. There is nothing in that pot that was responsible for my being 300 pounds. So many of you are afraid of vegetables and we would like to help you to not fear them. Some of you BM just once a week and believe it is normal. PROBLEM: No vegetables.
This time we have added Oscar Mayer Natural Hardwood Smoked Sausage slices! Oh my my!
Ricotta is a creamy, slightly sweet, fresh cheese that is the smooth Italian cousin of cottage cheese. It can be a new post op's very best friend.
One of my super powers, is that I can add enough flavor, also known as 'doctoring up' a quasi packaged food where no one really knows that it's not homemade.
Follow the recipe step by step and you'll be proud of this wonderful dessert - and the smiles on everyone's faces.
I have not intentionally had any real sugar since my bariatric surgery in 2001. That's a long time. I use sugar free desserts to stop myself from flying off the rails BEFORE it happens.
Sometimes You Need A Cookie. Not A Box Of Them Or A Whole Bag, But Just One.
It is perfect for breakfast, lunch, supper, or at midnight when you just got home and want something good to eat.
This version is a BLT - Bacon Lettuce and Tomato. It can’t get any better!
There are NO recipes for these, they are THAT simple.
Living with bariatric surgery takes dedication as life includes holidays, anniversaries, vacations, and parties with friends.
Having friends for a good BBQ dinner and not single bottle of BBQ Sauce on the shelf at Fresh Market had less than 8 grams of sugar per tablespoon and some had 15 grams.
Really delicious and very versatile. I use a silicon mold with ruffled edges - keep an eye on them in oven as you want to remove while a bit jiggly in the center.
Your tray of Italian Sausage and Peppers will be the first one empty PLUS it gives you something delicious to eat that is low carb and will undoubtedly keep your face out of the Doritos.
When I started playing around with the idea of making a nice soft bun with cauliflower, it popped into my head to sprinkle the tops with a lovely coat of Everything Bagel Seasoning!
This is a delicious old/new way to serve this vegetable - cauliflower was just 'meh' before I rediscovered the way my grandma used to fix it.
Slice them for an instant salad - juicy tomatoes are the Queen of Summer. Pair with Italian sausage and you've got a meal thats all YUM.
Perfect for hot summer nights!
This is how I like to make my Greek salad.
Cooking eggs so they don't have an ugly green sulfur ring makes a huge difference! They look better, taste better and we are able to eat them.
Master these few simple blends and you will never again consider dousing your beautiful greens with bottled goo!
We have added a slow cooker update to our amazing Stuffed Pepper Soup.
A great dish to make on a Sunday so you can take the leftovers as an office lunch in your BE Lunch Bag!
Honey, what's for Supper? Here is the 5th week of simple family friendly and bariatric healthy meals. This is what we are cooking on the BariatricEating Support Group on Facebook. Watch us shine, watch us lose weight... But it's better to join us!
Bariatric Style Romaine Lettuce Tacos Are Very Cool And Super Tasty.
Have some fun with Your breakfast!
This is one of my favorite things!
My goal was to create some great football game food - light and flavorful AND ECONOMICAL - this is the result!
The goal in this phase is to introduce a few calories into your diet and ready your surgically altered stomach and intestines for food. Doctors vary in their requirements for length of time in this food stage; some as little as a few days to as long as a month or even longer in cases. Stay with your surgeons prescribed timeline.
I traveled to Salt Lake City for a meeting last week and had some soup from Caputo's Italian Deli that was so delicious that I had to recreate it at home.
So easy and delicious! When you make this a few times you will have it in your back pocket for a quick to the table supper to warm up a sandwich.
WHEN HAVING BARIATRIC SURGERY, EITHER PRE OP OR POST OP, THIS IS THE ULTIMATE CLEAR LIQUID. YOU WON’T MIND THE DAYS OR WEEKS ON A RESTRICTED DIET IF YOU HAVE HOMEMADE BROTH.
A soup pot full of Mexican Taco Goodness that's so simple you can make it on a weeknight for family supper! You'll get hugs from everyone and feel good about it because it's so much better for them than take out. This is great soup and so healthy.
I just had my first post op check up and they released me to eat Pureés, what about scrambled eggs?
Survey says PLANNING is how post ops remain at goal. They don't eat chips and dip during the football game just because they have a craving or have lost all their weight... they happily live with the changes that got them to goal for life.
Sliced Steak & Cheesy 'Rice'. Learn to cook fresh food!
EAT YOUR VEGETABLES... they are important to your life!
Seasoning is key to great simple food and since these are very simple freshly made turkey burgers, what you sprinkle on your meat along with basic cooking technique is going to make the biggest difference!
Drumroll... for the Inspire Diet Back on Track *PROTEIN BROWNIE*
Warm...comforting and high protein. This is one muffin you can eat without guilt and still lose weight!
The key to this dish is the homemade red enchilada sauce made right in the skillet! It is so much better than anything you can buy in the can and super easy to make!
What we LOVE about Mac & Cheese is the creamy cheesy sauce!
Perfect for any summer Patio Party or BBQ this is one dessert everyone will enjoy and NO one will realize there's no added sugar!
This dish is Suzi Shaw’s creative genius - its creamy, cheese and beefy - with the classic flavors of Mexico!
This low carb, super high protein lasagna is perfect when you need a comforting meal to satisfy your craving for Italian food.
Rich with tomato and molasses - good old fashioned New England baked beans. Delicious with a backyard burger!
My mom used to make Shepherds Pie in a brown ceramic dish with a big handle. It was creamy and beefy with lots of delicious gravy. With the explosion of cauliflower, I can make lovely roasted and whipped *faked* potatoes... perfect to top the beef and gravy. This is a wonderful warm and comforting dish that you will love.
Getting an invite to a family or friends barbecue is always exciting, but when you have had bariatric surgery, the second thought is often about not being able to eat. There is hidden sugar in many summer dishes.
Bariatric friendly food doesn't have to suck. We've taken the flavors of high carb, bread wrapped foods we ALL love and made new & just as tasty, versions that are good for you. Get creative, have fun... its not about the bread... it's the flavors in the filling.
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